ROCK ISLAND, Ill.- A decorated veteran of deployed service visited and spoke with 54 military children July 7 at the Military Kids Camp in Blue Grass, Iowa.

Capt. Scott Leifker, a Purple Heart and Bronze Star recipient, shared personal stories of his family coping with deployments and about the injuries he sustained in Iraq. Leifker, who commands Army Sustainment Command's Headquarters Company, discussed the concept of what a hero is and had a question & answer session at the end of a 30-minute presentation.

Camp Abe Lincoln hosted the camp for military children throughout Illinois and Iowa from July 4-9. Participants, ages 8-17, have family members in Army, Army National Guard, Air Force, Air Force Reserve and Navy. One-third of the kids have a family member currently deployed and all but one have been through a deployment.

This is the second year the camp has been offered free to Quad Cities children. The week's activities focused on the importance of communicating with deployed family members, how to cope with the absence of a parent and how to re-adjust once the parent returns.

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