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History
Minnesota National Guard
April- Month of the Military Child
Secretary of Defense Caspar W. Weinberger in 1986 designated each April as “The Month of the Military Child." Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty declared April as the Month of the Military Child in Minnesota, 26 March, 2008.

Recognizing the contribution that the military child makes as their parent or parents serve our nation, it is during April of each year that all branches of service provide special days and events to honor the family and their children.

The military child as they grow and become youth into the teenage years, are an inspiration and a source of pride for our nation. Frequent moves and family separations through deployments, and then the reintegration issues make life especially challenging. Often military children are looked up to for their resilience and ability to deal with life changing events.

Commands are encouraged to plan appropriate activities that will focus attention on issues concerning our children and our responsibility to them. Commands are encouraged to develop initiatives that will benefit Military children now and for the future.

Follow Child and Youth Services on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/#!/MnNationalGuardYouthPrograms.
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Events
Purple Up Day
April 13
 
Proudly show your support of Minnesota's Military Kids during April's Month of the Military Child! One way you can show your support and thank our military kids for their strengths and sacrifices for our country is to wear purple on April 13 for Purple Up Day and post using the hashtag #PurpleUpMN.

Governor Dayton would like to express his appreciation for military youth and the important role they play in their military family. Military-connected Youth can recieve a letter of recognition from Gov. Mark Dayton April 1-30 at www.mn.gov/mdva

MALL OF AMERICA MILITARY CHILD EVENT: April 13, 2018 2:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Get more details here.

ART CONTEST: Open to military children of active or retired military personnel and siblings of active service members. Get more details here.

PHOTO CONTEST: Military families, enter a photo that depicts what it looks like for your child to be in a military family. To enter, email State Family Programs Assistant Hannah Warner at hannah.r.warner2.mil@mail.mil. Get more details here

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Resources

Minnesota National Guard Youth and Teen Camp- http://mngyc.org

Month of the Military Child- http://www.MonthoftheMilitaryChild.com

Operation Mentoring- http://www.btyr.org/operation-mentoring

Operation Military Kids- http://www.btyr.org/operation-military-kids

Our Military Kids- http://www.btyr.org/our-military-kids

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Teen Panel- http://www.btyr.org/teen-panel

Youth Recognition- http://www.btyr.org/youth-recognition


Military Child Articles

Month of the Military Child recognizes contributions of military kids
04/07/2018

Month of the Military Child highlights the sacrifices of military kids
04/04/2017

Guard Parents Salute Youth Camp
08/19/2015

STARBASE Minnesota celebrates 50,000 students served
04/30/2015

Minnesota 'Purples Up' for Military Children
04/15/2015

Youth Camp Teaches Patriotism and Teamwork to Military Children
04/11/2015

April recognized as Month of the Military Child
04/01/2015

Purple Up! event brings awareness for Month of the Military Child in Minnesota
04/15/2014

Purple Up! Day at the State Capitol Rotunda
04/14/2014

Minnesota National Guard female leaders speak about helping military families, working and raising children
12/02/2013

Military children start off the school year on the right foot
09/13/2013

Camp Ripley Hosts Camps for Military Youth
08/19/2013

Youth Camp Serves Army and Air Guard Families
08/13/2013

Minnesota aviator setting the conditions for success for his children
06/14/2013

April is proclaimed Month of the Military Child
04/02/2013

The Mission Continues, Month of the Military Child
03/31/2013

Volunteers make a difference at Youth Camp
08/04/2012

Minnesota Guard Youth Camps off to great start
07/23/2012

Youth Camp closing ceremonies
08/07/2011

Purple camps support military youth and families
08/03/2011

Retired Guard members are a big part of Minnesota Youth Camps
08/01/2011

Retiring of the American Flag at Youth Camp
07/29/2011

Summer camps in Minnesota designed for military-connected youth
06/16/2011

Workshops Help Soldiers Face a Hostile Force: Their Children
05/03/2011

U of M symposium explores impact of deployment on military families and youth
02/18/2011

Youth Camp reaches milestone
08/24/2010

Family unites at Youth Camp
07/23/2010

Military children receive charitable assist from hockey
07/16/2010

Youth Camp 2009 is underway
07/30/2009

Columbian gets a taste of new culture at Youth Camp
09/10/2008

Campfire at Youth Camp
08/13/2007

Minnesota National Guard Youth Camp Flag Disposal Ceremony
08/09/2007

Learn how to help local military families with children
05/21/2007


Contact

Minnesota National Guard Public Affairs
mn.ng.web@mail.mil
651-282-4410

 
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