Serving Veterans, Supporting Soldiers; April is Month of the Military Child

Military ChildrenPIERRE, S.D. — April marks Month of the Military Child, an annual celebration where communities across the country lift up the sons and daughters of our military heroes.

During this time, we remember that the men and women in uniform are not the only ones who sacrifice for our country, their families sacrifice time together. Sometimes they even sacrifice the life of their loved ones.

In a press release, Gov. Kristi Noem says that throughout the month, there will be several events and special recognition days to bring joy to our military families.

  • Friday, April 8: Purple Up! For Military Kids Day in South Dakota. Service members, families, youth, schools, and community members are encouraged to join the SDNG Child & Youth Program, Ellsworth Air Force Base, and communities everywhere in wearing PURPLE as a visible way to show support and thanks to our military kids.
  • For a full list of events and special discounts for military families this month, go to

This month comes at an important time as veterans and military families in South Dakota face an uncertain future with veterans’ health services. In mid-March, the Biden Administration announced it was looking to close or cut several key veterans’ health care facilities around the state.

On March 29, the nation honored National Vietnam Veterans Day to pay tribute to the brave soldiers who came home. More than 27,000 South Dakotans served during the War in Vietnam.

The day is a powerful reminder that we can always do more to honor those who served on our behalf.

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