APRIL IS MONTH OF THE MILITARY CHILD
A message from Kids Rank co-founder and Executive Director, Kelcey Liverpool
Kids Rank supports the social and emotional well-being of the military child and during this unprecedented world crisis this will once again be tested as they must witness their parents stepping forward to answer the call of duty.
The COVID-19 pandemic has shined a light on some of the most undervalued work forces in our communities and our military service men and women stand with them quietly continuing to defend and protect against an invisible threat felt around the world. The U.S. government is relying on the military for a significant part of its effort to contain the pandemic. The Army Corps of Engineers is retrofitting convention centers and hotels into medical facilities in Chicago, Wisconsin, New York and Seattle, the Navy has sent hospital ships to New York and California, the National Guard is unloading trucks at grocery stores in Arizona, and military doctors, nurses and enlisted medical professionals are leaving home to deploy to places across the country to aid civilian doctors and protect the nation.
As we are seeing, there will not be a quick resolution to this disease. For many of us who are doing our part staying at home we may or may not have had direct exposure to the virus, however, the longer-term impact of our mental health is a concern. This anxiety is significantly increased for families who have a front line worker in their household, now imagine this from the perspective of a child.
So what can we do as a community to support? Social connectedness improves children’s chances of showing resilience to adversity. Creative approaches to staying connected are important. We can make opportunities to come together as we have seen all across the world in sing-a-longs from balconies and doorsteps, virtual dance parties and video chats with friend and families. What bring us hope are those moments we form human connection and see that we are all in this together.
At the beginning of the year, our Pride Members created masks reflecting their experiences as military children. We want to encourage other military children to use the resources below to create their own masks!