What is it?
The U.S. Army observes the Month of the Military Child to recognize and honor the commitment, contributions and sacrifices children and youth make to the nation through the strength they provide the Soldiers and Families.
This year marks the 32nd anniversary of the Department of Defense designating April as Month of the Military Child.
What is the Army doing/ has done?
The Army recognizes Month of the Military Child as an opportunity to recognize and respect the unique challenges the military children face and overcome.
The Army remains fully committed to helping Families become and stay strong by offering a variety of programs and services through U.S. Army Installation Management Command. There are more than 215,779 children and youth registered in Child and Youth Services programs. The Army remains committed to these military Family members to honor the service and sacrifices of those who serve the nation.
This year’s theme, “Brave Hearts, Resilient Souls,” will help the nation understand how important the military children are, no matter where they are stationed. Leadership, garrisons and any appropriate Guard/Reserve locations execute communications efforts and events with communities to show appreciation to Families and inspire future generations.
Special events include the Young Lives, Big Stories contest, where military children are invited to share their experiences and win prizes, and Operation Megaphone, where military teens join with others in a worldwide lock-in scheduled for April 27 and 28.
To learn more about what continued efforts the Army has planned for military children check out https://www.army.mil/standto/2018-04-02.
Pictured above: Capt. Sebastiano Nane of the 548th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion holds his sons after a redeployment ceremony at Fort Drum’s Magrath gym, Dec. 18. Nane held one of his sons for the first time that night.