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Month of the Military Child

April is designated as the Month of the Military Child.

Many exciting activities and events will be taking place for military children during the month of April. 

Events will take place on/around installations, as well as nationwide.  Be sure to check your installation website for the most up to date local information.

DoD, Services Celebrate Month of the Military Child

The Department of Defense, military services and communities around the world once again are set to recognize the importance of military children whose parents serve their country. The month-long recognition, first celebrated in 1986, is especially important today as resilient families manage long separations, said Leslye A. Arsht, deputy under secretary for military community and family policy. "Our military children are proud of their moms and dads for their brave defense of our great country," Arsht said. "The Month of the Military Child events and activities let us show the youngest members of our military family - the children - how proud we are of their contributions, too. Our military children are unsung heroes. This is our chance to thank them for being so supportive of their parents." Growing up in a military family offers some challenges, but it also provides some special rewards and pride for their parents' service, she said. About half of military children, or 1.2 million, have had a parent deploy. "It's essential to recognize that military children make significant contributions for the country while their parents are away on long deployments," Arsht said. "Despite multiple moves throughout their school years, military children are resilient and self-confident. They have strengths admired by many - especially their parents." Kick-off ceremonies and special activities will be held across the world at many military installations, schools and local communities throughout the April Month of the Military Child. Arsht encourages families to participate. "We are grateful to our many community partners who join in this salute," she says. "Families also serve - including the children."

Celebrating the Month of the Military Child 2008

Connect and Join, along with help from retailers across America, will make the Month of the Military Child a truly unique one for all the children.In 2007, we created a month-long Arts & Crafts and Scrapbooking extravaganza for military children across the U.S. Retailers as far west as Alaska held special Saturday events, a photo/scrapbooking  retailer in Indiana and Ohio did the same. Military installations and veteran service organizations used projects from this website for special events. Then, a group of companies came along with us as we brought Arts & Crafts to the Pentagon Courtyard on the 4th Thursday in April! View our scrapbook pages from this event by clicking below.An important expansion: this year AC Moore Stores is joining in as a national chain sponsor, opening up their stores to special Saturday events just for children, and with a focus on the military child during the month of April! Plus, the publication of The Arts $ Crafts Program Guide will be available April,2008 that addresses an Arts & Crafts Curriculum for after school, summer camps and vacation bible school.

For more information: jloadholt@connectandjoin.com

"Month of the Military Child" Prize Giveaway

United Concordia is proud to once again recognize and support April's "Month of the Military Child" by sponsoring a Web-based, random drawing. Children of active duty and National Guard and Reserve sponsors enrolled in the TRICARE Dental Program (TDP) are eligible for this drawing.

To enter, simply click here and complete the contest entry form between 8 a.m. March 27, 2008, and midnight April 23, 2008. Entries will be accepted via online submission only. Winners will be selected at random.

Prizes will be awarded to military children of varying ages. Within each age category, first, second and third place prizes will be awarded in each of the six TRICARE regions:

  • North
  • South
  • West
  • Europe
  • Latin America and Canada
  • Pacific

Only one entry per child is permitted. Winners will be announced on the TDP Web site on May 22, 2008. Mailed or faxed entries will not be considered. Remember, the entry deadline is midnight April 23.

NMFA CELEBRATES MILITARY CHILDREN

The Month of the Military Child is celebrated enthusiastically throughout military installations and organizations world wide.  Military children are at the heart of military families and, in their own way, serve and sacrifice in support of their military parent. Parents often state that their strength is bolstered by the resilience, understanding, love and pride they feel about and from their children. "I couldn't do what I do if I didn't have the love and support from my family at home," is a statement often heard from service members. <<more>> 

Children's Book Series Available at Discount to Military Families

AUSA Family Programs has teamed up with the publishers of the Thumbs Up Johnnie™ children's book series to offer a 50 per cent discount to military families. Thumbs Up Johnnie and his friends help children learn important life skills about teamwork, friendship, financial responsibility, and good hygiene. The books are written for children aged four to eight years. In the most recent book in the series, entitled Thumbs Up to the Red, White and Blue, Johnnie and his crew travel to visit the Nation's monuments, learn about the pledge of allegiance, and meet their friends from the Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard. The discount applies to the Thumbs Up Johnnie™ books and the Thumbs Up Johnnie™ Reading Cuddle Buddy. Items can be ordered online at http://www.thumbsupjohnnie.com(click on "Johnnie Merchandise"), or by calling toll free (866) 749-4378. To receive the 50 per cent discount use the coupon code "AUSAFP" when ordering.

AAP Military Youth Deployment Support Website

April is the Month of the Military Child, and the AAP is proud to support our military and civilian pediatricians who are caring for children with family members in the military.

Celebrate Your Military Child this Month

April is National Military Child Month - a chance to celebrate the lives of all military kids worldwide.Military children endure and experience so much in their lives -- frequent relocations, learning new cultures, one or both parents' deployments -- and tirelessly support their family members in the U.S. Military. And, to honor the support and contributions military children have given to servicemembers, the Armed Services has marked April as the Month of the Military Child.In recognition of Military Child Month, military installations plan to hold events and activities the entire family can enjoy. Most events will provide military kids with the skills and coping mechanisms to handle constant relocations, and a parent's long deployment, reports CINChouse.com.What's more, the Department of Defense (DoD) offers a toolkit to military kids who must relocate in the middle of the school year titled, "Military Students on the Move." The information included in this kit is for military children, parents, school officials and installation commanders and is intended to help ease relocation woes for kids as they move from school to school."Military children endure a great deal of change as a result of a parent's military career," says Douglas Ide, an officer with the Army's Community and Family Support Center in a CINChouse report."The military family [also] averages nine moves through a 20-year career. And in doing so, their children must say goodbye to friends, change schools, and start all over again," Ide concludes.To find out what activities your installation has planned for Military Child Month, contact your Family Readiness Group (FRG). Or, if you would like to incorporate your own family traditions or activities into Military Child Month, you can start a scrap-booking with your kids. Collect all photos from the year and help your kids organize their photographs of friends they've made or a deployed parent in a nice photo album.Additionally, you can engage your kids in conversation about the military lifestyle, and talk about how relocation and deployments affect your family.

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