As we remember the men and women who served and who are serving this nation in the military, we also remember their children, as they serve in many ways too when their parents are deployed.
A 3-year-old organization formed in Connecticut called Kids of America’s Heroes (KOAH) seeks to provide essential support and services for the more than two million children.
Maria Phillips, the daughter of a World War II veteran, saw the great need for this kind of help and so, with her late-father’s life insurance policy from the war, co-founded KOAH.
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Her dream is that every state will have a chapter of KOAH to bolster children.
“We need to get the word out. We need people to understand that children are living in an environment where they need assistance. They need help. We really have to get that word out there,” she explained. “We’re in the process of recruiting therapists so we can train them in military family life, counseling and advocacy, so when children have a crisis during any cycle of deployment, they can get on the phone, like a 211 call, which is a great thing we have in this state. Only this time, we’re going to do it through Facetime or Skyping so that children have someone to speak with, to talk about…”
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Phillips would love to have an army of volunteers to help her and the board that has formed.
To date, they have sent out 2,000 care packages to children, but the postage is costly.
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