EAST CHICAGO | Hoosiers will have the opportunity this April to recognize nearly 20,000 military youth who call Indiana home.
April is “Month of the Military Child.” Since Month of the Military Child began in 1986, the Department of Defense has teamed with various partners to recognize the sacrifices and to applaud the courage of military children. More than 1.7 million American children under the age of 18 have at least one parent serving in the military. It is estimated the Army has more than 900,000 military children with one or both parents having deployed multiple times.
On Monday, April 15, Hoosiers are asked to participate in Purple Up! Day by wearing purple. The color purple represents all branches of the Armed Forces. A Youth Creativity Contest, for military and non-military youth, will give youth the opportunity to express their support of military youth. Johnny Rockets in Indianapolis is creating purple milkshakes especially for military youth. A number of other activities and resources are available for Month of the Military Child in Indiana and can be found at www.four-h.purdue.edu/omk/militarychild.html .
The Indiana OMK State Team includes representatives from American Legion &Auxiliary, American Red Cross, Army Reserve Child, Youth & School Services, Boys & Girls Clubs, Department of Youth Development and Agricultural Education at Purdue, Indiana Association for Child Care, Resource & Referral, Indiana National Guard Family Programs, The Military