Wednesday, April 9, 2014

What's it like to be a Kid in a military family?

When members of the armed forces deploy to serve their country, their family members – and especially children – also make sacrifices.

"Being a military kid means doing what is right and helping around the house when your dad is deployed," said one young Colorado boy who  shared his story with the Red Cross last year.

Many of the kids are very proud of their parents; they also acknowledge that it can be tough.

In recognition of their sacrifices, the American Red Cross and the Colorado National Guard join forces in April to draw attention to school-age kids who are part of military families in Colorado.

As part of the “Month of the Military Child,” the American Red Cross and the Colorado National Guard have co-sponsored a statewide essay contest open to kindergarten through 12th grade students in Colorado. Military youth in Colorado from all branches and duty status are eligible to submit their essay on what it is like to be a child in a military family until May 2.

Here's a video of last year's adorable winners:

“We think that it is so important to give opportunity to get the military children’s voices heard. It’s great to hear what they say and how they feel,” said Laurie Burke, State Youth Coordinator for the Colorado National Guard Child & Youth Program.

One winner from each category will be awarded an Xbox One. Prizes will be given out at an award ceremony in June.

2014 Month of the Military Child Youth Essay Contest – “What is it like being part of a military family?”

•    Categories are by grade: K-2; 3-5; 6-8; 9-12
•    Essays must be 100-500 words for K-8th grade; 500-1,000 words for 9th-12th grade
•    Entries must be received by May 2, 2014, and mailed along with entry form to Laurie Burke, CYPC, CONG Family Programs, 12200 E Briarwood Ave, #160, Centennial, CO 80112
•    For questions, please contact Laurie Burke at (720) 250-1412 or

The Red Cross is supporting these activities as part of its Service to the Armed Forces (SAF) program. Although best known for its disaster response, the Red Cross in fact has a long history of serving members of the armed forces through every war of the 20th century and continuing today. Red Cross SAF programs include pre- and post-deployment briefings for members of the military; emergency communications between deployed military and their families back home; support for military families while their loved ones are deployed; and assistance at veterans and military hospitals.

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