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Month of the military child… click on this link…
Published on Mar 27, 2014
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Month of the military child post from 2013… by Steve Sparks
Military Children often live and cope with PTSD. April is the month of the military child…
Celebrate the Month of the Military Child at MilitaryKidsConnect.org
MilitaryKidsConnect.org invites all military parents to spend quality time with their children this month at MilitaryKidsConnect.org, the only Department of Defense web site dedicated to the psychological health of military kids.
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 posted 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…http://www.monthofthemilitarychild.com/, 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…
Reflections of Post WWII Military Family Life…Steve Sparks 1956, age 10…
Mother always told Dad we were bad while he was away at sea.
We were safe and free when Dad sailed away.
Fear and beatings made us cry you see…
Mother seemed happier when Dad was away at sea.
With love, joy, and play,
Dreams of family all together forever.
The fear and beatings came again anyway…
By Steve Sparks