Newsletter | Sept 2014

Los Angeles Unified School District Support of Children of Military

Los Angeles Unified School District is rolling out their new student emergency forms while at the same time implementing two new systems:

  • PASSport: this will allow parents/guardians to monitor their students’ academic progress.
  • MiSIS: this assists in entering, managing, analyzing, and reporting all data connected to every single student.

Additionally, in support of identifying military connected students LAUSD has begun hiring additional Social workers.

Infinite Heroes Summit

On September 15-16, MCCG attended the “Infinite Heroes Summit” held in Lake Forest, CA.   The summit discussions focused on the needs of those with PTSD, TBI and the wounded. Panel expert speakers shared the latest technologies being tested to address the needs of our returning service members.

Infinite Heroes believes and encourages private enterprises and corporations to help fund programs and services in order to support our Veterans and military families. Debbie Nichols had the opportunity to speak with spouses of wounded warriors about what kind of support they had and have today.

One spouse said “Once my husband arrived at Walter Reed Hospital I joined him, and I did not return for 3 months. I have three children, the eldest, a 21 year old, was in college, and the 14 and 16 year olds were still at home. My 75 year old mother became the caregiver.” Debbie responded that “Your children now experienced you being deployed”, to which the spouse agreed. She provided suggestions that MCCG will be advocating to our communities in ways to better support our wounded families.

Update on Advocate, Educate and Outreach

On September 18, Joe Buehrle from the San Diego Military Families Collaborative joined Debbie Nichols to meet with San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulkner’s Veterans Office. Our goal was to introduce MCCG’s vision: Advocate, Educate, and Outreach and to support military connected children. We sought to find what San Diego Military Families Collaborative can offer and request the Mayor’s consideration for proclaiming that the month of April be Military Child Month. We learned that the Mayors Veterans Office properties are Veteran’s jobs, Homeless Veterans and Veterans children. Together, we look forward to combining our efforts to address the needs of our militarily connected children and their families.

Wives of War, Resounding Joy and MCCG

Wives of War’s military families, Resounding Joy and MCCG are collaborating and planning a special upcoming event to take place on October 19 in San Diego. MCCG will be engaging the children and families of those diagnosed with PTSD, TBI and the wounded with an afternoon of music therapy. MCCG will engage and interact with the children, providing acknowledgement, recognition and support for silently servicing our Country. MCCG will also include a “Salute the Kids” ceremony presenting them with certificates and small gift tokens.

OC Veterans Collaborative for Families and Children

Debbie Nichols will be an one of the expert panelists for the Orange County Veterans Collaborative for Families and Children and will be  presenting “ Understanding the Needs for the Military Connected Children & their Families in Orange County” on October 1st from 10:00-12:00 at the American Red Cross located at 610 N. Circle Santa Ana, CA

Book Spotlight

The Little C.H.A.M.P.S – Child Heroes Attaches to Military Personnel

Released in August 2014, this book focuses on five CHAMPS, each with a parent who is serving in a different branch of the United States Military. This uplifting and powerful book celebrates our Champs contribution to our nation and gives voice to their militarily-connected challenges. This story also educated the Champs civilian classmates, friend and neighbors about military life from the perspective of these young Champs.

This encouraging and enlightening story is currently available for purchase on Amazon.