Texoma has thousands of military members, and for their children, the lifestyle can include feelings of loss and separation in addition to the stresses of constantly moving around.
That's why one Texoma organization is focusing its efforts on providing these kids with additional support.
For a child, having a parent in the military can bring many challenges especially if they're deployed. That's why it's so important to have a strong support system at home.
Big Brothers Big Sisters Executive Director Kem Hogue said, "We just want to provide them with an extra friend, an extra understanding ear who can listen to them and know what they're going through."
Big Brothers Big Sisters is launching a new program that focuses specifically on children in military families.
It's called Operation Big and the goal is to help kids adjust to the unique experiences that come along with military life by providing a one-on-one relationship with a military mentor.
"Transitioning into new places, having to make new friends every couple of years. I think this would be a great program for these kids. Help them feel and make Wichita Falls feel more like home for these children," Hogue said.
With a large military population in Texoma, it's the perfect place for a test-run.
Big Brother Mike Luchega has high hopes for the new program, especially at Sheppard.
"Once we get Operation Big going and we have mentors for the dependent children of military families, it will definitely, definitely, be a positive impact for them, their lives and the military mission because it will be a great support to Sheppard," said Luchega.
Now, they need your help. Big Brothers Big Sisters is looking for littles in need of a military mentor and friend.
Kids nine to 18 can be signed up for the Operation Big program.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Wichita County Representatives said they can never have enough bigs.
If you're interested in signing up, they want to hear from you!