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Gov. Whitmer Proclaims April as Month of the Military Child

LANSING, Mich. — Today, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer proclaimed April as Month of the Military Child, to recognize children of service members who offer their families and armed forces communities unwavering support while facing challenges related to military life.

“Month of the Military Child recognizes the important role military children play in supporting their families during deployments, relocations and other challenging circumstances,” said Gov. Whitmer. “Together, let’s lift up and support our military families by making it easier for them to get an education and land a good-paying job. I am proud of the steps we have taken to reduce barriers to employment through licensing reciprocity for spouses, provided funding to lower the costs of higher education and skills training for service members and authorized investments to reduce the incidence of suicide among service members, veterans and their families. We will continue having our military families’ backs this month and every month.”

“There are more than 17,000 children of service members in Michigan who are directly affected by military deployment,” said U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Paul D. Rogers, adjutant general and director of the Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. “Their love and support for our service members and their willingness to accept the challenges that come with long separations, demonstrates their grit and resiliency.”

Local communities can schedule activities in support of military children by promoting Month of the Military Child on websites along with links to resources for military families, special announcements at Spring sporting events or military-themed projects and observances at home or in schools. 

The Michigan National Guard Family Programs Office provides support and care for service members and families of the Michigan National Guard while enhancing the readiness and well-being of their military families through information, education, programs and resources. They may be reached at 1-888-MICH-FAM.

View the proclamation April 2023: Month of the Military Child.

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