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When military deployments affect children

October 25, 2011

How can teachers better support military families? That’s the subject of a seminar today, hosted by the Rhode Island National Guard. An estimated 6,000 students in local schools have at least one parent in the military.

Today’s all-day event will focus on the special challenges facing children whose parents are deployed, and how teachers can work to help them.

The National Guard cites a record pace of military deployments over the last decade as one reason for additional strain on military families. As the military prepares to withdraw its remaining troops from Iraq, the challenges may increasingly include coping with a parent whose life has been altered by service in a combat zone.

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