Month of the Military Child

Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp reads to children at the Coast Guard Headquarters Child Development Center as part of the Month of the Military Child celebration. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Telfair Brown Sr.

Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp reads to children at the Coast Guard Headquarters Child Development Center as part of the Month of the Military Child celebration. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Telfair Brown Sr.

Written by Ademide Adedokun.

Throughout the month of April, the Coast Guard joined with the other Armed Services to celebrate the Month of the Military Child. The month served as an opportunity to recognize military children for surviving and thriving under challenging circumstances and to thank them for their service.

Air Station Clearwater crewmembers and their children wait in line for a tour of an HC-130 Hercules aircraft during "Bring your Child to Work Day" at Air Station Clearwater, April 26, 2012. The children also got a chance to tour an HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter and view a search and rescue demonstration. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Mike De Nyse.

Air Station Clearwater crewmembers and their children wait in line for a tour of an HC-130 Hercules aircraft during "Bring your Child to Work Day" at Air Station Clearwater, April 26, 2012. The children also got a chance to tour an HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter and view a search and rescue demonstration. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Mike De Nyse.

For servicemembers, the support from their children allows them to go out and perform their duties. Their children remind them why they do what they do – to leave a better nation for them and all the kids out there who depend on the Coast Guard to protect and defend our nation’s shores.

Military children face exceptional challenges. During the course of their childhoods they may move numerous times. Their parents may be underway or deployed for months at a time causing them to miss family holidays, birthdays, graduations and many other events.

Despite these challenges military children often thrive, doing well in school and taking on extra responsibilities to help parents or younger siblings. The Coast Guard’s Military Child of the Year, Alena Deveau, embodied the spirit of the military child with her exceptional accomplishments and the help she provided to her family during a tough time.

Petty Officers Michael Caliguire and Michael Shannon from the Pacific Strike Team demonstrate how to work a Remote Andros Vehicle Harvey Robot during a family event on Coast Guard Island April 13, 2012. Coast Guard Base Alameda commemorated Military Month of the Child by hosting fun-filled festivities and entertainment on base aimed to honor military kids and for military parents to spend quality time with their families. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer Sarah B. Foster.

Petty Officers Michael Caliguire and Michael Shannon from the Pacific Strike Team demonstrate how to work a Remote Andros Vehicle Harvey Robot during a family event on Coast Guard Island April 13, 2012. Coast Guard Base Alameda commemorated Military Month of the Child by hosting fun-filled festivities and entertainment on base aimed to honor military kids and for military parents to spend quality time with their families. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer Sarah B. Foster.

As Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp said in the memorial service for the crew of Coast Guard helicopter 6535:

“We love going to sea, we love flying, we get excited about doing it, but as soon as we take in the lines and get underway, or as soon as we go down the runway and take off into the air, the first thing we start thinking about is how soon we can get back to our kids.”

Although Month of the Military Child comes to an end, we encourage everyone to continue to thank military children for the resiliency, as they provide inspiration and hope for their families.

Do you know a military child who supports their loved ones and our nation? Leave your personal note of thanks in the comments below!

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