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Children of Military Families Need More Help from Schools


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Public schools should try to help ease the burdens faced by children of military families during war, including frequent deployments and absent parents, according to a research review from the USC School of Social Work, San Diego State University and Bar-Ilan University in Israel.

“Some of the recent studies that have come out show that the deployments are really, really causing tremendous impact on the children,” said National Association of Social Workers member Ron Astor, DSW, said in this article posted on the Southern California Public Radio Website.

Astor collaborated on a video that demonstrates what military children experience. One child in the video talks about being home alone with no one to help him with homework while another speaks about moving seven or eight times as his parent took on new assignments.

Astor said the research review shows public school teachers, counselors and even classmates should give specific support to children of the military.

 Only 86,000 of 1.2 million children of military service members attend Department of Defense schools. Most attend public or charter schools.

To learn more about how social workers help people in the military visit NASW’s “Help Starts Here” Veterans Affairs Website by clicking here.

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  1. I live in the Myrtle Beach area and would be happy to help out in any way.

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