Military children at James Clemens join together for support

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MADISON, AL (WHNT) -- This month is National Military Children appreciation month. Wednesday, Madison City schools were filled with purple to show support for those children.

Roughly 2 million children in the United States have parents in the military, but when a parent is deployed, they say it's easy to feel deserted.

"I felt very alone, I didn't have anyone to talk to.  It was difficult," said junior Lauren Brashear.

She and other military kids at James Clemens High School know the feeling all too well.

"You don't really understand why they left... or if they're coming back," said Brashear.  "You have a deep feeling of abandonment."

"Even today, I still get emotional about it because you don't know if he's coming back," said freshman James Macklin.

"Getting pulled away from your parent, it's like something is tearing out at you, somebody is taking a piece of you," said freshman Sandra Demaria.

Moving and making new friends is another part of the stress military kids deal with.

"It's a tough job, moving every three years, sometimes moving overseas," said Macklin.

But these students, and others around Madison City Schools are using their experiences to form their own troop in the form of a club for military children where they can ease the pain by sharing their experiences and welcoming new kids with open arms.