USO Sponsored “With You All the Way” Program Kicks Off International Tour; Helps Children Cope with Issues Unique to Growing Up a Military Child

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During his first visit to the Pacific for the USO, Trevor Romain, award winning author and illustrator of self-help books for kids speaks with thousands of military children about the unique challenges they face growing up a military child.

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“It is about being real and sharing stories. I mix in humor and encourage the children to express themselves,” said Romain. “For some, just knowing that there are other kids out there going through the same thing as them can be so comforting.”

USO’s With You All the Way program concluded the 2012 international tour kick off this week with presentations to military children in Guam. The With You All the Way program is led by award winning author and illustrator, Trevor Romain. Romain uses humor to help children identify and cope with serious issues such as deployment, reintegration and when a parent returns home with invisible and visible wounds.

On his first visit to the region for the With You All the Way program, Romain led the two-week tour kick off with presentations to thousands of children at schools throughout Hawaii and Guam. Hawaii is home to more than 56,000 military family members and Guam’s approximately 8,000 military personnel experience frequent deployments due to mission requirements. Romain visited with more than 3500 children bringing messages of hope and comfort to kids who have experienced deployments, multiple deployments, the visible and invisible wounds of war, as well as loss of a parent or loved one.

“It is about being real and sharing stories. I mix in humor and encourage the children to express themselves,” said Romain. “For some, just knowing that there are other kids out there going through the same thing as them can be so comforting.”

The presentations, tailored to children in length and content, opened with kid friendly jokes followed by a showing of the video “With You All the Way! Dealing with Deployment” as well as clips from other Trevor Romain Company videos such as “Bullies Are A Pain In the Brain” and “Facing Fear Without Freaking Out”. The presentations closed with an interactive session of questions and answers. In the week following the presentations, children will receive the With You All the Way Military Family Empowerment Pack containing videos and resources to help both children and parents. Romain has been working with the USO for the past five years- visiting approximately 21 military installations on seven USO tours.

“We are so excited to have Trevor work with the children in our region,” said Carolyn Harris, USO Regional Vice President of Operations for the Pacific. “The families here have experienced multiple deployments and Trevor’s presentations and tools provide the children with a way to express themselves and know that they are not alone.”

The With You All the Way tour will return to the Pacific in February with visits to military children living in Korea and Japan. The fall leg of the tour will include presentations to U.S. military children living in Germany and the Mediterranean.

Click here for photos of the 2012 International Tour Kick off.

About the USO
The USO (United Service Organizations) lifts the spirits of America’s troops and their families millions of times each year at hundreds of places worldwide. We provide a touch of home through centers at airports and military bases in the U.S. and abroad, top quality entertainment and innovative programs and services. We also provide critical support to those who need us most, including forward-deployed troops and their families, wounded warriors and their families and the families of the fallen.

The USO is a private, nonprofit organization, not a government agency. We rely on the generosity of our volunteers and donors. In addition to individual donors and corporate sponsors, the USO is supported by President’s Circle Partners: American Airlines, Kangaroo Express, Kroger, Northrop Grumman Corporation and TriWest Healthcare Alliance and Worldwide Strategic Partners: AT&T, Inc., BAE Systems, The Boeing Company, Clear Channel Communications, The Coca-Cola Company, Lockheed Martin, Microsoft Corporation and Procter & Gamble. We are also supported through the United Way and Combined Federal Campaign (CFC-11381). To join us in this patriotic mission, and to learn more about the USO, please visit uso.org.

About the Trevor Romain Foundation
The Trevor Romain Foundation is a nonprofit organization creating resources to support and comfort military children and their families when challenged by adversity.

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