The fatal shootings at the Fort Hood, Texas military post are tough enough for adults to grasp.
Now, imagine if you are the child in a military family and hearing news of the shooting for the first time.
Military kids are tough, but news like that can overwhelm a child already dealing with deployment, transitioning to a new post or living on a military base.
So, I’m posting a few links that most military families may know about, but it’s helpful to have online tips at hand.
First, LTC Dr. Keith Lemmon outlines symptoms of stress you may observe in a child from an infant having trouble bonding to an elementary school child acting out.
The Military Kids Connect website offers specific tips for dealing with four tough topics:
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI)
- Physical Injury
- Grief and Loss
As part of a military family, children sometimes have to learn how to cope with and overcome very difficult situations. So, the Department of Defense has developed materials to help the children, parents and educators because the family’s involvement is key to a child’s success in dealing with tough situations.
There’s a sign circulating for April, Military Child Month, that goes:
Military children will say good-bye to more significant people by the age of 18 than the average person will in their lifetime.
Just think about it and whenever you thank a member of the military for their service you might add a thank you for their family and children.