Museum of the American Military Family & Learning Center… Call for stories for a new anthology…”War Child”

Dr. Circe Olson Woessner, ND, Executive Director of the American Military Family & Learning Center in Tijeras New Mexico,, is an Army wife of twenty years and mother to an Army Veteran.. She taught in the overseas Department of Defense Schools in Europe and the Caribbean and currently works forthe federal government. In 2016she and fellow Munich alum, Alexander George compiled the stories of University of Maryland, Munich, Germany alumni, resulting in a the third of a trilogy of books documenting the history of that campus’ 40-year history. She coedited the Museum’s first anthology, From the Frontlines to the Home Front: New Mexicans Reflect on War. She has been featured in the Army Times and has been quoted in scholarly books about growing up on military bases overseas.

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Celebrating Almost 400 Years of American Military Family History…

Dear Friends of Military Families…

I’m writing to you because our museum (Museum of the American Military Family) has put out a call for stories for a new anthology. It’s called “War Child: Lessons Learned From Growing Up in War”and it will be focusing on stories of war from a child’s/teens perspective.

I’m inviting you to consider a short memory piece from your perspective ( recalling your past) and ending it with a reflection on lessons learned, or the impact war has had on your life–either living through war time, serving in a combat zone as a teen, or in dealing with your family’s aftermath-PTSD, injury, etc. If you know someone who might be interested in contributing a story, please feel free to pass this on. 

All proceeds of this book would go to fund educational programming at our museum– there would be no payment to you, but all contributors will be given a book and the opportunity to participate in various book-related activities. Our last book was supported by the NM Humanities Council and was used in multiple discussion groups…

This will become an important work as it will discuss what war does to children– through the voices of those children, and it will show how those lessons have shaped you as an adult–we hope to have this be part of a larger humanities project as well. 

Stories can be of pre-deployment, deployment, post-deployment and legacy & aftermath.

We hope to get stories from many perspectives and age groups…I’d really appreciate your participation!

Submissions will be ongoing till June 30, 2017 and we are aiming for a October 2017 publishing date…

Please send stories to:

More information about this project and others can be found here:

We appreciate it! Thank you for helping us tell the story of America’s military families…


Dr. Circe Olson Woessner, Director

Museum of the American Military Family & Learning Center

546 B State Hwy 333 (Historic Route 66) Tijeras, NM 87059

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FRI workshops & by appointment

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PO Box 5085

Albuquerque, NM 87185

(505) 504-6830

Our Mission:

The Museum of the American Military Family and Learning Center brings together people with shared experiences showcasing and honoring those who also served–America’s Military Families.


April…Month of the Military Child… Honor military families who serve America too…

Honor our military kids and the families who serve too! Click here
Steve Sparks, Age 10, in 1956…US Navy Brat

“April is the Month of the Military Child. This awareness month was established to underscore the important role children play in the Armed Forces community. There are approximately 2 million military children, ranging in ages from newborn to 18 years old; 1.3 million military children are school-aged. Care of military children sustains our fighting force, and strengthens the health, security, and safety of our nation’s families and communities. The Network offers special thanks to all the NCTSN sites that provide care and support for our military children and families. To find out more about military children and families click here.”


Anonymous said…

“I just came across this site.. I’m only 16 but my mom has suffered from PTSD my entire life. I had to “be the parent” at 7, and am constantly switching roles between the child and the adult. There should be more sites like this that offer support, but I can”t seem to find any.”


In this link, Military Kids with PTSD, I wrote about my own observations and experience as a military child growing up with parents who suffered severely from the symptoms of PTSD.  As a military parent please take extra time to focus on your children.  Use not only this month of April…US Department of Defense News Article, but take your awareness forward and help your kids understand how war affects families of combat veterans, especially children.  Use the resources to educate your kids with love and kindness.  Do not allow them to grow up feeling isolated and alone with the memories that are often painful and misunderstood.  As a parent or teacher you can make a huge difference in the lives of your kids on this critical issue.  We owe it to our children to give them the opportunity to grow up to live a healthy, happy, and productive life…

Steve Sparks, Author, Blogger, Child Advocate, Mental Health Champion, and member, Lincoln County Mental Health Advisory Committee (MHAC) Click here for my author page…