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April 2010 - Month of the Military Child

April 1,2010

Child, Youth and School Services at Fort Drum, N.Y., spent months planning special events to show their appreciation to the military children in their community. U.S. Army photo

Top Stories

Golf, Life Lessons Available to Children

WASHINGTON, April 30, 2010 -The First Tee Military Affiliate Program offers free golf instruction to children from National Guard and Reserve families at The First Tee's 200 chapters across the nation. Story

Military Child of Year Learns
Life Lessons From Late Father

WASHINGTON, April 29, 2010 - At 10 years old, Operation Homefront's 2010 Military Child of the Year has set himself some high standards. He wants to go to West Point and become a general in the Army, and when he's done with that, he'd like to play in the NFL. Story

Sesame Workshop Show Visits Bolling

BOLLING AIR FORCE BASE, D.C., April 21, 2010 - Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit organization behind Sesame Street, partnered with the USO to deliver special performances to military youth as part of its award-winning "Talk, Listen, Connect" outreach initiative. Story

Family Connects With Deployed Mom

JOINT BASE MYER-HENDERSON HALL, Va., April 20, 2010 - Joshua, 9, and Zachary, 4, won't get to hug their mother, Air Force Lt. Col. Nancy Klein, on Mother's Day. She's deployed to Tampa, Fla., but will be available via the Internet. Story

Army Officials to Standardize Service
For Military Families with Special Needs

ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 19, 2009 - The U.S. Army Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Command conducted the second Exceptional Family Member Program Summit to enhance services for family members with special needs. Story

National Guard, Reserve Children
Get Capitol Hill Recognition

WASHINGTON, April 14, 2010 - Children of National Guard and Reserve servicemembers were recognized on Capitol Hill by the organization, Our Military Kids, which has helped more than 17,000 National Guard and Reserve children with grants. Story

Hospital Celebrates Child's Cancer Fight

MADIGAN ARMY MEDICAL CENTER, Wash., April 13, 2010 - After almost a year of treatments at Madigan Army Medical Center for rhabdomyosarcoma, a muscle cancer, Abigail has ended chemotherapy and is now in remission. Story

Military Children at Fort Bragg 'Jump' for Joy

FORT BRAGG, N.C., April 13, 2010 - An Army Live blog highlights how the Army Golden Knights demonstrated their skills and wowed the military children at a special event. Story

Department Debuts Interactive Tool

ARLINGTON, Va., April 13, 2010 - The Department of Defense Education Activity's educational partnership has launched an interactive resource for military leaders and families, and school leaders. Story

Leaders Host Sesame Workshop Preview

WASHINGTON, April 13, 2010 - With help from a few familiar faces from Sesame Street, top defense officials hosted a Pentagon preview of Sesame Workshop's newest outreach initiative, "When Families Grieve." Story

Compact Helps Military Children
Transition Into Their New School

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. - April 12, 2010 - An agreement between the military and 28 states aims to help students transition into new schools every time they move. Story

Blog: A Tribute to Military Children

WASHINGTON, April 12, 2010 - Guest blogger Casey Spurr writes about how an experience she had with her son made her realize what it's like to walk in a military child's shoes, and expresses admiration for all military children. Story

Mrs. Obama, Dr. Biden Praise Children

WASHINGTON, April 12, 2010 - The wives of President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden paid tribute to military children, honoring their strength and sacrifice, in a Month of the Military Child video posted on the White House Web site. Story

Troops Bridge Distance With Technology

WASHINGTON, April 8, 2010 - Deployed servicemembers now have many communication options, whether it's webcams, instant messaging, e-mail or social media, to stay connected with loved ones back home. Story

Air Force Officials Launch Programs

WASHINGTON, April 8, 2010 - Air Force officials are highlighting a variety of programs in partnership with base agencies for Month of the Military Child and Year of the Air Force Family in recognition of military children and their families. Story

April Event Brings Smiles to Miramar

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION MIRAMAR, Calif., April 5, 2010 - As part of the Month of the Military Child, more than 800 children and their families had the chance to see and play with various animals at the Bob Hope Theater. Story

Guard Daughters Hold 'Sisterhood' Meeting

SAN DIEGO, April 1, 2010 - Two California National Guard daughters brought a year of planning to fruition when they hosted the inaugural Sisterhood of the Traveling BDUs conference to support girls whose parents are deployed. Story

Blog: Military Children Inspire Me

WASHINGTON, March 31, 2010 - As an airman and then a Defense Department civilian, I have met some amazing military children from all walks of life - active and reserve, younger and older, from all of the service branches. They all impressed me with their ability to adapt and drive on. Family Matters Blog

New DVD Helps Military Kids Cope

WASHINGTON, March 31, 2010 - Defense and USO officials joined military families at the U.S. Navy Memorial in Washington to celebrate the launch of a new DVD to help military children cope with a parent's deployment. Story

USO Announces Sesame Workshop Dates

WASHINGTON, March 31, 2010 - The Sesame Street/USO Experience for Military Families, a free traveling USO show based on Sesame Workshop's award winning "Talk, Listen, Connect" initiative and produced in partnership with Vee, is back in the United States after an around-the-world tour. Story

Air Base Marks Month of the Military Child

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo., March 29, 2010 - The Month of the Military Child kicks off April 1 throughout the various branches of the Armed Services to recognize the military child experience. Story

Care Plan to Include More Military Families

WASHINGTON, March 17, 2010 - The Defense Department's family care plan policy will be expanded in the coming months to encompass a wider population of military parents. The new policy will require military parents with custody of children from a previous relationship to file a family care plan. Story

There are 1.7 million American children and youth under 18 with a parent serving in the military and about 900,000 with one or both parents deployed multiple times.

April is designated as the Month of the Military Child, underscoring the important role military children play in the armed forces community. The Month of the Military Child is an opportunity to recognize military children and youth for their heroism, character, courage, sacrifices and continued resilience.

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