Children of Veterans Supporting Children of Veterans

A Peacemaking Project by Nicholas O.

What is the injustice we are solving?

The project I am committed to is the Strong Families, Strong Children (SFSC) coalition, based in Orange County. The five agencies involved in SFSC, coordinated by Child Guidance Center, have worked together since 2013 to provide services to children of veterans and active duty service members. The coalition has helped more than 200 children and their families. I have worked with these agencies to volunteer my time to help these children. As a veteran-connected youth myself, the more I learned about the problems some of these children and youth were facing, the more I wanted to do what I could to provide money and other resources to respond to the needs of children of veterans affected by their parents’ deployment. Now I’d like to work to involve other youth in my school and neighborhood in what I have been doing with SFSC, expanding what we can do to make a difference. It has at times been difficult for me to dedicate time to SFSC, since both my parents work and I wasn’t sure how to connect with the agencies and services I wanted to help. But I collected information about these agencies and met some of their leadership and staff. Now that I am able to drive and have time after school to do more outreach and involvement with these families and the agencies that help them, I’m looking forward to making a larger contribution to meeting the needs of children whose parents served our country. Seeing and learning how many children of veterans are affected by their parents’ poverty, visible and invisible wounds of war, and other issues, I began to see ways that I could respond personally to that need for help and healing. SFSC was formed in 2013 to address the gap in services and support for military and veteran connected children and families in Orange County Child Guidance Center partners with four non-profit organizations –Human Options (Domestic Violence), Families Forward (Housing), Children and Family Futures (evaluation), and Veteran Legal Institute (Legal Support).

Our Compassionate Solution:

To solve this injustice of invisible children of veterans who need services
we will address this need and give them services for their family and ensure that when they ge
by flyers, videos, events, and with th

Our Project Plan:

Goals

  • Helping children of Veterans

We will increase my / our compassion by...

Making of a video on how children of veterans are affected by not having a box on the form Assisting with flexible funds with gift cards for family’s to buy school supplies and basic needs for children of veterans that are struggling and are assessing counseling and other support services

How will you show courage?

I will assist other children of veterans to have the courage to seek help. I will create a video and a handout for agencies that serve children of veterans but do not have a box on their form and show them how important it is to recognize this population and serve them with resources, services and possible counseling.

How will you collaborate with others?

Please see previous response on previous page

How will you know you are moving in the right direction? (What are specific ways you can measure your impact?)

The project collects data and assessments and will also be able to show the impact of the funds used for these children and the impact and changes made by the video and handouts.

Key Steps

  • 1. Create video 2. Create Handout 3. Create Box on the Form Presentation 4. Meet with agencies 5. Document results 6. Provide referrals for services and transportation gift cards, if needed 7. Complete final report