Did you know April is the Month of the Military Child?
The month of the Military Child in April recognizes the unique challenges children in military families face. They face continually changing circumstances and often one or both of their parents enlist active duty or reserve, meaning at any given time their primary care givers can be deployed. Depending on the size of their family, where they are stationed and how long they live the military life, a military child becomes adaptable. They may see much of the country and sometimes the world. Military life impacts every member of the family, right down to the youngest member. They sacrifice close relationships, sometimes even with immediate family members due to the distance they live and the number of times they transfer. They endure deployments just like the parent who stays behind with them.
The Month of the Military Child is part of the legacy left by former Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger. He established the Defense Department commemorations in 1986. DoDEA joins the Department of Defense and the military community in celebrating April as the Month of the Military Child. During the month of April the DoDEA will encourage schools to plan special events to honor military children and have administrators and principles incorporate the themes of this month into their every day duties and responsibilities. These efforts and special events will stress the importance of providing children with quality services and support to help them succeed in the mobile military lifestyle.
Join us in celebrating our amazing Military Children!
Ways to celebrate our number one supporters:
Wear purple on Purple Up Day- wearing purple is a visible way for everyone to show supports and thank military youth for their strength and sacrifices.
Create an atmosphere in to bring an awareness of MCY’s lifestyle to their peers through conservations – ask questions, share experiences and point out the relatable experiences that all children have like: Talk about what it may feel like going to new school or on the first day of school, having parents leave on business trip, struggling making new friends or having to say goodbye to friends.
Share your story…
Ask about the military youth about their feelings.
Get the community involved. Ask the children’s teachers or coaches if they’d be willing to plan some lessons or observe a moment to honor the military families and the children that are impacted.
They endure deployments just like the parent who stays behind with them. The month of the Military Child recognizes the sacrifices and the courage of these young Americans.