Little Trooper of the Month

Evelyn Miles

May 2023

Seven-year-old Evelyn has severe verbal dyspraxia, a rare condition that only affects 0.1% of people and means that she has the comprehension and desire to talk and communicate but lacks the ability to execute sounds, struggles to say her name correctly and easily forgets frequently used words.

Evelyn is highly aware of her challenges and becomes anxious at school and in peer group settings. Because of her disability, she struggles to make friends or get invited to parties. She also finds physical skills challenging, such as bike riding and swimming, as she tires easily from the motor planning requirements of co-ordinated movements.

Alongside coping with her verbal dyspraxia, Evelyn also juggles the challenges that come with being a military child as her Dad serves in the British Armed. The family have moved home twice since Evelyn was born in Germany and last moved to Bristol in 2019. Evelyn’s Dad also regularly works away from home due to military commitments.

Despite these challenges, Evelyn is described by her family as kind, thoughtful, loving, funny and determined. Her days are filled with sound and word practice alongside the same school work as her peers. Through her perseverance, she has learnt how to say sounds, how to blend and how to speak and she is always exploring new ways of making herself understood and methods of communication.

Evelyn’s Mum, Melanie Miles, comments: “Despite not being able to communicate her full feelings, tell a complete story or annoy her brother as much as she would like, Evelyn is such a funny, loving and beautiful person with an incredible sense of calm. She loves rainbows, cars, unicorns and fairies and wants to be an ambulance driver when she grows up.

“She also adores her brother Oscar who is amazing with her. He understands her like no one else and as well as treating her like any sibling, with wrestling matches and name calling, he is her biggest cheerleader and is so patient with her.

“Military life brings adventures and challenges and Evelyn’s verbal dyspraxia has made the whole thing that much harder, but Oscar and Evelyn are a brilliant team and we are super lucky to have them. We are so proud that Evelyn has been named Little Trooper of the Month and we hope it helps raise aware of verbal dyspraxia and its challenges.”

Louise Fetigan, founder of Little Troopers, comments: “Our Little Trooper of the Month award scheme is all about recognising military children who have been inspirational and exceptionally brave against all the odds and Evelyn is just that. We are amazed at the determination she shows when it comes to communicating and we are so pleased to hear that she has a brilliant big brother by her side, cheering her on every day. We hope this award and medal helps her to see just how special she really is and how she makes her family proud.”


Evelyn Miles

Nominate a Trooper of the month!

We want to recognise Little Troopers; children with parents serving in the British Armed Forces who have been exceptionally brave, inspirational or just extra special against all odds. 

This is an opportunity to really celebrate and shine a spotlight on the lives of incredible military children, hear the special stories and give them the recognition they really deserve.

Our monthly winner will receive a special prize, certificate and lasting recognition of a customised, unique medal. We will also shout about how amazing our winners our on our website, social media and other related publications.

Nominations welcomed from Unit Welfare Offices, Community Development Workers, Schools/Nurseries and of course YOU!

If you are not the parent or guardian of the child you are nominating you must ask permission and advise them you are nominating. We will need to contact them directly to progress a nomination if successful.

Unsuccessful nominations will not be contacted.

Please upload a recent photograph we can use for certificate and hall of fame if they win:

Eligible children: ANY child with a parent or step parent currently serving with the British Army, Royal Navy or Royal Air Force; wherever they live, reserve or regular, parents married or unmarried. Children can only win once. Please only nominate one child per nomination. Children of any age can be nominated. Please ensure all the information you submit is true and correct stating if the child is a step child/has a different father or mother to serving person.