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Children & War

Memorial Day, the day to remember those who have lost their lives in military service, touches every person--especially in a war that seems senseless to so many. Perhaps no where is the loss of a cherished life more felt than by the child of war. This post is dedicated to the children (worldwide) that are victims of war.

Did you know?
• About 700,000 children in the U.S. have at least one parent deployed overseas for military duty (APA Task Force, 2007)
• More than 2,733 of U.S. children have lost a parent in the Gulf War (APA Task Froce, 2007)
• Families have one year to move off the base when the military member is killed, resulting in children losing their home, military resources, and sometimes school and friends (APA Task Force, 2007)
• Internationally, 250,000 children have been placed in militia, rebel forces and other armed groups (UN Report)
• There are about 13.5 million refugee children and 15 million internationally displaced children—many are unaccompanied as they’ve lost their families (UN Report)

Web-Support for the Broken-Hearted

My goal in starting this blog was to offer support and additional information for clients. Yet, it's not as comprehensive as I first imagined it would be and I realize I'm not going to re-invent the wheel when there are A LOT of other resources already out there. For instance I recently came across a site designed for women aptly named WomenSavers.com. The site is filled with articles from various contributors, stories and chat support for women that have been burned, dumped, cheated on, abused, or just heart-broken. Moreover it features a unique database that many of my friends and I have teased about implementing for years--rate a guy! (Sorry to the Gentlemen out there...we know you're different.) Essentially the database allows you to check on a male's history (if submitted) and find out if he's married, a serial cheater, or an abuser and dangerous. For men, I found a site that offers support to the newly divorced: WifesGone.com. Admittedly, and to my disappointment, I found a slew of Websites for men and women on attracting a date. Some of these sites perpetuate derogatory stereotypes and offer manipulative tactics. Frustrating! So, please beware and read all Internet articles, suggestions and advice with caution (including this site!).

Don't forget the power of support if you're currently heart-broken. Reach out to friends, family, your church group and/or community and don't forget the benefits of counseling! Take care!