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Minnesota National Guard
Month of the Military Child

Minnesota National Guard FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Mar 31

ST PAUL, Minn -
Governor Mark Dayton has proclaimed April "Month of the Military Child" 

During the month, military-connected youth throughout the state will be recognized for the sacrifices they make while a parent serves in the Armed Forces

"Parents can register to receive a letter from the governor that recognizes military-connected youth as being our smallest heroes and offers a small token of appreciation," said Laura Groeneweg, lead youth programs coordinator for Minnesota National Guard Family Programs

Letters from the governor, can be requested by visiting the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs website at wwwMinnesotaVeteranorg and are just one element of Minnesota's Month of the Military Child 

"Communities can also do their part to recognize military-connected youth during Month of the Military Child by wearing purple on "Purple Up! Day," which will take place April 15," said Groeneweg

In the spirit of the 4th annual "Purple Up! Day," military families and supporters are also encouraged to attend a recognition event at 9 am at the State Capitol Rotunda on April 15

"I'm proud of our tradition here in Minnesota, as well as the concept behind this program which recognizes the sacrifices and service of our military children  Let's come together to honor these children this month  I guarantee it will impact them more than you ever realize, for years to come," said Larry Shellito, Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs

Month of the Military Child was first celebrated in April 1986 under former Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger This recognition reinforces military-connected youth that they play an integral role in supporting their service member

For more information on all military youth activities this month, visit http://www.MinnesotaNationalGuard.org/momc/

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT: Army Cpt Marian Belinski, state family programs director, at 651-268-8208 or marianmbelinskimil@mail.mil

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