Celebrate Month of The Military Child

April – Month of The Military Child

April is here and blossoms are starting to peek through displaying the many colors of Spring!  Month of the Military Child is upon us too.

The service of our military children are so easy to overlook.  However, as a former military wife and mom of 2 military children I want to help you appreciate their sacrifices. The following are just a few of the challenges military children face:  moving and starting over on an average of every 1-3 years, attending 6-9 different schools from kindergarten through 12th grade, and multiple deployments of a parent.  Throughout all of this, military children are resilient and patriotic.  They know first-hand what it feels like to be the new kid, so they are usually the first one to welcome a new student to school.

Military kids are such a treasured resource and they sacrifice and serve in their own way.  To honor their service, in 1986 Caspar Weinberger declared April as the Month of the Military Child.  Schools, organizations and installations will be honoring and celebrating military children all over the world.

There are approximately 4 million military children; wherever you see a military presence there are undoubtedly children that are personally impacted.  We would love for you to get involved and help us raise a cheer for military children this month.

So please say thank you to a “military child” today.  Share below in comments how you will be celebrating this occasion in your city and state especially if you live on or near a military installation.

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  1. I live near Ft. Jackson and never really thought about thanking the children of service members. I’m retired military so I know first hand the sacrifice that children make when their parent{s} are serving.

    • Robin, the military life is both rewarding and disappointing. It depends on one’s perspective or view. The military lifestyle does not fit for everyone, but I would like to thank your husband for his service.

  2. Sure military kids know sacrifice, but they also know from young age the meaning of patriotism! It’s beautiful to celebrate them!

  3. I just left Fort Bragg, and it’s so different living in a military town. Civilians there definitely have a better understanding of the military life than they do around here, but posts like these are helpful for everyone to understand what military families go through.

    • Thank you, Beth I loved the military base life when my husband served and it is an adjustment after retirement. Please share this on any and all social media channels so others may understand your life as well. Again thank you to your family for their Military service and for visiting this blog.

  4. Aww, I love that this is a thing! It’s easy to thank and be grateful to the servicemen and women, and even their spouses – but the children are often not thought of in the same light. They should be appreciated too!

  5. I love this! I’m a former Air Force wife and you are so right! I had my first child while my husband was serving and you are totally right, their service and sacrifice…separation from one or both parents, constantly moving and etc…often goes unnoticed by most. God bless and love to them all! <3

  6. This is enlightening. I can imagine how difficult it must be for military children to be transferring schools a lot, but as you said, even they have to go through sacrifices. I can’t agree more that they’re patriotic and at the same time selfless. Bless their hearts and their families.

    • Thank you for your comment and remember to thank any military family and friends kids for their service. It will be greatly appreciated. Please share this post so others can do the same.

  7. I had friends who were military kids and they said that one of the worst but incidentally the best thing about having a military dad or mum was the moving. She said that she loved exploring new places but at the same time wished sometimes that she could stay in one place x

  8. You made some great points in this post. Indeed, ‘military children’ serve and sacrifice so much for us all. God bless them & their families!

  9. Thank you from a military mom. 🙂 I don’t think many people realize what a military family goes through, let alone consider what the children are experiencing. Yes, it might be rough on the children, but I think military children are more patriotic and more understanding of some things than their peers.

  10. We do not have events like that in our country but I agree that it should be celebrated. I believe it’s not easy for them but they are enduring and I admire them.

  11. I believe military children are the most affected when they need to go through changes: in location, school, house, friends. They serve on their own, by sacrificing their own choices.

  12. Whenever I see a military family I always make sure to thank the child. They make a huge sacrifice with a parent in the military.

  13. I agree, they sacrifice a lot. It’s not easy to move from one house to another and get introduced to a new school every time they transfer. You’re always on the go, not being able to form a lot of relationships and going through a lot of adjustments. That’s not easy for a child to deal with.

  14. It’s never easy for these kids and they serve just as much as their parents do. It’s not easy to have one parent away from you all the time and when you get to be together, you’d have to move to a new place each time too. I think they deserve this recognition.

  15. This is really thoughtful and didn’t know they had a whole month dedicated to this! How cool! I never really thought about it before but it’s definitely something I’ll do now!

  16. As a future Marine spouse I thought this post was very relevant, haha! It’s refreshing to here that the sacrifices the kids make do get a month of honor and acknowledgement.

  17. I’m glad you brought awareness to this, because sometimes military kids get overlooked. It’s a good sight to see someone explain the sacrifices the kids also make.

  18. I’m not a military child but I had some friends that were when I was a kid. I know it was hard for them to have to leave their friends when their parents got stationed somewhere else. They really do sacrifice a lot.

  19. Lovely post and military children should be celebrated. I would also like to add into the mix children of officers in the State Department and other federal agencies whose parents serve overseas in combat zones and where familial separation is mandatory.

  20. at least we can be hopeful in knowing that the child stability comes from having their family with them through all the transitions and moves

  21. I have relatives who were military children; some of whom followed in their parents’ footsteps, others didn’t. But, they shared their stories with me and I think they truly sacrificed much of their youth. Thanks for putting a spotlight on this.

  22. Awareness is key your post brings up a very important point. When a parent is deployed children don’t really understand what’s going. Taking a moment to thank them seems so relevant

  23. Thanks for sharing. I was never a military kid but my nieces and nephews are. I know its hard at times.

  24. Thanks for sharing this. It is hard being a military child, especially if you are traveling often and never feel established or grounded. My father was in the military and even though we didn’t move around a lot, I remember the devastation I felt when he was shipped to Afghanistan for 2 years! The sacrifice isn’t just for the country, but it is in the home. Thanks for acknowledging the children!

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