Since our nation’s founding, the Military has always been a cornerstone of The United States of America. Military Spouses, such as Molly Pitcher, who picked up Arms after her husband was killed on the battlefield and Libby Custer, who began the trend of families living with their Soldier while on campaigns out west, even pitched a tent on the Parade Field at Camp Riley, Kansas until permanent homes were built for families.
But there is another often forgotten member of our military families in history. They are America’s Military Children who serve alongside their Military parents (s) who play a crucial role in our nation’s history.
April is known as the Month of the Military Child; it’s a time when we recognize and give thanks to the youngest members of our Military Family who don’t have a choice but to participate in this lifestyle. These members are born into this life, many times without their Military Parent by their side, and are the ones who experience the most change. We ask them to continuously move, change schools, make new friends, and adapt to new surroundings year after year with no true end in sight.
Since 9/11, we have asked these children to deal with over 20+ years of deployments overseas or extended training away from parents and the stress of not knowing if their parent will return.
America’s Military Children show us what true adaptability is, what true friendships are, and although they might not have deep roots anywhere, they are children of the country and the world.
This month I celebrate my Military Service Member, who was a Military Child until he raised his right hand to serve alongside his father and brother. Together we celebrate our two boys, who, at 10 and 7, will move this summer to their 8th and 6th states in their short lives.
Our family celebrates all of America’s Military Children who serve alongside their families and continuously show us how beautiful, challenging, and tremendously rewarding it is to serve our Nation every day.
Combat Veteran, Active-Duty Spouse, Proud Parent to two Military Children, and Military Child Education Advocate