April is Month of the Military Child

  • Wear Purple on April 15 in honor of Purple UP for military kids' day.


    Purple Up! day is not a national holiday, so there are no school closings, days off from work, or post office closures.


    There’s an emphasis in the United States military culture on “the total force”, the “whole person concept” and similarly-themed philosophies that hold that troops, their families, and their extended families are more than the sum of their parts.

    The notion of the “total force” should rightfully include families as they are the lifeline between military service (especially overseas) and the individual officers or enlisted members.

    With that in mind, former Defense Secretary Casper Weinberger established the Month of the Military Child as a Department of Defense-wide commemoration in 1986.