U.S. Veteran Puts His Children First: Pens eBook Discussing Winning the War on the Home Front

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U.S. Military Advisor encourages fathers to become more involved with their children at home.

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“There is a war going on at home. There are offensives set against our families and against our children...The role of the father is imperative."

For one U.S. veteran, the 6,700 miles that separate the sands of Iraq from the shores of the U.S. proved to be no obstacle in reaching out to his five children and other fathers as well.

Jackson Drumgoole, an Intelligence Advisor for the Ministry of Interior of the Government of Iraq, husband and father of five, recently published They Call Me Daddy, an eBook that encourages dads to become more involved parents and describes methods to stay connected during times of separation.

According to a U.S. Census Bureau report, more than 25 million children live apart from their biological fathers. That is 1 out of every 3 (34.5%) children in America. Nearly 2 in 3 (65%) African American children live in father-absent homes. Nearly 4 in 10 (36%) Hispanic children, and nearly 3 in 10 (27%) white children live in father-absent homes.

When asked why it is important to encourage fathers to stay in the lives of their children, Jackson says, “There is a war going on at home. There are offensives set against our families and against our children. And our children are not equipped to defend themselves against the enemies they are facing. We need to discuss at length the challenges that are bombarding our young people today from misled peers, to drugs, to pornography, with no hedge of protection from the father.” He further states, “The role of the father is imperative and the risk of delinquency is directly related to the absentee father.” According to a profile conducted of 7,000 jail inmates by James J. Doris and The Department of Justice, 39 percent of jail inmates lived in mother-only households. Approximately 46 percent of jail inmates had a previously incarcerated family member. One-fifth experienced a father in prison or jail.

Jackson was motivated to write They Call Me Daddy after being separated from his children due to multiple deployments. They Call Me Daddy is a culmination of life experiences, research and conversations with other dads with an end-state to build better parent-child relationships and strengthen the family core.

Jackson’s website, http://www.theycallmedad.com, offers an array of resources to assist fathers through their parental journey. The site offers state policies and programs that are relevant to fathers’ rights as the non-custodial parent, topics for new dads, teenagers and school-age kids as well as blogs and educational classes that help fathers in every aspect of being a more pro-active parent.

If you would like more information or to immediately download a copy of They Call Me Daddy please go to http://www.theycallmedad.com or email Jackson(at)theycallmedad(dot)com.

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