Month of the Military Child


WHEREAS, the Commonwealth of Virginia is proud to be home to more than 108,000 children (of whom 71,000 are school-aged) with parents serving in the military, stationed in Virginia; and

WHEREAS, April is Month of the Military Child, a special month to recognize and pay tribute to military families and their children for the daily sacrifices made, and for their commitment, courage, and unconditional support of our Armed Forces; and

WHEREAS, Virginia has one of the highest numbers of military school-age children in the nation and is committed to being an active participant in the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children which facilitates military children transitioning in school systems across state lines; and

WHEREAS,the children of our service members continue to make significant contributions to schools, communities, the nation, and our Commonwealth, despite prolonged and repeated absences of one or both parents; and

WHEREAS, in partnership with the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE), Virginia’s public schools remain committed to the care and education of the children of men and women of our armed forces. By partnering with school liaison officers, military leaders, educators, and community organizations, VDOE provides resources about the unique support needed for military service members and their families during all stages of transition and deployment; and

WHEREAS, Month of the Military Child reaffirms our commitment to ensuring excellence in schools, childcare, and youth services to military children who face unique challenges that other children their age never experience;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize April 2016 as MONTH OF THE MILITARY CHILD in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.