Announcing: The 2016 Month of the Military Child Art and Essay Contest

CAPE MAY, N.J. - Children at the Child Development Center aboard Coast Guard Training Center Cape May take a break from playing on a touch responsive whiteboard to pose for a photo. The majority of the children have military parents, and the CDC prepares them for the difficulties of military family life. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Warrant Officer Donnie Brzuska.

As April comes to an end, we hope you took advantage of April’s designation as the Month of the Military Child and found ways to recognize the challenges, sacrifices and contributions our little ones make to parents serving in the Armed Forces.

Military children can have it rough sometimes. They endure long periods of absence by one or sometimes both of their parents. Because of this, they often have to take on additional responsibilities around the household, such as extra chores or helping younger siblings. They have to frequently move homes and schools, leaving friends behind and starting over making new ones.

But, these extra hardships can actually be a benefit – making military children exceptionally resilient. That’s why every year, April is designated the Month of the Military Child – to recognize military children for the sacrifices they make every day and also the benefits that may arise from having a parent who is serving in the military.

This year, the Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard is launching the 2016 Month of the Military Child Art & Essay Contest – to give Coast Guard kids a chance to tell us all, through their words or their art, what it’s like to be a military child. Who knows what our Coast Guard kids might teach us or each other?

For more information about the contest parameters and the prizes, check out the contest guidelines and be sure to fill out a contest entry form if you want to participate.

Artwork by Grace Kimball, 10

Contest POC:

PACS Kyle Niemi,

Governmental & Public Affairs Officer,
Office of the Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard

Phone: 202-372-4531

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