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April is the “Month of the Military Child.” Since it began in 1986, the Department of Defense (DOD) has teamed with various partners to recognize the sacrifices and applaud the courage of military children. More than 1.7 million American children under the age of 18 have at least one parent serving in the military. It is estimated the U.S. Army has more than 900,000 military children with one or both parents having deployed multiple times.
Throughout April, U.S. Army installations world-wide will conduct a variety of fun and exciting events, during which senior leaders will visually and verbally recognize the sacrifices and challenges of military children.
Here’s some ideas on how you can get involved:
At www.MilitaryChild.org, you can download the Month of the Military Child poster, featuring artwork by Vanessa from San Louis High School in San Luis, Arizona. (Look under “What’s Happening “ at the bottom of the home page.)
Army OneSource “Month of the Military Child” website has been developed which lists general information about the month, installation activities, and captures and displays personal stories from military children and their parents. Parents of military children are being encouraged to download, sign, and present their children with the “Everyday Hero” certificate to reinforce parental appreciation of their children’s courage and sacrifice. Throughout April, U.S. Army installations worldwide are hosting a variety of events for military children to help them celebrate and be recognized as “everyday heroes.” Check at your closest military installation – many events have been planned for the military-connected students this month. For instance, there will be military kid “Lock ins” all over the world on April 17. This website can be found at: http://www.myarmyonesource.com/ChildYouthandSchoolServices/MonthoftheMilitaryChild/default.aspx
Department of Defense has a great site too with lots of information: http://www.defense.gov/home/features/2010/0410_militarychild/.
Check out the site www.monthofthemilitarychild.com for some ideas of how to celebrate your military-connected child
As evidenced by the Army Family Covenant, the Army is committed to providing military children with a quality of life commensurate with their sacrifices. The Army is committed to ensuring excellence in schools, youth services and child care, and is standardizing and funding programs and services that support the military child.
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