Fort Hood celebrates Month of the Military Child at a proclamation signing on Tuesday at the III Corps. Headquarters. The U.S. Army worldwide recognizes the military child. This year's theme is Military Kids: At Home Around the World.
Parent and Outreach Services Administrator Regina Martinez said the military child is constantly adapting to relocations, changing schools and having to make new friends along the way.
Staff Sergeant Merielle White has two children. Her 12-year-old and 15-year-old know the challenges of having parents in the military. White served 10 years in the Marines and 12 years in the Army.
"I've been in Fort Lee, For Campbell, here in Fort Hood."
White told KCEN she and her husband are both in the military and, at one time, were deployed at the same time. She said she relied on the help of Army Community Service for long term daycare.
"I explain to them it's for a good cause," White said. She told her kids about the long-term benefits of their service, including college and health benefits.
April also recognizes Child Abuse Prevention Month, encouraging a safe and nurturing home for each child whose family is in military service. Fort Hood Garrison Commander Colonel Todd Fox told the audience about the programs in place like the parent support program, play group and child seat safety inspections.
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