April is Month of the Military Child and it’s a chance for us to acknowledge and celebrate military kids!
Texas Governor Greg Abbott has designated Friday, April 12, 2019 as “Purple Up! For Military Kids Day”. USAA is also raising awareness of the strength and sacrifices of military children. Three of USAA’s San Antonio buildings will be lit purple on Friday, April 12. In addition, USAA’s regional campuses in Colorado Springs, Phoenix, Tampa and Plano will also be lit purple.
I have had the great privilege of working with military children as a volunteer swim coach on my local base and 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 five-year-old has said goodbye in her little life more times than I have as an adult.
As a parent of two young military children, it makes me so happy to watch this video featuring USAA employees who grew up in military families. They share the struggles and lessons they have learned to help shape them as successful adults.
Check out the video below:
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.
What can you do celebrate military kids?
Join me in thanking and acknowledging military children by wearing purple on Friday, April 12th
Did you grow up in a military family? What advice would you give your younger self?
About the Blogger: Briana Hartzell is a Navy spouse, mother to two beautiful girls (5 and 2 years), a former full time USAA employee and a graduate of Texas A&M University. Briana writes at Being Briana, a blog focused on the joys that military life and parenthood can bring.