Local military children share their stories

News 12 This Morning/Wednesday April 16, 2014

(WRDW)--It was a sea of purple at Fort Gordon's Freedom Park School, where students had a special day being celebrated as part of Month of the Military Child.

And for 16-year-old Kayla Benfatto, it was a special day too.

"My mom recently joined. She joined about four years ago," Benfatto explained, which means after 12 years living in one place...she was uprooted.

"It was hard," she said. "The first move...It was just a big change. But, then you get to meet all the amazing people all around. "

Now, she's part of the Richmond Academy Raider team showcasing her talents for younger students.

"With Raider team we do more stuff you would do at basic training. We climb, we jump, we run a lot," she explained. "[For] a lot of military kids it can be stressful and to [the students at Freedom Park]get excited and be up and energized for this...it's a great feeling."

"It was nice to know that people actually care about the fact that it's not just the people that are actually in the military, but their children have to go through all the stuff that they do also," said Daniel Lamoureux.

Daniel is 13 years old and in the 7th grade at Freedom Park.

He says although his dad hasn't been deployed several times, it's still one of the hardest things about being a military child.

"Since I've been alive my dad's only been deployed twice," he explained."It's been kinda hard. It's kind of sad when he has to leave."

Daniel's moved four times now, but tells 12 having the support of others like him at Freedom Park--helps.

"Being an army child makes it to where you'll actually talk to people and you'll understand their life," he said." Having friends from all different places means...it's pretty nice."

In spite of the difficulties of being military children, both Kayla and Daniel say they aspire to join the service in the future.

Kayla tells 12 she's interested in going to a navy college and then going on to join the FBI.

Daniel says he'd like to go to college, join the Marine Corp and become and officer.


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