Children who are in military families often find themselves moving to new places.
But, no matter where they go, there is one organization they can rely on: The Boys & Girls Clubs.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of America serves more than 450,000 military children worldwide.
Last month, members of the Hylton Boys & Girls Club in Dale City heard about the organization’s role.
Some parents said it helped build their children’s social skills.
“It helped them to become better people, because they can interact in different social circles, they’re not afraid to talk to anyone,” said Tabatha Turman, who serves in the United States Army Reserve.
Colonel Stanley Malloy, who serves in the United States Army, said the Hylton Club has helped his children grow more confident and has supported his family.
“The club just took things to a new level with my daughters becoming independent young ladies. I can’t thank the club enough for that,” Malloy said. “Family is great, but family can’t do it all all the time … The club has taken a large load off of us and contributed greatly to raising our kids.”
Members of the Hylton Boys & Girls Club also answered questions. The Boys & Girls Club of America will use their feedback to better support military children.
The organization hopes to serve 250,000 more military children, according to Dawn Brunson from the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.
“The only way that we’re going to be able to do it is to know exactly what those kids need, what kind of issues are unique to their community, and how we can better support them,” Brunson said. “So, the answers that you share here today are answers that we’re going to use to address some of the issues or work on some of the problems that military kids have.”
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