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Kentucky military kids reflect on their worldwide experiences

A portion of the military kids group recognized in the Kentucky Senate 02-27-24
Stu Johnson
A portion of the military kids group recognized in the Kentucky Senate 02-27-24

Lawmakers in Frankfort welcome guests formally during daily sessions. It’s a common activity. One day last week children of military members were recognized.

Most all military kids are accustomed to moves. Aaron Simmons was born in Missouri.

“I lived there for one year and then we moved to Kansas. And then….we moved to Germany. Then after we moved to Germany we moved back to Texas. We went to Texas and then we moved back to Honolulu and now we back into Kentucky,” said Simmons

Simmons’ favorite spot so far, Hawaii, adding ‘going to the beach like every single day.’

15-year-old Kayla Cowart’s made seven moves. She said the water is so clear in southern Italy. Cowart says non-military friends can struggle to understand.

“They don’t understand what being a military child is like and it’s kind of hard to connect with them in a way because they’re not on that level,” said Cowart.

 Cowart said it’s easier in a military school. 11-year-old Sophie Medina has moved nine times. She noted her family is usually given about two months' notice before a move. Medina added it takes preparation physically and mentally.

“I make sure to have fun moments before I move, especially before I move…like I can remember the place with a good thought instead of I wish I was there longer,” said Medina.

Medina appreciated Military Kids Day at the State Capitol. The Fort Knox youngster said it recognizes sacrifices made by military families.

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Stu has been reporting for WEKU for more than 35 years. His primary beat is Lexington/Fayette government.
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