The Emotional Health Challenges Many American Military Children Face | NBC Nightly News

The Emotional Health Challenges Many American Military Children Face | NBC Nightly News

for ten months Lukas Esther Nino counted down the days till he'd see his dad again what's tough about being a military kid being away from my dad best buttons connecting we first met nine-year-old Luka on the mats blindfolded he thought he was sparring with his instructor until he heard a familiar voice he forgot some ship and a nickname that only one person would know Staff Sergeant Rob cisternino home from Syria that hug revealing the relief and the hardship of all that time apart what were you thinking like this has to be a joke and I you saw it I knew when our loved ones serve they're not the only ones who sacrifice when I go on a deployment I know the expectation I know my mission and we know that the military is going to take care of us but we have no idea what's going to happen with our family when we were gone what were the signs of Lucas sort of experiencing his dad being away rebelling against me a lot just wanting to talk to him when he couldn't there was a lot of emotional stuff that start coming out of him that we had never seen Luca is one of two million kids with a military parent and when mom or dad is deployed studies show those kids often experience sleeping problems irritability even aggression their sorrow at first and they're sad you know then it in some cases it turns more to anger Rob clapper runs our military kids a nonprofit that gives grants to the children of National Guard and Reserve members 65,000 in the last 15 years for dance classes horseback riding and Taekwondo – Taekwondo is home away from home give me a kid mom Leah says it was Lucas outlet it was the savior place to get energy out to develop Leah found an outlet to making and selling yellow ribbons to celebrate Rob's return that idea quickly caught on the profits all going to our military kids enough money raised to cover grants for seven more children what advice would you give to other military kids whose dad's or mom's are away if your dad and mom's away you should keep pushing through and pray I pray for all ill Peter Alexander NBC News Lebanon Tennessee NBC News fans thanks for checking out our youtube channel subscribe by clicking on that button down here and click on any of the videos over here to watch the latest interviews show highlights and digital exclusives thanks for watching

6 thoughts on “The Emotional Health Challenges Many American Military Children Face | NBC Nightly News”

  1. If the United States withdraws 800 military bases stationed in other countries and stops threats to world peace, these children could play with their own father.

  2. These sweet kids go through the grieving process when a parent leaves on deployment. It must be so difficult for them.

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