For the Sake of the Child

Conversations about the challenges Military-Connected Children face as they navigate multiple education systems from birth through high school.

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Nov 14th, 2019 by militarychild at 4:45 pm

In this podcast we talk with Anne Haston and Barbara Livingston who provide insight, share stories, examples and experiences from decades of advocacy work supporting National Guard-connected children and families in their states.

J9 Program | Guard Your Buddy

The Tennessee National Guard J9 Directorate is a diverse group of professionals with distinctive skill sets. They form the center of gravity to enhance our Guard families’ circle of life.

South Carolina was harder to find and called something different:


Service Member Family Care | SCNG | South Carolina National Guard

Family Programs. The family programs are to help those a ected by an event that need crisis/grief support, ensure that any Soldier or family issues are referred to proper resources, provide non-medical, short-term, solution-focused counseling services to military individuals, help families who are in need of financial assistance, provide resources for education, relocation, parenting, stress ...

Parent webinar: WE SERVE TOO

The challenges that children of the National Guard and Reserve face often go unnoticed and unaddressed. In this webinar, we discuss those challenges and talk about ways to help these great military-connected children get the support they need and deserve.

Register for the recording here:

This podcast was sponsored by HEB.

Nov 11th, 2019 by militarychild at 10:38 am

Join us as we chat with Dr. Tom Wiggins, wounded Ranger Regiment veteran about his experiences when injured, furthering his education, leadership and communicating with his kids.  

 "The military may make you a man but it's how you use your life that matters"


Tom has enjoyed a successful career thus far by any measure. He has served in the Army as a decorated Airborne Ranger. He has earned degrees in business, leadership and policy, and andragogy. He has experience leading major organizations in both the private and public sector. Tom is currently a professor of strategy at Army University; Ft. Leavenworth, Ks. You may be surprised to learn; Tom is deaf.

On his fifth combat deployment Tom was severely wounded in action, which would ultimately cost him his hearing. Upon retirement from the military, Tom was recruited by Evergreen Aviation where he served as the Executive Director for the world-famous Evergreen Aviation Museum. During his time with Evergreen, Tom also helped start-up Evergreen Defense & Security Services, which he also presided over. These experiences, coupled with his ongoing education, created a unique understanding of the power of leadership.

For the past ten years Tom has taught thousands of senior military officers and government executives, world-wide, various levels of leadership. In doing so, he has captured and developed the best practices of some of the finest leaders this country has to offer.

 In his latest book, Tom describes a new leadership theory that he refers to as Disabled Leadership. Disabled Leadership examines how disabled people employ leadership traits better than anyone else, and how we can strive to emulate those traits. Disabled Leadership is a person’s ability to gain self-awareness of their greatest weakness, and develop it into a platform to conceive, believe, and achieve life goals through empowerment built from a foundation of resilience.

To learn more about Disabled Leadership click here:

Forget everything you think you know about leadership, its time for a new lesson. Disabled Leadership is a new leadership theory that inspires everyone, from disabled veterans to senior executives, to build their leadership from a foundation of resilience. Disabled Leadership is a persons ability to gain self-awareness of their greatest weakness, and develop it into a platform to conceive, believe, and achieve life goals through empowerment built from a foundation of resilience. Fifty-four million Americans suffer from diagnosed disabilities. Tom is one of them. During the course of his twenty-year career, he has been blessed with the opportunity to be inspired by Disabled Leaders, both in the operational environment and in the classroom. Over the past several years Dr. Wiggins has conceptualized what he refers to as “Disabled Leadership”. This concept proves how Disabled Leaders demonstrate leadership traits better than the general population. Disabled Leadership also serves to teach disabled leaders how they may emulate many fundamental characteristics to improve their leadership abilities. Disabled Leadership provides readers with self awareness, teaches leaders how to build platforms for success, and investigates the key traits of Disabled Leadership: Desire, Dedication, and Discipline. Dr. Wiggins shares personal stories and others inspirations in detailing his theory. Disabled Leadership covers a wide range of disabilities from deafness to blindness and from autism to cerebral palsy. Dr. Wiggins invites leaders to conceive, believe, and achieve any aspiration.

This podcast was sponsored by HEB.

Nov 7th, 2019 by militarychild at 3:50 pm

Antonio Freitas from Sesame Street is talking with us today. Antonio is a Senior Content Manager on the US Social Impact Team at the Sesame Workshop, Here, he builds assets for Sesame Street in Communities and Sesame Street for Military Families, with a focus on operationalizing training for parents and providers. He has worked to create, implement, and refine professional development programs for early childhood educators at organizational, city, and national levels. Antonio also works as an Adjunct Professor within the Teacher Education Department of the Borough of Manhattan Community College.  Antonio has a BSW from Seattle University and an MST from Pace University.

A portion of this podcast was taken from the Parent to Parent webinar: Bullying--Sesame Street Supports and Resources

Check it out by clicking this link:


Links: Sesame Street for Military Families

This podcast was sponsored by HEB.

Oct 31st, 2019 by militarychild at 12:19 pm

Senior military spouse and mentor, Mrs. Ellyn Dunford offers advice to military spouses about moving, managing career, family and the military.

Resources mentioned in this podcast:

Military Child Education Coalition website:

Home of the Chairman Facebook page:

Military One Source:

Student 2 Student:

Power of Moments:


This podcast was sponsored by HEB.

Oct 24th, 2019 by militarychild at 4:40 pm

Join us as we chat with Emma Grace as she shares her challenges with finding her path in college and how being a military kid helped her find her future.


"It's sometimes hard to see the finish line."

Samaritans Purse Internship Opportunity:

This podcast was sponsored by HEB.

Oct 17th, 2019 by militarychild at 6:01 pm

In this episode, For the Sake of the Child podcast hosts Katja and Susan talk about common questions that parents have about paying for college.  


Is your child looking to attend post-secondary education after high school?  Are they hoping to qualify for federal financial aid?  Join us for our free webinar on the particulars of filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  We will also discuss the College Scholarship Services (CSS) Profile and explain how this profile may be of importance to your college bound student.

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Oct 10th, 2019 by militarychild at 10:10 am

In this podcast, Rollie Sampson, Military Family Liaison in Moore County Schools, talks about welcoming practices, Impact Aid and preparation for military children for PCS moves.

Parent to Parent

Military Student Transition Consultant

Student 2 Student


Oct 3rd, 2019 by militarychild at 1:04 pm

Motivated by making positive changes for military children who receive special education services, Michelle Norman, 2019 Armed Forces Insurance Navy Spouse of the Year, and Kaci Mc Carley, MCEC Professional Development Program Manager, are dedicated to raising awareness by participating in the upcoming Congressional Military Family Caucus Summit. 

You are invited to the Congressional Military Family Caucus Summit on Wednesday, October 9, 2019 at the National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center located in Columbus, GA 8:30 A.M.

Parents for FAPE Facebook Page:

National Defense Authorization Act 2020 Page 136/137:

GAO Report to Congressional Committees:


Page 17 "The Marine Corps pays particular attention to customer satisfaction. Marine Corps officials told us that every three years Marine Corps headquarters administers a survey of family members enrolled in the EFMP. We previously reported that organizations may be able to increase customer satisfaction by better understanding customer needs and Page 18 GAO-18-348 Military Personnel organizing services around those needs.33 This survey is one of the primary ways Marine Corps headquarters measures customer satisfaction with family support services at installations worldwide. Marine Corps officials also said this survey helps ensure its EFMP is based on the current needs of families with special needs.”

 This podcast has been made possible because of the generous support from the Wounded Warrior Project.

Sep 26th, 2019 by militarychild at 12:56 pm

Join us as we chat with Extraordinary Military Kid London and her dad Major Chevy Cook whose story will be featured in an Arthur episode “When Duty Calls” which premieres on PBS KIDS on October 16th.


London -  "I'm proud to be a military kid. Life is about opportunities and finding the positive."

Sep 19th, 2019 by militarychild at 11:28 am

The family plays a major role in a military child’s social convoy.  Dr. Toni Antonucci, Douvan Collegiate Professor of Psychology and Senior Research Professor at the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan talks about military lifestyle influences and ways to stabilize a child’s convoy of social support. 


This podcast has been made possible because of the generous support from the Mildenhall Spouses’ Association.