Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Military Children: A Legacy of Service

The Month of the Military Child highlights the younger warriors within the ranks of our nation’s bravest families. Among these, one of our own stands out.

Maggie, a freshman at The Ohio State University, was not satisfied with simply being the daughter of a Coast Guardsmen.  Maggie also volunteered countless hours at Hope For The Warriors® events.

Even more impressive was her high school Senior Project—a project dedicated to helping an entire school district better understand the needs and challenges of their students.

Maggie’s project informed local high school teachers about vicarious post-traumatic stress disorder, a psychological disorder that affects those that surround the military bases, especially children of service members.  Her project included a seminar for teachers, which was taped and his now part of the required annual training for teachers throughout Onslow County.

Maggie’s dedication to go above and beyond put her in the spotlight as Operation Homefront’s Military Child of the Year in 2011. She was honored with the opportunity to speak one-on-one with Michelle Obama about the needs of military families.  Maggie returned to the ceremony this year as a guest of the President of Hope For The Warriors®, Robin Kelleher.

As she moves forward into a successful college career, Maggie hopes to implement a new program at The Ohio State University as well, in an effort to educate future leaders about the needs of our nation’s wounded heroes and their families.

Maggie is not only an asset to Hope For The Warriors®, but also to every community group and educational institution that she works with. We are excited to see a continuance of great things from Maggie, and could not be more proud. 

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