Military Children’s Health Month: Bettering the Well-Being of Our Youngest Members

Celebrated as Month of the Military Child, April is also Military Children’s Health Month, focusing on bettering the physical and emotional well-being of the more than 2 million military children (ranging in ages from newborn to 18 years old) in the United States and overseas.

There are almost as many active-duty-member children as there are adults on active duty, according to Military OneSource (, which serves as the central hub and go-to-place for the military community, providing answers to many questions concerning military life.

“It’s important to recognize the unique challenges and accomplishments of our military families, particularly after the past 13 years of multiple deployments and conflict,” said Army Col. (Dr.) Margret Merino, department chief of pediatrics at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC).

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