Our Challenge

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

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
The Comfort Crew for Military Kids will create a world where all communities understand, nurture, and care for the needs of our military children.

Mission Statement
Our mission is to deliver proven strategies to prepare every military child for the unique challenges they face, so they positively impact themselves, their families, and our country.

Our Impact
The Comfort Crew for Military Kids aims to provide as much to military familes as possible. Please take a look at our Annual Report and Financials for 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016 to see our impact for yourself.
 


 
 
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The Comfort Crew is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization. We are also supported by the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC#46891).