WASHINGTON, April 12, 2010 – The wives of President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden paid tribute to military children, honoring their strength and sacrifice, in a Month of the Military Child video message posted on the White House Web site.

“As a grateful nation, it is our sacred responsibility to stand by our military children, just as they and their Families stand by us,” First Lady Michelle Obama said.

From improving their schools to strengthening their communities to supporting their parents and guardians, she added, “President Obama is committed to ensuring that this administration does everything it can to support our military children.”

These “extraordinary” children shoulder responsibilities far beyond their years, Dr. Jill Biden noted.

“During this time of war, they may have one or even both parents deployed overseas and standing in harm’s way,” she said. “They may even have to care for a parent who is wounded or, in the most painful situations, be called to keep alive the memory of a fallen hero whom they called mom or dad.”

Biden encouraged Americans to recognize and support military children, whether it’s reaching out to a new military family in the neighborhood or connecting with an organization dedicated to supporting troops and their families.

“As a mother of a National Guardsman, I have seen firsthand the difference that a small act of kindness can make,” she said. “There’s a role for each and every one of us in supporting military children.”

“Let’s mark the Month of the Military Child this year by dedicating ourselves to honoring and supporting these brave children all year long,” Obama added.