April is Month of the Military Child. It is set aside to let youngsters with a parent in the military know that they are not alone and that their sacrifice is appreciated.
Right now, two Indiana National Guard units in or near Johnson County are deployed: a medical unit out of Shelbyville with 25 members and an air traffic control unit out of Johnson County with 45 members, National Guard state family program director Maj. Lisa Kopczynski said. The first unit should return in June. The second, which left in December, will be gone until the end of the year.
In addition, reservists and Guard members are pulled away from home for periodic training. Their families live with the knowledge that a call-up to active duty can come quickly.