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DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE: Month of the Military Child 2014

Month of the Military Child Military children make up a very special part of our nation's population. Although young, these brave sons and daughters stand in steadfast support of their military parents through moves and deployments. To honor their unique contributions and sacrifices on behalf of our country, each April is designated the Month of the Military Child. Photo illustration of a military child. The original image has been modified.
April 15, 2014

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Chairman, Leaders Honor Young Patriots at Gala

Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Bret Michaels, famed singer-songwriter and philanthropist, joined hundreds of guests to honor America's youngest patriots at the 6th Annual Military Child of the Year Awards Gala. Story

DOD Salutes Children During Military Child Month

The Defense Department believes military children serve their country alongside their service member parents, DOD's director of the office of family policy/children and youth said. Story

Dempsey: Military Obligated to Care for Survivors

Thumbnail: Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, talks with children on stage during the 2014 Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors Honor Guard Gala at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., March 27, 2014. The program, known as TAPS, is a 24-hour resource for anyone who has suffered the loss of a military loved one, regardless of the relationship to the deceased or the circumstance of the death.

The military has a moral obligation to take care of veterans and the relatives of service members, Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey told the audience at a gala where he also presented Air Force Gen. Mark A. Welsh III, chief of staff of the Air Force, with the TAPS Honor Guard Gala Military Award. Story

Sesame Street Friends Help Military Children Move

Children in military families move six to nine times between kindergarten and high school, and a Sesame Street-themed mobile app launched in December can help them cope with leaving a familiar place for the unknown. Story

AFN, DOD Overseas Schools to Help Stop Bullying

Thumbnail: Program planner Myia Alston describes a seven-hour 'Stop Bullying' event for military families, which starts March 23, 2014, at noon Central European Time/Japan-Korea Time on AFNfamily.

Three Defense Media Activity organizations and Department of Defense Education Activity schools in the Pacific and Europe are syncing entertainment with command information and social media to help stop bullying. Story

Military Kids View Muppets Movie at White House

Thumbnail: Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, joins First Lady Michelle Obama and Kermit the Frog in welcoming military families to a screening of the new movie 'Muppets Most Wanted' at the White House, March 12, 2014. The trio thanked military families for their service, strength and resilience.

First Lady Michelle Obama hosted military children and their families at the White House for a special screening of the Disney motion picture "Muppets Most Wanted," with an opening address by the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey. Story

More Students Take Advanced Placement Exams

Department of Defense Education Activity students took nearly 100 more Advanced Placement exams in the 2012-13 school year than they did in the previous year. Story

Sesame Street Book Teaches Kids Resilience

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The Defense Department and Sesame Workshop have unveiled a book and DVD to develop resilience in young children. Story

DOD Focuses on Healthy, Active Lifestyle for Kids

With the national rate of childhood obesity increasing, the Defense Department wants to ensure children in military families lead healthy and active lifestyles, the Defense Department's director of the office of family policy and children and youth said. Story

Army Child Wins Military Youth Award

Thumbnail: Retired Army Gen. Wesley Clark joins finalists in the Boys and Girls Club Military Youth of the Year ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery, Va., Sept. 13, 2013. With him, from left, are Daj'zhane Radford Walton from Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz.; Brianna Sheperd from Holloman Air Force Base, N.M.; Xavier R. Thompson from Royal Air Force Station Lakenheath, England; Brandon Shields from Joint Base Andrews, Md.; RaShaan Allen from Fort Knox, Ky., who was named Military Youth of the Year; and Stephanie Nicole Ramer from Moody Air Force Base, Ga.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of America has named the son of a Fort Knox, Ky., soldier as the organization's first Military Youth of the Year. Story

Military Children Profiles

These profiles feature winners of the Operation Homefront 2014 Military Child of the Year Awards.

Kenzie Hall, Army

Profile Photo: Kenzie Hall, Army

Kenzie is founder of the Brat Pack 11 Club, which grants big dream wishes to military kids who had a parent injured or killed in combat. She is the daughter of Jason and Aerica Hall and has a younger sister, Madison. Her father, Army Capt. Jason Hall is stationed with the U.S. Army Recruiting Battalion in Southern California. Profile

Michael-Logan Burke Jordan, Marine Corps

Profile Photo: Michael-Logan Burke Jordan, Marine Corps

Michael-Logan is an Ambassador for the Arthritis Foundation and president of his own charity, The Logan's Heroes Foundation, which helps wounded warriors, first responders, and disadvantaged children. He was diagnosed at the age of 3 with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis and Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. Michael-Logan's father, MSgt. Christopher Jordan, is the operation chief at Marine Corps Base Hawaii. Profile

Ryan Patrick Curtin, Navy

Profile Photo: Ryan Patrick Curtin, Navy

Ryan was recently awarded the Presidential Volunteer Service Award (Gold) for amassing over 500 volunteer hours in a single year, and was plank owner and president of the DOD/Naval Air Station Corpus Christi Youth Ambassador program and the Flour Bluff High School Student-to-Student program. His father, Navy Capt. Rex Curtin is the commanding officer of Training Air Wing FOUR at Naval Air Station Corpus Christi. Profile

Gage Alan Dabin, Air Force

Profile Photo: Gage Alan Dabin, Air Force

Gage volunteers with Anchorage's Promise: Youth Advisory Board where his team created a citywide campaign, Random Texts of Kindness, with fellow teens highlighting bullying awareness and suicide prevention. Gage's father, Senior Master Sgt. Tobias Adam, is the deputy fire chief with the 673rd Civil Engineer Squadron at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. Profile

Juanita Lindsay Collins, Coast Guard

Profile Photo: Juanita Lindsay Collins, Coast Guard

Juanita stands out for achieving success in the classroom while completing over 300 hours of volunteer service. She is president of both her junior and senior class, as well as National Honor Society, and has held various leadership positions in clubs and service organizations. Juanita's mother, Mrs. Tafaoga ("Tafa") Collins, is the assistant personnel officer at Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater. Profile

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