Monday, April 11, 2011

AFA Honors the Military Child

It's Month of the Military Child!

This April highlights the 25th anniversary of Month of the Military Child, a legacy of former Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger. With approximately 1.7 million American children with a parent serving in the military, AFA is proud to acknowledge the important role military children play in the armed forces community.

The impact of a decade of war is unquestionably felt among the sons and daughters of the men and women serving our country. More than 900,000 military children have had a parent deploy multiple times. They are experiencing long-term, multiple deployments of parents, in addition to the typical stressors associated with relocation and adjusting to new communities.

AFA reinforces that military children are key parts of the armed forces community. They provide the support of home and instill a drive in the men and women that fight for our country.

“A vital part of AFA’s mission is to support the Air Force family, which certainly includes the sons and daughters of the men and women in uniform,” said Mike Dunn, President of AFA. “During these hard times of conflict around the world, when children are separated from their parents more frequently, it’s very important to recognize them for their courage, character, sacrifice and resilience.”

AFA is a firm supporter of the Air Force family and works to shed light on military family issues through education and advocacy.

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