By Maj. Gen. Donna Martin and Command Sgt. Maj. James Breckinridge
Special to GUIDON
Since 1986, the Department of Defense has designated April as the Month of the Military Child, underscoring the important role military children play in the military community. This observance allows us to applaud military families and their children for the daily sacrifices they make and the unique opportunities and challenges they face.
It is important to recognize military children for their courage and resilience. Many military children know what it means to have one or both parents working long hours or deployed far from home. However, military children can be well-adjusted, selfless members of our society, despite the adversity that comes with service.
This year, we are not able to conduct the many hands-on activities we usually host to celebrate our military children because their safety is much more important. Every day, we are happy to see the photos and hear the stories parents and teachers share with us about their children’s quick adaptation to online learning and enjoying the world around them. The flexibility our children display make us very proud to celebrate them during this month.
We remain committed to supporting the lifelong readiness of our youngest heroes by providing the best possible care, support, and services. Thank your children, or, call a military family you know and thank their children for the support they provide to their service member and our team of teams at Fort Leonard Wood! We are grateful for their strength and yours.
Victory starts here – victory through skill.
(Editor’s note: Martin is the Maneuver Support Center of Excellence and Fort Leonard Wood commanding general. Breckinridge is the MSCoE and Fort Leonard Wood command sergeant major.)