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I’m Thankful To Be A Military Kid! (Plus, a chance to win…)

Have a parent in the military? Or maybe you grew up in a military family? There are a lot of reasons to be thankful to be one of the 2 million kids who can say, “My mom/dad is in the military!”

You already know there are some pretty awesome things that come with being a military family but this isn’t your traditional list of “the chance to travel” or “the family we’ve made out of friends.” No, these are a few things that make life pretty cool as a military kid – things we don’t think about as much.

Would you agree? Military kids can be thankful for:

  1. A spirit of adventure. Military families see a sign for the “World’s Biggest Ball of String” on the road and just know they have to stop off and see it on their way to grandma’s house. From side trips to big adventures, the Type A personality that many military families exhibit means they don’t shy away from going someplace new. That’s pretty awesome.
  2. The willingness to volunteer. Chances are your mom or dad has stepped up for a big role in your sports team, scouting group, religious organization, etc… Military families are notorious for helping out.  You should be thankful for this spirit because it allows kids, like you, to experience youth sports and activities.
  3. Pride of service. You are part of a small group of people who hold the responsibility for the protection of our nation. Your mom may serve in the National Guard and go off to help people during a natural disaster. Your dad may deploy overseas to fight in an important conflict. Maybe your parent flies a refueling plane. But you, as a military kid, are also an important part of all of this equation – you can be proud that you are helping at home so your parent can concentrate on their important job.
  4. The simple stuff. A meal together. A dad who is home. A nice bed to sleep in (and not an air mattress during a move). Sometimes not having something makes it all the sweeter when you do have it. Appreciating the simple stuff is a tremendous asset in appreciating things more as we get older. Be thankful that you can see the beauty in the simple stuff.
  5. Mental toughness. Military families go through moves, deployments, and lots of change. While we tend to think these are all a detriment to military kids, one could also say these challenges can help us become stronger and closer as a family. Yes, it is tough. But the challenges in life also make us grow as people and prepare us for future challenges. Your childhood in a military family can be an asset to your life as an adult.
  6. Cool sayings (and shirts). From well-known military mottos to the words from a cadence, the sayings and stuff the sayings go on, are usually heard and worn by military kids. Who doesn’t have a least a couple of unit or branch shirts and maybe some stuff from installation celebrations? Those sayings and shirts may seem cheesy, but they let you know you are a part of something big and a part of history.
  7. An understanding of sacrifice. When you know what it takes to keep this country safe, or how much strength and fortitude it requires to help people during disasters – then you appreciate what you have a little bit more.
  8. Opportunities for education. From a transferring the GI Bill to fund a child’s education to scholarships just for military kids, there is a lot of funding available to kids of service members for their education. This funding can open up doors that may have never been available to you if you weren’t part of a military family.
  9. Inside access to special places. From going on base or post, to inside of the commissary, to a chance to go inside the White House and meet the President, or being a part of a local event for military families. Military kids often get to go places other kids don’t have access to or the chance to visit. Your ticket: your special status as a military kid.

I am thankful to be a military kid!
While my life may not be easy, it is a life I am thankful for!



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  1. Kim R (1200 Miles Away) on November 2, 2015 at 7:06 pm

    My daughter would definitely say that she is thankful for the understanding of sacrifice and for her compassion towards others. She has seen what many other kids have gone through and she is thankful for what she has – more so than many of her non-military counterparts. When her friends’ parents go away on a business trip, she is compassionate to understand their feelings, even if she knows she may have it slightly worse sometimes. Whereas, she realizes she has it better than many other military children. That sense of compassion keeps her grounded and focused on others instead of herself (a great quality in a pre-teen).

  2. Cristin on November 2, 2015 at 11:29 pm

    My Army “brat” would love to win a subscription to Military Kids Life!

  3. Misty on November 3, 2015 at 3:02 am

    I grew up in a military family. My father was career Air Force, and I got to grow up all over the place.

    The thing I’m most thankful for? The world class education I got from my DODDS (now known as DODDEA) teachers and the people i met.

    I had some of the best teachers anywhere. And I got to see things that most only get to read about in their textbooks.

    I wouldn’t change it!

  4. Keelan on November 3, 2015 at 3:06 am

    So many great experiences having been a military kid!

  5. Jennifer on November 3, 2015 at 3:06 am

    The school library had an issue of Military Kids Life, and my three kids would love to share a subscription.

  6. Kelly on November 3, 2015 at 5:26 am

    Every PCS gets harder and harder on our Army kiddos!! We are thankful for our life and every adventure that comes our way! My littles would would say they are thankful for their friends/neighbor’s who have become our family and makeshift FRG.

  7. Christy McAnally on November 3, 2015 at 10:49 am

    I grew up as a military brat and run “Brats Clubs” at local schools. We are located in a highly populated military area and the need for support is great. I would love to share your magazine with our school librarians so that our military connected students have access to your magazine. Keep up the great work!

    • Chameleon Kids on November 13, 2015 at 2:18 pm

      Hi Christy, You are our winner for the 2nd subscription in our Thankful Thursday giveaway! Please contact us at and let us know where to send it! Everyone who has entered will continue to be considered for a subscription for the next 2 Thursdays.

  8. Courtney McAraw on November 3, 2015 at 4:00 pm

    My 3 military kiddos love this life just as much as we do. We do our best to make it exciting and fun. We take the opportunity to travel the world with them and see and do things we wouldn’t be able to do if we were not a military family. This winter we will make our 4th cross-country trip and we will have seen all 50 states as a family. There are many things people can whine or complain about in this military life. We choose to embrace the positives instead.

  9. Nancy on November 4, 2015 at 2:37 pm

    My kids have spent their lives knowing no different, but I hope some day they will recognize the things that made this way of life one worth all the sacrifices they made! Would love for them to have a magazine to read that is devoted to the mil kid lifestyle.

  10. Alison Donnelly on November 4, 2015 at 3:16 pm

    Best adventure ever! Three amazing kids who have traveled the world and enjoyed every minute of it. 22 years and going strong, 13 moves and more to come. They are not ready to settle down and neither are we. Like Dr. Suess said “Oh The Places You Will Go” Living in foreign countries and different US states teaches more than any school can.

    • Chameleon Kids on November 6, 2015 at 1:26 am

      Hi Alison! You are our winner for the 1st subscription in our Thankful Thursday giveaway! Please contact us at and let us know where to send it! Everyone who has entered will continue to be considered for a subscription for the next 3 Thursdays.

  11. Sandra Slade on November 5, 2015 at 3:30 pm

    My boys would appreciate a subscription to this fine magazine as they have become resiillent with all of our moves and continue to make us proud wherever we go!

  12. Theresa Nagel on November 6, 2015 at 8:29 pm

    My girls are thankful for the spirit of adventure and just the simple things that life has to offer! My husband is a pilot, so unfortunately we can’t always have dinner together, but when we do, we certainly cherish it and the same goes for the weekends, as he’s not always home to enjoy them with us either 🙁

  13. Sarah Hollingsworth on November 6, 2015 at 9:40 pm

    I am definitely thankful to be a military husband is also a military brat and we have a five year old son.

    My husband is in the Air National Guard and we do not have a big base near us. I feel like my son misses out on some of the awesome things that come with being a military family.

  14. Amanda Guevata on November 7, 2015 at 1:24 am

    My kids would love this!

  15. Molly on November 7, 2015 at 12:27 pm

    My kids are so proud of their active duty dad. Being prior service myself, I knew the sacrifice that would come in his/our transition to this life. Three homes in one year, a ton of travel, new schools, etc and we are embracing all the good and making the most of this unique life we get the honor to lead.
    My kiddos would be honored to receive this magazine and share it with their friends.

  16. Becky on November 7, 2015 at 12:32 pm

    Thank you for the giveaway, my kids are having a tough time with our upcoming pcs. Something like this would brighten the transition for them.

  17. Jill on November 8, 2015 at 12:19 am

    We just finished up another deployment and are gearing up for a pcs! This would be a wonderful surprise for our kiddos each month!

  18. Christina on November 8, 2015 at 12:37 am

    It is not always easy moving, and having their dad gone, but I know it will make my 3 kids strong adults. The experiences they have had may not have been possible had they not been military kids. We would love a subscription so they can read about more kids that are experiencing similar situations as them. Thank you!

  19. Felicia on November 25, 2015 at 8:31 pm

    We have 7 children and all have a different military experience. We are thankful for the opportunities!