This is a student I had in Pre-K, and his dad was first mobilized to Iraq that year,and has had several leaves home since then, the last this last Christmas. The child is now in the second grade, so I'm sure some of you know how hard that's been on the mother..........she also has a child two years younger, and one a year and a half younger than that one. Anyway, the father in law came to school yesterday and let us know that he'd been injured fairly badly. The children haven't been told yet. He is being evaluated and stabilized, and sent to Germany, but they made need to amputate his leg. If that happens, the school-age children will fly to Germany with the father in law as soon as they hear, and the mother will follow with the youngest. I don't know how exactly to be supportive. I do know that she's wrestling with different emotions..........glad he's alive, worried how he'll take it, and so on. Our school could do something for them. What do you think would be best? Money? Food when they get home? They don't live on a base, so I assume they pay rent and bills.........would that be subsidized for them? I guess I just wonder what all they might need if anything. I'm also unsure how much we should respect their space, and stay out of it, and how much we should show our support. Just a card rather than a visit? Anything you can tell me would help. The mother knew he was injured a few days ago, but didn't tell her father until it became apparent they may need to travel. So, I kind of feel like she may not like a lot of attention.