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Blue Star Families deliver joy and books to JBPHH

Children pick out books during the Books on Bases event at the Ka Makani Community Center, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, April 13, 2017. The event was held to celebrate the Month of the Military Child, and to recognize the unique lifestyle of military families. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Heather Redman)

Children pick out books during the Books on Bases event at the Ka Makani Community Center, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, April 13, 2017. The event was held to celebrate the Month of the Military Child, and to recognize the unique lifestyle of military families. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Heather Redman)

Families gather in line for a book during the Books on Bases event at the Ka Makani Community Center, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, April 13, 2017. The event was held to celebrate the Month of the Military Child, and to recognize the unique lifestyle of military families. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Heather Redman)

Families gather in line for a book during the Books on Bases event at the Ka Makani Community Center, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, April 13, 2017. The event was held to celebrate the Month of the Military Child, and to recognize the unique lifestyle of military families. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Heather Redman)

JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii --

April is designated as the Month of the Military Child by the Department of Defense Education Activity. To celebrate our joint team’s families, this year Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam teamed up with Blue Star Families to bring the Books on Bases event to Hawaii, April 13.

“This is our third year teaming up with Blue Star Families and I’m excited for the turn out we had,” said Senior Airman Michael Reeves, 15th Wing broadcast journalist.  “These books were a small token for us to show our appreciation to children for the sacrifices they make on our behalf.”

The free event hosted by the 15th Wing, provided over 600 books to military families across JBPHH.

“As military members we send a majority of our time away from our families,” added Reeves.  “It’s important to make the most of the few hours we have in the evenings, and I can’t think of a better way of making those hours count than reading at night with my son.”

The MOMC is a way to celebrate the unique aspects of being a military child that most children outside the military may never have to face, such as extended family separations, frequent moves, and the stress of deployments. According to the Defense Media Activity, the average child in a military family will move six to nine times during a school career, three times more frequently than nonmilitary families.

“Everything we go through can be tough,” said Reeves. “The deployments, temporary duty assignments, exercises, and training can be a heavy burden on any military member. Growing up as a military child and now having one, I know the stress that can have on a family.”

While the MOMC acknowledges the changes military children go through, it also highlights the importance of the support systems in place for military families.

Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam has several programs to help children and their families adjust to changes. From clinical counseling to the Families Overcoming Under Stress program there are several avenues to choose from to meet each family’s needs.

For more information about JBPHH Family Support programs visit https://www.greatlifehawaii.com/programs/f166d033-c7be-40d7-b059-573293e7fec2.