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Join John Mayer, Queen Latifah and your Sesame Street friends for "Coming Home: Military Families Cope with Change." This primetime family television special tells the stories of military families coping with the challenges of combat-related injuries—both visible and invisible. "Coming Home," airing on April 1st on PBS, explores the different ways these heroic families who are coming together to find a "new normal."

With help from Elmo and Rosita, "Coming Home" gives a voice to young children as they play a central role in their families' adjustment process. The special encourages them to ask questions, talk about how they feel, and be what they are — kids. Queen Latifah hosts, meeting real families dealing with combat-related injuries including the loss of a leg, traumatic brain injury and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

"Coming Home" is part of Sesame Workshop's Talk, Listen, Connect initiative for military families. Join us as we salute the extraordinary courage of children, offer the general public ways to support service members in their communities and provide a powerful glimpse into the lives of these amazing families. We encourage children to watch "Coming Home" with a parent or caregiver, so they can ask an adult any questions they might have.

The Experts

Stephen J. Cozza, M.D., COL, U.S. Army (Ret)

Professor of Psychiatry, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences

STEPHEN J. COZZA, M.D. is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York. He received his medical degree from the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. He completed his residency in General Psychiatry and fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. Dr. Cozza is a diplomat of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in the specialties of General Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. He has served in a variety of positions of responsibility in the Department of Psychiatry at Walter Reed Army Medical Center including Chief, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Service, Program Director of the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Program and Chief, Department of Psychiatry. He retired from the U.S. Army in 2006 after 25 years of military service. He currently serves as the Associate Director, Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress, Uniformed Services University. He was instrumental in organizing and executing the initial mental health response to the September 11, 2001 attack on the Pentagon. Under his leadership, the Walter Reed Department of Psychiatry spear-headed the initiative to provide mental health services, support and follow up for the many injured service members, their families and their children who receive medical treatment. As the Associate Director of the Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress, Child and Family Programs, Dr. Cozza has highlighted the impact of deployment, injury, illness and death on the children and families of military service members. He is published in scientific literature and has presented on these topics at multiple national and international scientific meetings.

Jean Silvernail, Ed.D.

Chief, Military Child Education for the U.S. Pacific Command

Dr. JEAN SILVERNAIL has served as a teacher, principal, graduate professor, district coordinator, staff development specialist, gifted-education consultant, researcher, state advisor and National Policy Analyst for the Department of Defense. Dr. Silvernail is currently the Chief of Military Child Education for the U.S. Pacific Command, addressing the unique challenges of military students in Alaska, Hawaii, U.S. Territories and more than 40 foreign countries. Her work affects thousands of school-aged children of active duty National Guard and Reservist families. She develops and implements programs, policies and procedures on international, national, state, and local levels to advance the emotional well-being and academic success of highly mobile children and children of deployed parents. Dr. Silvernail creates web sites and promotes partnerships between the military, business communities, local communities, and state and national organizations to identify and implement solutions and highlight best practices to address the challenges of military children.

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