WASHINGTON, D.C. — Life through the eyes of military children can be seen in the paintings, drawings and writings, on public display at the Education Department, during the month of April, in celebration of Month of the Military Child.
Since 1983, the Defense Department has officially recognized military children for the support they provide to their families — the military now has 1.8 million children in the services.
“The exhibit reflects the works of nearly 50 military children, from elementary to high school,” said Cindy Simerly, marketing chief for the Military Child Education Coalition and a military spouse. “On the back of each work of art, the children wrote what motivated them to produce their particular work. This project was a result of a partnership made up of the Education Department, the Military Child Education Coalition and the Student 2 Student Initiative.”
The exhibit will travel to the home of Vice President Joe Biden, as part of Joining Forces, an effort to garner public support for service members, veterans and their families. First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden, wife of the vice president, will spearhead this event.
The exhibit will be on display at DOD’s Education Activity headquarters, at the Mark Center in Alexandria, Va.
For those who are unable to visit the exhibit, a digitalized version of the military children’s work, titled, “Art from the Heart,” is on the Military Child Education Coalition’s website.
“The exhibit is a powerful medium for military children to express their experiences over a decade of war and to show their sacrifices,” Simerly said. “It’s a way for the children to express themselves in a way that they might not be able to do in words.”