April is the Month of the Military Child
In 1986, Secretary of Defense Casper W. Weinberger decided to recognize the sacrifices made by children of military service members. He believed that military children are inspirational because of the way they respond to stressful situations, such as frequent moves and separated families during periods of deployment. Now, 32 years later we have a nationally recognized celebration, honoring the children of military service members.
This year April 13th is the day dedicated for everyone to celebrate military children by wearing the color purple.
Why Purple? Purple has special meaning in the military; it is anything “Joint”, or where different U.S. branches of the military are working together for a common goal.
There are 1.2 million military children worldwide. In California, there are an estimated 51,000 military connected children that are exceptional family members. 12,000 of those are children of Active Duty Service Members.
Military families with children who have special needs must develop a support system every time they move, in addition to changing schools, homes, and communities.
The average military child will move 6 to 9 times during their parents’ career.
Join us in showing your support for military children and their families this April, the Month of the Military Child. #MoMC #kidsservetoo