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New Program Aims to Support Children of Military Families

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New Hampshire is launching a new initiative designed to support children and families of military personnel.

Under the "Purple Star Initiative," the state will train teachers and other school employees to recognize when kids are struggling with a family member's deployment or relocation.

Staff Sgt. Richard Frost is Vice Co-Chair of the state's Joint Military Task Force of the Governor’s Commission on Alcohol and Other Drugs. 

He says if these kids feel supported, they are less likely to get in trouble or experience depression.

"This is about creating moments throughout the course of the year that can build these kids up a little bit. We know it's not going to solve every problem but sometimes if you can tip the scale a little bit in their favor, they're a little bit more able to  manage other issues throughout the course of the day."

The training is expected to begin at 25 pilot schools across the state this spring.

Peter Biello is the host of All Things Considered and Writers on a New England Stage at New Hampshire Public Radio. He has served as a producer/announcer/host of Weekend Edition Saturday at Vermont Public Radio and as a reporter/host of Morning Edition at WHQR in Wilmington, North Carolina.

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