Purple Up! and celebrate our 1.8 million military kids

April is the Month of the Military Child, and April 21 is the day we Purple Up! to celebrate the important role military children play in supporting our country.

Sponsored by the Department of Defense Military Community and Family Policy, the commemoration was wwweloped to honor and recognize the nation’s estimated 1.8 million military children, the sacrifices they make and the challenges they overcome.

Military children routinely endure a parent’s separation due to deployment, travel due to temporary duty or advanced academic and career training. They also move more often than their peers. About 1.3 million of them are school-aged.

You can support military children by actively participating in the Month of the Military Child. View our series of How to Help Military and Veteran Families issues and take steps to thank the military children you know. Help others learn more about their challenges and their resilience. They deserve recognition today, this month, and every day!