Battlefront vs. homefront: What happens to kids when parents go to war? Coming up on Your Voice, TVO's Web-TV series for parents



    TORONTO, Oct. 28 /CNW/ - When the men and women of Canada's armed forces
are deployed to conflict zones, what battles do their loved ones - kids,
spouses and families - face on the homefront? On Remembrance Day, Tuesday
November 11, 2008 at 9 pm ET at www.tvoparents.com, Your Voice, TVO's Web-TV
series for parents, presents a special Remembrance Day edition taped at
Canadian Forces Base Petawawa that offers unique insight as to how kids and
families cope with the everyday, challenging realities of being left behind.
    Children of soldiers deployed in Afghanistan must deal with long
separations and the fear and anxiety of losing their parents. Your Voice goes
on the road for the first time ever to CFB Petawawa to hear about life from
the inside of a military family when a parent goes to war. What is it like for
the children and spouses of soldiers? Host Cheryl Jackson will talk with
parents, kids, psychologists and teachers. Guests include:

    
    -  Charmaine Tedford, who lost her husband, Sgt. Darcy Tedford, in
       Afghanistan in October 2006. She talks about the pressures of single
       parenthood following her husband's deployment and how she and her
       daughters came to terms with his death.

    -  Michelle Belec, a children's deployment support program coordinator at
       the Petawawa Military Family Resource Centre, an organization that
       supports individuals and families within the military community. Belec
       does critical incident training and works directly with kids and
       teachers.

    -  Veletia Richards, a teacher at Pinecrest Public School on the base in
       Petawawa. Richards has two school-age daughters and her husband served
       in Afghanistan for eight months last year.
    

    Parents can share their experiences on this topic with other parents in
the chatroom at www.tvoparents.com. (The program will be repeated on TVO on
Sunday November 16, 2008 at 6 pm.)

    For interviews or for more information, please contact TVO
Communications.

    About TVO

    TVO is Ontario's public educational media organization and a trusted
source of interactive educational content that informs, inspires and
stimulates curiosity and thought. TVO's vision is to empower people to be
engaged citizens of Ontario through educational media.





For further information:

For further information: Media Contacts: Angela Garde, (416) 484-2600
ext. 2305, agarde@tvo.org; Anne Rubenstein, (416) 484-2881,
arubenstein@tvo.org


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