Measure honoring military children introduced


Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez. Photo by Donna Ritchie

Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez announced on Monday that she has introduced Assembly Concurrent Resolution (ACR) 52, which recognizes April as the Month of the Military Child.

“I’m proud to acknowledge the bravery of our military children as our nation’s youngest heroes,” said Melendez. “Military children and their service member parents must overcome unique challenges as they serve our country. When our service members make that commitment to serve, their children face hardships that often go unnoticed.”

ACR 52 would officially declare April as the Month of the Military Child in California. In the United States, there are nearly two million military children whose sacrifices often go unrecognized.

From enduring long and uncertain deployments of one or both parents, to moving an average of ten times growing up, kids serve too.

“In honoring the children of military families, we are also honoring the sacrifices that these young people have to make when their parents are deployed,” said Melendez. “There is nothing easy about having to go long periods of time without your mom or dad, not knowing when, or if, they will come home. Setting aside April as the Month of the Military Child applauds the everyday sacrifices made by our youngest heroes.”

Assemblywoman Melissa A. Melendez represents the 67th Assembly District, which includes the communities of Canyon Lake, Lake Elsinore, Murrieta, Menifee, Wildomar and a portion of Hemet. It also includes the Riverside County unincorporated areas of Lake Mathews, Good Hope, Nuevo and Winchester.