Statistics and infographics can’t tell the story of military kids. A chart can’t truly convey the sacrifice nor the impact that military life has on our youngest patriots. They didn’t choose to serve, but they are born into a life that requires them to give up so much for all of America’s kids.
Ask any of our children and neighbors to talk about military children, and they aren’t going to come back at you with “Well, X percent of military children experience…”
One of the reasons we host the Military Child of the Year® Award every year is to help bring their stories to you. To help you get to know the person that their classmates, teammates, friends and community know.
Nothing speaks more loudly than the nominations we receive from coaches, teachers, pastors; the people whose lives have been touched and enriched by them. How they are astonished by them, inspired by them. But most of all, you can tell they were enlightened by them.
A frequent topic of discussion in military communities is how to bridge the military-civilian divide. Our military kids are examples of just how to “get it done.” They are doing it every day. At school, at churches and non-profits, on the ball fields and playgrounds. Bringing their unique world views and talents to communities across the United States and the world. Military kids do all of this under extraordinary circumstances, and yet continue, every day, to be a friend, a teammate, a leader and a role model to all around them.
The Calebs and Sarahs, and our other recipients this year, all represent those silently serving that live among us…approximately 1.9 million military kids around the world. They achieve the highest goals every day while dealing with deployments and moves and joys and losses. While we are only able to select one per service branch and one National Guard representative per year, all honorees represent hundreds of military children doing extraordinary things. Many have stayed in touch with us and each other, in real life and through social media, and we could not be prouder to see them continue to grow, go off to college, and continue to be amazing.
As we kick off April as the Month of the Military Child, we invite you to take some time this month to get to know more about these extraordinary young patriots. Check back here as we share more stories and articles about them. And mark your calendars for the live broadcast of the Military Child of the Year® Award ceremony on April 16, 2015.