BY HALE BRADT December 1945 was not a good month for my family. My father, Lt. Col. Wilber E. Bradt, recently returned from three years overseas in the Pacific, took his own life on December 1. He was 45 years old. My mother, Norma, had turned 40 the day before, I was a week shy of my 15th birthday, and my sister, Valerie, was 13. Valerie and I were downtown at dancing and violin lessons […]

An AC/DC Connection

I was sitting at an AC/DC concert being prepared to get my pants rocked off, but instead I was listening to a man pour his heart and soul out to me about his son with autism. It was the first time I’ve seen Hayden speechless. Mark and I sat him on the couch and told him that for his birthday, we were taking him to an AC/DC concert in Atlanta. After Hayden stared at his […]

Myths About Military Families

BY JENNIFER WOODWORTH, PSY.D. Many stereotypes about the military and their families exist. Each person’s experience is unique and cannot be put into any one category. Stereotypes about military families are presented in movies, books, reality television shows and biases of civilians; however military families struggle with many of the same things civilian families do. Presented here are some myths about military families and the facts that dispute them. MYTH: MILITARY FAMILIES DON’T PAY TAXES […]

Reunion Day

PUZZLES & CAMO BY SHELLY HUHTANEN I knew that I would be seeing people who had never met Broden before and I was actually concerned about how they would judge Broden. In some selfish and shallow way, that affected me. “Are you ready to leave yet?” Mark yelled to me from the living room as I was running back into the bathroom. I ran into the bathroom to spray my hair again because the last […]

An Overview Of Adults With Special Needs

MILITARY LIFE Adults with special needs are individuals over the age of 18 who have a medical condition or disability. People in this group may include: • A spouse with a chronic illness or an acquired disability • A child with a developmental disorder transitioning to adulthood • A family member over 21 years of age, with complex needs and who requires assistance to live on his or her own Supporting adult family members with […]

Separation And Grief

BY JENNIFER WOODWORTH, PSY.D. Separation from military service requires planning. Whether the separation was by choice or by force, there are a set of protocols that are followed. Transition seminars focus on writing resumes, looking for employment, and using social media to stay connected. However, these seminars minimally touch on the emotional side of leaving the military. Identifying as a Marine, Sailor, Soldier, Airman, or Guardsman comes with a sense of pride, accomplishment, and meaning. […]

Tuition Help For Military Children

Like all parents, service members often need help to pay the high cost of college tuition. Fortunately, many scholarships, tuition assistance programs and benefits exist just for the children of service members. But finding the right programs could feel like being stuck in a rainforest without a guide. To keep you on the right path, you need to know about: • Where to start • Types of scholarships • Military-specific scholarships and loans • Other […]

Change of Plans

PUZZLES & CAMO BY SHELLY HUHTANEN He let me in his world for an entire 45 minutes. I asked Broden, “Is it time?” He looked at me and said, “Time for school.” School has started so my taxi driving hours have significantly increased this past week. By the middle of last week, my son, Hayden, tried to convince me to paint my car yellow. I’m assuming he thought I might be able to pick up […]


BY JENNIFER WOODWORTH, PSY.D. According to the U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, during the school year 2012-2013, almost 13 percent of children enrolled in public school received some form of specialized education. These include children who have been identified as having a disability that is interfering with their education; where there are many more students with informal behavior plans or accommodations that have been agreed upon by the teacher and parent. […]

VA Awards $7.8 Million in Adaptive Sport Grants to Aid Disabled Veterans

Grants promote rehabilitation, health and wellness and community reintegration WASHINGTON – Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald today announced the awarding of up to $7.8 million in grants for adaptive sports programs for disabled Veterans and disabled Servicemembers of the Armed Forces. The grant recipients may use these funds for planning, developing, managing and implementing these adaptive sports programs. The Department of Veterans Affairs is awarding the grants to national governing bodies, which prepare […]