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Recognizing Military-Connected Youth


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There are several programs in place to give our nation's "Hidden Heroes" the recognition they deserve. These annual programs are for military-connected youth of all ages and provides them an opportunity to be appreciated for their service.


These programs all lead up to April, which is annually recognized as the Month of the Military Child.




April is Month of the Military Child (MOMC) and was first celebrated in April 1986 under former Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger. The MOMC recognizes military children and youth for the sacrifices they make so their parents can serve our Nation. In additon, it reinforces to military children and youth that they play an integral role in supporting their Servicemember.



Ways to Recognize Youth During MOMC:


Enter Senator Franken's Poetry Contest

Encourage your child to write a poem about being a military child! Enter the Poetry Contest. Senator Franken is hosting his 3rd Annual Poetry contest in April. The theme of this year's contest is "Celebrating the Veteran in My Life." Poems must be submitted by TBD to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

More Info: Flyer


Share Your Story

Share what it's like to be a Military Child through words, drawings, photos or video for a chance to win great prizes!

More Info: Flyer


Sign Up For a Letter From Governor Dayton

Sign up for a letter from Governor Dayton! Youth Programs partnered with MDVA, American Legion, and the Governor's office to create a site for parents to sign their child up to receive a personalized letter from the Governor thanking those youth for their sacrifice. Go to www.MinnesotaVeteran.org  to request a letter.


Purple Up! Day

Wear purple on April 15th! Purple Up is another way the community and schools can show support during April. Communities and schools are encouraged to wear purple on April 15 to show their support. Take a picture in purple and have it posted on our FaceBook page in celebration of Month of the Military Child. Please send pictures to Laura Groeneweg, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Purple Up! at the Rotunda

Come to the State Capital in St. Paul on April 15th and "Purple Up!" in support of the military youth whose parents are deployed. Help stage the largest Minnesota Purple Up! photo.

More Info: Flyer


Take the Governor's Proclamation to School

Have your child take the Governor's Proclamation to school to share in class. Governor Dayton and staff are committed to recognizing Military connected youth and drafted a proclamation for Month of the Military Child.    Proclamation    


Library Reading Hour

Find a library near you for a Library Reading Hour with a military specific theme throughout the month. More times, dates, and locations to come.







**Please check with your local library to see if they participate in MOMC


1st Annual MOMC Art Contest

Encourage your youth to explore their creative sides and submit an entry to the State Family Programs. The art project can be their best drawing of a tank, a plane, or a shadow box answering the question, "A Day in the Life of a Military Kid" What does Military Life mean to you? There are 4 age categories, K-2nd grades, 3rd-5th grades, 6th-8th grades, and 9th-12th grades. Prizes will be awarded for each category.


When: TBD

Who: All military connected youth

Where: Send to Child and Youth Programs, 8180 Belden Blvd, Cottage Grove, MN 55016

More Info: Flyer


Young Lives, BIG Stories Contest

In recognition of the Month of the Military Child, IMCOM HQ CYSS is hosting a creative contest open to all military kids world-wide (Active Army, Guard and Reserve). Youth from preschool through twelfth grade are invited to express their feelings about what it means to be a military child using photos, words, drawings, or videos. One overall winner and the top entries in each age category will win prizes such as a Wii or iPad.


When: The contest runs from TBD

Who: All military connected youth

More Info: Contest Guidebook   Contest Guidelines










Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 July 2014 09:16