Military Youth Coping with Separation

Listen to real kids share their thoughts and feelings about deployment

Dr. Keith Lemmon, a military pediatrician, interviewed military youth coping with a deployment and captured their real-life experiences on film. The video and related group materials are useful both for personal awareness and professional viewing with students or teachers.


Special Thanks to the Following for Use of Their Material

LTC Keith M. Lemmon, MD, FAAP
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  • Chief, Division of Adolescent Medicine
  • Department of Pediatrics
  • Madigan Healthcare System
  • Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA

LTC Lemmon is the Chief of the Division of Adolescent Medicine in the Department of Pediatrics at Madigan Army Medical Center on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA. He recently returned from a one year deployment to the Diyala Province of Northeastern Iraq with the 1-14 Cavalry Squadron. He also served a six month tour in Afghanistan in 2003.

Before Dr. Lemmon's deployment, he co-founded and directed the Army's Military Child and Adolescent Center of Excellence (Now the Child, Adolescent, and Family Behavioral Health Office). LTC Lemmon founded and runs the Military Adolescent School Based Health Initiative (MASBHI) providing school based medical home services to over 700 military adolescents within a local school system at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. He developed and maintains a Military Youth Deployment Support Website sponsored by the American Academy of Pediatrics and was the creator of the video Military Youth Coping with Separation: When Family Members Deploy. His video program has been distributed to 200,000 families and tri-service youth serving agencies across the globe.

Dr. Lemmon has 3 military children, Charlie 14, Grace 10, and Gabrielle 8, who have been serving alongside him through his career and deployments.

Kenneth R. Ginsburg, MD, MS Ed
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  • The Craig Dalsimer Division of Adolescent Medicine
  • The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Professor of Pediatrics
  • The Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Ginsburg is a pediatrician specializing in Adolescent Medicine at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and a Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He also serves as Director of Health Services at Covenant House Pennsylvania, an agency that serves Philadelphia's homeless and marginalized youth.

The theme that ties together his clinical practice, teaching, research and advocacy efforts is that of building on the strengths of teenagers by fostering their internal resilience. He strives to translate the best of what is known from research and practice into practical approaches parents, professionals and communities can use to build resilience. Core to this model is understanding that youth choose behaviors that manage stress in their lives, and that if we are to reduce worrisome youth behaviors, we need to address those stressors.

Dr. Ginsburg lectures widely to national and international parent and professional audiences. His most recent books include, "Building Resilience in Children and Teens: Giving Kids Roots and Wings", published by The American Academy of Pediatrics and "Letting Go with Love and Confidence: Raising Responsible, Resilient, Self Sufficient Teens". He also has over 100 other publications, including 28 scientific articles.

Dr. Ginsburg is currently working closely with The Boys and Girls Club of America, which serves over 5 million youth, to incorporate resilience building strategies into their programming. He is also honored to be working on behalf of those who serve our nation, preparing military parents, health professionals, counselors, and teachers to incorporate stress reduction and resilience building strategies as they serve the nation's nearly 2 million military affiliated children. His greatest honor is to be the parent of two teenaged daughters.


Ginsburg, K.R., & Jablow, M. M.(2011) Building Resilience in Children and Teens: Giving Kids Roots and Wings. Elk Grove Village, IL: American Academy of Pediatrics.