April is “Month of the Military Child”

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Since 1986, April has been designated as the Month of the Military Child. This awareness month was established to underscore the important role children play in the Armed Forces community.

There are approximately 2 million military children, ranging in ages from newborn to 18 years old; 1.3 million military children are school-aged. The special recognition the Department of Defense has given to military children.

Children whose parents have been deployed live with uncertainty and concern for their parents on a daily basis. Many families learn to be flexible, but long deployments can be difficult for military children. In the 12 years since the war began in Iraq, many children have seen their parents leave more than once.

“Military children look the same to teachers, friends and the community after a parent deploys, but their lives have changed dramatically,” said Dr. Harriett C. Edwards, North Carolina Cooperative Extension State 4-H Military Liaison. “We want to help them connect with other youth in similar situations and to use the NC Cooperative Extension Military Outreach initiative as a way to link up with other youth in the community.”

Activities for military kids are ongoing throughout the year and throughout North Carolina.

North Carolina Cooperative Extension Military Outreach is excited to continue the tradition in celebrating our youngest heroes during this time. Listed below are several ideas in which your county program may implement by honoring our military youth during April’s MOMC celebrations. It is a time to applaud America’s youngest heroes and thank them for the sacrifices they make in courageous support of their military parents.