Big Brothers Big Sisters helps military families during deployment
Big Brothers Big Sisters has helped mentor children for more than 100 years, and now the group's Central Minnesota chapter is turning its focus on military families. The charity recently received $122,500 from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention to help them in the cause, Star News reports.
While helping children of military families is nothing new for the organization, this new program will make it better suited to serving them. Specifically, it should fund about 70 different relationships through 2013 to kids who have a parent in the Armed Forces.
“We can’t say enough about the Big Brother that our son was matched with in the Big Brothers Big Sisters Program during my two-year deployment to Iraq from 2005–2007," Wade Bastian, who served overseas, told the newspaper. "Our son still talks about how great it was to have someone to do activities and talk with while I was away."
Deployment can be especially difficult on children. According to the National Military Family Association, studies have found that about one-third of military children experience symptoms of anxiety.