In April, we celebrated The Month of the Military Child! The Month of the Military Child is a time to recognize and honor military families and their children for the sacrifices they make and the challenges they overcome.
Children of military families make sacrifices and face unique challenges. For example, as they grow up, military children often move to new states or countries many times as their parent(s) transfer(s) to new assignments. Military children move an average of 10 times while growing up! Because of these frequent moves, they have to adjust to
starting new schools and making new friends. Also, children of military families often have a parent deployed and may not get to see that parent for long periods of time.
Former Defense Secretary, Casper W. Weinberger, started the Month of the Military Child in 1986. He wanted to recognize the sacrifice that military children make by having one or both parents in the military. The Month of the Military Child is sponsored by the Department of Defense Military Community and Family Policy and supported by many other organizations.
We celebrated The Month of the Military Child by partnering with the U.S. Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) to host an Artist Spotlight competition for DoDEA students based on the 5210 Healthy Military Children campaign. The winners are Hailey and Tiara!