Since 1983, the Department of Defense (DoD) has recognized military children for the contributions and sacrifices they make to support their parents’ military service. Barbara Thompson, director of DoD’s Office of Family Policy/Children and Youth states that “Military children, youth, and teens are an integral part of their military parent because they stand by them, they’re proud of them, they recognize their sacrifices, and they take on additional responsibilities to meet the needs of their families.” It is important for those who work with the more than 150,000 military children in North Carolina in a variety of settings to recognize the unique strengths and challenges faced by these youth.

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