Celebrate Military Children – the Strength of our Future

I love the theme of this year’s Month of the Military Child!
“Celebrate Military Children – the Strength of our Future”

Military-Brats are strong!  Active Duty kids move around the country, acclimating themselves to new cultures, new friends, new surroundings.  They, along with our National Guard and Reserve children, are separated from one or both of their parents for long periods at a time.

As the mom of four military children I know they hold the key to the future.  I pray for their future.  I work to ensure that they are educated, social and well rounded.  When their dad was deployed we sought the support we needed.  We used programs like Military Kids, the YMCA, United through Reading.  When friends asked “Can I help?” I gave them a resounding “YES!”  We got out of the house; there was no holing up for us.

And you know what, my kids are a-ok!  They are strong.  They are resilient. They are adaptable.  They inspired me to take a look at the US Army Soldier’s Creed and apply it to their way of life:

The Military Child’s Creedinspired by the US Army Soldier’s Creed
I am an American Military Child.
I am a Warrior in my own right, and a member of a Military Family. I serve with my Military Parent, who serves the people of the United States.

I will always place the mission first: to stand beside, behind and with my Family.

I will never accept defeat.

I will never quit.

I will not leave a fellow military-brat hurting.  I will stand beside them.

I am disciplined, but young; physically and mentally tough, but vulnerable. I will ask for help when I need it!

I am adaptable and I am resilient.

I stand ready to say “Good-bye”, whisper “I miss You” , and shout “Welcome Home”.

I am a representative of the American Military Family and the American way of life.

I am an American Military Child

– Leanne from MilitaryAvenue.com

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