Since 1986, the Department of Defense has deemed April as the Month of the Military Child. From deployments to new schools, military children are faced with unique challenges that ordinary youth do not experience.

This year's theme is, Young Lives, BIG Stories, and aims to highlight the unique lifestyles, contributions and sacrifices military children make to our nation. Throughout April, U.S. Army organizations worldwide will provide a variety of fun and exciting events to officially recognize the resilience of our military children.

The Month of the Military Child (MOMC) observance is an opportunity to thank children for their support and recognize the importance of their role in the strength of the Army family.

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.

The month 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.

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. Some notable special events for MOMC 2014 include: Young Lives, BIG Stories contest, Purple-Up for Military Kids, Military Kids Connect, Operation MegaPhone, and Places I've Lived.