New Portfolio Makes Invisible Little Heroes, Visible
“My daddy’s a hero because he saved the day!”
“And he’s big and strong!”
Hearing the voices of our littlest heroes from wounded Veterans’ families reverberates in our minds that more should be done to support both the children, the wounded and the caregivers. The PsychArmor Institute believes that education is the key to strengthen both internal family resilience and the external capacity of organizations, companies and policy-makers to provide more Veteran support. So, with the support of The Independence Fund, we introduce a new portfolio to our course library that is solely for the children from wounded Veterans’ families.
With two courses that debuted during April’s Month of the Military Child— “Hero at Home” and “Discussing Family Roles and Differences with Kids” — parents will now have some talking points to initiate and continue conversations with their young children about their wounded parent’s catastrophic injuries.
“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.”
Caregiver Faun O’Neel narrates “Discussing Family Roles and Differences with Kids.” In her family, in Verardo’s family, and probably in your family, who does what might look a little different. O’Neel reassures the non-injured and injured parents that that is OK and we can all love and support each other wherever we’re at in the journey.
PsychArmor also recently launched a course narrated by a catastrophically injured Veteran and father on “Essentials of Injury Communication with Young Children.” In new course “Supporting Children Who Support Veterans,” children who assist the adult caregiver are highlighted. And learners will soon hear from multiple supportive voices on how parents can inform and partner with all of the people in your child’s support network in “Working with the Community.” This course will launch this summer.
The five courses are a foundation for parents to build bridges within your own family, your network, and your child’s community so they can better acknowledge and embrace these young, everyday heroes.
After completing all the courses, which are just under an hour, parents might even say:
“My child’s a hero because they saved the day!”
“And they’re big and strong!”
About the author
Victoria Carlborg is PsychArmor Institute’s Education Manager. A storyteller since 1994, she has been married to her Marine Corps Veteran, Bob, for 20 years and they have a daughter who is a little hero to them. She can be reached at email@example.com.