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Begich Recognizes Month of the Military Child

With April recognized as the Month of the Military Child, and Friday, April 13 designated the day to “Purple Up for Military Kids,” U.S. Sen. Mark Begich released the following statement:

“In April, we salute the youngest members of our military families with the Month of the Military Child.

“Military families make countless sacrifices every day which often go unrecognized or are overlooked.  Throughout a military career, a family can be moved a dozen or more times, which means a new community, new school district, and new friends for our military children and their parents. 

“Although it is easy to be overwhelmed by new surroundings, these military families tackle these challenges with pride and without complaint.   

“Deployments, especially the multiple deployments we have asked of our troops over the last ten years, place a significant amount of additional stress on our troops and the loved ones who remain at home keeping the family together.  Often overlooked, children of a deployed military member can experience stress much greater than their peers, as their worries are far deeper than homework and friends. 

“With over 9,000 Alaska-based military members deployed in Afghanistan this winter, thousands of military children remain in our communities.  I know both Anchorage and Fairbanks have embraced these families, and Fairbanks is grateful to welcome the return of the 1-25 Stryker Brigade, reuniting these children with their loved ones.

“To honor these special community members in Alaska and across the country, on April 13, the Alaska 4-H and Operation: Military Kids are sponsoring a statewide “purple up” campaign urging all Alaskans to wear purple clothing in honor of military children affected by the deployment of a parent. Please join me and my wife, Deborah, in saluting the military children in our communities by wearing purple this Friday.”

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