Month of the Military Child

Month of the Military Child is observed to recognize and honor military children for their contributions and support to Soldiers and the Army mission. The observance reiterates the Army's commitment to Soldier and Family readiness and resilience, to excellence in Child and Youth Services and to a supportive environment where children and youth can thrive.

" defined the term "military brat" as a badge of pride worn by generations of kids who traveled the world with their parents, moving into adulthood with the knowledge that they have the strength to handle anything. Military children deal with separations, deployments, frequent moves and even their parents' injuries as part of the life they were born into or entered with their families. Their strength and resiliency is inspirational.” Let us celebrate that strength and resiliency and let our military children remind us that service members do not serve alone. Their families serve with them.

The annual Young Lives, Big Stories Contest has officially started and will run through 30 April. The essay and artwork contest is for children in preschool through grade 12. Children are encouraged to answer the question: What does it mean to you to be a military child? Entries will be judged for content, form, presentation of the main idea and creativity. Prizes are given for the winners of each of the age categories and one overall winner.

On Sunday, April 28, Veterans Service Organizations and community groups will celebrate the Fifth Annual Military Children Appreciation Day in Jeffersontown. The event is free and open to all veteran, military and first responder families.

Benjamin F. Adams, III 
Brigadier General, Retired, US Army 
Commissioner, Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs