Coalition Aims To Serve Children Of Service Members | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

: News

Coalition Aims To Serve Children Of Service Members

Play associated audio
Loretta Clemin and her military family have moved more than a dozen times.
Rebecca Sheir
Loretta Clemin and her military family have moved more than a dozen times.

By Rebecca Sheir

Two million children in the U.S. have parents serving in the military.

The D.C. area is home to a number of these children, and a national coalition is working to ensure these young people get the educational opportunities they need.

Loretta Clemin lives in Annandale, Virginia. But as an army wife, she estimates she and her children have moved more than a dozen times.

"We've lived in Germany, Italy, in Alaska," says Clemin, ticking off the locations on her fingers.

And all that moving can take a toll on the education of military children, she says, many of whom relocate up to nine times by 12th grade.

Every time you move they are placed into a new program or curriculum, and it takes them about three months to get comfortable," she says. "That's potentially 27 months of optimal learning time kids don't get the benefit of.

Clemin belongs to the Military Child Education Coalition, which offers resources such as checklists, for transferring schools.

President Mary Keller says MCEC also helps families cope with separation and reuniting.

"Parents are separated from the family, or if a family member comes back significantly changed because they're wounded, we owe this to the children of our nation," says Keller.

Because, as both Keller and Clemin point out, when a child's parents are serving their country, he or she is serving, too.

NPR

What's A Writer Gotta Do To Get A Little Health Care Around Here?

When you're making plans to become a famous author, just remember that you're going to want health care — especially when 40 rolls around and your body is no longer made of rubber.
NPR

When Zero Doesn't Mean Zero: Trans Fats Linger In Food

One in 10 packaged foods still contains trans fats, according to a new study. The problematic oils give foods a rich taste and texture and extend shelf life, but have been linked to heart disease.
WAMU 88.5

Testimony Wraps In McDonnell Trial, Closing Arguments Expected Friday

Leaving the courthouse this afternoon, the former Virginia governor said he was confident in his legal team's defense: "We've got three of the best law firms in the country that are working on this case."
NPR

New Amazon Series Pilots Fall Short Of A TV Revolution

NPR TV critic Eric Deggans ranks Amazon's new batch of five series pilots, asking why none of them seem break the rules of TV quite enough to draw attention.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.