April is the Month of the Military Child

Military Child of the Year

When a parent enlists in the military, it’s as if the whole family is signing up to serve our country. A parent’s deployment has particular impact on his or her children – from moving across the country to dealing with the stress of having a parent in constant danger. While these children face unique challenges, it often builds a level of strength and service that is extremely valuable for them and our communities.

To honor these children and their service to our country, each April is designated the “Month of the Military Child.”

One of our nonprofit partners, Operation Homefront, celebrates the Month of the Military Child in a major way, through the Military Child of the Year award program. This program recognizes military children who have proven to be exceptional citizens while facing the challenges of military family life.

Earlier this month, in a special gala in Washington D.C., Operation Homefront honored five extraordinary young patriots as 2014 Military Child of the Year award recipients. Their presence, strength and leadership are nothing short of inspiring.


Here’s a quick snapshot of the five award recipients:

  • Combined, they have had at least one parent deployed for 131 months
  • As a group, they have moved more than 30 times, often cross-country
  • They represent 2,325 hours (and counting) of volunteer service
  • Two have founded their own nonprofits
  • One has advocated for new legislation and addressed Congress
  • They are award-winning team captains, ROTC commanders, National Honor Society officers, class presidents and an Eagle Scout

For more information on Operation Homefront and this year’s Military Child of the Year Award recipients, visit:  http://www.operationhomefront.net/

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6 Responses to “April is the Month of the Military Child”

  1. dale mcelroy says:

    I am a Viet Nam vet and was declined a discount because of the Veterans Affair ID was not a valid veteran ID. Is not a veteran a veteran? What do you require?

  2. Richard Southerland says:

    Dale, I am also a Vietnam Nam vet who is unable to receive a discount after 8 2/3years active duty and 8 years National Guard. Seems we must be active duty or retired or receiving VA benefits that tend to lead me that means disabled and receiving disability benefits. I understand, but it guess serving is not enough. Any thing less than service connected disability.or a 20 year retirement or being active duty is not enough.

  3. Kevin Mansfield says:

    Even if you’re still serving, you still won’t receive the actual “discount” that everyone has been led to believe exists by Home Depot. It’s a selective discount that doesn’t cover a variety of items. They won’t give you a list of what’s covered until you go to checkout and find out there’s no discount. Best bet is to find a Lowes and do your shopping there. They don’t have any hidden fine print on their military discount and I’ve never heard of anyone having trouble from them.

    • R Speir says:

      A friend told me to get the veterans’ card issued by the Virginia Division of Motor Vehicles, then use that at Home Depot or Lowes. I have been doing that, mostly at Home Depot, for two years until two days ago. This afternoon, I was turned down by a checker at Home Depot who pointed to a picture card by the cash register of the ID cards they would accept.

      Additionally, as Kevin says, over the two years I have been seeing a steady erosion of the discount–sale items, “special” items, etc. don’t get the discount now anyway.

      This is the kind of bait-and-switch stunt that Home Depot pulls all the time. It is particularly galling because of the patriotic publicity they use and the conservative stance of the company high level management. Just more corporate hypocrisy.

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