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November is the Month of the Military Family – Each year the president of the United States signs a proclamation declaring November as the National Military Family Appreciation Month as a way to acknowledge the sacrifices our military families make in support of our nations service members.
Military leaders know the key role that military families play in the success of the mission. If the service member is not worried about his or her family then they stand better prepared to execute their objectives. As Virginians we should not only take the time to pay tribute to these families but mirror their commitment by supporting them whenever and where ever possible. The best way to start is by sharing a simple, “Thank you.”
Go to Military Family Resources for information from organizations that support military families.
Virginia is home to some of the nation's largest and most important military installations, so it is not surprising that the commonwealth's schools educate more military children than almost any other state. In nearly every community in Virginia, there are children with parents or guardians on active duty with the armed forces. As of September 2015, the Defense Manpower Data Center (DMDC) estimates that there are 71,655 school age military-associated children of active duty members in Virginia.
Frequent moves, family separations through deployments, and reintegration following deployments can make school-, home-, and community-life challenging for military children. Yet, even in such circumstances, these students continually demonstrate resilience and perseverance. Their contributions to our schools and communities also include unique and valuable perspectives on learning, friendship, and growing up.
Virginia is a proud member of the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children and is committed to the care and education of the children of the men and women of our armed forces. By partnering with school liaison officers, military leaders, educators, and community organizations, the Virginia Department of Education provides resources and support for military service children and their families during all stages of transition and deployment.
TIP: Use the menu to the right to navigate to sub-sections of this topic:
- Virginia Council on the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children
- Guidance Documents & Training Materials
- Virginia Laws Related to the Education of Military Children
- School Liaison Officers Contact Information
- Model Programs & Initiatives
- Military Family Resources
- Month of the Military Child