Health clinic flashes MOMC ‘Purple Up’ Day

| April 24, 2015 | 0 Comments
Military children like Frank Leos, 8, son of Sgt. Michael Leos and Megan Leos, are recognized during April’s Month of the Military Child at the clinic.                                                                       trucks and toys during a recent visit to the U.S. Army Health Clinic-Schofield Barracks.

Military children like Frank Leos, 8, son of Sgt. Michael Leos and Megan Leos, are recognized during April’s Month of the Military Child at the clinic. trucks and toys during a recent visit to the U.S. Army Health Clinic-Schofield Barracks.


Story and photo by

1st Lt. Jessica A. Colocho
U.S. Army Health Clinic-Schofield Barracks
SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — How would you feel if you had to say goodbye to your friends every few years?

How would it feel to move to a new city, with a new school and have to make new friends? Or how would it feel to have your mother or father miss important events like your birthdays, holidays, dance recitals and football games?

Military children face many unique challenges and to recognize this, the military recognizes April as the Month of the Military Child, or MOMC.

Deployments and family separations are stressful events that commonly occur in the life of military children. There are many unseen and unspoken stressors that military children deal with. For some, it’s wondering if their mother or father is going to come home alive; for others, it might be wondering if they get to see their mother or father before bedtime.

In a press conference, President Obama stated, “Our nation owes each day of security and freedom that we enjoy to the members of our armed forces and their families. Behind our brave service men and women, there are family members and loved ones who share in their sacrifice and provide unending support.”

To many military children, the heroic acts of their mothers or fathers are not in vain because their actions keep other families safe.

In 1986, Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger declared April as MOMC. Since its inception, many organizations have recognized this month in many creative ways to recognize and give thanks to the children of our military service members.

April 15th is known as the day to “Purple Up! For Military Kids.” On this day, people were encouraged to wear purple to show support and solidarity with our military youth.

Purple is the color that symbolizes all branches of the military, as it is the combination of the Army green, Coast Guard blue, Air Force blue, Marine red and Navy blue.

Clinic ‘Purple Up!’
Many staff members at the Schofield Barracks Health Clinic showed support by civilians wearing purple attire, and military Soldiers showed support by wearing a purple ribbon. Staff and Soldiers encouraged patients to “Purple Up” to show support and appreciation to all the military children that visit the health clinic to stay healthy and strong.

In support of the MOMC, the Children and Family Behavioral Health Services (CAFBHS) clinic, located in Bldg. 688, will be raffling three gifts baskets to their patients as a small token of appreciation. If you are currently a parent who has a child receiving services at this clinic, make sure you sign your children up for the drawing. The winner will be chosen at the end of April.

There are over 2 million U.S. military children living all over the world. They are part of thousands of communities, schools, organizations and more.

No one asked these children if they wanted to join the military and serve their country; yet, they serve every day by playing a vital role in supporting our military Soldiers. Take the time to thank these every day precious heroes.

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