April 2019 marks the 33rd anniversary of the Month of the Military Child (MOMC). Established in 1986 and sponsored by the Department of Defense Military Community and Family Policy, the MOMC honors military children and recognizes the unique challenges they face. Military children may have to deal with a deployed parent, frequent moves and other stressful situations that require personal sacrifices and strength beyond their years. Omni is proud to acknowledge the Month of the Military Child and to show support and appreciation to these brave children.
April is the Month of the Military Child, a time to honor military children and recognize the unique challenges they face.
Organizations and U.S. military bases throughout the country and the world are observing this month in a variety of ways. The organization Operation Homefront recognizes the MOMC through its Military Child of the Year® awards. This honor is awarded annually to an outstanding military child from each branch of service. Read about the seven extraordinary recipients of the 2018 award.
Keep an eye out for Military Month of the Child events in your area!
There are all types of special local MOMC events for military children and their families taking place at and near military installations around the world. Check your on-base Child Development Center, Public Affairs office or Morale Welfare and Recreation (MWR) center to find out about activities that may be happening in your area.
One big initiative that celebrates MOMC is Purple Up! day. Purple Up! day is an annual event started by the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) that encourages everyone to wear purple in honor of military-connected youth (MCY) and to show appreciation and support for their strength. Purple is the color that was chosen to symbolize all members of the military as it blends the colors of the Army (green), Navy (blue), Air Force (blue), Marines (red) and Coast Guard (blue). Look for ways you can get involved with Purple Up! day in your military community or your child’s school.
Famous military kids
Many children who were raised in military households have grown up to be extremely successful adults, making their marks in the worlds of art, sports, politics and more. Here are just a few former military kids you may have heard of:
Amy Adams – Actress
Christina Aguilera – Singer
Ciara – Singer
Jessica Alba – Actress, business owner
Julianne Moore – Actress
Kathie Lee Gifford – Talk show host
Newt Gingrich – Former Speaker of the United States House of Representatives
Martin Lawrence – Comedian, actor
Michael Strahan – Football player, talk show host
Michelle Rodriguez – Actress
Reese Witherspoon – Actress
Reggie Rivers – Football player
Shaquille O’Neal, basketball player
Shawn Michaels – Wrestler
Tiger Woods – Golfer
Tommy Lee – Musician
Wiz Khalifa – Rapper, songwriter, actor
Join all of us at Omni this month as we pay tribute to our country’s military children.
The information provided in this blog post is for informational purposes only. Omni Financial does not endorse, recommend or imply affiliation with the listed organizations.