What Does Remembrance Mean to a Bereaved Military Child?

By Army widow and founder of Scotty’s Little Soldiers, Nikki Scott

For bereaved military children, Remembrance isn’t just two minutes of silence. It’s every day of their lives.

In 2009, my world fell apart when I received the news that every military wife dreads. My husband, Corporal Lee Scott, had been killed in Afghanistan. It was a horrific time, but one of the hardest parts was watching my two young children, Kai and Brooke, struggle to come to terms with the fact their daddy was dead. Kai was five at the time and telling him what had happened was the most difficult thing I’ve ever had to do. Brooke was just seven months old, and knowing she’d grow up with no memories of her dad broke my heart.

Seeing the devasting impact Lee’s death had on them, and with very limited support available, I set up Scotty’s Little Soldiers, the charity dedicated to supporting bereaved military children. We now support over 550 children and young people who have all experienced the death of a parent who served in the British Armed Forces.

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