Written by Ademide Adedokun.
Throughout the month of April, the Coast Guard joined with the other Armed Services to celebrate the Month of the Military Child. The month served as an opportunity to recognize military children for surviving and thriving under challenging circumstances and to thank them for their service.
For servicemembers, the support from their children allows them to go out and perform their duties. Their children remind them why they do what they do – to leave a better nation for them and all the kids out there who depend on the Coast Guard to protect and defend our nation’s shores.
Military children face exceptional challenges. During the course of their childhoods they may move numerous times. Their parents may be underway or deployed for months at a time causing them to miss family holidays, birthdays, graduations and many other events.
Despite these challenges military children often thrive, doing well in school and taking on extra responsibilities to help parents or younger siblings. The Coast Guard’s Military Child of the Year, Alena Deveau, embodied the spirit of the military child with her exceptional accomplishments and the help she provided to her family during a tough time.
“We love going to sea, we love flying, we get excited about doing it, but as soon as we take in the lines and get underway, or as soon as we go down the runway and take off into the air, the first thing we start thinking about is how soon we can get back to our kids.”
Although Month of the Military Child comes to an end, we encourage everyone to continue to thank military children for the resiliency, as they provide inspiration and hope for their families.
Do you know a military child who supports their loved ones and our nation? Leave your personal note of thanks in the comments below!