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Government Video Website of the Week: Month of the Military Child

The website seeks to thank the children of those in uniform

The Department of Defense recognizes that the children of active-duty members of the military, at times, make sacrifices, especially when a parent is deployed overseas. Because of that, the DoD has designated April as the Month of the Military Child.
In support of that effort, a section of the DoD’s website is dedicated to the Month of the Military Child. The section includes information on the annual Military Child of the Year Award, which is presented to military children from all the services who have demonstrated “resiliency, leadership and achievement,” according to the website. The 2013 awards will be presented on April 11 in Arlington, Va., and along with a new laptop computer and $5,000 prize, the recipients’ photos and biographies will be featured on the website.
The website also includes videos, including a video in which a “Muppet” and the wives of top Marine Corps’ officials share thanks and give encouragement to the children of Marines. In that video, “Rosita” of the Public Broadcasting Service’s show “Sesame Street,” Bonnie Amos, the wife of Gen. James Amos, the Commandant of the Marine Corps, and Susan Barrett, the wife of Sgt. Maj. Micheal Barrett, the Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps, thank the children of Marines because they “serve too.”
There are additional videos that stress the importance of service families, including those family members who have a loved one receiving treatment at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. In that video, first lady Michelle Obama pays a visit to Fisher House, which is where families stay while their loved is cared for, and the first lady spends time with the children of those wounded warriors.
For dedicating a section of its website to recognize the children of service members, the DoD’s Month of the Military Child is Government Video’s Website of the Week.
Click here to access the website.