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New Resources for Military Families to Keep Kids Healthy and Drug-Free

Posted Oct 12 2009 12:00am

Oct 12, 2009 by Joe Keenan | Categories , , , ,

The Partnership recently joined with two other organizations the National Military Family Association and the National Association of School Nurses to announce new resources to help military families keep their kids healthy and drug-free.

Science shows that transitions are particularly stressful periods for kids and they are more likely to experiment with drugs and alcohol at those times. Kids in military families face more significant transitions than kids in most other families –- from moves and new schools about every three years to having a parent deployed, injured or even killed. We wanted to create resources specifically for military moms and dads so that they were aware of the risks that these kinds of transitions can pose and so that they’d have a simple set of tools to use to help them talk to their kids at these vulnerable intervals.

At our launch event on Capitol Hill September 30, a mom told the story of her son’s drug use and subsequent addiction which started when

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