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Military Children Express Sacrifices Through Art, Writing

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The exhibit reflects the works of military children -- nearly 50 in all -- from elementary to high school. On the back of each work of art, the children wrote what motivated them to produce their particular work, said Cindy Simerly, marketing chief for the Military Child Education Coalition and a military spouse.

The result of a partnership of the Energy Department, the Military Child Education Coalition and the Student 2 Student Initiative, the exhibit also will travel to the home of Vice President Joe Biden as part of Joining Forces, an effort to garner public support for service members, veterans and their families spearheaded by First Lady Michelle Obama and the vice president's wife, Dr. Jill Biden.

>From there, the exhibit is expected to be on display April 9 at the Department of Defense Education Activity's headquarters at the Mark Center in Alexandria, Va.

For those who are unable to visit the exhibit, a digitalized version of the military children's work, titled, "Art from the Heart," is on the Military Child Education Coalition's website.

"The exhibit is a powerful medium for military children to express their experiences over a decade of war, and to show their sacrifices," Simerly said. "It's a way for the children to express themselves in a way that they might not be able to do in words."

*Related Sites:*

Military Child Education Coalition [ http://www.militarychild.org/ ]

Department of Defense Education Activity [ http://www.dodea.edu/ ]

Special Report: Month of the Military Child [ http://www.defense.gov/home/features/2012/0412_militarychild/ ]