Next up in our interview series are Logan, Scotty, and Ryan. Their dad is a member of the U.S. Navy. Logan is 12, Scotty is 10, and Ryan is 9. They are all very active and participate in Kempo, a form of Japanese martial arts through the Our Military Kids grant program. Scotty in particular likes to run, and he has completed two 5Ks with his mom.
What is your favorite subject in school?
Logan: "I like gym."
Scotty: "My favorites are science and math."
Do you have any pets?
Logan, Scotty, and Ryan: "We have a dog named Caesar."
Do you know what you would like to do when you grow up?
Logan: "I'm not sure yet."
Scotty: "I want to be a scientist or be in the Navy."
Ryan: "I want to be a veterinarian so I can go to China and work with pandas."
What activities do you participate in and what do you like about them?
Logan: "Kempo, which is Japanese martial arts. It teaches me how to defend myself."
Scotty: "Kempo and boy scouts. Kempo teaches me discipline and boy scouts lets me help others."
Ryan: "Kempo and I like to run. I want to learn to play the ukulele."
What is your favorite thing to do with your dad when he is home?
Logan, Scotty, and Ryan: "We all like to play tag with him outside."
What is it like having a parent in the military?
Logan: "It's good, but he's not home often."
Scotty: "It can be lonely."
Ryan: "It can be scary, because I don't want anything bad to happen to him while he is away."
What do you miss most about your dad when he is deployed?
Logan: "Having him around."
Scotty: "When he tells us stories and makes stories up."
Ryan: "Being able to see and play with him."
What is the best thing about having a parent in the military?
Logan: "He can show me what he does."
Scotty: "He helps keep us safe."
Ryan: "It is cool that he works with guns."
What would you like other people to know about being part of a military family?
Logan and Scotty: "It's an honor."
Ryan: "We're awesome people."
April is designated as the Month of the Military Child, recognizing the unique sacrifice that military children and families make when a parent is a member of the Armed Forces. In honor of the Month of the Military Child, Alpha is proud to feature a series of interviews with military children from various branches of the Armed Forces. This was made possible through Our Military Kids, an organization that sponsors grants for the children of military personal and wounded veterans. Stay tuned for more interviews throughout the month of April!