The Sisterhood of the Traveling BDUs

The Sisterhood of the Traveling BDUs
The Sisterhood of the Traveling BDUs
Having a parent in the armed forces can be really hard. Girls can sometimes feel out of place and think that there aren’t others who understand what they’re going through, which is why Moranda Hern, 17, and Kaylei Deakin, 16, decided to do something about it! Moranda and Kaylei are planning a conference for teenage girls with parents in the armed forces, called “The Sisterhood of the Traveling BDUs” (BDUs stands for “battle dress uniforms” or army fatigues.) And yes, they titled their conference after the name of the bestselling book series, “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” by Ann Brashares! The conference is scheduled to take place for three days in March of 2010.
Growing up, the girls felt alienated from their peers while their dads were deployed overseas, and hope that their conference will provide support and social networking for teens struggling with the same problem. Although the military had a lot of programs available for homes and families, there was not a lot of opportunity for social networking. But Moranda and Kaylei are determined to change this!
The girls were inspired by California First Lady Maria Shriver’s annual Women’s Conference, which they both attended in 2008. But that’s not the only leadership training they’ve had: Kaylei started an after-school club for military teens at her high school, and spearheaded fundraisers for her father’s Army National Guard unit, while Moranda worked on behalf of her father’s unit, the 144th Fighter Wing, and started participating in community service.
Having parents in the armed forces is still a very tough thing to deal with while growing up. But thanks to Moranda and Kaylei’s “Sisterhood of the Traveling BDUs,” teenage girls will at least be able to find help and support with other girls going through the exact same thing.

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