In her January 6th, 2011 article your Examiner provided a list of the issues that military children deal with. (See the attached link): http://glowbass.com/military-children-in-toronto/the-issues-military-children-deal-with. Compiling that list was difficult. It reminded your Examiner about the reality that military children are forced to grow up much quicker than most. Much like children that go through a Divorce. Last evening, however, your Examiner stumbled upon a group that shares her empathy. Operation Homefront (“OH”) is an organization going the extra mile to recognize the efforts, sacrifices and contributions of the military child. In fact, OH is sponsoring an opportunity to recognize an outstanding military child in its’ campaign: Military Child of the Year Award. See the attached link to www.militarywives.com which explains the 2011 Military Child of the Year Award, its nomination process, in detail, including the requirements and deadlines.
Operation Homefront is a troop and military-family support group and is “inviting people to nominate outstanding military children from all branches of service for the 2011 Military Child of the Year Award.” For further information regarding OH, generally, see http://www.operationhomefront.net/. OH understands how imperative it is to recognize the contributions and sacrifices made by the military child:
“It is vitally important to recognize military children,” said Jim Knotts, Operation Homefront’s chief executive officer. “I think kids have gotten overlooked as we’ve recognized the sacrifices of the military, and they are such an important aspect of our military community. They deserve to have their moment in the sunshine as well.” www.militarywives.com.
While historically, OH has recognized one child for the Award, what is so special about this year’s nomination is that one child from each division of the military will be recognized: “In the past, just one military child out of the services received the annual top honor. But this year — the program’s third — officials have expanded the program to recognize one child each from the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard.”
Jim Knotts, OH’s Chief Executive Officer drives the significant point home about the magnitude of recognition that military children deserve given the sacrifices they make: “The sacrifices of military kids are so dramatic,” Knotts said. “They live through and thrive in the face of such great challenges, it is wholly appropriate to recognize more of them.“
The online nomination process ends January 31st, 2011. [Emphasis Added].
If you know of a military child you would like to nominate for this particular Award please don’t hesitate. Make that nomination. Not only will you feel good about your decision; a well deserving child will also gain appreciation and recognition for the selfless deeds that have become so innate to the lifestyle of the military child.
“Excellence is not a singular act, but a habit. You are what you repeatedly do.” – Shaquille ONeal.
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