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Feature July 2009

July 27th, 2009 · No Comments · Featured Musings, Home, Maiden In-The-Know

A Sisterhood of Maiden Muses aka the Traveling BDU

By Kerri Jean McManus

We have just begun to hear personal stories from veterans who have been deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan over the last several years, but we haven’t really heard much about the impact that these deployments have on the children of military troops. Moranda Hern and Kaylei Deakin are now putting their faces to their truth and hope to unite others in telling their own personal stories.

Hern and Deakin are two California teenagers who faced feelings of frustration and depression after their fathers, both National Guardsmen, were deployed to the Middle East. As their families faced the day-to-day challenges of life at home and the uncertainty of their fathers’ fates overseas, both girls suffered from a drop in self-esteem and felt completely isolated amongst their peers. As daughter of National Guardsmen, the girls did not live in communities with other military families and their peers did not know how to relate to the challenges that both Hern and Deakin were dealing with at home.

That changed when the girls met each other through

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