Nominations now open for 2015 Military Child of the Year

Have you ever said to yourself “I wish there was a way to acknowledge that young lady or that young man for their outstanding work, kind act, or just being an overall good role model?” Now there is, by nominating them for the 2015 Military Child of the Year Award.

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Juanita Collins, Coast Guard Military Child of the Year, poses with her mother, Chief Petty Officer Tafaoga Collins. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael De Nyse.
Juanita Collins, Coast Guard Military Child of the Year, poses with her mother, Chief Petty Officer Tafaoga Collins. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael De Nyse.

Written by Ken O’Meara

Have you ever said to yourself “I wish there was a way to acknowledge that young lady or that young man for their outstanding work, kind act, or just being an overall good role model?”

Now there is, by nominating them for the 2015 Military Child of the Year Award!

Operation Homefront, the national nonprofit dedicated to providing emergency financial and other assistance to military families, has announced that nominations for the 2015 Military Child of the Year Awards are being accepted online through Dec. 12, 2014.

Candidates for this honor must demonstrate resilience, strength of character and thrive in the face of the challenges of military life. They must also demonstrate leadership within their families and within their communities.

A deserving child from each branch of service – Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard and National Guard will be honored at an awards ceremony held in Washington, D.C., on April 16, 2015.

Also, the recipients each receive a $10,000 award, a laptop and are flown, with a parent or guardian, to attend the annual awards gala.

For a child to qualify for the 2015 Military Child of the year Award, they must meet the following qualifications:

a. Must have a valid Military ID or be currently enrolled in DEERS,
b. Must be between the ages of 8-18 years,
c. Must be able to travel to Washington, DC for the awards gala on 16 April 2015,
d. Must consent to a background check to confirm legitimacy of information provided on the nomination packet,
e. Must provide references (if selected as a finalist)

Anyone can nominate a child. Family members, teachers, coaches, counselors, clergy, neighbors and friends are encouraged to nominate an outstanding military child.

So, take some time out of your busy schedule to recognize a deserving military child!

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