What It’s Like: A Military Kid’s Perspective

April 01, 2014

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In honor of the Month of the Military Child, the MFAN advisors asked their children to write about their experiences growing up in a military family. Military kids deal with a lot, including frequent moves and family separations during deployments. We’re proud to salute our resilient military kids this April, and all year long. Our Month of the Military Child blog posts, to be published through the month, will shed light on what it’s really like to grow up in a military family, straight from the source.

Nine-year-old Sara Cairns, daughter of MFAN advisor Randi Cairns, wrote the first post of the series. Here’s what she had to say:

“Being a kid with a parent in the Army is cool in some ways. People will ask you if you are sad that your mom or dad is away. You would think it would make you feel that way, but you have gone through it many times before. There are cool things about it also. Like in my case, I like guns and my dad shows me all the kinds that interest me. After what I have told you, you can probably understand what it is like.”

If your children want to share their personal experiences, email their stories to us during April at