They’re known as “third culture kids,” sons and daughters of military personnel who move from base to base, never quite being part of the wider world.
Problems often experienced by teenagers are exacerbated by the life experiences of military kids.
“These teens are a subculture within a bigger youth culture,” said Randy Raus, president of Life Teen, an international Catholic ministry. “They don’t know from day to day if their parent will come home. They move frequently and become very resilient very quickly. They suffer from increased pressure that many teens in the U.S. just don’t feel.”
Now there is a Catholic outreach to this group, a partnership between the Arizona-based Life Teen and an evangelical youth ministry headquartered in Colorado called Military Community Youth Ministries.
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