April Month of the Military Child

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April is Month of the Military Child, which recognizes the nation’s 1.8 million military children for their heroism, character, courage, sacrifices and resilience in the face of unique challenges — deployments that take parents away for months at a time; frequent moves that involve changing schools and leaving friends behind; and parents returning home with combat-related injuries. If you’re a service member with children, here’s a strong list of resources to help you help them cope with whatever military life might bring their way:

  • Healthy Coping Skills for Families
    For families experiencing first-time deployment or multiple deployments, this blog post offers tips to help children and parents cope.
  • Prepare Your Family for the Holidays Apart
    Even though separation from a loved one may be heightened during the holidays, the advice in this blog post is helpful for military families separated at any time throughout the year.
  • Military Kid Tackles PTSD for School Project
    Hannah Rauhut, a young military teen, focused her school assignment on educating her peers about posttraumatic stress disorder. “Being a military kid, I feel a strong connection to this issue — every time a soldier deploys, even my dad, they’re at risk for PTSD.”

Additional Resources

  • Whether you’re a parent looking for information on child care or child development, or a pre-teen or teen looking for tips on saving money or ways to get involved in your community, the Children, Youth & Teens section of the Military OneSource website offers resources, tools and articles for the entire family.

We want to hear from you! Share resources or tips that have helped your military family throughout the years in the comments section.

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