April: The Month of the Military Child

Our country’s military kids face situations that are very different from their peers. From facing the deployment of a parent to constant relocation, military kids grow accustomed to major changes from a very young age. In 1986, Defense Secretary Casper Weinberger chose April to be the Month of the Military Child as a way to celebrate the courageous kids of our nation’s heroes and let them know we are all here to support them!

When it comes to military children, over 900,000 kids have experienced the deployment of one or both parents multiple times. In the last 14 years, more than 2 million children have had a parent deployed at least once. Being a military child certainly comes with its challenges, it’s important to support and recognize them for taking it all in stride. If you’re a parent of a military child, we encourage you to find local groups of other children who have parents in the military, giving them the opportunity to make friends with other kids who know exactly what they’re going through.

To support military kids this month, we encourage you to “Purple Up!” Wear purple on April 15th and encourage your friends and family to do the same to spread awareness are recognize our nation’s little heroes!

Though there are events to celebrate military families all across the nation, a simple day or weekend designated to spending quality time with your military child is sure to make their day! Figure out what they want to do, whether that’s spending a day at the zoo or having a meal at their favorite place, and let them decide how the day goes. Make it exciting and be sure to let them know that the purpose of the day is to celebrate them for being brave, adapting to changing situations and supporting their military parent(s) and life as a military child.

Posted on April 2 2015 in Blog

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