There are just a couple of days remaining to nominate a student for Operation Homefront 2016 Military Child of the Year, an annual honor that comes with a $10,000 award, a laptop, a tremendous bullet for the college application, and a free trip with a parent or guardian to Washington, D.C., for a special awards gala April 14 with high-ranking military leaders.
Operation Homefront, the national nonprofit dedicated to building strong, stable and secure military families, is accepting nominations online at MilitaryChildofTheYear.org through Friday, Dec. 11.
This award is presented to an outstanding child from each branch of service — Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard – and the National Guard. In previous years, recipients have had the honor of meeting the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, First Lady Michelle Obama, former NFL star and philanthropist Jason Brown and singer, songwriter and philanthropist Bret Michaels, who were guest speakers for the event awards ceremonies.
Anyone can nominate a child ages 8 to 18. Family members, teachers, coaches, counselors, clergy, neighbors and friends are encouraged to nominate outstanding military children. For more information on how to nominate a child in your community or to see photos from past events, log on to MilitaryChildOfTheYear.org.
“It’s our honor to celebrate military children through the Military Child of the Year for the eighth consecutive year,” said Operation Homefront President and CEO, John I. Pray Jr. “Whether it’s in schools or honor societies, civic associations and clubs, sports or volunteerism, you never have to look far to find an exemplary military child who thrives in the face of challenges inherent to military life. As we open up the nomination window, please join us in celebrating the resilience, achievement and strength of character embodied by our youngest patriots and submit a nomination to recognize them today.”
On average, previous recipients have had at least one parent deploy for 18 months or longer and have relocated at least five times due to a parent’s military assignments.