FORT HOOD — Garrison Commander Col. Todd Fox signed a proclamation Tuesday designating April as Fort Hood Child Abuse Prevention Month and Month of the Military Child.

Fox was joined by Copperas Cove Mayor Frank Seffrood, Killeen Mayor Pro Tem Brockley Moore, Killeen Independent School District Superintendent John Craft and local community leaders in child services to honor military children at the ceremony.

The post — along with Army and local organizations such as Army Community Services, Army Child and Youth Services, the Military Child Education Coalition and both the Killeen and Copperas Cove Independent School Districts — will offer activities throughout the month to honor the sacrifices military youth make because of their parents’ military service.

“Caspar Weinberger, former secretary of defense, established April as the Month of the Military Child in 1986 to recognize and honor military children for their contributions and sacrifices in support of their soldiers and the Army mission,” said Brenda Brown, Child and Youth Services instructional program specialist.

“This year, the theme is ‘military kids, at home across the world,’ because these children grow up understanding that home is where the Army sends you.”

Fox thanked those in attendance for standing up for military children and making a commitment to address the special circumstances they face before signing the proclamation.

“We come together today to celebrate the sacrifices and strength of our military children and to demonstrate the commitment of the Fort Hood community to the well-being, care and safety of our children,” Fox said. “They say it takes a village to raise a child, so the well-being of our military children requires not only the attention of their parents, but also the concern and support of us all. If you see someone struggling, reach out and remind them of the resources available in our community.” | 254-501-7554

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