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Parental Military Deployment: Why Military Parents Must Keep Their Children’s Mental Health in Check

More than 1.2 million US army children belong to the ages of zero to 23 years old. And around 50,000 military families have both parents serving in the forces; this means there’s a high chance that a couple may be deployed at the same time. It’s very possible that your little one could develop psychological problems if you’re an active service member. They might feel scared of military operations, intermittent separation, or dramatic television coverage in your deployment location, for example. Let's delve deeper to understand the importance of remedial action for mitigating the risk of severe mental illnesses in your child. While most army kids can handle a couple of deployments swiftly, the trouble starts with back-to-back deployment. The reasons your child needs extra support and care include: Distress Anxiety and stress—the most common mental disorder in military children—also include fear of separation, parents' death, sleep issues, and physical complaints such as headaches. Experts recommend getting immediate medical intervention if your child seems sad or talks negatively all the time. Pediatricians have also identified hypersensitivity, attention deficit, personality issues, and social isolation. Early Intervention The earlier you get to the root of your child's psychological issues, the better. Most military parents think the problems will go away once their children grow up. But conditions like insomnia and anxiety often manifest in teens and adults as tantrum and anger. Pre-Occupied Military Parent You may return from a combat zone [...]

By |2020-11-08T18:55:45+00:00November 9th, 2020|We Are One|0 Comments

4 Ways to Cope With the Loss of a Loved One

Recovering and coping with the loss of a loved one is tough. Whether you've lost a parent, spouse, child, friend, or sibling, the sadness and shock don't go away for a while. The loss is particularly significant for military families who lose active-duty service members. Military men and their families not only battle with long-term separation, but also combat the uncertainty associated with military deployments. The Atrocities of COVID-19 on Active-Duty Members According to the latest Pentagon report, six troop members have lost their lives battling with the deadly virus. The deceased include members of the navy, reserve, National Guard, and aviation departments. Needless to say, dealing with a loss of loved one due to COVID-19 who was already deployed far away is heart wrenching. As the COVID-19 death toll rises by the day, military families fear their loved one might suffer the pandemic’s consequences too. Dealing with a Military Loss Hearing you lost a loved service member for the first time leaves you in a shock, unable to say or think. Military loss is tragic and dealing with it is an equally graving experience. Use our tips to stay poised during the challenging times: Don’t Speak Too Soon: Give the process a chance to run its course. Wait for the official notice before updating everyone. If you’ve been waiting for one and haven’t received it yet, visit the press release site and search for your service member’s name. [...]

By |2020-11-08T19:12:10+00:00November 7th, 2020|We Are One|0 Comments

Celebrating Holidays on a Budget

The holiday season is just around the corner, and we could not be more excited! While holidays do mean spending, you should do so carefully to not end up in debt! Before you go all out and buy everyone expensive gifts, hear us out. To have fun during the holidays, you don’t have to spend a fortune; you just have to be smart. We Are One! Incorporation, CA, brings you some mind-blowing tips to celebrate holidays on a budget. So, please take a look at them to stay on the right financial track! Holiday Spending Tips 1. Create a Holiday Plan All good things start with a plan. Start planning your holidays in late September. Find out whether you will be hosting a party or attending one. If you are hosting one, decide your guest list and menu. Create a gift list, and decide whether or not you will be mailing gifts off. If you are used to large gatherings during the holiday, COVID-19 could impact the traditional friends and family gatherings, so having extra funds to mail gifts is recommended.  Set a spending limit on each gift. Decide a theme for decorations or reuse decorations from the previous year. Create a timeline for October to December and write down your goals for each week. Dedicate a notebook to holiday planning and plan away! 2. Make a Budget and Stick to It It is recommended that everyone must be [...]

By |2020-10-28T16:46:01+00:00November 3rd, 2020|We Are One|0 Comments

How to Keep Safe on Halloween

Now that October is here, we’re sure you are looking forward to carving pumpkins, designing costumes, decorating houses, and trick-or-treating. However, with the COVID-19 pandemic still lingering around, Halloween will be very different this year. But don’t worry! There are plenty of ways to enjoy and have a great time with your loved ones while practicing social distancing. We Are One! Incorporation, CA, aims to create awareness about how to keep safe on Halloween. Our purpose is to help military families and supporters make the most of this time. So, keep reading to find out how to ENJOY Halloween while staying safe! General Safety Tips for Halloween 1. Drive Extra Carefully Halloween is an exciting time for children since they get to go on a candy hunt! When you drive around residential areas, especially during trick or treating hours (5:50 to 9:30 PM), please be very careful. Drive slowly and watch out for children on the roads. Pay extra attention when you drive around intersections. Avoid all distractions, like your phone, while driving and pay attention. Keep your headlights on. 2. Avoid Costume Masks Choose non-toxic face paint over costume masks whenever possible. Masks, especially those that cover the whole face, including the eye area, can distort a child’s vision. As a result, your child could get hurt or seriously injured. Make sure your child’s headgear does not obstruct their vision. 3. Be Careful While Carving Pumpkins Carving pumpkins [...]

By |2020-10-28T16:44:54+00:00October 30th, 2020|We Are One|0 Comments

We Are One Incorporation: Providing Financial Relief for Military Families

We Are One Incorporation raises awareness about prominent issues like finance and food insecurity, mental health, intimate partner violence, legal, child development disabilities, and other social and economic challenges that military families face in the hope of finding comprehensive solutions to fill existing service gaps. Approximately 1.3 million people in the United States are tied to the military, serving as active-duty personnel in the U.S. Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, or as Coast Guards. These people sacrifice their lives so we can eat and sleep soundly in our homes. The path military families are on poses certain challenges for them. Many military families in Southern California are currently at a great threat from one main issue: financial hardship. These financial difficulties, mostly faced due to constant relocation and military geolocation assignments, put their stability at risk, leading to further problems like mental health issues, domestic violence, and food insecurity. Military families serve the nation out of the love they have for their country or to make ends meet, not to become millionaires. So, as citizens of the United States, there is an urgent need we must fulfill. We must provide financial relief for military families to help them sustain their living. There is a strong need for legislative authorities and funding organizations to come forward and take action to help military families. Financial Hardships Faced by Military Families 1. Emergency Savings According to a Military Family Advisory Network [...]

By |2020-10-13T20:06:35+00:00October 12th, 2020|We Are One|0 Comments

Military Families and Autism

Military families don’t have it easy. From coping with frequent relocation to experiencing separation from the primary caregiver for long stretches, the frequent disruption in the routine of military families can lead to a range of mental and emotional problems for its members. These challenges become even more troublesome for military families with children with autism. Research shows that military families that have a child with ASD experience challenges associated with both the military lifestyle and having a child with special needs. By belonging to two groups that are already prone to support limitations and accessibility issues when it comes to therapeutic service, military families with a child with ASD are at an additional risk of higher levels of stress and difficulty obtaining ASD-related services. Let’s delve deeper into how children with autism in military families cope with the challenges of military life. How Do The Conditions Of Military Life Affect Autistic Children? According to the Center for Disease Control, 1 in 68 children is autistic. Additionally, military sources indicate that more than 20,000 military dependents have some form of autism. Challenges of a Military Family Military families are prone to temporary relocations or permanent change of station (PCS) approximately three times more than non-military families. The frequency of these relocations affects the military family unit and children. Children may experience the stress of the potential loss of their loved one and the absence of a support system. The [...]

By |2020-10-09T13:44:52+00:00October 9th, 2020|We Are One|0 Comments