Military Families Learn Kids Serve Too

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Camp C.O.P.E
. provides military families with an unforgettable weekend at camp.

Camp C.O.P.E. gives these children hope and patience and courage. Camp C.O.P.E  lets them be just kids- again!

Through therapeutic interventions, certified therapists teach children and their families how to cope with their changed world due to deployment, injury or loss of a family member as a result of their service in our country’s military. Camp C.O.P.E. provides weekend camps across the country free of charge to children and families of military personnel. This is done through generous donations and grants from individuals and our corporate partners. Camp C.O.P.E was established in 2004 and is classified as a non-profit 501c (3) organization.

Video transcript

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Being a military family is hard

Elizabeth Reep... one thing that I'm most proud of is being the daughter of a, a veteran, a spouse of a wounded warrior and ... a military parent. ... it's tough. Being a military family is hard. 

Renee Foster  He was deployed to one of the most dangerous areas. He was attached to 82nd Airborne.

John Foster  My company lost 11 soldiers that deployment, all killed in action, and I had my hands on a great deal of them.

Renee Foster...my husband was injured from an IED explosion that shattered his, uh, lower back and he was having left leg pain. He could barely walk...

John FosterI didn't exactly know how the war had affected me, but it definitely had...

Renee Foster ...The man that came home was not the man I married...

John Foster...I was overly emotional, uh, to any kind of conflict, any kind of corrective criticism... It didn't matter if it was the grocery attendant, my son's school teacher, my wife, even my son...

Renee Foster  He was just shut off from the world, no empathy, no sympathy... wasn't involved; didn't talk to me for days.

John Foster... I was super paranoid, um, constantly checking the locks of the doors, the windows, calling the police for people that I thought were trying to harm me or my family...

Renee Foster..my son was full of fear. My son was having nightmares; my son wasn't sleeping. My son would run and hide when we would argue and just scream...

Elizabeth Reep...it's the aftermath, the reintegration