Month of the Military Child

Gayle Kendrick
Wednesday, April 29, 2020
Month of the Military Child
The Month of the Military Child is very near and dear to my heart.  My husband, Tim, and I met while we were on active duty in the US Army.  We married and had four children, all boys.  I decided to end my military career and be a Mom. Tim continued his military career and retired several years ago.  

Each of our four sons lived in 12 different homes and attended 12 schools before they graduated high school.  Being a military kid is not for the faint-hearted.  Your life revolves around your parents' commitment.  You didn't agree to it.  You didn't have a voice in it.  You serveas much as your parents. 

When Dad or Mom gets orders you have no options.  You say good-bye to your friends, pack your stuff and pets and move. 

Holidays are not spent near grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins.  You're usually thousands of miles away.  Sometimes not even on the same continent.

If your parent is deployed, you worry and try to take on more responsibility to help your family.  You do without the love and attention you desperately want.  Grades and tears fall when either Dad and/or Mom is deployed.  Lately to a war zone.  

Military kids are a hearty lot.  Our sons are comfortable fitting in almost anywhere and with anyone.  They're confident in themselves and self-reliant.  

Three of our sons are veterans.  Our 2nd son is a Reserve Army Officer, our 3rd son and his wife are Navy veterans (Corpsmen), and our 4th son is retired Army.  Our eldest son is married to another Army brat. 

The military is a way of life.  It's our way of life.