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    7th ATC Family bonds over Play-Doh

    Daddy-Daughter playtime during Month of the Military Child

    Photo By Sgt. Christopher Stewart | U.S. Army Spc. Edwin Stockman, a Soldier assigned to the Grafenwoehr Army Health...... read more read more



    Story by Sgt. Christopher Stewart 

    7th Army Training Command

    GRAFENWOEHR, Germany – Family members of the 7th Army Training Command (7ATC) bonded with other military families in the community over a Play-Doh stand as part of a month-long celebration of the military child April 13, 2019 at the Grafenwoehr Army and Air Force Exchange Services (AAFES).
    The Month of the Military Child was established by former Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger in 1986, to highlight the important role that military children play in the Department of Defense.
    “It’s important to get involved into the community,” said Emilda Avdic, an intel analyst at 7ATC and mother of one. “Through activities like this it builds resiliency for the entire family, and helps the kids make friends.”
    Events like the one held today by AAFES to celebrate the Month of the Military Child brings families together that often find themselves separated by deployments or rotations. Emilda Avdic and her husband Jasmin were both present to play with their daughter, but she has not always been nearby as a parent.
    “I deployed while she was 7 months old,” said Emilda Avdic. “Coming home and her not recognizing me was difficult for all of us.”
    The Exchange hosted the Play-Doh table for military children to play together and enjoy themselves. This is one of a series of different events the Exchange is scheduled to host during the Month of the Military Child.
    “Military children have it a little harder than other children,” said Glen Perotte, an employee at AAFES. “It’s difficult for the kids because they don’t always have their motherly or fatherly figure around, but we want them to know that there is always a support group there for them.”



    Date Taken: 04.13.2019
    Date Posted: 04.18.2019 09:37
    Story ID: 318631
    Location: GRAFENWOEHR, BY, DE 

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