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|Cody Jackson, Author|
|The kids from Kids Zone taking ownership for the Ron Slane VFW Memorial|
I have always supported getting kids involved as patriots by joining the campaign for creating awareness and supporting veterans and 1st responders. I do this through my work as vice chair of Neighbors for Kids (NFK) in Depoe Bay, Oregon. I write about how life after war affects children in my book and in this blog. One of the best ways to get kids to pay attention to America’s veterans is to get them engaged. Children can make a difference the same as we adults who are involved in supporting the children and families of veterans everywhere.
Just this last summer NFK’s “Kids Zone” teens helped out during the Celebration of Honor event in Lincoln City, Oregon by serving as sentries at the American Veterans Traveling Tribute (AVTT) staged at Chinook Winds Casino. Also each year our kids provide upkeep and gardening support for our Ronald Allen Slane VFW Memorial in Depoe Bay, Oregon. Once children get connected to veterans directly and learn about service, sacrifice, honor, and duty, they become very passionate about the cause. Most importantly they begin learning more about their own families history of serving America as 1st responders and in the military… Many have parents, grand parents, and great grand parents who served. Kids often never hear about the the service and sacrifice of family members because it can be painful discussion, especially when loved ones are lost in the line of duty, or they suffered from traumatic events while serving in combat or at home as a 1st responder.
Don’t hesitate to get kids engaged in supporting awareness for the service and sacrifices of veterans and 1st responders. It is a valuable learning experience and can be very healing as well.
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