Month Of The Military Child


WHEREAS, thousands of brave Americans demonstrate their courage and commitment to freedom by serving the Armed Forces of the United States both on Active Duty and in the National Guard and Reserves; and 

WHEREAS, there are approximately 250,000 children (of whom 75,000 are school-aged) with parents serving the military either on Active Duty, in the National Guard or Reserves and stationed in Virginia; 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’s transition in school systems across state lines; and 

WHEREAS, the Commonwealth of Virginia is partnering with the U.S. Department of Defense to increase access to affordable, quality childcare for military children; and 

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

WHEREAS,  these children are a source of pride and honor to us all, and it is only fitting that we take the time to recognize their contributions, celebrate their spirit, and let our men and women in uniform know that while they are taking care of us, we are taking care of their children; and 

WHEREAS, the recognition of the "Month of the Military Child” allows us to pay tribute to military children for their commitment, patience, courage and unconditional support of their parents; 

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize April 2014 as Month of the Military Child in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of our citizens.