Coming Home: Military Families Cope With Change
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Coming Home: Military Families Cope With Change

ELMO: Hi, Miss. Queen Latifah. QUEEN LATIFAH: Hey, Elmo. ELMO: Hug, hug. QUEEN LATIFAH: It’s so
good to see you. ELMO: It’s so good
to see you, too. What brings you here
to Sesame Street? QUEEN LATIFAH: Well, I’m meeting
up with some friends who have been through some
pretty tough times. [MUSIC PLAYING] QUEEN LATIFAH: They were all
hurt in one way or another while serving in the military. And you know, those kinds
of changes can be really tough on a family. GIRL: When I saw my dad’s legs,
it made me feel a little bit nervous. GIRL: He doesn’t have
no legs and one arm. MAN: At first, I didn’t think
she wanted to hug me because she was scared of me maybe. That hug made me feel so happy
and complete inside that it made me feel like I didn’t
really lose anything at all. MAN: When I was first injured,
I did struggle for a while with the idea that I may be
chasing this little kid around on crutches or on a wheelchair,
because I didn’t know what my future held. So I was nervous. I was afraid it was going to
change the way I was going to be a father. BOY: I was a little worried
that he was injured, but I don’t care if he has his whole
body gone, as long as he’s still living. GIRL: I heard momma
was talking. She said that our daddy was
injured, and I was scared because I didn’t know if he
was actually going to come home or it he would
just passed away. WOMAN: You know, it was really
hard for them to even comprehend what had happened
in Iraq, let alone a brain injury. MAN: I was the denial stage,
and I didn’t want to accept that I had a problem. Took a while for me to get
the pride to go away. And what it was that made me let
the pride to go was I was tearing my family apart. WOMAN: To see your kids and
your husband have to go through that was hard. QUEEN LATIFAH: My father
actually suffered from PTSD. He was a veteran of Vietnam. I mean, it was very challenging,
too, for us as a family, so I can kind of relate
to what the kids have gone through. Luckily, he sought treatment
just like you guys did, and it really made a big difference
because it helped him to recognize what was going on. MAN: You know, as macho as you
think you are, and that you’re a US soldier, and you’re a
fighting machine, this particular fight you
can’t do alone. You need that family. ELMO: Is that daddy’s new hand? BOY: Yeah. ELMO: Well, can Elmo see it? BOY: Yeah, sure. ELMO: Wow! Wow, look at that! It’s like a robot hand. JOHN MAYER: It’s really
important that families talk about the change and say
what is on their minds. ELMO: Oh, you mean– [SINGING] Say what you need to saaaay! [MUSIC PLAYING] JOHN MAYER: [SINGING] Say what you need to say. Say what you need to say. Say what you need to say. Say what you need to say. Say what you need to say. Say what you need to, say
what you need to. Oh, say– QUEEN LATIFAH: Please join
us for Coming Home– Military Families Cope With
Change, and meet some parents and kids who are pulling
together. ELMO: Yeah. JOHN MAYER: [SINGING] Oh, say– oh, say– say what you need to say. Say what you need to say. Say what you need to say.

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