The effects of war

. October 23, 2012.

Children need to be prepared for the deployment of a parent or other family member.  The Armed Forces Family Network of the American Red Cross, Hancock County Chapter, assists in that preparation with educational materials available at no cost to military families and veterans. Funded by a grant from the Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation and the Community Partnership, the PTSD and Wounded Warrior Resource Library has opened in the Red Cross Office, 125 Fair St. According to Nichole Coleman, Armed Forces Family Network coordinator, there are several DVDs available, including the HBO documentary Wartorn 1861-2010, which explores the effects of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and some aimed at children and teens. “We want to make sure everyone in the family can prepare for the stress of deployment, including children, and these programs are designed specifically for these age groups,” adds Coleman. In addition to DVDs and books, some of the materials are being offered on Kindle electronic readers which can be borrowed from the Red Cross. “A lot of our service members and families are younger and are familiar with the Kindle and we wanted to make the material accessible and easy to use,” Coleman says. The Hancock County Red Cross Armed Forces Family Network meets the third Thursday of each month at 7pm at the Red Cross Office in Findlay. Childcare is provided.  For more info contact  email or call 419-422-9322.