Military Child of the Year Award 2016 nominations now open

Caleb Parsons, the 2015 Coast Guard recipient of the Military Child of the Year award. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley.

Caleb Parsons, the 2015 Coast Guard recipient of the Military Child of the Year award. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley.

Often times military families are separated for long periods of time leaving many children to take on extra responsibilities in the household. Military children are resilient, strong people facing challenges of military life while demonstrating leadership within their families and their communities.

Operation Homefront, the national nonprofit dedicated to providing emergency financial and other assistance to military families, has announced that nominations for the 2016 Military Child of the Year Awards are being accepted online through Dec. 11, 2015.

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 14, 2016.

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 2016 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, D.C., for the awards gala on 14 April 2016,
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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