The goal of Operation Homefront’s Military Child of the Year® program is to honor those who do well despite the challenges that come with living in the military. All seven winners will be invited to Operation Homefront’s Military Child of the Year® Awards Gala, where they will get $10,000, a laptop, and other surprises that have been given by people in the community.
SAN ANTONIO, Texas (PRNewswire-PRWeb), September 6, 2022 — Through its annual Military Child of the Year® Awards programme, Operation Homefront will recognize the extraordinary achievements of American military children for the 15th time. Nominations are open today for 13–18-year-olds who are legal dependents of a service member or military retiree and have shown courage, leadership, and success during their parents’ military service.
Candidates can be put forward until December 4, 2022. When they serve our country with their parents, military children show that they are very strong people. The goal of Operation Homefront’s Military Child of the Year® program is to honor those who do well despite the challenges that come with living in the military.
Each of the seven Military Child of the Year® winners will come from a different part of the military: the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Space Force, Coast Guard, or National Guard. Award winners work hard to be the best in their schools, honor societies, civic groups and clubs, sports, and volunteer work.
These young heroes show leadership in their families and communities, and it’s easy to find a military child who should be nominated. All seven winners of the Military Child of the Year® Award will be invited to Operation Homefront’s Military Child of the Year® Awards Gala on Thursday, April 13, 2023, in Arlington, VA, where they will each receive $10,000, a laptop, and other gifts from Operation Homefront’s generous partners.
Each award winner and two family members will be able to spend two days in the Washington, D.C. area thanks to Operation Homefront. “Our military members are known for their great teamwork, leadership, and willingness to keep going,” said retired Brig. Gen. John I. Pray Jr., President, and CEO of Operation Homefront.
“Their family members who serve with them also show these positive traits.” “It is an honor to recognize the amazing things that military children have done. They are making a huge difference in their communities even though they have to deal with many challenges that are unique to military life.”
Recipients have had the chance to meet and hear from several Chairmen of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, First Lady Michelle Obama, Paralympian and veteran Melissa Stockwell, entertainers King Calaway and Brenley Brown, former NFL player, and philanthropist Jason Brown, and singer-songwriter and philanthropist Bret Michaels. David Hoffman, an actor, and writer who grew up as an Army dependent have also been a supporter of the Military Child of the Year® Awards in recent years.
In 2022, he will host the awards gala. Elena Ashburn said, “Being named the 2022 Military Child of the Year by the Army is one of the greatest honors of my life.” “One of the best weeks of my life was the week I spent in DC with Operation Homefront and the other MCOY recipients. I made great friends, had a lot of fun, and met a lot of amazing people who were passionate about the military community.
Because Operation Homefront was so generous, I was able to put money into my education, and I am now going to college without any debt. Visit operationhomefront.org/military-child-of-the-year for more information and to put forward a child for their branch’s award. A military child can be nominated by anyone, including family, friends, teachers, coaches, counselors, and clergy. Everyone is encouraged to give praise to the great military kids they know.
What Operation Homefront Is About
Operation Homefront is a national nonprofit organization that has been helping military families for 20 years. Their goal is to make military families strong, stable, and safe so that they can thrive in the communities they have worked so hard to protect, not just get by. Leading independent charity watchdog groups have said that Operation Homefront does a great job, and 88 percent of the money it spends goes directly to programs that help tens of thousands of military families every year.
Operation Homefront gives important financial help, temporary and permanent housing, and family support services to help make sure that short-term needs don’t turn into long-term problems. Operation Homefront is proud to help the families of the American military thanks to the generosity of our donors and the help of thousands of volunteers.