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DESERT STORM

Troop support. During the war, U.S. associations sent a mountain of donated items to the Persian Gulf to cheer the GIs: 11,300 portable AM/FM radios from the Electronic Industries Association, Washington, D.C.; 210,000 paperback books from the Association of American Publishers, Washington, D.C.; 100,000 sundry packs from the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S., Kansas City, Missouri; and hundreds of golf balls from the Professional Golfers' Association of America, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, and the Golf Manufacturers and Distributors Association, Cincinnati.

Helping the children. Concerned about the Persian Gulf War's emotional impact on America's young people, the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP), Silver Spring, Maryland, sent counselors to visit both students and staff in overseas schools.

Working with the National Association of Social Workers, Silver Spring, Maryland; the American School Counselor Association, Alexandria, Virginia; and Department of Defense Dependent Schools - military bases schools for the children of military personnel - NASP sought to determine how the gulf crisis affected both children whose parents were in the gulf and the school systems in general.

Results show Department of Defense Dependent Schools - particularly those in Germany, where 60 percent of children had parents in the gulf - experienced high stress levels during the war. Aggression, crying, poor grades, and absenteeism all increased among students, and teachers feared they were not properly trained to handle such situations. Many teachers also had spouses in the gulf and were under considerable stress themselves.

At the assessment's conclusion, NASP offered the Department of Defense Dependent Schools recommendations on how to best manage such situations during the gulf crisis and in the future. NASP also hopes to study the schools in Germany as models of how school systems react in crises. For information, call NASP at (301) 608-0500.

Tax assistance. With help from the Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants, Ohio reservists and National Guard members returning from the Persian Gulf had no trouble meeting last month's 1990 income tax deadline. Because all 12 of Dublin, Ohio-based OSCPA's chapter offered free tax preparation to active military personnel, they and their families were able to receive assistance from local CPAs.

OSCPA got involved when it realized deployment of troops came on such short notice that many reservists and National Guard members did not have time to settle paperwork. Reservists or National Guard members receiving assistance were residents of Ohio on duty in the gulf (official order papers were required) from February through April 1991. For information, call OSCPA's assistance line at (800) 686-2727.
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Title Annotation:various associations activities during the Persian Gulf War, 1991
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Date:May 1, 1991
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