I am incredibly lucky. Each day I come home, whether it’s from school or work or just hanging with my friends, to see my mother and father hanging outside with their chicken. I take for granted that they will always be there. It rarely occurs to me that some kids have it so much harder, considering one or both of their parents is fighting for my freedom.
There are a ton of programs to support our troops, which is absolutely great and I fully support supporting our troops. I think they’re amazing. I applaud what they are doing and I have tremendous respect for them. However, what we don’t really see as often is honoring the families of those serving.
So, this is why Nick News, hosted by Linda Ellerbee, is presenting a special viewing called, “Coming Home: When Parents Return From War,” on July 6th at 9PM. The show profiles different kids with parents coming home from Iraq and honors how strong they are.
Everyone has a different story: kids who’ve had no choice but to become more responsible due to their parents being gone, kids adjusting to parents with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or physical disabilities, and kids whose parent died fighting bravely. This program showcases kids with these stories.
Some of the things these kids say break my heart, like when Kayleigh said about her dad, “It’s not like he’s on a business trip and you know he’ll always come back.”
The show focuses on the parents coming home. Ms. Ellerbee said, “Soldiers have expectations about what their kids are going to be like. Kids have expectations about what their soldier-parents are going to be like. And they’re all probably going to be wrong.”
As long as this show doesn’t make this into a anti-war thing and focuses on honoring the kids, this should be a good special. It’s about time someone honors the kids put through this stress.