PSU4PA: Penn State helping teachers support military families

February 06, 2012

Children of deployed U.S. military members face a number of stressful issues, and teachers in Pennsylvania's schools often need to lend special support to those children and their families. Penn State and Operation: Military Kids provide teachers and others who work with military families with the training they need to address these unique challenges.

"Before there was Operation: Military Kids and Penn State doing this training… we had a lot of children out there that had no support," said Paula Bozdech-Veater, a retired U.S. Navy captain and ombusdsman in Pittsburgh, Pa. "Penn State has fulfilled that training void for teachers by offering Ready, Set, Go! training."

Learn how Penn State is guiding teachers as they help children cope on the home front: /video/151959/2013/02/08/video-no-title

Ready, Set, Go! training teaches educators about the challenges military families face before, during and after deployment. The training, one of several programs offered by Operation: Military Kids, helps teachers learn about military culture, the emotional cycle of deployment, return and reunion and local and national programs and resources.

Operation: Military Kids is a national effort to support children of deployed service members from all military branches. A collaborative effort among the U.S. Army and national community partners, O.M.K. in Pennsylvania is administered by Penn State Cooperative Extension's Pennsylvania 4-H program.

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Last Updated February 14, 2012