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Military children make up a very special part of our nation's population. Although young, these brave sons and daughters stand in steadfast support of their military parents through moves and deployments. To honor their unique contributions and sacrifices on behalf of our country, each April is designated the Month of the Military Child.
Army award recipient Cavan McIntyre-Brewer of Duncannon, Pennsylvania, founded "Socks for Vets"...
Christopher-Raul Rodriguez, 17, is the 2015 Marine Corps award recipient. As a senior at Lejeune High...
Navy award recipient, Emily Kliewer, 17, of Orlando, Florida, a senior at Dr. Phillips High School...
Air Force award recipient, Sarah Hesterman, 16, lives in Doha, Qatar, and is the founder and president of...
Caleb Parsons, 18, of Suffolk, Virginia, is the Coast Guard's 2015 award recipient, and a senior...
The National Guard's inaugural award recipient, Zachary Parsons, 16, of Warrensburg...
Army award recipient Cavan McIntyre-Brewer of Duncannon, Pennsylvania, founded “Socks for Vets,” which collects socks and other donated items for wounded warriors.
The 13-year-old also helps his sister, herself a pediatric heart patient, with her program, “Heart Hugs,” which collects pillows for pediatric heart patients.
McIntyre-Brewer is the oldest child of Army Capt. Steven Brewer, medical detachment commander at Kirk U.S. Army Health Clinic, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, and his wife, Michelle McIntyre-Brewer, an educator and medical and military advocate.
Christopher-Raul Rodriguez, 17, is the 2015 Marine Corps award recipient. As a senior at Lejeune High School, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, he serves as the school’s team captain for varsity baseball and soccer as well as junior varsity basketball.
Rodriguez also serves as an assistant coach for eight to 12-year-old students in Lejeune Youth baseball, soccer and basketball, and volunteers with a number of organizations to help children with special needs.
He is the oldest child of Marine Corps Gunnery Sgt. Jermaine Smith and his wife, Griscelda, an on-base family childcare provider at Camp Lejeune.
Navy award recipient, Emily Kliewer, 17, of Orlando, Florida, a senior at Dr. Phillips High School, is on track to graduate as the valedictorian of her class.
In addition to academic excellence, she is captain of her swimming and diving team and a four-time school record holder who volunteers with the Special Olympics as a swimming instructor and volunteer coach.
Kliewer, who is also involved with other special needs organizations, is the daughter of retired Navy Lt. Cmdr. Kyle Kliewer and his wife, Cynthia.
Air Force award recipient, Sarah Hesterman, 16, lives in Doha, Qatar, and is the founder and president of “Girl Up Qatar,” a club that promotes the rights of women and girls in the Middle East and around the world.
A junior at the American School of Doha, Hesterman’s club is part of the United Nations foundation innovation campaign, “Girl Up,” which advocates the empowerment of girls.
She is the only child of Air Force Lt. Gen. John Hesterman, commander of U.S. Air Forces Central Command, and his wife, Jennifer, a professor and academic author who retired from the Air Force as a lieutenant colonel with 21 years of service.
Caleb Parsons, 18, of Suffolk, Virginia, is the Coast Guard’s 2015 award recipient, and a senior at King’s Fork High School. He is an Eagle Scout and senior patrol leader in the Boy Scouts of America. He led his troop to revamp a dilapidated trail in a park, leveling the path and installing fencing.
In the Air Force Junior ROTC, he has achieved the program’s highest achievable rank. He also helps his grandparents care for his three younger siblings while both of his parents are deployed.
Parsons is the oldest son of Air Force Staff Sgt. Story Parsons, and her husband, Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class Ward Parsons.
The National Guard’s inaugural award recipient, Zachary Parsons, 16, of Warrensburg, Missouri, is a sophomore at Sacred Heart High School and an active member of his local and state-level 4-H organization.
Parsons serves as the National 4-H Congress delegate from Missouri.
He also helps support the children of deployed military members on the Missouri National Guard Teen Advisory Council, advocating for support with nonprofits, legislature and the public.
Parsons is the youngest son of Missouri National Guard Army Staff Sgt. Jason Parsons, currently at the Wounded Warrior Transition Unit at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, and his wife, Debbie.
The average child in a military family will move six to nine times during a school career. That's an average of three times more frequently than nonmilitary families.
Source: Department of Defense Education Activity
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