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Amazing Kid: Brianna Cart

Amazing Kid Brianna Cart sends care packages to soldiers serving overseas. Credit: Maryanne VanBurger
Amazing Kid: Brianna Cart Age: 16 Grade: 11th Home Town: Owego, N.Y. School: Homeschooled Favorite Ice Cream: Rainbow...
Brianna Cart sends care packages to soldiers serving overseas.

Amazing Dad: Dan Rooney

Maj. Dan Rooney, surrounded by his wife, Jacqy and their four daughters, is working to aid the families of fallen heroes. Credit: Folds of Honor Foundation
Amazing Dad: Maj. Dan Rooney, who established the Folds of Honor Foundation, which gives...

War and Economy Take Toll on Kids' Mental Health

Military children suffer through war and recession. Photo: sxc.hu
According to the Pentagon, 2003 saw about one million children of U.S. military troops seek outpatient mental care. By 2008, that number had doubled. What happened in those fives...

Sleepovers, Sonogram Cufflinks and More - Links We Love

Get sandal-perfect toes with a home pedicure. Photo courtesy of sxc.hu.
Get out your tissues: A dad returns from Iraq and surprises his 10-year-old daughter on her next to last day from school. -- Jezebel
Not sure what to get that dad-to-be...

Boy's Birthday Present is Soldier Dad

Gabriel Hurles thought his mom's homemade cupcakes were going to be the high point of kindergarten party celebrating his sixth birthday. But that was before the Dayton, NV, boy noticed a huge 4-foot box with multicolored balloon wrapping paper in the...

Suicide rates up among US teens

Suicide rates among the nation's youth continue to climb. Many experts fear the reason for this is due to fewer antidepressants being prescribed. After a fifteen-year decline the rates are climbing--what was seen as a possibly random increase in...

Dad calls from Iraq, son gets suspended

Master Sgt. Morris Hill is serving his country in Iraq, a long way away from his beloved sons back in Texas. Luckily, these days, we have the means for people on opposite sides of the planet to talk to each other in real time, almost without regard...

Newborn surprises mom and Army dad on leave

Normita Malmberg's boyfriend was going to surprise her with an engagement ring while he was home on a two-week leave from Iraq. Instead, she surprised him by giving birth to their first child, a baby boy that neither of them knew was coming. Malmberg...

Soldier brings home unusual souvenir from Iraq

I'm sure that soldiers expect to come back from a tour of duty in Iraq at least a little different. A lot probably also expect to bring back a souvenir or two. Captain Scott Southworth, however, came back with something very much on his mind -- a...

Mom sends silly string to troops

Who knew Silly String could serve a purpose beyond fun and games? In Iraq, soldiers use the stuff to detect bomb trip wires before entering a room. When sprayed from the aerosol can, the string travels about 10 12 feet through the air. If it hangs in...

Mom plans skydive salute for Iraq-bound son

There are many things that I would do to prove to my family just how much I love them, but jumping out of a perfectly good airplane is not one of them. Tina Peters, however, is clearly a braver woman than I. Before her son, Air Force Staff Sgt. Jason...

Military giving high school drop-outs a second chance

The war in Iraq has strained America's military to the point where qualified new recruits are getting harder to come by. A high school diploma is a requirement in all branches of the military, but now the military is aiming to bring high-school...

Scam targets military spouses

Of all the things a military spouse must deal with, hearing that your mate has been injured while serving has got to be one of the absolute worst. To get that call and then find out it was just a scam is beyond comprehension. According to the...

Head Start gets a boost in funding

There is good news to those families whose young children attend a Head Start school, next year there will be more money. The House recently approved a bill that will increase the overall budget from $6.9 billion to $7.4 billion next year. The other...

Deployed dad's home visit no excuse for missing school

So, your dad's been in Iraq on duty with the Army? He's coming home for two weeks and then going back? Bummer that you'll be stuck in school, eh? That's the attitude of Lee Griffin, the principal and founder of Children Reaching for the Sky, an...

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