Observance honors military kids’ resiliency

| May 1, 2012 | 0 Comments
FORT SHAFTER — More than 200 attentive and engaged youngsters jointheir active duty Soldier parents for a child-sized physical training exercise hour, Tuesday, at the annual “PT in the Gym” event, at Fort Shafter, April 24. DFMWR officials say more than 200 children. The annual event featured exercise, dancing, games and a healthy snack breakfast afterward. (Photos by Jack Wiers | U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii Public Affairs)

More than 200 attentive and engaged youngsters jointheir active duty Soldier parents for a child-sized physical training exercise hour, Tuesday, at the annual “PT in the Gym” event, at Fort Shafter, April 24. DFMWR officials say more than 200 children. The annual event featured exercise, dancing, games and a healthy snack breakfast afterward. (Photos by Jack Wiers | U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii Public Affairs)

Army News Service
News Release

SAN ANTONIO — This month, U.S. military installations around the globe have been recognizing the contributions and sacrifices that service members’ sons and daughters make daily.

April is the Month of the Military Child, or MOMC, and is being celebrated with a theme of “Celebrate Military Children: The Strength of our Future” on Army garrisons worldwide.

More than 1.7 million children under the age of 18 have at least one parent serving in the armed forces.

Spc. Vararie Booker (left) and Sgt. 1st Class Roselyn Avegalio, both of 8th Special Troops Battalion, 4th Sustainment Brigade, 8th Theater Sust. Command, pose with Avegalio’s daughter, Keilani, 6, after the “PT in the Gym,” at Fort Shafter, April 24.

Spc. Vararie Booker (left) and Sgt. 1st Class Roselyn Avegalio, both of 8th Special Troops Battalion, 4th Sustainment Brigade, 8th Theater Sust. Command, pose with Avegalio’s daughter, Keilani, 6, after the “PT in the Gym,” at Fort Shafter, April 24.

And, 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 have been holding special events to honor Soldiers’ children.

These events have stressed the importance of providing children with quality services and support promised them through the Army Family Covenant, according to Installation Management Command officials.

Installations of all services have been honoring military children by providing a month packed with special activities to acknowledge the unique contributions children make.

To honor its military keiki, U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii has held a series of bowling contests, especially designed for kids. plus other events.

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

Activities for keiki

For keiki-friendly events, visit www.himwr.com.

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