Month of Military Children
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April 2013


Welcome to the April edition of Grace After Fire's newsletter.  As an organization we are committed to keeping you up-to-date and informed about what we are planning for the future. Our mission of Grace After Fire is to provide the means for women Veterans to gain knowledge, insight and self-renewal. We are dedicated to helping women Veterans help themselves.

From Elizabeth McCormick - Board of Directors


I wasn't a military child, but I was a military mom, in fact, I was one of those "single parent" moms while serving our country. I joined the Army for Warrant Officer Flight Training as a married woman, never considering I would become a divorced single parent while in the service... but the how of that is another story!


April is the Month of the Military Child. And brings to our awareness something we really should be paying attention to year round. Our children need us. And not only do they need "us" as parents, but the children need positive "ROLE MODELS" around them that are nurturing and positive. Now more than ever, the children are hearing messages of despair and evil.


So many tragic incidents have happened to our country in April.   As I am writing this, today is the anniversary of the Waco Tragedy in 1993, where the Branch Davidian


April 20th marks the anniversary of the 1999 Columbine School shooting killing twelve students and a teacher before the two deranged students turned the guns upon themselves.  


Just this week, the Boston Marathon explosion occurred marring an event that should be a celebration of athleticism and accomplishment, unknown at this time if it's an act of terrorism or lunacy.


And this week's tragedy of the Fertilizer Plant in West, Texas killing and injuring firefighters and emergency responders who, like our military, step into harms way to protect the innocent.


Children are inundated with these messages of harm and history. We all have a responsibility to the future of our country, to show them although tragedy does occur, that goodness prevails. The Freedom of our country did not come free.   There will always be forces of evil that may test us as individuals and as a country.  


It's not the tragedy that defines us as a country; it's how we respond to it with the optimism and patriotism that makes our country and our citizens great. Standoff lasting 51 days ended in a fire with 76 deaths, including 27 children. Also today in 1995 was the Oklahoma City bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, killing 168 people and injuring over 800 more.

Military Family 

April is the Month of the Military Child  

Secretary of Defense Caspar W. Weinberger in l986 designated each April as "The Month of the Military Child". Recognizing the contribution that the military child makes as their parent or parents serve our nation, it is during April of each year that all branches of services provide special days and events to honor the family and their children.

The military child as they grow and become youth into the teenage years, are an inspiration and a source of pride for our nation. Frequent moves and family separations through deployments, and then the reintegration issues make life especially challenging. Often military children are looked up to for their resilience and ability to deal with life changing events


Some organizations that support our military children include:

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Kimberly Olson - CEO/President

Lil Serafine - Program Director

Lisa Skier
 - Program Coordinator

Christine Eberle - Bexar County Outreach Coordinator

Stacy Keyte - North Texas Outreach Coordinator

Michelle Rosales-Kneubuhl - Dallas & Tarrant County Outreach Coordinator

Mea Williams - Harris County Outreach Coordinator

Linda Nichols - Grant writer

Amy Hall - Bookkeeper

Ashley Edwards - Executive Assistant to the CEO/President 

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