Our Military Kids, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, supports children, ages 5-12th grade, of deployed National Guard and Reserve service members and children of wounded warriors from all service branches. Grants pay for participation in activities that help children cope with stress and anxiety while their parents are recovering or absent.
Our Military Kids provides grants that allow kids to choose activities they enjoy.
Our Military Kids grants pay fees for athletic, fine arts, and tutoring programs. Events that are not eligible include child care, school tuition, and religious trips.
Providing Support & Recognition to Military Children
Since its founding in 2004, Our Military Kids has given out $25 million, through 61,000+ grants, to military children in all U.S. states and territories.
Annual surveys consistently show nearly 100% of grant recipient families are satisfied with our programs. Children’s mental health and academic performance improve. Respondents also note improvements in family well-being, service member morale, and veteran recovery time.
Our Military Kids is currently gathering more data to determine long-term impacts for grant recipients and their families.
In 2004, our founders had a lofty idea to support families of our deployed National Guard and Reserves personnel.
In early 2005, we started small, with a pilot program focused on a National Guard unit from Winchester, Va.
The pilot program was extremely successful, and we expanded to help all deployed Reserve and National Guard families living throughout Virginia.
Calls from deploying citizen soldiers were sometimes heartbreaking. Feeling the need to help more children cope with the challenges brought on by lengthy separations, we began covering families living in Maryland and the District of Columbia.
In 2008, Our Military Kids expanded its program once again, this time to include children of active-duty, reserve, and National Guard service members who were severely injured in combat, and whose families were struggling to deal with financial and emotional hardships.
Today, Our Military Kids, is a national organization. With the help of generous donors and volunteers, we have empowered more than 61,000 children.
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