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Proposed Cut for Funding for Impact Aid

05.28.2013, by Susan Conolly
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Did you know that the Administration’s FY 2014 budget proposal eliminates a portion of the funding for Impact Aid for Federal Properties? While many Americans may not be familiar with Impact Aid, for those school districts in the communities surrounding military installations, this aid is crucial in providing for the education of not only military-connected children, but all children whose families reside in school districts with significant tax-exempt federal property.


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Hooah for the Bay State!

05.28.2013, by Susan Conolly
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Every so often something happens that makes you want to stand up and cheer, and, in this case, share. The headline of the news release from the Office of Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick read, “Patrick-Murray Administration Announces New Collaboration to Support Children of Military Families”. Having read and written many news releases in my careers as a journalist and soldier, this one jumped off the page because it tells the truth about something that is really happening!


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Who do I want to be when I grow up?

05.22.2013, by Susan Conolly
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Normally I don't like to toot my own horn but I am going to make an exception when it comes to my Grandparents. Not many people know the story of my family, but this weekend is a great opportunity for me to brag about where I come from. What is so special about this weekend? Well, for starters it is Memorial Day and it is also my Grandparent’s 65th wedding anniversary.

My grandfather is the youngest of 4 boys who all served in the United States Army around the time of World War II. None of them had more than an 8th grade education, and they came from a dirt poor town in Kansas called Newton. They never asked to be recognized, none of them were officers, none of them wanted to be buried at Arlington, none of that. Very quietly, they served their country at the time when black people serving in the military were denigrated to menial tasks, and degrading responsibilities. But rather than become angry, bitter, or carry a grudge, my grandfather and his brothers served with honor. He cooked meals, scrubbed floors, took insults, and never thought twice about it. He endured what few would tolerate and never even expected a thank you.


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Reaching the Children of a Caregiver Parent

04.26.2013, by Susan Conolly
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The Military Child Education Coalition ® (MCEC®) has a great opportunity to reach the children of our Veterans through a generous grant from the Elizabeth Dole Foundation. These children, many who no longer have an active duty parent, will be the beneficiaries of training with a unique focus on their Caregiver parent. A study recently released by the Rand Corporation (Military Caregivers) estimates between 275,000 and one million men and women are caring for or have previously cared for their wounded warriors. In addition to being a caregiver and handling all the responsibilities associated with medical assistance, these individuals may also be working full time and many, many of them are also a parent. The impact on children cannot be under-estimated. We also know that children are taking on caregiver responsibilities themselves.


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U.S. Senate Recognizes Month of the Military Child

04.25.2013, by Susan Conolly
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We congratulate U.S Senators Patty Murray (D-WA) and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) for successfully leading a bipartisan effort in passing a Senate Resolution recognizing the month of April, 2013 as the National Month of the Military Child. The motivation for pursuing this recognition is reflected in the following comments of the two Senators:


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