TEXAS BETA PROUDLY SUPPORTS THE COMFORT CREW FOR MILITARY KIDS AS ITS PRIMARY PHILANTHOPY
Statement Of Purpose
There are 2 million children with a parent serving in the military. Present day military life has a unique set of challenges: frequent moves, multiple deployments, visible and invisible injuries, and families being torn apart. Hundreds of thousands of children have experienced emotional trauma because their parent must put the needs of our country before theirs. Too often military kids feel they must shoulder these burdens alone, putting them at risk for a range of emotional and behavioral problems, as well as poor academic outcomes.
We are grateful to the heroes that answer the call to serve and take an oath to defend and protect our freedom. How can the rest of us serve those who put our country first? By taking care of what's most precious to them, their children.
Our vision is to ensure all military children receive the support they need to thrive.
The Comfort Crew for Military Kids will deliver proven resources to help military kids and their family connect and build resiliency in the face of extraordinary challenges.
Very few people know that there are over 2 million military kids in the United States that are going through a very tough time.
Imagine the feelings a child experiences when having a father deployed to a war zone for 12 or 18 months at a time.
Imagine how it would feel when a mother returns from deployment with visible or invisible injuries, such as PTSD. The fear and uncertainty mixes with anger, confusion, shame, and sadness.
Imagine losing a parent. Military children are too often asked to make this sacrifice, and the effects of this loss at such a young age can be crippling.
Military kids face these challenges and so many others in this life that they have not chosen.
These challenges can leave them feeling sad, angry, isolated, and wondering how to handle these emotions.
Some students begin to struggle with their classes, begin bullying their peers, and in come cases, become victims of bullying themselves.
Some who don't have the tools and strategies to handle the reality turn to drugs and alcohol to "numb" their emotions, leading to substance abuse at an extremely early age.
Most feel completely isolated and totally alone.
Quick Facts On Military Kids
One in three children with a deployed parent is at "high-risk" for psychological issues
Depression is seen in about one in four children
Academic problems occur in one in five children
37% of children with a deployed parent reported that they seriously worry about what could happen
34% of military parents feel "less or not confident" that their children's school is responsive to the unique aspects of military family life
Outpatient mental health visits provided to children of active duty parents doubled from one million to two million between 2003 and 2008