The Month of the Military Child highlights the younger
warriors within the ranks of our nation’s bravest families. Among these, one of
our own stands out.
Maggie, a freshman at The Ohio State University, was not
satisfied with simply being the daughter of a Coast Guardsmen.  Maggie also volunteered countless hours at
Hope For The Warriors® events.
Even more impressive was her high school Senior Project—a
project dedicated to helping an entire school district better understand the
needs and challenges of their students.
Maggie’s project informed local high school teachers about
vicarious post-traumatic stress disorder, a psychological disorder that affects
those that surround the military bases, especially children of service
members.  Her project included a seminar
for teachers, which was taped and his now part of the required annual training
for teachers throughout Onslow County.
Maggie’s dedication to go above and beyond put her in the
spotlight as Operation Homefront’s
Military Child of the Year in 2011
. She was honored with the opportunity to
speak one-on-one with Michelle Obama about the needs of military families.  Maggie returned to the ceremony this year as
a guest of the President of Hope For The Warriors®, Robin Kelleher.
As she moves forward into a successful college career,
Maggie hopes to implement a new program at The Ohio State University as well, in
an effort to educate future leaders about the needs of our nation’s wounded
heroes and their families.
Maggie is not only an asset to Hope For The Warriors®, but
also to every community group and educational institution that she works with.
We are excited to see a continuance of great things from Maggie, and could not
be more proud.