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Month of the Military Child: Celebrating Our MilKids

During the Month of the Military Child, we salute our military children and the ways they help keep our families strong and force ready.


While every military child is unique, they all have something in common – they are part of and supported by a broader military community.

During the Month of the Military Child, Department of Defense programs and services through schools, health and family readiness programs come together to make sure kids and parents have what they need to thrive. This includes new resources for positive parenting and a free giveaway for MilKids.

To join in the celebration, consider showing your spirit on Purple Up Day by wearing the color purple to show support and thank military youth for their strength and sacrifices.

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Military Child Appreciation Kit

Get your free Military Child Appreciation kit from the teams that support kids at the Department of Defense. It's our way to say thanks and give you a few ways you can show your military pride. Order your own, or share this with a friend.

Grab a kit for your MilKid while supplies last. All free kits include:

  • Drawstring backpack
  • Chill drill
  • Popsocket
  • Frame magnet
  • Bookmark

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Military Child Appreciation Kit are individually assembled and may take longer than normal to ship. Kits are available on a first come, first served basis.

Additional Ordering Instructions:

Log in and you will be redirected to the product page where you can order the Military Child Appreciation Kit. If you don't have a Military OneSource account, create an account, then access the product page directly.

How to Create a New Account

  1. Click the "Create an Account" button.
  2. Click the "Register Now" link on the right side of the login page.
  3. Complete all necessary profile information.
  4. Verify your account via email. This will complete the registration process and direct you to the Military Child Appreciation Kit.

Additional Resources and Support

Department of Defense Education Activity

DoDEA plans, directs, coordinates, and manages Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade education programs for school-aged children of Department of Defense personnel who would otherwise not have access to a high-quality public education.

Child Abuse Prevention Month

This Child Abuse Prevention Month, the Department of Defense asks all members of the military community to Stand Up for MilKids.


The THRIVE initiative provides free, online programs focused on positive parenting practices, parent and child stress management and physical health promotion.


HealthySteps is a pediatric primary care program promoting the health, well-being and school readiness of babies and toddlers for families living in low-income communities.

Military Kids Connect

For children and teens, Military Kids Connect provides resources to help kids thrive in their military life.


Student2Student is a high school level student program that brings military and civilian students together to welcome new students, create a positive environment, support academic excellence, and ease transitions.

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Military OneSource is ready 24/7 to help you and your family thrive. Call us anytime with questions and we’ll connect you to the answers you need. A few of the ways we can help:

A few of the ways we can help:
  • Child care options
  • Parenting support
  • Adoption resources
  • Family and relationship counseling
  • Education resources
  • Moving assistance
  • New MilParent consultations
  • Special needs support

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