Working with the Community

Subject Matter Expert: Jeremy Davis

As parents, we understand that our children need support from multiple people in their lives. And when a child lives with an ill or injured parent or partner, that support becomes even more crucial. In “Working With the Community,” you will learn about how to maintain open lines of communication with the people who help support your child.

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Ever since he was a young child, Geoffrey Quevedo’s dream was to join the United States Army. So when Geoffrey turned 18, that's just what he did. In 2011, Geoffrey was severely injured in an IED attack, including losing his left arm and leg. The married father of two young children relies on his own experience as a Wounded Army Veteran to narrate the “Essentials of Injury Communication with Children.” In the course, you will learn: Where your family is on the recovery journey and how knowing this information can help you better communicate with your children; How your child’s age affects what you say and how you say it; specific things you can say to young children; and what resources might help you and your family along the way.

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If your child helps out with caregiving for a parent or other Veteran family member who is ill or injured, who gives that child extra TLC? These “little heroes” are often overlooked. The goal of “Supporting Children Who Support Veterans” is to give you some information and resources to help you find ways to support your child if they are assisting with caregiving for a family member, or if they are helping with other chores or responsibilities as a result of having an ill or injured family member. Although your children may be small now, we hope this course gives you some building blocks to address any parenting challenges you may encounter as your children mature.

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Hero at Home

Subject Matter Expert: Sarah Verardo

Hero at Home is narrated by the Independence Fund’s CEO, Sarah Verardo. In a relatable way, Verardo uses her picture book by the same name to instruct other caregiving parents on how they can use this and other resources to communicate effectively and compassionately with their children. Introducing the course is Sen. Elizabeth Dole, a caregiver herself, who started the Elizabeth Dole Foundation to support the families of the wounded, the hidden heroes.

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As a parent of young children with a wounded Veteran in the family, it can be difficult to navigate daily routines. Children are aware that their family is different from their peers and this can cause them stress. This course offers some guidelines for including your children on the injury-recovery journey.

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