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The Role of Grandparents in VA EEM Programs

Grandparents provide home supportive care for an estimated 155,000 Military children. Often, both parents serving on active duty in Iraq, Korea, Japan, and Afghanistan.The role of grandparents should be properly recognized in our nation's military efforts. Our current and former President's parents reside with the 1" family to care for the President's children. So, do ours.

Multigenerational family housing can solve part of this issue.

About 40% of grandparents who have cared for their grandchildren have noted that they have taken on that responsibility for five years or more. This indicates that this arrangement is likely to be permanent. Since a grand family consisting of two generations – grandparent and grandchild, does not constitute the definition of multigenerational, this becomes problematic.

As was previously mentioned, grandparents provide care for an estimated 155,000 children of parents currently serving on active duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. It is certainly about time that the role of grandparents and all extended family members that care for military children, be recognized more broadly for their military service family efforts.

As evidenced, multigenerational households can combat the isolation of military service families. Especially how military service children feel, when one or both parents are a vital role in the deployment of military personnel.