The Month of the Military Child: Wear Purple and Support their Sacrifice

Monday, April 2 2012


BOISE, Idaho – They make untold sacrifices for their state, nation and world. They are often without a parent, sometimes two, as their mothers and fathers face war and battle. This month though, everyone can show their support for military children by wearing purple for “Purple Up! For Military Kids.”

Operation: Military Kids, a 4-H Youth Development program of the University of Idaho Cooperative Extension, in conjunction with the Idaho National Guard Youth Program and the Ada County Boys and Girls Club is encouraging everyone to wear purple on Friday, April 13. This effort is a unified front to show support and thanks to the more than 10,500 military children in Idaho.

Currently more than 2.2 million service members from active troops, the National Guard and Reserve make up America’s military. Since Sept. 11, 2001, more than two million troops have been deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan, and 55-percent of the force is married, while 40-percent have at least two children. In Idaho, 25 percent of our military families live on military installations; the remaining 75-percent live in communities. 

When military members are focusing on their jobs, knowing their children are cared for and supported sustains them and strengthens the health, security and safety of the nation. These children did not sign up for duty, but they serve too, and they do it with a keen sense of patriotism and love for the work that their service members do. Supporting these children is an important extension of supporting the nation’s troops.

Idaho’s Operation: Military Kids program is part of a national USDA/Army youth development initiative that encourages community partnerships to offer support, training and recognition for the military child of deployed active, guard and reserve personal.
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