April is Month of the Military Child
Established in 1986 by then-Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger, April is the Month of the Military Child. April is not only a month to be aware of what these children are sacrificing, it's a time to say and show thanks.
Because KIDS serve, too!
Being part of a military family provides children with many obstacles and challenges, whether it's relocating to a new place for the third time this year and not knowing anyone in your class again, not getting Grandma's hugs and kisses because you're 6,000 miles from home, or missing your favorite food or restaurant because it's not available where you currently live. There are a lot of sacrifices military children make so their parents can continue doing their military duties, but the biggest sacrifice they make is for us as Americans. They share their parents with over 300 million people so that we can all be safe, free, and live our normal lives.
Established in 1986 by then-Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger, April is the Month of the Military Child. April is not only a month to be aware of what these children are sacrificing, it's a time to say and show thanks. Our deepest gratitude goes out to every military child, young or old, who didn't get to see their father's face when they were born, or who had to spend a birthday or basketball game or graduation without a parent because they were deployed. We want to let you know you are LOVED and APPRECIATED. We salute you in the month of April, and we salute you forever because YOU are our heroes too.
Click here to learn more about Month of the Military Child.
Virtual Run: Military Child Run
Help bring awareness to the sacrifices military children must make and take time to show your thanks during April virtual run. Honor a military family or encourage a child to participate in a portion of the run with you. Participate virtually with other military and Veteran supporters and Veterans around the globe.
YOU choose the fitness activity and distance, whether biking, running, walking, or your favorite exercise equipment! Start slowly; add distance for each consecutive virtual run. For a “virtual run” there is no travel involved; you’ll complete your activity in your own community, your local gym, or even your own backyard.
For more information including dates and registration, click here.
Free: Month of the Military Child Wristbands
During the month of April, the first 1,000 customers in the EGA Shop, will get a free Month of the Military Child Awareness Wristband. Wristbands are only available while supplies last. At EGAshop.com, 100% of the proceeds benefit the outreach programs of MarineParents.com, Inc. You can also purchase a wristband for $3.00, which will be used as a donation towards our outreach programs.
The average child in a military family will move six to nine times during a school career. That's an average of three times more frequently than nonmilitary families.—Source: Department of Defense Education Activity