University of Wyoming Extension News

Wyoming Month of the Military Child events recognize family sacrifices

2015 month of military child1April events in Wyoming will honor sacrifices of military parents and their children during the Month of the Military Child.

Military and elected officials and free pizza, soft drinks and cake will be at the month’s kick-off celebration at the Cheyenne Historic Train Depot 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, April 1, said Brittany Johnson, University of Wyoming Extension 4-H Military educator. Other events include Purple Up Day April 15; wearing purple shows support for military children.

Other events are planned across the state in April, she said. The Department of Defense and the Extension Service have had a partnership for more than 25 years to support military personnel and their communities in which they live.

“Military children look the same to teachers, friends and the community after a parent deploys, but their lives have changed dramatically,” said Johnathan Despain, UW Extension State 4-H military liaison. “We want to help them connect with other youths in similar situations and to use the Department of Defense/Cooperative Extension and 4-H Military Partnership initiatives as a way to link with other youths in the community.”

Information about the military partnerships is at The site will also include events in Wyoming counties.

For more information, contact Despain at 307-766-5170 or at, or Johnson at 307-633-4383 or