Month of the Military Child
When one member joins, the whole family serves
The month of April is used to recognize how resilient and adaptable military children can and have to be but also to support and acknowledge their struggles that are part of the military lifestyle. This month, we are reminded that military children serve and sacrifice too.
Military families move every 2.9 years – many times moving in the middle of the school year. The anxiety of a change in school and home setting just once in a child’s life can be devastating – imagine having to experience several moves before the age of 18. The average military child attends six to nine schools before graduation. As Chris Dickson, a writer from the Navy Region Mid Atlantic Base Newspaper, states, “That’s a lot of lunchrooms to walk-in as the new kid.”
Another real anxiety faced by military children is having a parent deployed usually for 18 months at a time. Since 2001, more than 2 million children have had a parent deployed at least once. 1.3 million of those children are school-aged. Having a parent serving in a war zone can be very stressful for the family, particularly for children. The same can be said for children coping with a parent’s recovery from severe injury sustained while serving. In families with combat-related injuries, 68 percent report high distress in children. Connecting those children to their parents helps to ease emotional concerns that become apparent in children while a parent is deployed. Cell Phones For Soldiers assists by bridging the communication gap between families by providing free international calling cards.
The relatively higher stress levels of family life for children due to more frequent moves and/or the deployment of a parent has considerable implications for military children. Here are a few more sobering statistics about the military child:
- One in three children with a deployed parent is at “high-risk” for psychological issues.
- Depression is seen in about one in four children
- Academic problems occur in one in five children
- 37 percent of children with a deployed parent reported that they seriously worry about what could happen
- 34 percent of military parents feel “less or not confident” that their child’s school is responsive to the unique aspects of military family life
We at Cell Phones For Soldiers salute the 900,000 military children for their resilience, sacrifice, strength, and honor for serving our Nation — because when one member joins, the whole family truly serves. Join us in supporting military children by making a monetary or cell phone donation today!