The DeMarco Project Speaks
April – Month of The Military Child
By Kim J. Clark
Aka Expanding Love
When we think of those who serve in the military, the men and women in uniform instantly come
to mind. However, let’s not forget about the children whose lives are affected by their parent’s
decision to serve. To honor the children, the month of April was established as the Month of The
Military Child in 1986 by former Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger to show support and to
thank military children for their strength and sacrifices.
When we think about military service related trauma, in our innocence we forget about how the
children of military personnel may be affected. Military children have higher stress and anxiety
than their civilian counterparts. There are a host of challenges the children face. Frequent
disruption of friendships, adapting to life in new military communities and disruption in their
medical care which can be very traumatic for children with chronic physical and mental illnesses
to name few. Some of the children deal with combat related injuries and illness which affect their
parents. Some must deal with the loss of a parent.
Within the month of April, the military educational system set aside a special day to honor these
young heroes and sheroes. “Purple Up! For Military Kids” will be celebrated across the
Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) on Wednesday, April 18th. The DoDEA
manages all schools for military children and teenagers in the United States and overseas at
American military bases worldwide. On this day the DoDEA Communities wear purple to show
support and thank military children for their role as military family members. Purple is the color
worn this day. The color was chosen because it symbolizes the combined colors of all branches
of the military, Army green, Coast Guard blue, Air Force blue, Marine red, and Navy blue.
Because of the limited amount of space for this article, this writer encourages you to visit the
DoDEA link, https://www.dodea.edu/dodeaCelebrates/Military-Child-Month.cfm to learn more.
This writer would like to invite the readers to join us in celebrating the” Month of the Military
Child” by recognizing their sacrifices. The link above offers suggestions such as: Saluting
military children at sporting events and teachers saluting military children. In addition to those
suggestions, we invite you to give the children a shout out on social media: Facebook, Twitter,
Instagram and You Tube.
Kim is the mother of a veteran who loved his country and was willing to lay his life down for the
freedoms he believed in. She is the CEO and founder of The DeMarco Project, Non-profit
organization. Her life’s mission it to save veteran lives and improve the quality of life for
traumatized military service persons. If you would like to support her in the work, donations are
welcome. Visit the website; www.TheDeMarcoProject.org.