April is Month of the Military Child and offers a chance for us to recognize military children. In April, military installations, organizations and communities celebrate 2015 Month of the Military Child with special events and activities.
This month-long celebration of military children is a legacy of former Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger. He established the Month of the Military Child in 1986 to underscore the important role children play in the Armed Forces community.
Presently, there are approximately 2 million military children ranging in ages from newborn to 18 years old. About 1.3 million military children are of school age. The care and support of military children is vitally important to sustaining a healthy fighting force.
In a DoD press release, Barbara Thompson, the director of DoD’s Office of Family Readiness Policy stated, “We want to highlight their sacrifices [and] support of the military member in their families, so it behooves us to take time from the busy calendar of our events and recognize military children.”
“We want to make sure that children’s voices are heard during the Month of the Military Child,” she said. “It’s a fun time to be with their families [and] to take part in the various activities that the services developed to recognize military children.”
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