Department of Defense Education Activity


Media Advisory: March 18, 2014
, Public Affairs Officer: 571-372-0614
, Public Affairs Officer: 571-372-0604

ALEXANDRIA, VA — The Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) joins the Department of Defense, Operation Military Kids and military communities around the world in honoring military children during April – The Month of the Military Child.

Since 1986, the Department of Defense had designated April as the month to recognize the special qualities of our military children. The sacrifices they make to help keep our nation’s defenses strong are sometimes overlooked or underestimated. From frequent moves to knowing a parent is serving in a dangerous place, military children must develop resiliency at a young age. This strength is something they carry with them throughout life.

During the month of April, DoDEA will encourage schools to plan special events to honor military children and have administrators and principals incorporate the themes of this month into their everyday duties and responsibilities. These efforts and special events will stress the importance of providing children with quality services and support to help them succeed in the mobile military lifestyle. 

This year, we’re inviting everyone to “Purple Up!” which is an annual campaign created four years ago by Operation Military Kids (OMK). The OMK is an organization dedicated to military children. During the month of April they encourage community awareness and support of military children. The OMK also asks the nation to join together for an event they call, “Purple Up! For Military Kids” and wear purple on a designated day in April. 

This year, all schools in the DoDEA school system are encouraged to wear purple on, April 30th as a visible way to show support and thank military children for their strength and sacrifices. The color is purple because it symbolizes all branches of the military, as it is the combination of Army green, Coast Guard blue, Air Force blue, Marine red and Navy blue. 

Members of the media wishing to visit a DoDEA school during the Month of the Military Child should contact DoDEA Public Affairs: 

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