STAND-TO! Edition: Wednesday April 2, 2014
2014 Month of the Military Child
What is it?
From deployments to new schools, military children are faced with unique challenges that ordinary youth their age do not experience. In an effort to recognize the hard work and applaud the courage of military children, the Department of Defense in 1986 deemed April as Month of the Military Child.
The Month of the Military Child observance is an opportunity to thank children for their support and recognize the importance of their role in the strength of the Army family. MOMC also reaffirms the Army's commitment to ensuring excellence in schools, childcare and youth services, along with providing a strong supportive environment in which children can thrive.
What is the Army doing?
This year's theme, Young Lives, BIG Stories, highlights the unique lifestyles, contributions and sacrifices military children make to our nation. Throughout the month of April, U.S. Army organizations worldwide will provide a variety of fun and exciting events to officially recognize the resilience of our military children.
Special events for MOMC 2014 include:
- - Young Lives, BIG Stories contest
- - Purple-Up for Military Kids
- - Military Kids Connect
- - Operation MegaPhone
- -- Places I've Lived
MOMC activities differ across all Army garrisons, however, the goal remains the same: to celebrate the resilient children and their role in the Army family.
What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?
The Army is committed to maintaining excellence in schools, youth services and child care to support our children and their families. The Army is providing programs with an increased emphasis on school support and school transition services and standardizing and funding programs worldwide that support the military child.
Why is this important to the Army?
The men and women in uniform cannot focus on the missions or challenges ahead, if they are concerned about their children at home. Providing a safe, nurturing environment for military children creates a stronger more resilient fighting force.
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Quote for the Day
An incident of sexual harassment or sexual assault can affect the cohesion of a unit ... The Army is strong because we trust each other to have each other's back. How can you focus on the mission at hand or trust that your buddy will look out for you on the battlefield when you're thinking about how that buddy has sexually harassed, or worst, assaulted you or someone you know.
- Sgt. 1st Class Lance Osborne, SHARP program manager for U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence and Fort Rucker
Army senior leaders message commemorating April as the Sexual Assault Awareness Month and highlighting the robust Army's Sexual Harassment/Assault Prevention and Response Program
Current & Upcoming Events
Month of the Military Child - Related site: Army Families