Friday, May 4, 2012

April is Month of the Military Child

April is designated as Month of the Military Child, when we honor the service and sacrifice of military children. 
I wanted to share a couple articles about this from DoD News.  Please read below (directly quoted from DoD article, no author assigned to this article).

The Month of April offers us a special opportunity to acknowledge and honor the service of our littlest heroes, our military children. Established by Caspar Weinberger, the Month of the Military Child recognizes the important role military children play in our communities.
  • There are approximately 1.9 million military children, ranging in ages from newborn to 18 years old, 1.3 million military children are school-aged.
  • 765,000 of our military children have Active duty parents, and approximately 225,000 have a parent who is currently deployed.
  • More than 700,000 children have experienced the deployment of one or more parents since 2001.
Our military children are resilient and proud of their service, and they deserve our support. The Department of Defense, each of our Armed Services, Cabinet Agencies, the White House Joining Forces Initiative, as well as non-profits, businesses and communities throughout the country recognize this and have stepped up to provide a variety of special programs, initiatives and activities for our military kids. To learn more, visit some of the links below.
April is Month of the Military Child, where we honor the service and sacrifice of our military children. Whether it’s facing a move far away, saying goodbye to a deploying parent, or trying to fit in at a new school or town, military kids face unique challenges. DoDLive wants to say that we care, and we’re thankful.
There are a few websites dedicated exclusively to the military child.
For many military kids, moving can be exciting, but it can also be pretty hard as well. Children of all ages face anxiety with going to a new place, making new friends, going to a new school and sometimes even a new country. These worries are not unique, and the military families who face them are not alone. Military Youth on the Move has a great website dedicated to helping military kids to connect to other kids in their age group who are facing the same situation.
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