Sunday, April 17, 2011
Operation: Military Kids (OMK)
Operation: Military Kids is the U.S. Army's collaborative effort with America's communities to support children and youth impacted by deployment. Regardless of whether Families are experiencing deployment for the first time, the second time or another in a series of multiple deployments, OMK’s goal is to connect military children and youth with local resources in order to achieve a sense of community support and enhance their well-being.
Through a network of National, State and Local Partners, Operation: Military Kids provides access to youth programs and support services where military children live. OMK Partners organize special events, provide transportation to military kids to sporting events or other extracurricular activities, and participate in the Hero Pack initiative.
4-H National Headquarters provides information to connect military youth to 4-H programs in their hometowns.
I am honored to serve as a member of this team, representing 4-H. As I told the youth on Friday night, I am deeply grateful for the sacrifice their entire family has made for me and the ones I love. If it weren't for the courage of their family members (and many who have gone before them), I would not have the privilege to live in a free country.