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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.  

 

Military children face unique challenges

 

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

 

What can you do celebrate military kids?

PurpleUp USAA Community.jpgThere 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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6 Comments
Shell14
New Member

Well I am a grown up child and have taken on my marine Vietnam veteran father and have become his care giver and fiduciary I have had many bumps in the road extreme challenges not to mention advocating for him daily. It's extremely frustrating and rewarding but depressing too because you watch your parent suffer from his military injuries and revert back to being a child. It isn't easy but I'm a child of a Marine and we're tough as nails. 

Briana Hartzell USAA
Administrator
Administrator

@Shell14

Thank you for taking the time to share. I was just reading a fellow military spouse's blog and she (also a military child!) mentioned we talk about military children, but not about the resilient amazing adults they become. How lucky your father is to have you to care for him, I can only imagine how hard it is. You truly are as tough as nails. Please know we are cheering for you!

 

Thanks for taking the time to share your story and we look forward to more comments here in Community from you!

gdplewis
New Member

My son retired after 20 years inthe Army.  My faher joined in WWII but was let out just before the batte of the Bulge on a dependents discharge.  My maternal grandfather was a Lt. in WWI in artillery in France and was a victim of mustard gas.  My son's father and grandfathers on that side of the family had no expeience with military duty so we were of a split mind set when he joined.  But it turned out well and he retired as a Warrant Officer 4 having served in Germany, Croatia, Iraq and the US.  I have never been so proud of any of my children as I am him.  He is now raising 2 daughters and has his own business and a fantastic wife and life.  I do believe that his experience in the military was the best thing for him.

Briana Hartzell USAA
Administrator
Administrator

@gdplewis

Thank you for sharing your family's history of service. Please share our gratitude to your son - 20 years of service and what sounds like, some adventures around the world! It is such an accomplishment (plus all he is continuing to do!). 

 

Thanks again for taking the time to post. 

Rae171
Occasional Visitor

My Father was in the Army during the Korean Conflict and later served in the Texas Air Guard out of Hensley Field near Dallas, Texas.  I was in the Air Force and served during Operation Desert Storm, presently retired.  My son is in the US Navy now and stationed in Florida.  I am so proud of my Son.   Three Grandsons there and the traditions keep going.  They are such little gentlemen and they make me feel much younger.

Briana Hartzell USAA
Administrator
Administrator

What an amazing legacy of service! Thank you for your service and for sharing about your incredible family!