April is the Month of the Military Child. With all the support that veterans receive, it is easy to sometimes overlook the sacrifices made by veteran family members. This month was established and is sponsored by the Departed of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA). Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger created the Month of the Military Child in 1986, and the DoDEA has honored it ever since. During the Month of the Military Child, we highlight how important the family and children are for our service men and women.
Morrill Worcester was 12 years old when he made a trip to Washington, D.C. for the first time. His visit to Arlington National Cemetery left an impression that he would never forget. Later in his life, the former newspaper boy went on to become the owner of Worcester Wreath Company of Harrington, Maine, and the founder of Wreaths Across America.
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the world. Activities in the outdoors are some of the safer forms of enjoyment that are available to all citizens. Fortunately, West Virginia is not short on outdoor activities. For the veterans in West Virginia, you may not know about a benefit extended by West Virginia State Parks called the “Veterans’ Salute.”
While there are many issues veterans face, one unaddressed dilemma many confront is maintaining relationships with family and friends. Military life challenges these relationships, but they are even more susceptible to collapse when a veteran is adjusting from transition to civilian life. Most civilians do not understand the problems veterans face, or how their relationships can be impacted by their service. Some factors that interfere with healthy relationships can include: stress, posttraumatic stress, health concerns, depression, anxiety, irritability, insomnia, feeling out of place or …