When a parent enlists in the military, it’s as if the whole family is signing up to serve our country. A parent’s deployment has particular impact on his or her children – from moving across the country to dealing with the stress of having a parent in constant danger. While these children face unique challenges, it often builds a level of strength and service that is extremely valuable for them and our communities.
To honor these children and their service to our country, each April is designated the “Month of the Military Child.”
One of our nonprofit partners, Operation Homefront, celebrates the Month of the Military Child in a major way, through the Military Child of the Year award program. This program recognizes military children who have proven to be exceptional citizens while facing the challenges of military family life.
Earlier this month, in a special gala in Washington D.C., Operation Homefront honored five extraordinary young patriots as 2014 Military Child of the Year award recipients. Their presence, strength and leadership are nothing short of inspiring.
Here’s a quick snapshot of the five award recipients:
- Combined, they have had at least one parent deployed for 131 months
- As a group, they have moved more than 30 times, often cross-country
- They represent 2,325 hours (and counting) of volunteer service
- Two have founded their own nonprofits
- One has advocated for new legislation and addressed Congress
- They are award-winning team captains, ROTC commanders, National Honor Society officers, class presidents and an Eagle Scout
For more information on Operation Homefront and this year’s Military Child of the Year Award recipients, visit: http://www.operationhomefront.net/