April is “Month of the Military Child.” Since 1986, the U.S. 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 U.S. Army has more than 900,000 military children with one or both parents having deployed multiple times.
On Monday, Hoosiers are asked to participate in Purple Up! Day by wearing purple, which represents all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces.
A Youth Creativity Contest, for military and nonmilitary youth, gives youth the opportunity to express their support of military youth. A number of other activities and resources 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 Family Research at Purdue, Indiana 4-H Youth Development and Purdue Extension.
To learn more about Operation: Military Kids visit www.operationmilitarykids.org or contact Ryan Wynkoop at (765) 494-9516 or firstname.lastname@example.org.