April 2013: Month of the Military Child

WHEREAS, thousands of brave Americans have demonstrated their courage and commitment to freedom by serving the Armed Forces of the United States of America in active duty posts in Afghanistan, Iraq and around the world; and,


WHEREAS, more than 17,000 Michigan children and youth have been directly affected by the military service of at least one parent; and,


WHEREAS, these young citizens are just as brave and worthy of admiration as their parents, who courageously and readily serve the people of this state and country; it is important to let our service men and women know that while they are taking care of us, we are taking care of their children; and,


WHEREAS, during this month, we salute Michigan's military children and youth for their relentless commitment, spirit and unconditional support of our troops, and we encourage the citizens of the Great Lakes State to support military children and families;


NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim April 2013 as Month of the Military Child in Michigan.