Supporting Military Families

Supporting families of all shapes and sizes is imperative.  Some families have struggles, and some are more vulnerable. As we celebrate America’s birthday this summer, let’s remember those who have fought for our country, and have made sacrifices for our freedom. Miss Heather discussed this topic on The Rhode Show. Watch it here!

Ideas for including children in supporting veterans or military families:

  • – Have your child, or your child’s class at school, write letters or essays to a group of local veterans.
  • – Teach your children about the history of America by having them create a time line of events leading to the observance of the holiday.
  • – Have children draw a picture of the American flag, and give it to a service member or member of a military family
  • – Make a thank you card for veterans. Children can give this card to veterans that they know or to veterans who are listed through the local VA medical facility.
  • – Visit a local VA medical facility, or a group of elderly veterans at a retirement facility.  Have your child make the veterans a craft, or baked goods.
  • – Visit your local library to research the history of America’s birthday.
  • – Reach out to your local American Legion club to host a benefit, dinner, or breakfast for local Veterans or Military Families in your community.
  • – Visit a local monument honoring veterans.
  • – Visit vakids.gov for more ideas and resources!

Remember that not only do service men and women make sacrifices, but their families do, too.  If you know of a local family who is a military family, here are some ways to help support them:

  • – Offer assistance with meal prep – do they have children?  Is preparing meals a struggle for them?  Offer to help prepare some meals in advance
  • – Offer support with children, if they have any.  Babysitting and play dates are a great way to alleviate the pressure off of a parent who is parenting alone while the other parent is overseas.
  • – Offer assistance navigating resources for military families at http://www.hhs.gov/programs/social-services/supporting-military-families/index.html

This article was written by Heather Grocott, Director of Education and Training at The Children’s Workshop in Lincoln, RI.