The Month of the Military Child, April 2013
DoDEA joins the Department of Defense and the military community in celebrating April as the Month of the Military Child. At DoDEA, we know that military children face many challenges unique to their situation, such as having a parent deployed for extended periods of time and moving frequently. Deployments and family separations can be stressful times for children.
DoDEA schools are part of the wide community support network available to families. Teachers, counselors, and psychologists guide honest and open discussions with students. Schools link deployed parents and students by email and other technologies. Our most important contribution is to remain focused on the educational mission and provide a stable environment for the children in our schools especially during these times of stress.
This year, we’re inviting everyone to “Purple Up!” Operation Military Kids (OMK) an organization dedicated to military families, is asking people around the nation to join them for an event they call, “Purple Up! For Military Kids.” We are encouraging everyone across the U.S. to wear purple on Monday, April 15th as a visible way to show support and thank military children for their strength and sacrifices. This is OMK’s third year of celebrating Purple Up. Purple is the color that symbolizes all branches of the military, as it is the combination of Army green, Coast Guard blue, Air Force blue, Marine red and Navy blue.
MKC is an online community of military children (ages 6-17 yr old), and offers informative activities, fun games, helpful videos, and interesting user surveys that can guild and reinforce understanding, resilience, and coping skills in military children and their peer. Learn More
Secretary of Defense Caspar W. Weinberger in l986 designated each April as “The Month of the Military Child”. Learn more
Did you know 4 out of 5 children of Reservists deal with increased stress during a deployment? Learn more
About Military OneSource
Military OneSource is a Department of Defense-funded program providing comprehensive information on every aspect of military life at no cost to active duty, Guard and reserve service members, and their families. Information includes, but is not limited to, deployment, reunion, relationship, grief, spouse employment and education, parenting and child care, and much more. Learn more
Operation: Military Kids
This site is the U.S. Army's collaborative effort with America's communities to support children and youth impacted by deployment. Regardless of whether Families are experiencing deployment for the first time, the second time or another in a series of multiple deployments, OMK’s goal is to connect military children and youth with... Learn more
U.S. Army MWR
Army Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation, the G9 division of the Army’s Installation Management Command, is a comprehensive network of quality support and leisure services that enhances the lives of Soldiers, Civilians, Families, military retirees and other eligible participants. Learn more