The children of military personnel are often robust and for good reason. They often have to move, say goodbye to friends when their family is being posted elsewhere, and also miss their parents when they are away on duty. It is not uncommon for them to attend up to 12 schools which can be unsettling. This is why on April 30th, we have National Military Brats Day.
What Is National Military Brats Day?
As one in 25 American children is a child of military parents, this day is more important than many may think. There is a lot of moving around involved, for the whole family, but it is children who are often impacted the most. The formative years are challenging when saying goodbye to friends, and not knowing when you may be leaving the next place.
The day was founded by Military Brats Inc. in 2016 and landed in April because it is the Month of the Military Brat. Although their parents after often known for their sacrifices, it is the children of these families who often get forgotten. This is why it is important that they have a day of their own and know that they are appreciated by many.
Although it is not an official holiday, it is recognised as a day of the year. There are many famous military brats including Amy Adams, Shaquille O’Neil, Pam Grier, Ray Allen, Jessica Alba, and Reese Witherspoon among others. In the same way that veterans have their dedicated day, the National Military Brats Day is a time to give a little back to the young ones who are giving so much of themselves in the name of serving the country.
How To Observe National Military Brats Day?
One way is by reaching out to a family in the military. It is possible to send a care package to families both domestic and overseas and this can be a good way of helping the family as a whole. The show of support may be the mood lifter a military brat needs.
Raise awareness by using the hashtag #NationalMilitaryBratsDay and remind others that this is an important day. It is also a useful way of seeing how other people are observing the day. Those who are behind the day advise that anyone who wishes to get involved may volunteer for a military charity in the name of National Military Brats Day. This can be to help families or veterans, but it is a good way of showing some support.
Why not see if you can send something directly to a family you know? Kids are also able to stay in touch on social media these days, so giving a family you know a call and reminding their kids that what they are doing is brave and that you’re thinking about them can be nice. We’re all for spreading some positivity and the military brats of today may be robust, but they will still need reminding that they matter.
When is National Military Brats Day?
|This year (2023)||April 30 (Sunday)||Multiple dates - more|
|Next year (2024)||April 30 (Tuesday)||Multiple dates - more|
|Last year (2022)||April 30 (Saturday)||Multiple dates - more|