Commissaries pay tribute to Month of the Military Child

| April 9, 2010 | 0 Comments

Cherie Huntington
Defense Commissary Agency

FORT LEE, Va. – The news media eats it up, as does the intended audience: Military mom or dad returns from deployment; child, unaware, sits in class; then child glances up and sees military parent step out from hiding. 

In the scenarios, emotions cycle quickly across a young face: surprise, disbelief, amazement and joy, followed by tears of relief and happiness, as the long-awaited hugs become real.

These are the nation’s “Li’l Heroes,” wee “Soldiers” with their own burdens of war to carry. April marks a special month to salute their sacrifices. 

A legacy of former Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger, Month of the Military Child underscores the important role children of military parents play in the armed forces community.

“Your commissary wants to make this an extra-special month for these little heroes,” said Defense Commissary Agency Director and CEO Philip E. Sakowitz Jr. “We know it’s tough for them to handle frequent moves and long separations from loved ones serving in uniform, but we’d hope April feels like a month of homecomings.”

Commissaries worldwide are engaged in various events geared toward children in April, ranging from nutrition tours and diaper derbies, to artistic endeavors such as egg coloring and grocery bag art — all opportunities to recognize and applaud military children for the daily sacrifices they make on behalf of service members.

The American Academy of Pediatrics Web page features a special section dedicated to military children at www.aap.org/sections/uniformedservices/deployment/videos.html

Another site providing help for military children’s stress is Military OneSource, a virtual extension of base services, available for all active duty, Guard and Reserve families at www.militaryonesource.com (or call 1-800-342-9647).

DeCA’s “Li’l Heroes Benefit Bulletin” points the way to goodies and information sure to delight mom and baby. This monthly newsletter gives links to coupons, special offers and must-read information on everything from recalls to children’s nutrition.

Visit www.commissaries.com, click “Shopping” on the menu bar and then scroll down to “Li’l Heroes Baby Program” to subscribe.

 

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