April is Month of the Military Child (MOMC), a time where the support and sacrifice made by children in military families is honored and celebrated.
Military Children Serve
We often forget just how much a person’s service impacts all their loved ones. Everyone from their parents to spouses, children and even friends can be greatly impacted. MOMC highlights children’s service in particular, showing some of the very real ways service can change their lives. Here are some facts about what military kids experience:
History of Month of the Military Child
This special celebration of military children was established in 1986 by Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger. Weinberger was a WWII Veteran and father of two who realized the unique sacrifices and challenges military children faced as a result of their parent or parents’ military service.
Military children deal with extended separations, deployments, frequent moves, and even the injuries their parents may sustain as a result of combat. This month is created to bring awareness to the needs of military children in all areas.
Ways to Celebrate Month of the Military Child
Military bases worldwide offer events in honor of military children. From festivals and carnivals to special performances, giveaways and other gifts, this time is used to create fun and engaging activities for military families that everyone, especially children, will enjoy.