Tuesday’s Children seeks support for our Military Families Initiative serving families of veterans of post-9/11 U.S. military operations. This initiative, launched in 2013, is an expansion of Tuesday’s Children’s mission to provide long-term support to families directly impacted by the events of September 11, 2001. With this funding, we will be able to offer a range of support services tailored specifically to military families and children.
Military families face significant post-deployment struggles, including disabilities, life-limiting, chronic and sometimes terminal medical conditions, and chronic mental health issues related to trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Veterans often face a lack of work due to disability, and financial stress can cause serious deterioration in relationships. Veterans often isolate from the family as a coping mechanism due to traumatic symptoms. Beyond the individual struggles of veterans post-deployment, families and children also deal with numerous readjustment issues and stressors.
We provide family-focused support services addressing a variety of issues, including PTSD, trauma and grief, mental health support, healing and resilience building, skills development, family-focused physical activities, and economic empowerment and community engagement. Our range of programs includes therapeutic workshops for young children, mentoring for children 7-18, educational and career guidance to teens and college students, leadership training for adolescents and parenting and life management programs for adults.