Camp Hero helps military kids cope while parents serve

Camp Hero helps military kids cope while parents serve

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Camp Hero is a great opportunity for these kids to be around others who are going through the same experiences. Deployment is difficult on them, but Camp Hero makes it a little easier to deal with.

Surrounded by tall trees, this part of Camp Mabry feels like its miles away from the Capital city and this place is exactly what many of these kids have needed.

"They get to be able to bond. They get to understand what each other is going through, to know they're not alone," said Trevor Romain, Co-founder of the Comfort Crew, which is hosting Camp Hero for kids of National Guard or Reserve Service Members.

Each camper has a parent who has been or is deployed.

"The Comfort Crew is an organization that helps military kids stay connected to each other and supported by everybody else and the rest of the country. Those kids didn't choose to be military kids. Someone chose for them" Romain said.

This week, in addition to egging the counselors, he kids are playing games and building comfort kits for other military kids.

"I know what they feel. They probably feel the same way too and they know what it's like to have someone in the military and their family," said 12-year-old Daismar Santos.

Santos was enrolled in the camp by her father, who is currently in Afghanistan.

"It's been a really hard time. He's been gone one and a half years, but he's going to come back really soon," she said.

She was able to see him in April and can't wait for the day he returns for good.

"He came and picked me up and I started crying, it was really a joyful time," she said.

Every year, nearly 73,000 kids of National Guard and Reserve Service Members are separated from a parent due to deployment. Camp Hero provides support to some of those kids.

"Obviously the stress of parents going to training and moving, takes its toll, so we give kids tools to manage what they're going through, feel supported and learn how to support each other," Romain said.

Eleven-year-old Hayden Davis is happy to have his dad back home after he was gone for a year.

"It was kind of stressful and I kind of felt like I worried a lot about him," Davis said. "I think it's fun to be with some people that know what you've been through and how it is to have someone deployed."

Thanks to donations and volunteers these kids have been brought together.

"More people should join. It's really small, but everyone just feels close together," Romain said.

According to the Comfort Crew, sometimes families of National Guard Service Members aren't given the same support as other military branches and that's why they're specifically reaching out to those kids this week.

The Comfort Crew travels all over the country and the world providing support to military children.

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