At The Military Children's Six Foundation, we believe that every American owes a duty to recognize and honor the service and sacrifice of our military members and their families. We also believe that our nation has a special obligation to support and recognize the unique challenges of military children, the hidden heroes. Many of them are born into the military and grow up in a lifestyle of frequent moves, deployments, and separations from family members.
The Military Children's Six Foundation strives to provide military children with an opportunity to connect with other military children and to build a sense of community and understanding of their shared experiences. We also strive to provide resources and support to military families so that their children can thrive and reach their full potential.
We believe that America must never forget the debt it owes to our military service members and their families. MC6 is our way of honoring their service and sacrifice and ensuring that their children have the resources and support they need to succeed. That is the way of the Six. Back 2 Back.
Our Reasons Aren't That Complicated At All Either
When a service member or veteran dies, the impact of their death strikes at the core of their families and their communities. Yet, it's the Children who suffer most because they are unable to channel their grief in a constructive way without our help.
When a parent returns from war or conflict with visible and invisible injuries, the impact of their wounds resonates with their families, their Children, and their communities.
When a child is a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault, bullying, or discrimination in school because of cultural bias, as advocates, our why, and reasons became obvious, "Children" cannot defend themselves, and some parents don't have the resources needed to protect their child(ren).
Children’s Rights in Situations of Armed Conflict
Protecting children from the effects of armed conflict is a moral imperative, a legal responsibility, and a question of international peace and security. The Military Children's Six Foundation has resolved that the protection of children from armed conflict is an important aspect of any comprehensive strategy to resolve conflict and should be a priority for the international community. Our "Advanced Humanitarian Response Team" (AHRT), and others have repeatedly called for special protection to be afforded to children by all parties to conflict in line with international humanitarian law and international human rights law.
Killing and maiming of children
Killing and maiming of children can be a result of direct targeting or indirect actions, including torture. Killing and maiming can be through crossfire, shelling, airstrikes, landmines, cluster munitions, improvised or other indiscriminate explosive devices, or even in the context of military operations, house demolitions, search-and-arrest campaigns, or suicide attacks
Recruitment or use of children in armed forces and groups.
. Recruitment refers to compulsory, forced, or voluntary conscription or enlistment of children into any kind of armed force or armed group. The use of children by armed forces or armed groups refers to any capacity, including, but not limited to, children, boys, and girls, used as fighters, cooks, porters, messengers, spies, and collaborators. Girls are also recruited for sexual purposes and forced marriage.
Attacks on schools or hospitals
Attacks include the targeting of schools or medical facilities that cause the total or partial destruction of such facilities. Interferences such as occupation or targeting for propaganda or otherwise causing harm to schools or medical facilities or their personnel are all reported through the MRM.
Rape or other grave sexual violence
This encompasses acts of rape, other sexual violence, sexual slavery and/or trafficking, enforced prostitution, forced marriage or pregnancy, enforced sterilization, or sexual exploitation and/or abuse of children.
The unlawful removal, seizure, capture, apprehension, or enforced disappearance of a child either temporarily or permanently. If a child is recruited by force by an armed force or group, this is considered as two violations – abduction and recruitment.
Denial of humanitarian access for children.
The intentional deprivation or impediment of humanitarian assistance indispensable to children’s survival by parties to the conflict, including wilfully impeding the ability of humanitarian or other relevant actors to access and assist affected children, in situations of armed conflict