Childhood Literacy

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By Shanon Miller, Community Impact Development Chair-Elect In the early 1980s, the federal government began to draw attention to a “widespread public perception that something is seriously remiss in our educational system” through the creation of the National Commission on Excellence in Education and the resulting report, “A Nation at Risk.” This report warned policymakers… Read More

Still Room for Improvement: How We Can Help Survivors of Sexual Assault in the Military

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By Carrie Mora Due to our location and membership, the JLNVB is in a unique position to support members of the military who have experienced sexual assault. Sexual assault has plagued the U.S. military throughout history, and this issue becomes especially visible since women joined the Armed Forces in 1948 when Congress passed the Women’s… Read More

The Invisible War

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By Elizabeth Green Living in Hampton Roads, chances are you know someone who is in the military. You lose sleep at night worrying about a loved one’s safety when deployed, even though they go through rigorous precautionary training to minimize risk. But still, stories of IED’s and rogue bullets pervade our minds and increase our… Read More

Battling Homelessness: How We Can Help Homeless Children in Our Local Community

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By Carrie Mora Homelessness among children is an issue that has been lamented throughout U.S. history. The number of homeless children reached a record high in 2013 with 2.5 million children, or one in 30 children, experiencing homelessness (Ziv, 2014). This number rose an astounding 8 percent from 2012 – 2013 (Ziv, 2014). These millions… Read More