Senator Kunze honors children of Ohio's military families, recognizing April as "Month of the Military Child." on the Senate floor.
COLUMBUS— Senators Stephanie Kunze (R-Hilliard) and Lou Terhar (R-Green Township) presented a resolution today honoring more than 32,000 children of military families in the state of Ohio for their sacrifices as loved ones are deployed while serving in the Armed Forces.

"It is important that we acknowledge and support the children in our military families who undergo so much change," said Senator Kunze. "We must do all we can to provide the support necessary for them thrive in school and adjust socially and emotionally."

According to the Military Child Education Coalition, there are approximately 2 million U.S. military children under the age of eighteen, 1.1 million of whom are school-aged. Relocation is commonplace in the military, but frequent change can be difficult for children, especially as it relates to their education.

The average military student attends between six and nine different school systems, between kindergarten and high school graduation.

April 25, 1986, the U.S. Secretary of Defense designated the month of April as the Month of the Military Child. Across the nation, states, communities, and schools celebrate this month in various ways, including wearing the color purple. 

This year, the National Military Interstate Children’s Compact Commission has selected Tuesday, April 25th as Ohio’s official “Purple Up! For Military Kids” day. 

The resolution passed with unanimous support. More information about efforts to support the transition of Ohio’s military children is available on the commission’s website

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