For more than 75 years, Easter Seals Southeast WI has been offering help and hope to children and adults living with disabilities, and to the families who love them. Through therapy, training, education and support services, Easter Seals creates life-changing solutions so that people with disabilities can live, learn, work and play.
In this blog, we have talked about the challenges faced by our military men and women in reintegrating back into civilian life. But, that is only one aspect of our nation’s commitment. The men and women in uniform serving in the War on Terrorism were unique from past conflicts in having families, 40% have two or more children. These men and women and their families are our neighbors, 70% of military families live in civilian communities, not military bases. The multiple deployments have stressed their families and their marriages.
Once they come home there are challenges:
Children with one or more parent on long-term deployment in Iraq or Afghanistan have a higher chance of mental health problems, according to a new study. Published in the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, the study examined the medical records of 307,520 U.S. children, aged 5 to 17, who had at least one parent on active duty in the U.S. Army. During that time period, nearly 17 percent of the children were diagnosed with a mental health disorder. The likelihood of a mental health diagnosis increased with the length of deployment, particularly among boys and girls whose parents were deployed for more than 11 months. (Source: Mental Health in the headlines produced by Mental Health America 7/11/2011)
At Easter Seals, we help our neighbors. For the fifth year in a row, Easter Seals Southeast Wisconsin will provide a FREE camp to the children of deployed service members. The camp is supported by the donors, friends and staff of Easter Seals with special thanks to Kapco's HomeTown Heroes. The camp is a collaboration with Cub Scouts Three Harbors Council, Mental Health of America of Wisconsin, and DryHootch of America providing these "Little Warriors" a unique setting to connect, talk and have fun with kids who shared their experience. It is our chance to salute their strength an support their families.
We still have openings! Please share with a service member!
Children of our Military Members: Ages 7-14
Dates: August 11th - August 15th, 2014
Location: Indian Mound Scout Reservation, 36712 Indian Mound Scout Rd, Oconomowoc, WI