Month of the Military Child resources
Hello Military Families,
I hope the spring weather is holding up well in your area. It has been beautiful at my location the past week which has made it hard to stay inside and work. I hope this wonderful weather continues for the duration of April while military families continue to enjoy several outdoor activities in honor of Military Child Month who continue to make sacrifices daily in their lives daily.
While civilian children worry about when mom or dad is coming home from work; many military children worry if they will deploy or relocate “again” or if they will come home alive. The life of a military child consists of adapting and challenged with issues most children will never understand. Many military children grow up earlier than their years; this can be heartbreaking.
So as we mark are calendars to recognize, pay homage and applaud the strength of military children around the world; I want to highlight a couple great events which may be taking place at your base or one close to you.
The Young Lives, BIG Stories contest is open to all military children, from preschool through 12th grade. Participants are expected to share their own personal stories on what it means to be a military child through photo’s, words, drawings or videos. Submissions must be received by APR 24, 2014. Contest winners will be given a prize. www.armymwr.com/momc-big-stories.aspx.
Operation MegaPhone is a Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Program through MWR which is a joint service event designed to connect military teens from around the world to discuss key issues that affect military teens, promote communications across all military services, and provide opportunities for teens to give back to their communities. This is an amazing opportunity for our children to speak with another youth who understands what they are living, feeling and possible share insight on how to cope. This is also an opportunity to make friends in other countries/states and learn about them before they relocate. These types of friendships can last a lifetime. www.armymwr.com/op-megaphone.aspx.
April is an effort to increase awareness, support and provide assurance for both children of the military and their parents. Deployed service members should be able to fully focus on their current mission, instead of worrying about the effects their deployment may have on their child. The special events are a way to support military members as well as their families.
Purple Up! Is being celebrated on Tuesday April 15, It is a time again to bust out your favorite shade of purple to wear for the day showing your support of our military children and youth! Purple symbolizes all branches of the military, Purple Up acts as a visible way to show support and thank military children and youth for their strength and sacrifices.
Let’s get the community involved. Here is a few ideas how our communities can participate and help promote the day:
- Involve schools, sports teams, youth organizations, clubs, and after school programs.
- Encourage your friends, families and co-workers to wear purple.
- Suggest companies and businesses ask their employees to wear purple.
- Ask your local, regional, state, and federal officials to wear purple on Tue, APR 15th.
Remember to check with your local base and attend many of the events being held throughout your community.
Blessings to your family,
If you have any questions or concerns or would like to share a story or situation, contact me at Kim@MilitaryResourceBooks.com and visit my website at MilitaryResourceBooks.com for updated information and other resources not listed in my book.