The term "military brat" is a badge of honor claimed for many generations by people who grew up in military families. This month, the Defense Department celebrates the more than 1.6 million children of parents who are serving.
Joining Forces, an Obama administration initiative, is being reintroduced with new priorities, First Lady Dr. Jill Biden announced April 7 in a virtual White House event.
The nation pays tribute to the resilience and tenacity of our military children; over 2 million active duty, National Guard, Reserve and children of veterans who did not make the choice to serve, but live each day supporting their brave parents.
Every April since 1986, the Defense Department has celebrated the Month of the Military Child.
Military kids are resilient and resourceful in the face of great challenges such as frequent moves and deployments. The health and wellness of military families affects the strength, resilience and readiness of service members who rely on support from their families.
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Age-appropriate resources to support military children ages 6-17 who are dealing with the unique psychological challenges of military life.
Children of active duty, National Guard and reserve families may be eligible for free membership to their local Boys & Girls Club.
Opportunities for youth to join 4-H clubs in their communities and participate in summer camps.
Education and activities for preschool aged children to help them cope with the challenges of military life.
Courses on positive parenting practices with tips for parent and child stress management and physical health promotion for children ages 0-18.
Through Military OneSource, access a nationally recognized caregiver database to search for hourly, flexible and on-demand child care.
Available through Military OneSource, the EFMP & Me online tool provides 24/7 access to resources for families with special needs and the providers and leaders who support them.
Source: 2019 Demographics Report
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