April 2021 - Month of the Military Child

Disability Resource Library Newsletter

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Month of the Military Child

"April is designated as Month of the Military Child- a time to honor the sacrifices made by military families worldwide, with an emphasis on the dependent children of military members serving at home and overseas" (Military Benefits) Here, we highlight some of the resources for veterans and families that are available for loan from our Disability Resource Library.

Please browse the many other resources our Disability Resource Library provides. Contact us at the WVU-CED by calling 304-293-4692 or emailing lori.heginbotham@hsc.wvu.edu.

Featured Resources

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In Harm's Way: Help for the Wives of Military Men, Police, EMT and Firefighters

By: Matsakis, PH.D, Aphrodite

If the man in your life is in a high-risk profession, you're all too familiar with anxiety, worry, and fear that come with never knowing when - or if - he will come home. Whether he's in the military, police force, fire department, or any other high-risk profession, he doesn't endure the stresses of his job all alone. The Challenges he faces are your challenges too, as well as your children's. This book will guide you to appreciate your own inner strengths and build upon them as you learn ways to cope with the many stresses your life presents.

Borrow In Harm's Way Help for the Wives of Military Men, Police, EMT and Firefighters

Home Again by Dorinda Silver Williams Produced by Zero to Three

cover of Home Again featuring a father in uniform holding his baby

Different toddlers have different reactions when one of his/her parents returns from a military tour of duty abroad.

Borrow Home Again

Once a Warrior: Wired For Life by Bridget C Cantrell

"Once a Warrior: Wired For Life" illustrates how to turn negatives into positives and assists our highly trained military personnel in utilizing their tremendous potential in achieving success and happiness after they're released from military service.

This book highlights the path along the way to transitioning from warrior to civilian. It is not a book to read just once, but one to study over and over again.

Borrow Once a Warrior: Wired For Life

Our Daddy is Invincible! by Shannon Maxwell

What happens when a parent becomes traumatically injured? In Our Daddy Is Invincible! Alexis and Eric find out that their Daddy was badly hurt, something they thought impossible. They are scared for him and wonder how his injuries will change their lives. They learn that his love for them continues to be strong and that life goes on. There are people to help in their daddy's recovery, new adventures to be found, and new ways to find enjoyment together as a family. Turn the pages of this beautifully illustrated, hope-filled book and discover the possibilities. Our Daddy Is Invincible! is based on the true story of a Wounded Warrior and American hero and his family.

Borrow Daddy is Invincible!

Brain Injury Survival Kit by Cheryle Sullivan, MD

cover of Brain Injury Survival Kit

More and more Iraq war veterans are returning Stateside with brain injuries, drawing public attention to this condition. This practical, easy-to-use book gives brain injury survivors, their families, and their loved ones the strategies they need to boost brain function and live well. The book is a compendium of tips, techniques, and life-task shortcuts that author Cheryle Sullivan, a medical doctor and brain injury survivor, has compiled from personal experience. With a different tip for each day of the year, the book explains balancing a checkbook, using medication alarms, compensating for impaired memory, locating things that have been put away, finding the right word, concentration exercises, and much more. From basic principles to unique solutions for saving time and energy, this book is packed with helpful information for those coping with the special challenges of this surprisingly widespread condition.

Borrow Brain Injury Survival Kit

Coming Home
by The Brain Injury Association of New York State
Narrated by Lee Woodruff and Dave Hughes

"Coming Home" focuses on the ways that traumatic brain injury has changed the lives of veterans and their families. In the video, three New York veterans and their families share their perspectives on the challenges they face as they navigate the world of brain injury.

To the men and women who wear the uniform of the United States of America, thank you for your courage and dedication.

Total Running Time: 27 minutes

Borrow Coming Home

Parenting as a Military Parent

(Information from Military OneSource and Sesame Street for Military Families)

Wouldn't it be great if children came with instructions? As a military parent, you have the next best thing to parenting instructions - a wealth of parenting resources, benefits and programs. Military OneSource is a great place to start the journey of parenthood. Visit their website for assistance in finding quality child care, learning about adoption, helping your kids excel in school, and much more.

Sesame Street for Military Families also understands that during these tough times, Kids serve too!

To learn more about the parenting resources offered at the WVU Center for Excellence in Disabilities visit our Parent Training Webpage.

A Child's Champion

We are proud to recognize all military-connected children this month. We celebrate these resilient families for the sacrifices at home in the U.S. and overseas.

Do you know someone you'd like to nominate to be featured as a Child's Champion in our monthly newsletter? Please let us know.