About Military Child of the Year® Award
Military Child of the Year® Award recipients are the young heroes of their grade, school, town, or city. This award recognizes military children who have demonstrated themselves as exceptional citizens while facing the challenges of military family life. Awardees will receive $10,000 each, a laptop computer and other donated gifts, and will be flown with a parent or guardian to Washington, D.C., for the gala, during which senior leaders of each branch of service will present the awards. The Military Child of the Year® Award for Innovation recipient will receive a $5,000 cash award, will benefit from mentorship by Booz Allen Hamilton employees to scale or to advance the winner’s project, and will be flown to Washington along with a parent or guardian to be recognized at the gala.
The average Military Child of the Year® Award Nominee *:
- Has moved five times or more.
- Experienced at least one parent deploy for 18 months or more.
- Volunteered with service groups an average of 75 hours during the year.
- 17% have a sibling in the Exceptional Family Member Program.
- Maintained above average grades, often with honors.
- Excelled in sports, theatre and/or music.
- Held leadership positions in school and community groups.
*2011 nominee average
About Operation Homefront
Operation Homefront builds strong, stable, and secure military families so they can thrive in the communities that they’ve worked so hard to protect.
A national nonprofit, Operation Homefront leads more than 2,500 volunteers with nationwide presence who provide emergency and other financial assistance to the families of service members and wounded warriors. Operation Homefront has provided assistance to thousands of military families since its inception in 2002. To follow the award progress, go to https://www.facebook.com/OperationHomefront .