April is Month of the Military Child

By Jo Ellen Arnold, Frontier Extension District

Recognizing the contributions that the military child makes as their parent or parents serve our nation is the reason that in 1986 Secretary of Defense Casper W. Weinberger named April the Month of the Military Child.

Frequent moves and family separations due to deployment issues can make life challenging for military children. But thanks to the support of many, military youth are resilient children that can cope well with the transitions that military life brings.

There are more than 300 military connected youth in the Frontier Extension District of Anderson, Franklin and Osage counties. A grant through the Frontier District Extension program is designed to create an “awareness” and challenge communities to support their military families and youth.

April 15 is designated as PURPLE UP Day for Military Kids. Everyone is asked to wear purple on that day to recognize our military youth. The color purple is a visible way to show our support for these youth. The color purple is a combination of Marine red, Army green, and Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard blue. Please support our military youth on April 15 by wearing purple!

For more information, contact Jo Ellen Arnold, Operation Military Kids program assistant, Frontier Extension District, at 785-241-1398 or [email protected].


One Response to April is Month of the Military Child

  1. Growing Sound offers great music resources to help young military children with social-emotional development. Our Songs of Resilience series, for example, helps young children with confidence/courage, attachment issues, self-regulation and self-control. Learn more about us at http://www.growing-sound.com

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