(WJLA) - These five military children came from all over the country – some as far as Alaska and Hawaii – to be honored for their remarkable achievements despite the hardships they face.
"I'm a military brat obviously, and my dad is in the army," said Kenzie Hall from California.
Eleven-year-old Hall is one of the millions of children whose parents serve in the military.
"Having a parent deployed is really hard because you don't know at times...you speak to them for weeks at a time, you don't know what's going on," she said.
Hall is one of the five chosen among thousands of applicants to be recognized and honored by Operation Home Front with a trip to the nation’s capital.
"I was just so happy, I was overwhelmed with joy, I started tearing up," said Michael-Logan Jordan of Hawaii when he heard the news.
These recipients are all in the top of their class, and serve their communities despite the challenges they face every day.
"I've moved around ten times, this is around my thirteenth school," said Ryan Curtin from Texas.
Cyndi Lucas with Operation Homefront says that alone deserves some recognition:
"The family is making the sacrifice for our country, in addition to the service member who is going over and doing the actual fighting. I think it's amazing military kids don't get recognized as often."
It’s much-needed recognition for these outstanding families, as well as a powerful reminder for all of us:
"I just appreciate all that they do for us," said Juanita Tollins.
April is the month of the military child, but you can show your appreciation for these kids and their families all year long through donations and volunteering.