April 21st is the day that all military kids are nationally recognized for their daily sacrifices and ability to overcome the many transitions and hardships they face.
Military kids are often our unsung heroes for the sacrifices that they have to make and there are currently over 2 million children in the United States that have a military parent(s) in the United States, according to the Department of Defense.
Military children must deal with parents being gone for months at a time due to deployments and trainings. Military service members miss their child’s birthdays, holidays, and important events because of their service to our country and the kids must learn how to accept the absence of a parent.
On average, a military child will have to move at least 7-9 times over the course of their school years. Making new friends, settling into a new city, learning a new school curriculum, and essentially starting over becomes a way of life for the little ones. The school age years are such a formative time, I’m not even going to begin to imagine what it is like to transfer to new schools, make new friends, and become reacquainted with a new environment.
But every day, our little heroes do just that.
Time to Purple Up!
Purple Up! is an event that occurs nationwide today where everyone is asked to wear purple to show support for military kids far and wide. The color purple was chosen because it is a combination of all the different branches of service: Army green, Marine red, and Coast Guard, Navy, and Air Force Blue.
If you haven’t done so already, then consider wearing purple today as a show of support for all of our military kids and families.
If you are a service member, military spouse, or military child, then I would just like to thank you for all that you do. My husband is Navy and with my employment, I currently have the pleasure of being a Military and Family Life Counselor, working with military kids and families on a daily basis.
I have seen firsthand the tears, struggles, and sadness that occur when a family member must deploy and it brings me such pride to know how strong our little ones are and how hard our Armed Services work to make our country safe and great.
So hats off to all of our military kids and families. United we stand and I support and thank you all!
In gratitude to our military,
Support our Military kids today (and everyday!)