Army celebrates military children

| March 31, 2011 | 0 Comments

Installation Management Command Public Affairs
News Release

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SAN ANTONIO — During April, U.S. military installations around the globe will recognize the contributions and sacrifices that service members’ sons and daughters make daily.

April is Month of the Military Child and is being celebrated with the theme “Celebrate Military Children: The Strength of Our Future” on Army garrisons.

More than 1.7 million children under the age of 18 have at least one parent serving in the armed forces. It is estimated that more than 900,000 children have had one or both parents deployed multiple times.

Accordingly, garrison-level Child, Youth and School Services programs will hold special events to honor Soldiers’ children. These events will stress the importance of providing children with the quality services and support promised them through the Army Family Covenant, according to Installation Management Command officials.

Thus, installations are honoring military children with a month packed with special activities. Activities within U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii include PT in the Park, Mini-Military Madness and special events for Blue Star Card holders.

The monthlong celebration, first held in 1986, reinforces to military children that they are, indeed, a key part of the armed forces community.

“As a grateful nation, it is our sacred responsibility to stand by our military children, just as they and their families stand by us,” noted first lady Michelle Obama, last year.

Earlier this year, President Barack Obama spotlighted the importance of military family support, recalling a trip to Afghanistan in December 2010, where he asked troops what he could do to better support them.

“Without missing a beat,” he said, “they looked me in the eye and they gave me their answer. It wasn’t about more equipment. It wasn’t about more resources on the battlefield. In fact, it wasn’t about them.

“They said … ‘Sir, take care of our families. If we know our families are all right back home, then we can do our jobs,’” he said.

In late January, Obama unveiled a government plan to strengthen military family support, including the education and development of military children and the expansion of child care options for military parents.

Service members and their families, the president said, have done everything the nation has asked of them in this decade of war. Even the youngest members of the Army community display this commitment and will be highlighted throughout Month of the Military Child, so their accomplishments will be on display for all to appreciate.

(Editor’s Note: Additional information was provided by the American Forces Press Service.) 

 

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