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In celebration of November being Military Family Month, the Armed Services YMCA is asking children about their military families for its annual art and essay contests.

Children of active-duty and retired servicemembers, including the National Guard and Reserve, can submit 6-by-8-inch color drawings of their military family. Winners representing each branch, the National Guard and the Reserve will have their artwork featured on a Military Family Month poster.

First place winners will get a $500 U.S. savings bond; second place, a $100 bond.

There also is an essay contest on “Why My Military Dad/Mom is a Hero.”

Students in grades 1 through 8 should submit essays of 100 to 300 words; those in grades 9-12, 300 to 500 words.

Art entries are due Feb. 16; essays, March 16.

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