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The Unstoppable Power

The Military Children's Six Foundation each year joins the Department of Defense, National, State and Local governments, Military Serving Organizations, Companies and Private Citizens in celebrating military children worldwide, and the sacrifices they make. While military members around the world, and often around the clock, we can often forget the challenges faced by their children. Military families move on the average of two to three years, impacting military children through changing schools and support networks.

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"Resilience - The Unstoppable Power" is the 2024 theme of the Month of the Military Child World Expo, an opportunity to focus on the lives of Military Children youth, and teens.

It's a lifestyle that can be challenging for the children. Despite these challenges, military children are an important part of our military and civilian communities. They provide support and stability to their parents and siblings, and they often become leaders within their peer groups. They learn to be self-reliant and independent - skills that will serve them well throughout their lives.

But it is not just children that have to learn to navigate these difficulties. The parents also must adapt to the stresses of military service in a way that works for them and their children.

Time is limited, even outside of deployment. When your day revolves around work, you learn to appreciate and balance the time where you are not focused on your profession. You learn to balance time for yourself and those who are most important to you. This challenge can be very different for the military member and their non-military spouse. As a military spouse, some would say the hardest challenges would be the transition (deployment) when you first leave and the transition when they come home. When they first leave you take on the battle of filling the roles of both parents. This becomes easier as the weeks go on as you establish a routine. Once they return there is a flood of emotions of excitement and joy, but there is also an adjustment as the routine is now changing again, things that once flowed smoothly with only one parent now shift as there are more needs to attend to.

Right now there are roughly 1.7 million dependent military children across all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces. About 1 million of these children are children of active duty servicemembers. The remaining 700,000 dependent military children are children of guard or reserve units. Over 650,000 of these military children are ages 5 or under. We have not included Veterans children or the adult military child.

In any branch of service it all starts with people. Having our military and civilian personnel at their best starts with a strong support system at home. Command families isn't just within the command walls, it's bigger than that. The families at home play a key role in supporting military operations, and staff around the world so they can succeed in their duties.

Our aim is to create a global awareness of the Military Child on their "Resilience." By answering the question on "How can we ensure their leadership development potential, and sustainable access to education, advocacy through representation and technological advancement. The Unstoppable Power of a network of voices united in their commitment to help communities act, and becoming more resilient towards the military child.

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