Month of the Military Child: <i>Military Kids, Heroes for the Future</i>

Tuesday April 3, 2012

What is it?

Since 1986, throughout the month of April, Army installations around the world recognize the honor and courage of military children, by celebrating the Month of the Military Child. Approximately two million children have experienced deployment of one or both parents, since 2010. These children bravely endured the effects of over ten years of conflict, and even as Soldiers are transitioning home from the wars, many challenges remain for military families, and their children.

What has the Army done?

Army installations sponsor various fun and educational events to recognize the service and support military children provide the nation. Army leaders will take part in ceremonies and events recognizing the unique challenges that military children face, and to reinforce the Army's commitment to maintain the quality of life for both Soldiers and their families. This year's theme "Military Kids: Heroes for the Future" was developed by the Army Teen Panel. Activities will include teen forums aimed at addressing challenges military children face at school and at home, concerts, fairs, picnics, art shows and other events that are designed to highlight the resiliency of military children.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?

The Army is committed to providing military children with a quality of life commensurate with their service to this nation. The Army is delivering on these promises through services provided by child, youth and school service programs; 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?

Our 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 of the Military Child reinforces this concept, reminds the nation that our servicemembers' children also serve, and gives communities an opportunity to share their gratitude for the service of military children. The strength of our nation comes from the strength of our Soldiers and their families, including military children who serve as Heroes for the Future.

Resources:

Army.Mil: Army Families
Army Installation Management Command
U.S. Army Family & Morale, Welfare and Recreation
Army OneSource
Army.Mil: MWR News
Army.Mil: IMCOM News
Operation Military Kids
Month of the Military Child on Facebook
Army Teen Panel "Global Network of Friends" on Facebook

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Senior Leaders are Saying

"It's about mentoring and finding a mentor. Invest in those relationships. Mentorship is a reciprocal social exchange relationship. Don't think someone will assign you a mentor. It will never work."

- Gen. Robert W. Cone, commanding general of the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, and the guest speaker at the Distinguished Leader Series, hosted by the West Point Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership, while speaking to about 50 cadets and faculty, focused his message on mentorship and its significance to Army leaders.

Cone discusses mentorship with West Point cadets

What They're Saying

"Many child development and mental health experts believe military children may need support, now more than ever. Many [military children] are dealing with a new reality. Often added to their burden is adjustment to a parent who's returned home with severe wounds, post-traumatic stress or other medical issues ... the simple fact that ... the family dynamic has changed, can have a big impact in a child's life."

- Lisa Hamlin, director, Child, Youth and School Services at the Installation Management Command

Celebrating the Month of the Military Child

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