A Child’s Guide to War was launched in 2013 with the goal of broadening Americans’ discussions about war. Originally founded by the mother of an American combat veteran, the team has since expanded to include respected film makers, community leaders, and veteran family members. Our focus is to bridge the military-civilian divide by engaging veterans, political leaders, educators, medical experts, and American youth in discussions about how military families experience war.
From these discussions, the team has produced a short film called “Veteran Kids” and a segment of our upcoming film, “Veteran Children”. The completed documentary will be aired by WFYI (the PBS affiliate station in Indianapolis, Indiana), where much of the filming has taken place.
We have renamed the project “Veteran Children” to reflect our focus on the ways that war impacts the children of veterans. To that end, we have created a new website that provides a more dynamic and informative platform to communicate the team’s progress.
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Why this project is important:
We believe that every American has an ownership role in our wars and our military. All of us have a duty to value our soldiers, both those who gave their lives in battle and those who return from war.. As civilians, we need to remember that it is our elected leaders who choose where and when to go to war; our soldiers take an oath and go to fight where we send them.
A wide gulf exists in America between the families of those who have served in the military and those who haven’t. While respect for the military is high, real knowledge is lacking.
We want soldiers, veterans and their families to feel supported by civilians, and we want civilians to feel included in discussions about military service and war.
Be part of our movement:
Fewer than one percent of all Americans serve in the military—yet nearly two million American children have a parent who has been deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan. For Americans age 15 or younger, our country has been at war their entire lives. What have military children and families experienced? How do we hear their stories, learn from them, and connect to them? How can we bridge the military-civilian divide?
This project will address these important issues and invite all Americans to join in the conversation.
Your donation – in any amount – will help complete an important documentary film and ignite meaningful discussions. Thank you for your support!