FALLS CHURCH, Va. — Military Kids Connect, a Defense Department program to help military children improve their psychological health, will release four new videos to celebrate military kids during the Month of the Military Child.
"Throughout the month of April, it’s important to recognize and celebrate the resilience of America’s military kids," said U.S. Public Health Service Capt. Amy Park, a clinical child psychologist with the Defense Health Agency Connected Health Branch.
According to recent Defense Department data, there are about 1.7 million military kids 18 years or younger worldwide. To highlight what it’s like to be a military child and how real kids cope, Military Kids Connect will share the real stories of Joe, Grace, Ava and Neils with a video campaign featured on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. The first video, "Grace," is now available on the Military Kids Connect YouTube channel.
"Military kids often experience many challenges, like coping with a parent’s combat injury, the deployment of a family member, and frequent military moves," said Park. "Military Kids Connect addresses the unique situations that military kids face and offers resources for them to stay positive and strong."
The Military Kids Connect website also has updated features. A new message board provides a safe environment for kids to connect with others just like them. A multimedia learning resource helps children who may have a parent coping with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or a traumatic brain injury.
Other website resources to help children manage the challenges of military life include:
Stress management tools
Interactive, age-appropriate games
Arts and crafts ideas
An activity book with puzzles to help kids handle the challenges of military life
Parents, caregivers and educators can also find free resources from Military Kids Connect to help them support military kids at home and school.
"Month of the Military Child is all about showing military kids that we are proud of them," said Park. "Military kids are special year-round, but let’s do all we can to make military kids feel extra special this month."
Visit Military Kids Connect to learn more, and follow Military Kids Connect on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.