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Nov 16, 2009 9:30 AM by Veronica White

Kids Cope with Loved Ones Being Deployed

Families try their best to prepare for when their loved ones get deployed, but what about the little ones?

The Louisiana National Guard has been holding pre-deployment workshops all month to teach families how to deal.

Five-year-old twins Christian and Athen Sellers, are struggling to handle their father figure's departure. These boys understand that their Uncle Matt is leaving. What they have trouble understanding is why.

"We talk about it, and when they start to miss him we just remind them he's going away for a little while," said their grandmother Yvonne Sellers.

Families have learned the 2 key factors to help the children: Those who stay home continue the stable, structured upbringing, and everyone-- those deployed and those staying-- openly talk with them.

"Let them know that they may not physically see them but they're in their hearts and they're thinking about them every day," said Youth Program Coordinator Angela Ott.

Matt sellers is leaving for his second tour in the spring, but his family is as ready as they can be.

"We're a very strong family," said Yvonne Sellers.

For more information on family and youth pre-deployment help, call 962-5082 or go to jointservicessupport.org.

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