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April 2010 - Month of the Military Child

Published April 6,2011

A little girl waits for her dad as the guided-missile frigate USS Doyle returns to homeport after a six-month deployment to the Caribbean and eastern Pacific Ocean, Mayport, Fla., April 5, 2011. While deployed Doyle conducted counter-narcoterrorism missions and made port visits to Guatemala, Costa Rica, Panama and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Sunday Williams

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Nonprofit Honors Military Children

WASHINGTON, VA, April 15, 2011 - Retired Marine Corps Gen. Peter Pace, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, joined the group “Our Military Kids” in honoring four children and a military family during a recent ceremony. Story

First Lady Cites Children’s Resilience

ARLINGTON, VA, April 8, 2011 - This year's Military Child of the Year recipients are “shining examples” of what youth can accomplish with “a little will, a little passion, and a little determination,” First Lady Michelle Obama said. Story

DOD Celebrates Month of the Military Child

WASHINGTON, April 1, 2011 - Military children around the world will be honored throughout April for their contributions to their families’ well-being and sacrifices on behalf of the nation. Story

Military Children Deserve Nation’s Gratitude

WASHINGTON, April 1, 2011 - Military children continually rise to the challenges of military life and deserve the nation’s gratitude for doing so, Robert L. Gordon III, deputy assistant secretary of defense for military community and family policy, wrote in a recent blog. Story

There are 1.7 million American children and youth under 18 with a parent serving in the military and about 900,000 with one or both parents deployed multiple times.

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.

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