Month of the Military Child

April is the month of the Military Child

The official flower of the military child is the dandelion. Why? The plant puts down roots almost anywhere, and it’s almost impossible to destroy. It’s an unpretentious plant, yet good looking. It’s a survivor in a broad range of climates. Military children bloom everywhere the wind carries them. They are hardy and upright. Their roots are strong, cultivated deeply in the culture of the military, planted swiftly and surely. They’re ready to fly in the breezes that take them to new adventures, new lands, and new friends.

Experts say that military children are well-rounded, culturally aware, tolerant, and extremely resilient. Military children have learned from an early age that home is where their hearts are, that a good friend can be found in every corner of the world and in every color, and that education doesn’t only come from school. They live history. They learn that to survive means to adapt, that the door that closes one chapter of their life opens up a new and exciting adventure full of new friends and new experiences.

Grants and Scholarships for Military Members

My friend Melissa is the QUEEN of information! She was posting all these awesome links on her Facebook where service members (and even family members!) can find money to go to college (now that this pesky “sequestriation” is actually happening!). So, I figured I’d copy them down for you all and share them!

Having a college education is SO IMPORTANT. That simple, little (*coughexpensivecough*) piece of paper could mean the difference between being gainfully employed after military separation or living in a van down by the river.  so here are some places that will help you get the money you need for your higher education.

Check out these resources:

Already finished with school and working to pay off your debt? Learn more about student loan forgiveness or cancellation!

Keeping Connected with Video Chat

I just had a 40 minute conversation – face to face – over thousands of miles – with one of my closest friends! I love the fact that we have the ability to talk “face to face” via Facetime, Skype or any other video chat software. The kids and I used Skype to video chat with my parents on Christmas too! It was awesome to be able to see them as well as talk to them!

Living in Hawaii has a lot of cool benefits; sunshine, warm weather … But – when you miss people “back home” (wherever that may be) it’s nice to have video chat available.

PCSing? Get the Lowdown on Bases!

Are you PCSing? How hard is it to get good, detailed information about your new duty station? You’ll have to search all over the net! Not any more! Now, military spouses are joining forces on MilitaryDutyStations.com in order to bring you the good and the bad details about bases and places around the globe!

Get local “word of mouth” data and share your experiences too! Help each other and write about what you have learned while you were stationed at a certain installation. Speed up the transition time of your own family by looking at the information about your new assignment location that others have provided.

MilitaryDutyStations.com was created by an 18 year military spouse, but is now operated by SargesList.

SargesList is a veteran owned / military spouse powered free military classifieds site. SargesList also produces the Ultimate PCS Guide!

Free Counseling and Support via The Soldiers Project

The Soldiers Project is a private, non-profit, independent group of volunteer licensed mental health professionals including psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, registered nurses and marriage and family therapists.

Counseling and support is provided for free to military service members who have served or who expect to serve in the Iraq and/or Afghanistan conflicts and to veterans of those conflicts. In addition, the services are available to the families and other loved ones of service members. The Soldiers Project aims to provide help to service members and families struggling with issues related to the overwhelming trauma of war including the cycle from pre-deployment to deployment to homecoming and re-entry to civilian life.

The services are readily accessible and entirely free of charge. Soldiers Project does not report to any government agency.

Since its inception in 2004, The Soldiers Project (started by Dr. Judith Broder) has provided free, unlimited, confidential psychological counseling to those who have served or expect to serve in the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as to their loved ones. Their treatment of those suffering not only from PTSD and TBI but also from MST – Military Sexual Trauma – has always been unique in honoring the privacy and dignity of the service members who have the courage to approach us for professional help.

Visit The Soldiers Project website to learn more about this fantastic group! Also – click here to learn about some other organizations providing general support to soldiers and veterans.

Military Families Near and Far

Military Families Near and Far is a free, bilingual (English and Spanish) website where families can create, communicate, and stay connected. Developed for military families, the site provides new ways for preschool and school-aged children to express themselves and communicate within their own family networks.

Families can add characters from Sesame Street and The Electric Company to their networks to get messages from these special friends. New interactive tools for creating art, music, videos, letters, cards, and notebooks help kids explore their emotions and encourage communication. Materials from Sesame Street’s ongoing Talk, Listen, Connect initiative and new materials from The Electric Company provide resources for parents and caregivers to help children cope with challenging transitions.

Military Families Near and Far is an extension of Sesame Workshop’s ongoing efforts to support our troops and their families.