Families gather to mark Month of Military Child
Sharon Lake, 5, enjoys the pasta during the Month of the Military Child dinner held Monday night at the Community Center.

FORT BELVOIR, Va. - Parents and children from around Fort Belvoir were special guests Monday at a dinner recognizing April as Month of the Military Child.

Month of the Military Child pays tribute and acknowledges the challenges that come with a being servicemember's son or daughter.

Col. John Strycula, Fort Belvoir garrison commander, told families during the annual dinner that Belvoir will never shy away from recognizing the sacrifices military children make for the country's benefit.

"Children support our nation at large. They always have and always will," Strycula said. "They are our future and this is just a small way for us to give thanks."

Through the Army Family Covenant, Strycula said Belvoir forever pledges its commitment to the lives of military children. Throughout April families can participate in many activities including dance parties, reading workshops and health and fitness exercises.

"It's nice to have something that recognizes what military kids go through," said Sheila Moskovitz, a military family member who attended the dinner with her two children. "Between moving around and having to deal with deployments, it's not always easy for them. This acknowledgement means a lot."

April is also Child Abuse Prevention Month and there are several programs on post that raise awareness of child abuse. For more information, or a complete calendar of upcoming events for Month of the Military Child, call Child and Youth School Services, 703-806-0791.

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