Why we do it
After the Extortion 17 tragedy, two children from the Naval Special Warfare community were deeply impacted by what their friends were going through. They wanted to do something to honor the fallen, and attending the memorial services of their friends’ dads just wasn’t enough.
They wanted to do something that mattered. They wanted to act. Their mission became what is now SEALkids.
In 2012, NSWKids Inc. was granted 501(c)(3) status establishing SEALkids, Inc. as an organization committed to “Providing the best educational and enrichment resources to the children of Naval Special Warfare.”
Facts and Needs
Common traits among children in the Navy SEAL community:
- Military kids ages 11-14 experience a 15% increase in anxiety, emotional and behavioral problems over the general population
- Approximately 18% of military children require some type of counseling
- Military families tend to move every 2-3 years which means they also experience new schools and curriculum
- 1 in 88 military children are diagnosed with autism.
- On average, NSW fathers are deployed more than 9 months out of the year.
- Difficult to maintain a regular routine for children
- Increased child behavioral problems
- Lower academic rankings Issues of engagement, disengagement and reengagement
- 25-50% of children younger than 5 with a deployed parent had discipline problems, sadness, and increased demands for attention
- The well-being of young children typically mirrors the well-being of their caregivers
- The longer a parent is deployed, the larger the impact on the child’s academic achievement
- Older children have more behavioral issues as the length of deployment increases
- Older children see the dangers more clearly and the impact on the remaining parent 68% of teens said that helping the remaining parent cope was the most difficult problem they faced
- 54% of teens said that when the deployment ended, fitting the returning parent back in the home routine was their most difficult problem