Military Child Education Coalition Visits Missouri

1 decade 2 years 11 months ago Wednesday, February 15 2006 Feb 15, 2006 Wednesday, February 15, 2006 9:54:17 PM CST February 15, 2006 in News

However, they leave tens of thousands of family members behind.

"It's a pretty lonesome place to be a little boy or a little girl when mom or dad has been called up," said Keith Martin, project manager for the Military Child Education Coalition. "And you don't really know what to do or how to feel."

"The kids are left feeling neglected, you know, confused," added Heidi Blair of the Air Force Reserves.

The coalition is in Missouri to show 40 school counselors, administrators and teachers how to lend support on the home front.

The coalition also deals with the stress military children have when their parents or other relatives go to war. The coalition provides counselors, along with the curriculum, to reach students most affected by the war.

The coalition has visited 13 states. This is its first trip to Missouri.

"Never in my life time, and I was a soldier for 35 years, has there been such a large number of Guard and Reserve members called up and deployed," said Martin.

People who attended the workshop said new understanding is just one result.

"There are interested people that care about them and that, if they need to talk, if they need support of any kind, we are out there for them," explained Joan Zeller, coordinator for Operation Military Kid.

Coalition leaders said supporting children has nothing to do with supporting the war.

"Those children are neither Republicans nor Democrats, and they're neither for nor against the war," Martin pointed out. "But, because of the service of their parent or guardian, they are in the war. And that's why we owe them everything we can do to support those children and make their lives a little bit easier."

The coalition will go to Jefferson City in March

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