Military Kid Living

Kaysha Lambert, Staff

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It can be an adventure, but it can be rough as a military kid. A military kid is expected to move to where their parent is stationed and make sacrifices by leaving community, friends, and family. When their parent is deployed for up to one or two years, the sacrifice reaches another level. Also, their parents sometimes miss important events of their child life while being deployed. On the other side, there are great things about being as a military child.

“Being in a military family means making a lot of great friends and having a bunch of new experience,” Allix H. said.

Allix has moved nine times and attended 12 schools. As a senior at Westmoore, she’s hoping to be a part of the military reserves one day.

“I have been very inspired by my dad and all the other service men and women in my life. I, also, love to travel and explore new places,” Allix H. said. “I really enjoy being in a military family because I get to be involved in a lot of great communities. I feel like I have one big family all over the world.”

I, Kaysha Lambert am also a military child myself.

My life is completely different like many kids. I was born in the Philippines and grew up speaking Tagalog. At the age of 9, we moved to England and lived there for 4 years. It was definitely a big change for me, a new school, new friends, new living area, and a new language to learn. I had a very hard time learning how to speak English. My parents ended up getting me a teacher that would teach me how to speak English at home. It wasn’t as hard to make friends because everyone was nice and I got along with everyone. The only thing that I didn’t like was when my dad would be deployed all the time. He would miss the holidays, my birthday, and my games.

After 4 years of living in England, my dads next base was Guam. We lived there for 4 years as well. I had to get used to moving a lot and making new friends. Being a military kid may be hard sometimes because of moving and a parent being deployed, but there are so many great things to be thankful about it. One of the things is being able to experience a new culture which is something not everyone can experience, it’s a once in a lifetime experience. Also, after moving around so much, I’ve gained the confidence to talk to people and be more involved in school. Last but not least, I am proud of my dad for serving his country and keeping his family safe. My dad is my hero!

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