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Month of the Military Child begins

(U.S. Air Force photo illustration by Senior Airman Steele C. G. Britton)

(U.S. Air Force photo illustration by Senior Airman Steele C. G. Britton)

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- The Month of the Military Child is underway.  The Department of Defense and the services honor and recognize the contributions and sacrifices of military children throughout the month.


“Our military children make up a very special part of our population,” said Yvonne Viel, violence prevention integrator. “They go through unique challenges as they support their military parents through moves and deployments.  The Month of the Military Child honors their contributions and sacrifices to our country.”

The month’s events here include:

April 6 - Eglin Elementary School recognition of military children, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Eglin Elementary School.  For more information, call 882-4319.

April 27 - Homefront Heroes awards ceremony, 6 p.m., Post'l Point, immediately following 96th Force Support Squadron SpringFest.  The Airman and Family Readiness Center hosts the award ceremony to honor the spouses and deployed personnel.  Medals and Certificates are presented to family members in recognition of their sacrifice while their loved ones are deployed.  Military members from Eglin, Duke Field, and 7th Special Forces Group who were deployed between May 2017 and April 2018 are eligible for recognition. 

“The Month of the Military Child is one way we can recognize, applaud and celebrate the resilience of military children and honor their role in ensuring a ready force now and into the future,” Viel said.  For more information, call 882-9060.

Military One Source offers facts, support, resources and connections to youth programs for military children and their parents.