April is Month of the Military Child!
From deployments to new schools, military children are faced with unique challenges that ordinary youth their age do not experience. In an effort to recognize the hard work and applaud the courage of military children, the Department of Defense (DOD) has deemed April as the Month of the Military Child (MOMC). The Month of the Military Child Observance is an opportunity to thank children for their support and recognize the important role they play in contributing to the strength of the Army Family. MOMC also reaffirms the Army’s commitment to ensuring excellence in schools, childcare and youth services as well as providing a strong supportive environment where children can thrive.
This year’s theme, “Young Lives, BIG Stories” highlights the unique lifestyles, contributions and sacrifices military children make to our nation. Throughout the month of April, U.S. Army organizations worldwide (Active, Guard and Reserve) will hold a variety of fun and exciting events to officially recognize the resilience of our military children.
Special events for MOMC 2014 include activities like:
• Young Lives, Big Stories Contest- Military children will write their own biography about being a military child for a chance to win great prizes. (The contest has closed. Check back on May 23, 2014 for the winners.)
• Purple-Up for Military Kids – The military community is encouraged to wear the color purple as a visible way to show support and gratitude to military children from all branches of service.
• Military Kids Connect - This interactive website that features online games and activities geared towards helping military youth thrive during difficult times. http://militarykidsconnect.t2.health.mil/
• Places I’ve Lived - A fun activity where youth can come together and share stories on the different places they have lived as a military child.
MOMC activities differ across all Army Garrisons, however, the goal remains the same: celebrate the resilient children and their role in the Army Family. For more information on MOMC events happening near you, visit your local CYSS youth center.
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