It’s the Month of the Military Child and we’ve been celebrating and honoring these special kids and the sacrifices they make while their parent serves in the military. Over on our Facebook page, we’re telling the real story about #BratLife, and what military life is really like for kids.
Here are some startling realities:
One in four military kids struggle with depression.
63% of military child abuse cases are neglect cases.
Health insurance for military kids is modeled after the needs of elderly patients. (What?!)
Not only that, military kids have a tough time being seen at Military Treatment Facilities because their doctors are often too busy, and appointments are few and far between.
At NMFA, we rally around these amazing kids and love to celebrate the awesome things about them. Especially today. It’s PURPLE UP Day! Around the world, people are joining together to sport their best purple outfits in celebration of our nation’s resilient, remarkable, and rad military kids.
What’s so cool about military kids?
On average, most will move every 3 years…good thing they make friends easily!
They’ve mastered the art of flexibility and adapt to change better than most.
They know happiness doesn’t have one address.
Military kids will say goodbye to more significant people in their lives by age 18 than most people do in a lifetime.
Military kids really do serve, too.
But somehow, these little heroes turn out to be some of the most incredible people, some even growing up to appreciate their experience as a military kid, others go on to follow their parent’s footsteps and join the military.
Today, we ask you to join us and wear purple – the color that represents of all the military branches – and honor the awesome military kids we love! If you’re wearing purple today, snap a selfie and tag NMFA in it!
What’s your favorite thing about military kids? Tell us in the comments!
Posted by Shannon Prentice, Content Development Manager