April is the month of the military child. It began in 1986 when Secretary of Defense, Casper W. Weinberger created the idea. He wanted to celebrate and honor the important roles children play in the Armed Forces community. 27 years later, and the Month of the Military Child is being celebrated all across the country and overseas. With nearly 1.9 million military children who range from infant to 18 years old, the branches of service provide different events and programs to honor them.
Military children are born into the lifestyle of constant change and are impacted by the service their parents provide for our country. The military life of children presents different challenges they have to adjust to and overcome. These changes include relocating to new places, having to make new friends, and the uncertainty on if and when a parent or both may be deployed. Nothing is the same when you grow up in the military. This is why it is important to let military children know that they are important to us and we support them.
One of the common themes of this month is the color purple. Purple represent the different branches of the military. To show support for military kids, the DoDEA has started a national “Purple Up!” day on Friday, April 21. This is the day for individuals all across the country and overseas to wear purple to show their support for the military child.
In addition to the National Purple Up day, there are lots of ways to show support for military kids this month. Individuals should check their kid’s school events calendars as well as their community newsletters to find more information on events and celebrations.
The Purple Heart Foundation recognizes the Month of the Military Child. For more information, here are few organizations that recognize military children during this month with different programs and provide more information on how you can help celebrate the military child.
U.S Department of Defense Education Activity
The DoDEA will be using this month to encourage schools to plan events and incorporate themes in the military child’s daily life. To learn more about their national Purple Up day, check out the DoDEA website here for more information.
U.S. Department of Defense
The U.S. Department of Defense offers many insights and resources for individuals to celebrate military children throughout this month. The site also offers resources to help children deal with the challenges they face while being a military child. To learn more and read stories on military children, visit their website here.
A salute to the Military Child
In salute to honoring and celebrating all of the Military kids, the Purple Heart Foundation offers The Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH) Scholarship Program. Two of the four qualifications for the program are:
- The direct lineal descendent (child, step-child, adopted child, grandchild or step-grandchild) of a Purple Heart recipient who is a member of MOPH.
- The direct lineal descendent of a service member killed-in-action or who died of wounds.
Thank you to all military children and their families for their loyalty and support.
To support our nation’s heroes and their families donate to the Purple Heart Foundation. A one-time or monthly donation can be made here. Nearly 90 percent of all donations are tax-deductible and go to support programs and services like the Scholarship Program to benefit all of our veterans and their families.