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Media Advisory

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August 3, 2005 -- No. 342

Citizen-Soldier Support Program to brief N.C. board of education on children’s challenges

Wednesday (Aug. 3) 3:15 p.m.
State Board of Education board room, 7th floor
Education Building, 301 N. Wilmington St.
Raleigh

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill invites media representatives to attend a briefing by representatives of the Citizen-Soldier Support Program (CSSP) to members of the state board of education on the burdens facing the children of the state’s citizen soldiers and strategies to prevent and ease these burdens.

The board extended the invitation to CSSP as part of its initiative to build strong family, community and business support for North Carolina’s schools.

The briefing will identify the academic, health and domestic stresses influencing the lives of children of citizen soldiers, brought about by the mobilization and deployment of a loved one. CSSP provides teachers, counselors and administrators with the training and tools to recognize and respond to these issues, using existing materials that address the issues of military children in addition to those developed by the CSSP.

Peter Leousis, a subject matter specialist for the CSSP’s Child and Youth Team, and Gloria Harbin, the team’s leader, will conduct the briefing.

There is a child of a citizen soldier in each of North Carolina’s 100 counties. More than 19,000 children statewide have at least one parent who is a citizen soldier – i.e., a member of the National Guard or Army Reserves.

The Citizen-Soldier Support Program is a community-based initiative aimed at mobilizing community organizations and services to support and strengthen local citizen soldiers, their families and loved ones. Families of deployed Guard and Reserve members face challenges related to their geographic dispersement and also may lack the benefit of informal support networks that exist around military bases and posts.

The federally-funded Citizen-Soldier Support Program is being spearheaded by UNC-Chapel Hill in partnership with N.C. State, UNC-Charlotte, East Carolina, UNC-Greensboro, Duke, Virginia Tech, Bryn Mawr and UNC-TV.

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Citizen-Soldier Support Program background: http://www.unc.edu/news/archives/jul04/citizensoldier072304.html

Citizen-Soldier Support Program contact: Delisa Davis, (919) 843-4859 and (919) 636-0659 (on site)

News Services contact: Lisa Katz, (919) 962-2093