The United States is home to more than 21 million veterans, many of whom deployed to support combat operations around the globe during their military service and sustained service-related conditions or disabilities. Supporting these wounded, ill, and injured warriors once they return home are mil... Read More
The United States is home to more than 21 million veterans, many of whom deployed to support combat operations around the globe during their military service and sustained service-related conditions or disabilities. Supporting these wounded, ill, and injured warriors once they return home are millions of informal caregivers — individuals who provide unpaid support enable the service member or veteran to live in a non-institutionalized setting- and children. This saves the United States millions of dollars every year in health costs, but the care that they provide does not come without consequences. There are an estimated 5.5 million military caregivers in the United States. Of these, 1.1 million (19.6 percent) are caring for post-9/11 veterans. Military caregivers consistently experience worse health outcomes, greater strains on family relationships, and more workplace problems than non-caregivers, and post-9/11 military caregivers fare worst in these areas. (Site and reference - Terri Tanielian /RAND Corporation’s Research Blueprint: Improving Support for America’s Hidden Heroes.) These strains are often passed onto the children living in the home and result in poor mental health and resiliency. The lack of internal coping mechanisms, feelings of isolation or "being different," and the unwillingness to take healthy risks can result in these children having significant mental health issues, problems in school or lack of long-term goal setting. Through Third Star Foundation, we become the internal support system for not only the children but the caregiver as well. Working with an art therapist, licensed mental health professional, and trained volunteers Third Star foundation provides these coping mechanisms and allows the child a safe space to express their feelings; resulting in overall positive mental health. Currently we Third Star foundation is working with children who have attended a one-week camp experience with their peers to provide comprehensive year-round support.
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Amy Taft began Third Star Foundation out of a passion and love for military children. Her vision was to ensure that all military connected children living in a home that has a parent whom served in the military and received an injury or wound has constant ongoing support.
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