Written by Ken O’Meara, Family Services Division
Each year, the month of April is designated as the “Month of the Military Child.” This month celebrates military children who contribute to their family’s well-being and the sacrifices they make on behalf of the nation, including frequent moves, parent deployments, adjustment to new schools and the loss of friendships. In facing these challenges, young people demonstrate their resilience, understanding, and support of a lifestyle, which is not fully understood by the public. In their way, military connected children serve alongside their military parents.
There are over 2 million children with parents who are serving in the U.S. military. Of these 2 million, a little over 29,000 are USCG children between the ages of newborn to 12 years. There are an additional 6,100 Coast Guard children between the ages of 13 – 18 years. The month of April is a time to reflect and pay tribute to these children and teens and recognize the challenges associated with being a member of a military family.
Over the month of April, Coast Guard bases and units will take time out of being mission ready to recognize our young heroes. Many Coast Guard bases and adjoining DoD installations will be hosting special events that include, family days, open houses, community fairs, art contests, and much, much more. Events can vary from a very simple thank you to a full out celebration. Check with your local Child Development Center or the worklLife child development services specialist to discover what activities planned in your area.
Many websites provide resources and additional information about the “Month of the Military Child.” All you have to do is search Month of the Military Child 2015 to check out the different ways military children are being acknowledged and celebrated across the country & across the world!
You can make a difference in the life of a military child by seeking out opportunities to acknowledge their sacrifice, volunteering for organizations that support them, and recognizing their contribution to the nation. Another way to say thank you is a Big Hug!
Commanding officers and individual members are encouraged to take the time to recognize the more than 35,100 Coast Guard children and teens, either through participation in programs and events in their local communities, or by hosting events themselves.
To our Coast Guard children, teens, and their families we would like to say thank you.