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Operation Homefront: Military Child Award

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on February 18, 2010 by juliannah

Sorry I have been away so long. Due to an illness I was out of commision for a few days and did not even open my laptop until yesterday. I won’t elborate but if you want to read more about it go here.

I have been asked to spread the word about an award to be given to one special military child. Operation Homefront, an organization that provides financial assitance to our wounded warriors, will give out the Military Child Award.

Nominations close February 25 for the 2010 Military Child Award. The award recognize the service and sacrifices of the nation’s youngest heroes. Anyone can nominate a deserving child for the award, but the nominee must be enrolled in the Defense Eligibility Enrollment Reporting System (DEERS) and be between the ages of 8 and 18. The winner will receive $5,000 and will be flown with a parent or guardian to Washington, D.C., for the award ceremony.

Go directly to the eballot or to Operation Homefront to nominate children of both active duty and Guard/Reserve families. In addition to the financial award and travel expenses, meals and accommodations for two will also be provided.

“The sons and daughters of America’s service members learn what patriotism is at a very young age,” said Jim Knotts, chief operating officer, Operation Homefront.  “Children in military families understand sacrifice and live with the concept of service.  This is what the Military Child Award honors.”

I am sure just about everyone knows a child with a parent or parents that are serving our country. If you do, and that child is eligible, please nominate that child. I am also going to ask a special favor of my readers. I would greatly appreciate if one of my readers would Stumbleupon this post. You can use the ShareThis button in the sidebar. That would help get the word out so that many children have the opportunity to win this award. Thanks for your help and if you stumble this post please leave me a comment so that I may thank you personally.

Military Monday – The 12 Days of Christmas

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 15, 2009 by juliannah

I found this story on Foxnews.com. Starting on December 8 this showcases 12 ideas for giving this Christmas season. Many involve the troops, their families, wounded warriors and veterans. I know I am a little late, but better late than never.

Day 12. Send a video message to the troops.

Ed Deet, owner of Video View Productions started this service for a friend who wanted to send a video to a buddy serving in Iraq. Go here to send a video.

Day 11. Offer comfort and support to families of fallen military.

TAPS, Tragedy assistance Program for Survivors helps families after the loss of their military loved one. Go here to find out how to donate to TAPS.

Day 10. Helping care for military wounded in battle.

Wounded Warriors Project help the wounded military with rehabilitation. The foundation helps military learn to ski amoung other things. Visit Wounded Warriors to help troops with rehabilitation.

Day 9.  Help build a home for a military member wounded in combat.

Homes for Troops is a relatively new charity that build “compatible homes” for wounded troops. It is important for a soldier with disabilities to have a home that will make life easier. To find out how you can help go here.

Day 8. Help build goodwill between troops and Iraqis.

Spirit of American give tools, books and cameras to the troop to help build goodwill and relationships with the Iraqi people. Visit Spirit of America to see how you can donate.

Day 7. Purchase two books that benefit cancer research.

“Why I Wore Lipstick” was written by Geralyn Lucas to share her story about surviving cancer.

“Robert’s Snow” was written by Grace Lin for her husband, Robert Mercer after he was diagnosed with cancer.

Day 6. Buy presents with a purpose.

Go to Presents with a Purpose and buy gifts that donate 25% of the sales to the charity that the customer can pick. This organization has donated over $40,000 to charities.

Day 5. Support women rebuilding their lives in war torn countries.

Women for Women helps women overcome the devastating effects of was by giving them tools to allow them to make a difference in their lives and their communities.

Day 4. Help families of fallen troops.

Jonathan Durand, a freelance artist from Michigan has designed a print called “Home of the Free,” as tribute to our soldiers in Iraq. He’s donating a portion of the proceeds from the sale of his print to military families who’ve had their loved ones killed or wounded in Iraq.

To order send $10.00 plus $3.00 for shipping to following address:

Home of the Brave LLC.
P.O. Box 12
Clawson, MI 48017

Day 3. Give gift baskets to seniors and disabled children.

Volunteers of America assembled hundreds of gift baskets for homebound seniors in the Denver area.

Replay for Kids collects toys and then repair and adapt toys for children with disabilities in Northeast Ohio.

Volunteers of America
2660 Larimer Street
Denver, CO 80205
For more information, call (303) 297-0408
http://www.voacolorado.org/

RePlay for Kids
600 W. Sturbridge Drive
Medina, OH 44256
For more information, call (866) 973-7529
http://www.replayforkids.org/

Day 2. Keep our deployed troops connected with their families at home.

Connecting Our Troops Campaign send phone cards to U.S. troops overseas.

To donate to the Connecting Our Troops Campaign — send checks payable to AT&T to the following address:

WNY AFL-CIO Area Labor Federation
295 Main Street, Room 832
Ellicott Square Building
Buffalo, NY 14203

For more information, call 716-852-0375.

Day 1.

Send care packages to the troops overseas.

There is nothing better than receiving a package from home. I know because I just spoke to my deployed son and he was thrilled to get his Christmas package, Here is a list of organization that send care packages to our troops.

Packed with Pride

Operation Gratitude

Homefront Hugs

Operation AC

Operation Sandbox

Like I said before not everything listed here is for troops but helping cancer victims (I know as my granddaughter, Butterfly survived cancer) or helping seniors, (my parents are seniors) I believe giving is part of the Christmas season. When you give, you receive so much in return.

Merry Christmas!