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Month of the Military Child highlights the sacrifices of military kids

Minnesota National Guard FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 4, 2017

ST. PAUL, Minn.- The month of April is recognized as the Month of the Military Child. Throughout the month there will be several opportunities to highlight the contributions of these children whose sacrifices often go unnoticed.

"Military children make enormous sacrifices so that their family members can serve," said Maj. Gen. Richard Nash, Adjutant General of the Minnesota National Guard. "Their resilience in the face of uncertainty and hardship inspires our service members to accomplish their mission."

An event to honor Minnesota's "Hidden Heroes" will take place April 21, 2017, at the Mall of America rotunda from 2:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Activities will include appearances by Nickelodeon characters and Minnesota sports players and mascots.

During the month, military children can participate in several contests including a poetry contest sponsored by Senator Al Franken. In addition, there is an art contest and photo contest for military kids. More information on each contest can be found at http://www.MinnesotaNationalGuard.org/momc.

Parents can register to receive a letter from Governor Mark Dayton that recognizes military-connected children for their service and sacrifice. Letters from the governor can be requested by visiting the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs website at http://minnesotaveteran.org/MilitaryChild.

The Month of the Military Child was first celebrated in April 1986 under former Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger. This recognition reinforces to 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: Minnesota National Guard Public Affairs at mn.ng.web@mail.mil or call 651-282-4410.




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