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Month of the Military Child: Heroes for the Future, April 2012

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April is designated as the Month of the Military Child, underscoring the important role military children play in the armed forces community. The Month of the Military Child is an opportunity to recognize military children and youth for their heroism, character, courage, sacrifices and continued resilience.

Military installations, organizations and communities have created special events to pay tribute to these little military heroes. If you'd like to celebrate the Month of the Military Child, contact your local base and ask if they are hosting any events or planned activities in your area.

Regardless of how you fill the hours, make sure your child/children understand the day is meant to honor and celebrate them—the military child.

Ways to Celebrate MOMC
Find out about additional ways to celebrate MOMC through these organizations that support Military Children!

Operation: Military Kids (OMK) offers school age military kids fun, educational and recreational activities.
Military kids can attend OMK Camps and activities to connect with other military youth, attend Mobile Technology Lab events to learn new skills and use technology to stay connected to their deployed parents. They can also join their state’s Speak Out for Military Kids Speakers Bureau to be an advocate for military kids in their community or throughout the state. To find out more about OMK in your state go to www.operationmilitarykids.org click on “state information” and click your state to see what programs are offered in your area, or you can email support@operationmilitarykids.org.

National Volunteer Week was established by President Nixon in 1974.
The Month of the Military Child provides an outstanding opportunity to include recognition of Army children and youth, who give back so much to their communities, in Installation Volunteer Week ceremonies. The Army has partnered for many years with the Points of Light Foundation in support of National Volunteer Week. Information about the Points of Light National Volunteer Week program can be found at http://www.pointsoflight.org/signature-events-and-series

Kids – Volunteer at your Garrison through the Promise Passport program!
Promise Passport is open to all Army children that are registered with CYS Services! To get involved, contact the Child Development Center Director, School Age Director or the Youth Services Director at your Garrison. Use these volunteer opportunities to get started!

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