Mother, Daughter Write Book for Military Children

Mother, Daughter Write Book for Military Children

A new children's book has come out for the sons and daughters of military personnel. Addressing the unique challenges that a number of military families face, the book, "The Little CHAMPS," was inspired by a remark by the 5-year-old daughter of a triple amputee.

“We’re so lucky,” Jennifer Fink, a college junior and co-author of the book, recalled the girl saying, “because my daddy still has an arm.”

More than a year later, Fink and her mother, Debbie, published a children’s book that follows five military children who met on a military base, each of whom represent the five branches of the U.S. military. The book is called The Little CHAMPS: Child Heroes Attached to Military Personnel, and so far, 7,000 books have been donated to children of military families around the world. This is “a drop in the bucket” of the more than 600,000 elementary school-aged children they hope to reach, Debbie Fink said.

“The most important part of the book, which everyone needs to know, is the only reason we got it right was because it was a community effort. We just had the creativity and passion and the child psychology between [Jennifer’s] experience and my experience with the kids,” said Debbie Fink, who agreed to do the book at her daughter's suggestion-- but only if Jennifer helped. Jen was hesitant at first, but eventually agreed to collaborate with her mother and bring her numerous volunteer experiences with military organizations to the project.

“Every experience I’ve ever had working with wounded warriors, their families — it’s in this book,” Fink said. “It’s my heart, it’s my soul, and it wouldn’t have happened without her pushing me.”

"We… did this because it needed to be done," Jennifer said.