Purple It Up Western New York

April is Month of the Military Child, a time to recognize our military and veteran connected children and youth for their service and sacrifice. Everyone in Western New York is encouraged to do their part in recognizing these children by wearing purple throughout the month of April.

Today, nearly two million military-connected children and youth (birth through age 22) live with perpetual challenges presented by frequent moves, parental deployments and a host of life transitions that include reintegration and dealing with profoundly changed parents. The well-being of these children depends heavily on a network of supportive adults.

Grit, determination and perseverance are a few characteristics of the resilient trailblazers we know as military kids. These traits are a result of the challenges they persist through, and contribute to strong character development and hardiness.

April is a time to celebrate our military and veteran-connected children, the vast majority of whom attend public schools and live in nearly every zip code in the country. In WNY alone, there are over 2,600 service-connected children who have a parent currently serving.  “At Parent Network our goal is to support, educate, connect and empower families,” Susan Barlow, Executive Director says. “We are encouraging our staff members, families and friends to join us and wear purple as we unite together to bring more awareness to our military families.”

Look for opportunities to show your appreciation for the military and veteran-connected children in your lives or communities and thank them for sharing their parents with the country.

Parent Network of Western New York is identified as one of two Community Parent Resource Centers (CPRCs) in New York State by Branch, Military Parent Technical Assistance Center. If you have concerns about how your child is developing or learning or would like more information regarding our free traditional and military support services please contact us (716) 332-4175.