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DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE: Month of the Military Child 2013

April 29, 2013

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Honor student, athlete honored as Army's 2013 Military Child of Year

An active volunteer, honor student and varsity athlete from Fort Lee, Va., 17-year-old Nicole Daly, is the Army's 2013 Military Child of the Year. Daly received the award Thursday from Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Ray Odierno. Story

Dempsey Lauds Honorees at Military Child of the Year Gala

Compassion, faith and patriotism earned five youths, each representing a service branch, acclaim from senior leaders during the 5th Annual Military Child of the Year Awards Gala at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Pentagon City. Story

Military Children Express Sacrifices Through Art

Life through the eyes of military children was evident in their paintings, drawings and writings on public display at the Education Department in Washington, D.C., in celebration of the Month of the Military Child. Story

Military Child Month Salutes Children's Efforts

During April's Month of the Military Child, the Defense Department recognizes the support provided by and sacrifices made by military children, said Barbara Thompson, director of DOD's office of family policy/children and youth. Story

Official Urges Children to Learn Financial Skills

April is both the Month of the Military Child and Financial Literacy Month, so it's a good time to shine a spotlight on teaching children financial responsibility, said Barbara Thompson, the Pentagon's director of the office of family policy/children and youth in a joint interview with American Forces Press Service and the Pentagon Channel. Story

Children Need Routine Environment During Moves

Service members and their spouses who will travel to new duty stations this summer might face the added concern of keeping life routine for their children, the director of the Pentagon's office of family policy and children and youth told American Forces Press Service and the Pentagon Channel. Story

First Lady Visits Fisher House Families

Bearing a large Easter basket brimming with cookies, First Lady Michelle Obama visited the families of wounded warriors at Fisher House No. 4 in Bethesda, Md., to personally invite the children to the annual White House Easter Egg Roll. Story

Joining Forces Program Marks Anniversary

In a White House blog, Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, reflects on the one-year anniversary of the Joining Forces program and discusses how Americans across the country support military children. Story

Biden, Winnefeld Attend Military Support Event

Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, joined the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in Newport News, Va., to highlight efforts to help school children from military families.Story

Military Kids Make Parents' Service Possible

First Lady Michelle Obama highlighted the shared sacrifices of military children while meeting with the teenage daughters of service members in Jacksonville, Fla. Story

Senior Leaders Honor Military Children of the Year

From a 9-year-old blogger to a 17-year-old community-service volunteer, children from military families took center stage here during Operation Homefront's 2012 Military Child of the Year awards gala. Story

Official: Take Time to Honor Military Kids' Service

Children of U.S. service members around the world will be honored throughout April for their contributions to their families' well-being and sacrifices on behalf of the nation, a Defense Department official said. Story

Children Earn Top Honors for Service, Sacrifice

For their service and sacrifice, five military children have earned Operation Homefront's 2012 Military Child of the Year Award. Story

Sesame Street, USO Launch Tour for Families

The Sesame Street and USO Experience for Military Families, a free traveling tour, will kick off April 7, at Scott Air Force Base, Ill., and will visit military families on more than 70 installations over the next eight months. Story

Program Inspires Students to Aim for Public Service

Two Department of Defense Education Activity students were among the more than 100 student delegates to the 50th Annual U.S. Senate Youth Program who stopped by the Pentagon to hear from senior leaders and to gain insight on national defense. Story

Compact Eases School Transitions for Military Kids

Another state has joined an interstate agreement to ease school transitions for children from military families, bringing the overall tally of member states to 40 nationwide. Story

New DOD Website Connects Military Kids

A new Defense Department website, Military Kids Connect, offers military children an online community where they can learn about deployments, recognize and share feelings, and develop coping skills. Story

Dr. Biden: Military Kids Need Schools' Support

Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, joined a group of educators in Los Angeles for a discussion on how schools can better serve and support military families and to learn about a program that's having a positive impact in military children's lives. Story

First Lady, 'iCarly' Cast Celebrate Military Kids

First Lady Michelle Obama joined Nickelodeon TV's "iCarly" cast to pay tribute to the children of troops and preview the show's upcoming episode about the hardships of military families. Story

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Military Children Profiles

Mark Newberry

Mark Newberry, who has already been accepted to study pre-med at two universities, has military family roots extending back to the civil war. This Eagle Scout maintains a 4.2 grade point average despite ten moves in 18 years, and has three varsity letters in track and cross country. Mark also teaches Sunday school, visits shut-ins every other weekend and volunteers at his local VA thrift store and elderly village. Profile

Nicole Marie Daly

With nine moves and three high schools, 17-year-old Nicole Marie Daly remains top of her class with a 4.7 grade point average. In addition to being an honor student, this daughter of West Point graduates runs half-marathons, has earned varsity letters in both cross country and track and volunteers for a college scholarship fund. Profile | Story

Amanda Wimmersberg

Amanda Wimmersberg maintains a 4.0 grade point average while volunteering with her soccer team, student council, the National Honor Society, and church youth group. She is a member of the Peer Leadership program which helps freshmen acclimate to their new school by providing an older student for them to talk with and make sure they are not being bullied. Profile | Story

Abigail MaryRose Perdew

Abigail MaryRose Perdew, daughter of marine parents, is student council president and captain of the cross country team and track and field team. Abigail maintains a 4.1 grade point average, while volunteering as a math tutor. As president of Student 2 Student, she has grown the outreach of this group which helps new students acclimate to their new school and host country's culture. Profile

Alexander Ray Burch

At age nine, Alexander Ray Burch, who was born with a hearing impairment, gathered and delivered food and water to typhoon victims on Guam. This son of a retired Navy chief continues to volunteer hundreds of hours, and has produced a video for an anti-bullying campaign. Profile

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Military children get a break from their daily routine with a "moon walk" at Langley Air Force Base, Va.

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