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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.

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Purple Up Day
April 21
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 21 for Purple Up Day and post using the hashtag #PurpleUpMN.

Military-connected Youth can recieve a letter of recognition from Gov. Mark Dayton April 1-30 at www.MinnesotaVeteran.org

Download a printer-friendly version of the 2017 Month of the Military Child poster here.

MALL OF AMERICA MILITARY CHILD EVENT: April 21, 2017 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.

POETRY CONTEST: All Minnesota students can participate in Senator Al Franken's 5th annual poetry contest with this year's theme being "Celebrating the Veteran in My Life." 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

2017 T-shirt Order Form.pdf

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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

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