Operation Military Kids
One local city is helping young people cope with having a family member serving in Iraq. The city of Seward received a grant helping it start “Operation Military Kids.”
It's to link children whose parents are abroad, with others who are going through the same thing. This program isn't just for kids who are directly affected, but also for those who just want to learn what these children are going through.
It's estimated that about 3,000 Nebraska youths have had a parent deployed in the last two years. Campers listened to a story about the importance of family, painted their faces with camouflage paint and learned what food in the military really tastes like.
Kids also got a chance to climb around in a military hum-vee and talk to members of the National Guard. This kind of program is now run in 34 U.S. States. It began about two and a half years ago, with Nebraska jumping on board this last October. Organizers say they've got a clear goal in mind. The program received their grant from the U.S. Department of agriculture and the army and they've already got it renewed for next year.
for more information: www.nebraskaomk.org