Children of military families recognized

During the month of April, military-connected youth throughout the state will be recognized for the sacrifices they make while a parent serves in the Armed Forces.

Governor Mark Dayton proclaimed April as Month of the Military Child, encouraging support for organizations that provide direct aid to military children and families.

“Parents can register to receive a letter from the governor that recognizes military-connected youth as being our smallest heroes and offers a small token of appreciation,” said Laura Groeneweg, lead youth programs coordinator for Deployment Cycle Support Family Programs.

To request a letter, visit the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs website at http://www.mdva.state.mn.us/child/index.htm.

“Military members volunteer, but their families are drafted,” said MDVA Commissioner Larry W. Shellito. “This program is an important recognition of the sacrifices that families, especially children, make in supporting their parents.  I’m proud of our tradition of honoring not only our service members but the family as well.”

Month of the Military Child was first celebrated in April 1986 under former Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger, according to Groeneweg.

The recognition reinforces to military-connected youth that they play an integral role in supporting their service member.

Communities can show support by wearing purple on Purple Up Day, April 15.

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