April: Month of the Military Child 2021

“WE ARE STRONG, WE ARE BRAVE, WE ARE RESILIENT.” April: Month of the Military Child 2021

April is a time to honor the service of the dependent children of one or both parents in uniform serving at home and overseas. The Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger was responsible for establishing April As The Month Of The Military Child In 1986, and the Department Of Defense has honored his initiative ever since.

{Month of the Military Child is sponsored by the Department of Defense Military Community and Family Policy}

Over 1.2 million military children of Active-Duty service members worldwide and approximately 2 million military children have experienced a parental deployment since 9/11. The average military child will move 3 times more often than civilian families.

“We are military kids…we wait.”

“Military ‘brats’ aren’t just friends, they are family!”

Honoring our Military Children throughout April

An official observation day called “Purple Up! For Military Kids” will be on April 15th, 2021. The Department of Defense Education Activity communities to wear purple to show support and thank military children for their strength & sacrifice. Why the color purple? The color purple is because that is what is made by combining the colors of each military branch. Army: Green; Air Force: blue, Navy: blue; Marine: red, and Coast Guard: blue

To find more information about Purple Up! and activities you can participate in, click here and here.

“Military kids say goodbye more often in their first few years than the average person does in a lifetime.”

 “It doesn’t matter what’s in front of her, because of who she’s got behind her.” – M.Louise

The military families pictured below have been an Active-Duty service member ranging from a few months to 30+ years; they have experienced between 1 to 21 deployments (not including when their dad and/or mom is away on TDY for training or various schools). We are fortunate enough now to enjoy modern technology that enables us to email and video chat those that are deployed; many military families recall the days where this modern technology did not exist.

On a regular basis he says, “We call daddy?” And I’ll tell him we can’t because daddy is at work and he’ll say ‘Oh no call daddy no call no call’”– C.Deal

“Although her daddy has been deployed or off training most of her life, he is her best friend! She is constantly bringing me her iPad and asking for “more daddy” so that they can FaceTime.” – K.Brown

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“Life is Tough, My Darling, But So Are You.”

While smaller Special Operations units spend most of their career at one or maybe a few more duty stations, experience shorter, with more frequent deployment/training schedules, most conventional units must adjust to longer deployments and frequent orders to PCS to new duty stations across the globe.

“2 deployments in one year and these boys (3 and 1.5) held it together much better than Mama. They do not quite understand but the second Daddy walks through that door, nothing else matters!” – C.Venrick

“The glow in their eyes anytime they see him in uniform or jumping and repelling out of planes. They hold so much love and when long waits have to come it’s hard, but these boys go through it so strong” – T. Cochran

Either way, these are tough kids that deserve our acknowledgment. Thank you to the moms who graciously submitted photos for this article and shared what it was like being a military kid.

“Oh my dad is really busy. His job is to work on his strong muscles. And he gets haircuts and works on the internet!” –Whitaker (age 4.5)

“Stirling’s first-time seeing daddy jump! Although he is only 2, his preschool has made us aware that all American flags he refers to as “Daddy”.” – J. Kerr


“Life is Tough, My Darling, But So Are You.”

{Sources Linked Throughout Article: Department of Defense programs, Military Benefits.info, Military OneSource; Quotes from TheMilitaryWifeandMom.com; All photos obtained with permission of owner.}

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