WHEREAS, Thousands of brave Americans have demonstrated their courage and commitment to freedom by serving the Armed Forces of the United States of America in active duty posts in Afghanistan, Iraq and around the world; and
WHEREAS, More than 17,000 of Michigan’s children and youth have been directly affected by the military deployment of at least one parent; and
WHEREAS, These children and youth are a source of pride and honor to us all, and it is only fitting that we take time to recognize their contributions, celebrate their spirit, and let our men and women in uniform know that while they are taking care of us, we are taking care of their children and youth;
WHEREAS, The recognition of a Month of the Military Child will allow us to pay tribute to military children and youth for their commitment, their struggles and their unconditional support of our troops – because when parents serve in the military, their kids are heroes too; and
WHEREAS, A month-long salute to military children and youth will encourage local community support to provide direct support to military children and families.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan do hereby proclaim April 2014, as Month of the Military Child in Michigan.