The military family describes the transfer, the transfer toll for service
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A new school year often means new tasks, new teachers, and new friends. But for children with military parents, it can also mean a new home. Summer is the highest period of movement for service members.
Robin Keller works for USO of Greater Jacksonville at NAS Jacksonville.
“It’s great,” Keller said. “It fills my heart when I get back and I see a family member who has really benefited from our programs.”
Keller and his wife are both in the military. He served 22 years in the U.S. Navy and moved at least 7 times.
“In a family, especially in two active service roles and as a spouse, it is usually left to one person in the family, one of the adults and they have to sell the house, find a new place to live, find daycare if you need to. that and I don’t know if anyone is stressed, ”Keller explained.
Keller said it can also be difficult with children.
“They’re really resilient, they’re really resilient but you know you’re taking them away from the real best friend and putting them back where they don’t know anyone and have to make new friends and find their way,” he said. Keller.
To assist in making a transition, organizations like the USO offer a variety of diverse programs to support military members and their families, including; The Healthy Families Initiative provides fresh groceries and No Dough Dinners where families not only eat but a chance to bond with other families.
“Having the resources available to them is a huge help for every family,” said Megan DeGance, USO Fields Program Specialist.
Keller said these types of programs can help relieve stress and make a difference for those who serve our country and their loved ones.
Many schools in Duval County also offer programs to welcome new military students and help them feel comfortable in their new school.
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