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Month of the Military Child: Keeping Your Military Children Involved & Engaged While At Home

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To our civilian community and fanbase, April 1st is April Fool's Day, an official beginning to Spring, and an indicator that we are nearing the NFL Draft. Though most military families and military organizations recognize April 1st as the beginning of Month of the Military Child. A month dedicated to underscoring the important role military children play in the armed forces community. Sponsored by the Department of Defense Military Community and Family Policy, the Month of the Military Child is a time to applaud military families and their children for the daily sacrifices they make and the challenges they overcome.

Throughout the month of April, Redskins Salute will be working with Blue Star Families to share facts about the challenges, adversities, and sacrifices made by military children, and advocating to support and donate to programs that keep military youth engaged, motivated, and energized. Stay tuned!

To kick off Month of the Military Child, we're happy to share activities, programs, and virtual events being offered by our not-for-profit partners on regional and national level. Check below how you and your family can stay connected with your community and keep your children engaged in your community.

"In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, USO-Metro remains operational to support our military as they remain operational. Along with the rest of the nation, our military and their families have been seriously impacted. As a result, USO-Metro is implementing services to meet the immediate needs of our local military population. Currently, we are focusing on military medical personnel, quarantined service members, and military families, and we will be operating a Grab 'N Go meals program as well as providing Resiliency Kits, Boredom Buster Kits, and traditional Care Packages.

Service members and military families can continue checking in on our Website, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for all information on community meals, care packages, and virtual programming. We welcome all active-duty military families to sign up for our email notifications lists, as well."

"Blue Star Families has compiled a list and created a website listing resources for our military and civilian families during COVID-19, found here: https://redsk.in/2WFpLL5. Additionally, all Blue Star Families members are provided access to several apps and programs that supply families with up-to-date resources proving to be helpful including membership to Headspace, Thrive Market, and Caribu (membership to Blue Star Families is free and open to all, sign up today via https://redsk.in/2xBJSzo). Additionally, In partnership with The Association of Defense Communities, Blue Star Families has launched the COVID-19 Military Support Initiative to address military specific issues as they relate to the pandemic including comprehensive coverage of the crisis and Town Hall meetings. Find COVID-19 information and updates here: [https://redsk.in/3aBQgVF](https://redsk.in/3aBQgVF). Lastly, follow Blue Star Families on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for all updates on virtual programs and COVID-19 Military Support Initiative information."

"In honor of Month of the Military Child, Operation Homefront is excited to announce their virtual calendar where they will be posting daily introductions paying tribute and honoring their seven 2020 Military Child of the Year (MCOY) Award Recipients: Army Award Recipient Fionnuala "Finn" Mahoney (04/03), Marine Award Recipient Niklas Cooper (04/05), Navy Award Recipient Miryam Smith (04/06), Air Force Award Recipient Samantha Grab (04/07), National Guard Award Recipient Kristina Lee (04/08), Innovation Award Recipient Kainath Kamil (04/09), and Coast Guard Award Recipient Pierce Corson (04/10).

Continue checking in on the Operation Homefront Facebook, [Twitter](https://twitter.com/OpHomefront), and Instagram accounts for all content around the 2020 Military Child of the Year (MCOY) Award Recipients including: Special Thanks to All Judges and Volunteers (04/13), What Winning the MCOY Awards Means to Me Highlights (04/13 - 04/16), and Special Thanks to all Military Children of the Year (04/17). Also, every day there will be an opportunity to share messages of congratulations and encouragement to the Military Child of the Year Awards recipients by visiting us here."_

"Nearly 10 years ago, Hope for The Warriors began its first virtual programming that has since evolved into a robust network of communities that encourage mental resiliency and physical and emotional well-being. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have not only continued all virtual services, but have expanded all initiatives to ensure we're reaching all military demographics affected.

Warrior's Compass

HOPE continues to offer employment services to Veterans and Military Spouses. For more information, please contactWarrior's Compass Program Manager,Brian Papakie, or apply for services via https://redsk.in/2R2CBiZ.

  • Warrior's Compass will equip all job seekers with virtual training for LinkedIn, Resume Writing, Virtual Job Fairs, Virtual Interviews, and Best Practices for navigating the job market during the COVID-19 crisis.

Clinical Health and Wellness

  • Resilient Warrior | Resilient Family is currently opening 2 additional cohorts beginning the week of April 13-17. A six-week long course that teaches student veterans and service members how to lower the effect of stress through mind-body techniques and skill-building exercises.
  • Beginning in April, Military & Veteran Caregiver Facebook Hub is focusing on Sleep. Learn resilience and wellness practices that support quality sleep such as maintaining a healthy diet, regular exercise, & reviewing thought-worry logs. Open to all Military/Veteran Caregivers.
  • Virtual Art Therapy Zoom Sessions – therapeutic art activities that promote stress-reduction. Provided to existing H4Ws clients via zoom group setting. Anticipated start is week of April 13-17.

Sports and Recreation

  • _Virtual fitness challenge beginning April 25th through Memorial Day Weekend _
  • Free to public: Two levels one for anyone the other for higher level fitness folks

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