South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed April as the Month of the Military Child in South Dakota. "This month is a time to honor our community youth who have been impacted by deployments in the past and who will face many challenges in the future, especially the reintegration of the family after enduring long separations due to deployments," said Sheila Troxel Snyder, SDSU Extension state coordinator of the Operation: Military Kids Program. Several activities are being planned for the month of April in communities throughout South Dakota, including Purple Up!
Have you ever wondered why some families seem able to "bounce back" from tragedies and others aren't? The ability for families to "bounce back" is called resiliency. Resiliency is the family's ability to use their strengths when meeting the challenges of life. What makes a family resilient? Characteristics such as commitment, cohesiveness, adaptability, communication, connectiveness, resource management and spirituality all have been shown to help families become resilient.