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Month of the Military Child


WHEREAS, April is the 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, the Commonwealth of Virginia is proud to be home to more than 75,000 children whose parents serve in the military stationed in Virginia; 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, 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, the Virginia Department of Education and the Virginia Council on the Interstate Compact for Military Children have awarded the Purple Star Designation to 214 schools for their excellence in supporting military connected children and their families; and

WHEREAS, by partnering with school liaison officers, military leaders, educators, and community organizations, the Virginia Department of Education 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 2021 as MONTH OF THE MILITARY CHILD in the COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens