Every April we celebrate the Month of the Military Child, showing appreciation for approximately 2 million military children who serve alongside their parents.
Military children play an important role in the armed forces community. That’s because their parent’s service requires of them daily sacrifices and can create unique challenges when compared to their civilian peers.
Ways to honor military children
Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Defense, the Month of the Military Child is a time for communities to honor these children. It’s a time to say “Thank you for your service.”
There are many things you can do to say thank you. You can celebrate Purple Up Day by wearing purple on April 13th. You can buy military-friendly books for your local library. Your business can offer discounts to military families. You can also raise awareness by distributing information that lets everyone else know that this is the Month of the Military Child. Consider downloading and sharing MFRI’s How to Help series. Each issue provides evidence-based guidance on how a particular community or profession can help military families, including children.
The DoD encourages communities to plan special events in April to honor military children. “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,” the DoDEA writes.