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Sesame Streetís Elmo to Educate Americans on Deployments
American Forces Press Service ^ | Jim Garamone

Posted on 12/21/2006 10:11:40 PM PST by SandRat

WASHINGTON, Dec. 21, 2006 -- Elmo and the characters of Sesame Street are going to give Americans a chance to see what military families go through when their loved ones deploy to war zones.

Sesame Street will air “When Parents Are Deployed” on most Public Broadcasting System stations Dec. 27. Armed Forces Network stations will air the special in January.

“The special focuses on giving people an understanding of the sacrifices servicemembers’ families make in a deployment,” said Barbara Goodno, a senior program analyst with the Pentagon’s Office of Family Policy.

Elmo, the fuzzy red puppet who is perpetually three years old, is the star of the program. Viewers see the deployment through his eyes.

“When Parents Are Deployed” may have puppets, but it is a program parents and older siblings can watch, too, said Leslye Arsht, under secretary for military community and family policy. “Elmo is someone with whom people of all ages can relate.”

Arsht said the producers listened to family and expert feedback to ensure the program meets families’ needs.

The special is an outgrowth of a DVD entitled “Talk, Listen, Connect: Helping Families Cope with Military Deployment.” Sesame Street released that DVD in July, and it is available in both English and Spanish versions.

In that program, Elmo’s father has to be away from home for a while, and the whole family needs to find ways to adjust during his absence. Wal-Mart and other sponsors provided the funding to distribute the DVD and an accompanying booklet to schools, childcare centers and military family support centers.

The DVD set and television program capture the many emotions associated with deployments -- the fears and worries before departure, the loneliness and concern while a loved one is away and the anxiety often associated with reunion, Arsht said.

The Defense Department has made tremendous strides in providing resources for military families, Arsht said.

“DoD has many support systems to support good physical, emotional, spiritual, educational and social health,” she said.

On installations, these services center around family support centers. These centers provide a network for families and offer information and education programs to assist with tasks of daily living, Arsht said.

DoD conducted research that shows the key elements to coping with deployment stresses are communication, outreach, information resources and access to unit leadership, Arsht said.

One of the most popular resources available for families is Military OneSource. Troops and families can get help or information by visiting the Military OneSource Web site or calling, toll free, 1-800-342-9647.

Military OneSource provides counseling or information to servicemembers and families at no charge, and it runs the gamut from child care to personal finances to emotional support during deployments. It also provides relocation advice or helps set up resources for special circumstances. It is open 24-7.

Access to this type of support is particularly important for family members of deployed reserve component personnel, Arsht said.

Another important resource is Military Homefront. This official DoD Web site offers reliable quality of life information tailored for three specific groups: servicemembers and families, leaders and service providers.

Related Sites:
Military OneSource
Military Homefront


TOPICS: Culture/Society; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: deployments; elmo; sesame; street
ELMO Supports the Troops and Their Families.
1 posted on 12/21/2006 10:11:42 PM PST by SandRat
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To: StarCMC; Bethbg79; bentfeather; EsmeraldaA; MoJo2001; Kathy in Alaska; Brad's Gramma; ...

ELMO Help Troops!!!


2 posted on 12/21/2006 10:12:28 PM PST by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: SandRat

This is nice, but I wish I could get over my inate distrust of PBS.


3 posted on 12/21/2006 10:15:44 PM PST by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: SandRat
ELMO Supports the Troops and Their Families.

Conservative children watch "Sesame Street." Liberal children watch "The Teletubbies."

4 posted on 12/21/2006 10:25:50 PM PST by pcottraux (It's pronounced "P. Coe-troe.")
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To: SandRat

That's so sweet! Kudos to Sesame Street for helping out military families!!

I just wish they'd make one for parents of deployed troops called "How To Stop Sobbing Uncontrollably in the Candy Aisle When 'I'll Be Home for Christmas' Is Played Over the Store Speakers"...

Hmmm, maybe I'll watch Elmo and see if I can get some tips!


5 posted on 12/21/2006 10:26:27 PM PST by dandelion
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To: pcottraux
Sorry, but my kids watched neither. I didn't want Spanish forced down their throat at home, like it is in their grade school.

Keep your PBS Spanish brainwashing, and Dora to boot.

Incidentally, I'm not against teaching kids foreign languages, all three manage to speak Hungarian fluently, and German and Polish to some extent.

But I am against brainwashing our kids to accept the idea that THEY are obligated to speak Spanish to communicate with immigrants of The United States of America.

I am also against PBS's use of "guests" on Sesame Street, normalizing liberals and making them mainstream to our youth.

If you want your kids to read early, you don't plop them in front of the TV. If you do, remember your kids will also absorb all the garbage that comes along with a publik edukashon, not to mention the constant barrage of "PBS Sponsors" like cereal makers and toy makers (not commercials? riiiiiight.)
6 posted on 12/22/2006 12:36:39 AM PST by esoxmagnum
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To: SandRat

This news will make my 3 year old niece very happy


7 posted on 12/22/2006 12:49:32 AM PST by Shahar Adom
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

I agree, given the very left wing tilt of Sesame Street I have a real hard time trusting them.


8 posted on 12/22/2006 1:12:25 AM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: SandRat
Any attempt to educate the public from PBS will inevitably result in the slander of America and all Americans.

"Impeach Bush!"

"American troops kill children!"

"Tickle me now, Bi-@tch!"

9 posted on 12/22/2006 1:50:25 AM PST by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: SandRat

Send Elmo on a suicide mission to the Sunni Triangle...


10 posted on 12/22/2006 6:53:17 AM PST by GreenLanternCorps (WHO DEY! WHO DEY! WHO DEY THINK GONNA BEAT DEM BENGALS!!!)
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To: esoxmagnum

I was just kidding.


11 posted on 12/22/2006 10:39:27 AM PST by pcottraux (It's pronounced "P. Coe-troe.")
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To: SandRat
Yes, but will they have Bert and Ernie address the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy?


12 posted on 12/27/2006 9:35:44 PM PST by SubGeniusX ("BLAMMO! Eyes melt, skin explodes, everybody dead!")
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