Over 1.9 million children have military parents. Honor their constantly changing lifestyle and bravery by commemorating custom pins or coins to them this April.

Often called the unsung heroes, the children of military personnel, which now number around 1.9 million, bare the brunt of frequent moving, one or both parents absent for long stretches of time, and a constant need to adapt to change.

“As a grateful nation, it is our sacred responsibility to stand by our military children, just as they and their families stand by us,” First Lady Michelle Obama said in a video release posted on the Department of Defense site.

April is designated as the Month of the Military Child – and we, at the Monterey Company, would like to acknowledge these kids and their important families. The Month of the Military Child is an opportunity to recognize military children and youth for their heroism, character, courage, sacrifices and continued resilience. The entire month will feature events geared towards children of the military.

One program includes the Stay Connected deployment kit offered by the Airman and Family Readiness Center.  These kits are handed out at pre-deployment briefings and families with currently deployed family members will be contacted by phone or email on how to obtain a kit. Each kit includes disposable cameras to facilitate the kids creating a photo journal to send to the deployed parent, note cards, books, hand puppets, writing pens, photo dog tags, and a journal. The purpose of the kit is to help kids stay connected to their loved ones.

Another event occurring this month and throughout Spring is the Sesame Street/USO Experience for Military Families, a free traveling USO show based on Sesame Workshop’s award-winning “Talk, Listen, Connect” initiative. The show began traveling the world in 2008 and returns this month to the States. The show is made available only to Military families and touches on topics of communication, support and connecting to the needs of the children.

The Department of Defense and both Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden encourage Americans to recognize and support military children, whether it’s reaching out to a new military family in the neighborhood or connecting with an organization dedicated to supporting troops and their families.

“As a mother of a National Guardsman, I have seen firsthand the difference that a small act of kindness can make,” she said. “There’s a role for each and every one of us in supporting military children,” shares Jill Biden

“Let’s mark the Month of the Military Child this year by dedicating ourselves to honoring and supporting these brave children all year long,” Michelle Obama added.