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April is the Month of the Military Child

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City Council

It is estimated that 1.2 million military children face unique challenges as a result of their parent’s military service.

April is the Month of the Military Child. Sponsored by the Department of Defense Military Community and Family Policy, it honors and recognizes the sacrifices that military families make, giving emphasis to the experiences and challenges faced by children of those who are serving in the military at home or overseas.

It is estimated that 1.2 million military children face unique challenges as a result of their parent’s military service. On average, military families move every two to three years, and as a result, their children have to frequently change schools and adapt to new environments, resulting in transition challenges and disruptions in their education.

As part of the Month of the Military Child, U.S. military bases worldwide, cities, and school districts offer special events, from festivals to giveaways and freebies to honor these young Americans. On April 15th every year, the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) organizes a “Purple Up! For Military Kids” day to encourage communities to wear purple as a visible way to show support and appreciation to military children for their strength and sacrifices.

In Massachusetts, the Military Interstate Children’s Compact Commission (MIC3) addresses key issues encountered by military families, including eligibility, enrollment, placement and graduation. It is a resource in easing transitions for military children and ensuring that they are afforded the same opportunities for educational success.

The Council recognizes April as the Month of the Military Child and continues to support and celebrate military families and their children for their sacrifices to our nation.