April is Month of the Military Child and it’s a chance for us to acknowledge and celebrate military kids!
Did you know, there are more than 1 million American children who currently have a parent serving in the U.S. military? USAA, along with others across the United States, want to recognize and celebrate all that they give to our country as a military child.
I have the great privilege of being the parent of two military children, as well as working with military children as a volunteer swim coach on my local base. Despite the myriad of unique challenges these kids face, they are some of the most respectful resilient, funny, kind and smart kids I know.
New schools, new friends, parents and loved ones gone for long periods of time, things we as adults often struggle with, these children face in stride. Military children truly do make sacrifices to support their military parents. My seven-year-old has said more goodbyes in her little life than I have as an adult.
The BlueStar Families survey found that relocation is one of the biggest stressors of the military lifestyle for one in three active-duty family respondents.
“An obstacle for children adapting to a new community is that civilian families will sometimes avoid becoming too friendly with military families because we move too often. My 10-year-old has been told, ‘We can’t really be friends because you won’t live here for long.’ That’s a main reason why we’re getting out.” – Navy Service Member, #BSFSurvey2020
There are many ways to help celebrate and support our military children and show them that you are honoring through action. Join the national PurpleUp initiative in the month of April and share your support by wearing purple.
Learn more about nonprofit organizations that provide support and resources for military kids and their families, including Clarity Child Guidance, Military Child Education Coalition, ASYMCA, and Our Military Kids.
If you are a military child, my hat is off to you. I am blown away by all you endure, with a beautiful smile on your face.
Did you grow up in a military family? We’d love to hear your story in the comments
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