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Deadline Extended For Military Child of the Year Award

Operation Homefront will accept nominations for its prestigious Military Child of the Year® Award through December 19, the national nonprofit announced today.  The national organization, which provides emergency financial and other assistance to military families, is accepting nominations for the award at MilitaryChildOfTheYear.org. Awardees will be recognized in April 2015.

“I’m looking forward to meeting the extraordinary young people who will receive our 2015 award,” said Tim Farrell, Chief Operating Officer for Operation Homefront.  “With our nomination period squarely in the holiday season, we know it’s one of the busiest times of the year for military families, teachers, and all the other people who might nominate an outstanding military kid.  We wouldn’t want the particular time of year to cause us to miss out on any exceptional nominees, and so we are giving the community an additional week to complete their nominations.”

The Military Child of the Year Award recognizes children who stand out among their peers. Ideal candidates for the award demonstrate resilience, strength of character, and thrive in the face of the challenges of military life. These young heroes embody leadership within their families and communities.

Anyone can nominate a child. Family members, teachers, coaches, counselors, clergy, neighbors and friends are encouraged to nominate outstanding military children. More information on how to nominate a child, along with photos of past events, is available at MilitaryChildOfTheYear.org

This award is presented to an outstanding child from each branch of service – Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Coast Guard, Air Force;  and for the first time in 2015 an outstanding National Guard child will be recognized too. The recipients each receive a $10,000 award and a laptop computer, and are flown with a parent or guardian to Washington, D.C., for a special awards gala on April 16. In previous years, recipients have had the honor of meeting Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey, First Lady Michelle Obama, and legendary rocker and philanthropist Bret Michaels, who were guest speakers for the event awards ceremonies.

The Title Sponsor for the 2015 Military Child of the Year® Awards Gala is United Technologies Corporation.  MidAtlanticBroadband and Aflac are Patriot-level sponsors. Additional sponsorships are available, and more information on sponsorships can be found at MilitaryChildOfTheYear.org.

For more information on how to nominate a child in your community, to become a sponsor, or to see photos from past events, please go to MilitaryChildOfTheYear.org.