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WHEREAS, the Commonwealth of Virginia is proud to be home to more than 73,000 children whose parents serve in the military and are stationed in Virginia; and
WHEREAS, April is Month of the Military Child, a special month to recognize and pay tribute to military families and their children for the daily sacrifices made, and for their commitment, courage, and unconditional support of our Armed Forces; and
WHEREAS, Virginia has the highest number of military school-aged children in the nation and is committed to being an active participant in the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children, which facilitates military children transitioning in school systems across state lines; and
WHEREAS, the children of our service members continue to make significant contributions to schools, communities, the nation, and our Commonwealth, despite prolonged and repeated absences of one or both parents; and
WHEREAS, in partnership with the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE), Virginia’s public schools remain committed to the care and education of the children of the men and women of our armed forces; and
WHEREAS, by partnering with school liaison officers, military leaders, educators, and community organizations, VDOE provides the unique support needed for military service members and their families during all stages of transition and deployment; and
WHEREAS, Month of the Military Child reaffirms our commitment to ensuring excellence in schools, childcare, and youth services to military children who face unique challenges that other children their age never experience;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize April 2018 as MONTH OF THE MILITARY CHILD in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.