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Youth Encouraged to Submit “Military Child” Essays by May 3

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The Red Cross is supporting these activities as part of its Service to the Armed Forces (SAF) program.

Colorado youth with family members serving in the military or National Guard are reminded to submit their thoughts on what it means to be a military child by this Friday, May 3, for a chance to win prizes and recognition.

As part of the “Month of the Military Child,” the American Red Cross and the Colorado National Guard Youth Program have co-sponsored a statewide essay contest open to kindergarten through 12th grade students in Colorado. Although the contest is sponsored by the National Guard, entrants can write about family members in any branch of the military or National Guard (active duty or reserves).

The Red Cross will award $20 gift card prizes to winners in 7 grade categories, as well as a Nintendo Wii to one grand-prize essay winner. Prizes will be delivered at an award ceremony in June.

2013 Month of the Military Child Youth Essay Contest – “Military Children: Proud, Ready and Resilient”

• Topics: “What being a Military Child means to me” (K-6th) / “Does Patriotism Still Matter?” (7th-12th)

• Categories are by grade: Kindergarten (pictures only), 1st-2nd, 3rd-4th, 5th-6th, 7th-8th, 9th-10th, 11th-12th

• Essays for 1st-6th grade should be at least 100 words, but no more than 500; Essays for 7th-12th should be at least 500 words, but no more than 1,000.

• Entries must be received by May 3, 2013 and mailed along with entry form to: Laurie Burke, CONG Family Programs, 12200 E Briarwood Ave, #160, Centennial, CO 80112

• For questions, please contact Laurie Burke by email or phone at 720-250-1412,

When members of the armed forces deploy to serve their country, their family members – and especially children – also make sacrifices. In recognition of these sacrifices, the American Red Cross, Colorado National Guard and Colorado Operation: Military Kids (OMK) joined forces in April to draw attention to the estimated 35,000 school-age kids who are part of military families in Colorado. The essay contest launched on April 1; other activities included a “Purple Up! For Military Kids” day on Friday, April 12, when Coloradans were encouraged to don purple in support of military children.

The Red Cross is supporting these activities as part of its Service to the Armed Forces (SAF) program. Although best known for its disaster response, the Red Cross in fact has a long history of serving members of the armed forces through every war of the 20th century and continuing today. Red Cross SAF programs include pre- and post-deployment briefings for members of the military; emergency communications between deployed military and their families back home; support for military families while their loved ones are deployed; and assistance at veterans and military hospitals.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit, follow us on twitter (@redcrossdenver) or join our blog at