April marks the Month of the Military Child. Former Defense Secretary Casper Weinberger deemed it such in 1986 and since then, increasing numbers of individuals and organizations create ways to recognize the youngest members of our military families. With the prolonged war involvement of the past decade, the families of warriors are asked to be more resilient than ever. According to recent statistics, there are 1.9 million military kids and 225,000 of those kids have a deployed parent.
Studies have been conducted during recent years to determined the impact of military life on military kids. These studies and the infomation culled from them can focus on everything from resiliency of military children, to what can happen when resiliency isn't present, or even how teens are affected by their parents' service. As responsibilities have increased, it appears challenges do as well.
I doubt that Sec. Weinberger could have anticipated what the Month of the Military Child 2012 would look like, but it's clear the military children have more than earned their month in the sun. Activities and other special events are planned to help our military "brats" make some happy memories. All this month, MCN will feature information on these opportunities and the fun starts today!