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Month of the Military Child Toolkit

Military Kids are Mighty. Happy Month of the Military Child.

Celebrating the Mighty!

The Military Health System recognizes April as Month of the Military Child, honoring military kids’ essential role in maintaining force readiness. Military kids are the cornerstone of military families and display remarkable strength and resilience every day. This year, the MHS is “Celebrating the Mighty” to educate military kids about the importance of fostering a virtual community and building camaraderie as part of strengthening their mental health, well-being, and sense of belonging. 

Command Sgt. Maj. Michael L. Gragg Shout-out for Military Kids

CSM Gragg shout-out  video for MOMC

Military kids are resilient in constant change. They are resourceful and creative support systems for their families and communities.

Military kids face unique psychological challenges related to military life. Compared to their non-military peers, military kids are many times more likely to move multiple times during their school careers and have a parent absent for long periods of time in potentially dangerous locations – factors that can greatly stress military kids’ mental health.

The Defense Health Agency maintains two online resources to support military children:

  • Military Kids Connect is an online community specifically for military children ages 6-17, and provides access to age-appropriate resources for military kids and also for parents, caregivers, and educators to help them understand and support military kids at home and in school.
  • Sesame Street for Military Families is a free, bilingual (English and Spanish) website where families can find information and multimedia resources on the topics of military deployments, multiple deployments, homecomings, injuries, grief, and self-expression.

Resources

Month of the Military Child 2021 Toolkit

Month of the Military Child 2021 Image Library

Month of the Military Child 2021 Infographic

Month of the Military Child 2021 Videos

Events

All month long, Military Kids Connect will share information for military kids on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. #MonthOfTheMilitaryChild, #MOMC

Military Kids Connect on Facebook

Military Kids Connect on Instagram

Military Kids Connect on Twitter

On April 6, Military OneSource’s Daily COVID-19 Facebook Live will feature Military Kids Connect and the Celebrating the Mighty campaign.

On April 12, there will be a military kid “takeover” on the Military Kids Connect social media channels (see a preview video here).

April 15 marks Purple Up Day, when the DHA recognizes military kids everywhere by encouraging everyone to wear purple, the color representing all military branches. #PurpleUp, #PurpleUpDay

 

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