The brave sons and daughters of our military

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Source: U.S. Department of Defense

April provides us with a special occasion to recognize and celebrate the service of our military children as the Month of the Military Child.

There are 1.82 million brave sons and daughters of our military servicemembers in our communities today. Not only do these children face separation of a parent who may be deployed multiple times for extended periods of their childhood, they also undergo the challenges of constantly moving, according to the U.S. Department of Defense’s Office of Family Readiness Policy. Frequent moves disrupt friendships, schools, and the conveniences that come with being familiar with a community.

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The average child in a military family will move six to nine times during a school career. That’s an average of three times more frequently than nonmilitary families, according to Department of Defense Education Activity.

Through military family readiness programs, you can serve as a support system for children and their families. For more information on what the American Legion Auxiliary is doing to help military children, visit http://www.ALAforVeterans.org.

This is one of several posts throughout the month of April celebrating the gift military children are to us.

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  1. ( Public relation District 15 ) Tuesday April 11 2017, Was our monthly Auxiliary meeting at Hugh Gilbert Strickland American legion unit 138 . With April being military child month, and I was going to give our Junior members a special thank you and reconciliation, I joined two themes together. I was able to purchase Auxiliary junior member pins, and also the booklets for Juniors and hand each young lady a pin , & a booklet . Each parent or guardian was asked to join in and pin their child or grandchild. A special table was set up with purple table cloth and flowers and some pictures . I also found special American legion coloring books and also gave each member a poppy coloring sheet and a support our troops coloring sheet. Some of them will be helping me with poppies on May 20, 2017 and others will be included in our special Memorial Day event and also the special pictures that they complete will be included in troop boxes .Each of the young ladies came up and thank me in return I thank them for all their hard work and dedication. I felt so good inside..

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