We celebrate military kids all year long!
Life for military kids is full of ups and downs. From adventure and unique experiences, to frequent moves and family adjustments - you may face challenges that your friends at school don’t know anything about. Making connections with other military kids can help you build resilience and find friends who understand your life. To connect with other military kids visit our message board.
April is Month of the Military Child - Celebrate with us!
According to a Department of Defense report, there are currently 1.7 million total-force dependent children worldwide. Nearly 2 million military children, have experienced a parent deployed since 9/11. Each year, April is set aside to honor those sacrifices families make, and designated as the Month of the Military Child. This is part of the legacy left by former Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger, who established the Defense Department commemoration in 1986.
Military children deal with things that most children don’t have to go through. Therefore, it’s imperative that we recognize their important role in the military community with the sacrifices they make and the challenges they overcome. Because purple is a color used to represent all military services, the theme "Purple Up" is used over the course of the month.
The Military Child Education Coalition has named the dandelion as the official flower of the military child. The plant puts down roots almost anywhere, and it's almost impossible to destroy. It's a survivor in a broad range of climates. Military children bloom everywhere the winds carry them. They are hardy and upright. Their roots are strong, cultivated deeply in the culture of the military, planted swiftly and surely. They're ready to fly in the breezes that take them to new adventures, new lands, and new friends.
Month of the Military Child 2020 is bringing special challenges to our world due to the spread of COVID-19 currently. Celebrations across military bases have been canceled, and kids are out of school and away from their friends learning virtually now. As with all challenges, this is just one more that will prove the strength and resiliency of our military children. They know that a good friend can be found in every corner of the world, and that education doesn't only come from the classroom. They have learned that to survive means they have to adapt, and when one door closes, a new one will open bringing yet another exciting adventure.
We will get through this time together and military children will always have the support of a nation behind them. While we won’t be able to celebrate these amazing young people, in person or at fun events that were planned around the globe, we will continue to celebrate and salute their courage, continued sacrifice, and unwavering patriotism!
Take A Tour!
These virtual tours bring you inside for a sneak peek of select installations. These videos were hosted by teens, who share all the places and activities they enjoy while on- and off-base.
View more tours. And even make a tour of your own!
Worried About Falling Behind in School
Dear Doc - School has been cancelled because of the COVID-19, and I don’t know when it will start up again. How do I keep up on things I was studying? - Worried About School
Dear Worried About School - This is a big challenge for kids everywhere right now, so you’re not alone. But parents and teachers have been stepping up to the challenge to make this transition as easy as possible for everyone and to make sure you won’t fall behind in anything. NASA has some fun and cool projects to do at home. Click here to see what you can do: https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/edu/learn/
It’s important to remember that nobody is going to let you fall behind or fail anything. Lean on your parents and the resources available from your school to help you get through this challenging time. Remember, we’re all here to help each other get through this!
Feeling Lonely and Missing My Friends
Dear Doc - I really miss my friends that I normally get to see at school every day, and now I’m stuck at home. How do we keep in touch? - Feeling Lonely
Dear Feeling Lonely - Being cooped up at home will likely prompt feelings of loneliness no matter what, and that’s completely normal. Luckily we live in a time where we have the best technology to stay in touch with our friends. Try some of these tips!
Schedule a video chat and eat lunch together to talk about what you’ve been doing.
Ask your parents to talk to some of the other parents and maybe they would be willing to share the teaching responsibilities. You can set up a video call so that a few of your friends can call in. Then you can all see each other and learn together.
Make a gift or homemade card for a friend and send it to them in the mail. That’s not something we typically do anymore, but getting mail is a fun surprise and a good way to let someone know you’re thinking of them.
It’s also important to remember that it’s good to find enjoyment in solitary activities. Hunker down and do something cool with your hands and with your mind, like a science project, knit a scarf for yourself or a friend, or start a small garden with your family as the spring weather arrives to get outside. Use this time wisely and learn a new skill or work on something that you usually don’t have time for.
Not Everything Stays the Same
You may always hear that when your parent comes home everything will change. Your family life may have gone topsy turvy. This family was able to find some ways that the family stayed the same.
LESSON LEARNED: Everyone changes during a deployment; you, brothers, sisters, parents (at-home and deployed). Everyone gets older and has had new life experiences during the time of the deployment. After the homecoming there is a period of adjustment for you and your family life. Your parent may not recognize that you while he was gone you have “grown-up” and have taken on more responsibility. You and your family may have inside jokes that your deployed parent doesn’t get. But not everything will change. Both you and your dad may still enjoy baseball or football. Both you and your mom enjoy baking or cooking together.
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