Sesame Workshop’s resources and outreach have done more to help families cope with repeated deployments during a decade of war than anything the military could have done alone, the military’s top officer said here today.
Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Sesame’s “Talk, Listen, Connect: Deployments, Homecomings, Changes” campaign — a kit of DVDs and booklets designed to get families to discuss the unique challenges of military service with young children — sends “a powerful signal and produces a better outcome” than the Defense Department or military services could do on their own.
Dempsey made the comments as part of a Sesame Workshop panel discussion with other military and veteran advocates. ABC News correspondent Bob Woodruff, who suffered a traumatic brain injury while reporting on the war in Iraq, and his wife, Lee, also an author and journalist, hosted the event at the National Press Club.
“I bet you’ll pay more attention to what Rosita says than what any four-star general says,” Dempsey said, as the green furry monster puppet made an appearance at the lectern next to him.
Story and photo by Lisa Daniel, American Forces Press Service
ALEXANDRIA, Va. – First Lady Michelle Obama joined Nickelodeon TV’s “iCarly” cast at a school to pay tribute to the children of service members and preview the show’s upcoming episode about the hardships of military families.
With hundreds of cheering students – many of them from military families – and pop music booming in Hayfield Secondary School’s auditorium, Obama and the five actors who make up the “iCarly” cast danced onto the stage with the fanfare of a rock concert.
It was the last of four such appearances as part of the first lady’s “Joining Forces” campaign with Dr. Jill Biden, which seeks to get all Americans involved in supporting military families. Similar events were held this week at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif.; Naval Submarine Base New London, Conn.; and Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J.
“Kids like you make the same kind of sacrifices that your families do,” Obama said, after asking for a show of hands of military children. “I know how hard it is to stay strong and focused when your mom or dad is serving.”
Senior Chief Navy Counselor Paul Tyquiengco, assigned to the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), delivers stuffed animals to children during a community service project at Camillian Social Center in Rayong, Thailand, for children and adults living with HIV and AIDS. Members of the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) chief’s mess visited the center during a port visit to Laem Chabang and Pattaya, Thailand.
(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Barry A. Riley/Released)
This is part two of a Pentagon Channel special report about how to talk to children about bullying and ways to stop it. One effective way to stop bullying is to teach your children to recognize signs of bullying, and take steps to prevent it. In this episode, one young man shares his story about stopping a bully at his school.
To see part one of “Stop the Hate,” click here.
Staff Sgt. Freddy Velazquez, platoon sergeant, Motor Transport Support Company, Combat Logistics Battalion 3, hugs his son at Hangar 105. More than 200 Marines and sailors from CLB-3 returned from a seven-month deployment to Afghanistan. The unit provided tactical logistics support and maintained vehicles during the deployment.
Photo by Kristen Wong (DVIDS)