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March 22, 2013

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March 22, 2013

The Our Military Kids Grants have been a blessing to our family. Both my son and daughter have received grants to participate in sScout summer camps and musical summer camps. Our children would not have had the experience of these camps if it was not for the Our Military Kids grants. Our children have traveled and met many different people from staying in Oregon to flying to North Carolina. Thank you so much for your generosity to assist our Military Kids to give our children of the military to opportunity to take part in activities that they would not have the funds to do otherwise. These grants help the kids to relieve stress and help them cope with the deployments of their parents.

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

March 22, 2013

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March 22, 2013

Two of my children received grants for private music lessons, thanks to Our Military Kids. I never had the opportunity to study music as a child, and I am abundantly grateful that my children have access to music lessons. Thank you, Our Military Kids!

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

March 22, 2013

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March 22, 2013

My husband was deployed in 2011. My daughter received a grant from Our Military Kids to participate and continue on her competitive all star cheer team, WSE. Without the grant I would not have had the time to fundraise to allow her to continue to cheer on WSE. All Star teams are quite expensive to compete and travel to competitions....She joined WSE in 2008 and has since competed from Canada to California and last year was selected as an All American Cheerleader and invited to cheer at the Pro Bowl in Honolulu HI in the pregame and halftime show with the band Train. The grant that she received in 2011 will forever have been a year that without Our Military Kids she would not have been able to participate and cheer with her team competing across the US. Please consider OMK as an excellent not for profit that will help so many youth across the US dealing with their parents serving in a deployment! Respectfully,

Rose Waterfield
email:
rose@rawgraphicsphoto.com
360-528-9887

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

February 17, 2012

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February 17, 2012

I think this is a wonderful program. My three children were fortunate enough to receive grants for gymnastics for 6 months and they love it. They participate in other sports as well but this has turned out to be their favorite. I am so grateful for this program! Thank you!

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Likely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

October 26, 2011

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October 26, 2011

I was deployed in 2004 to Afghanistan and again in 2009 to Iraq, both times I was overseas Our Military Kids was there to assist my wife providing and financing extra-curricular activities for my children.

The first deployment was extremly difficult for my son who gained 30 pounds in the
first 3 months of my deployment while the second deployment was difficult for my daughter who feared for my life. Our Military Kids provided fun activities for them to do to get their minds off where and what I was doing (the danger I was in).

I can not tell you how thankful I am that Our Military kids was there providing financing and extra-curricular activities for them to enjoy. It took there minds off, even for just a short time, that I was gone.

Please accept my sincere Thanks to all the people who responsible for assisting my family in these difficult times.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

When I returned from each deployment Our Military Kids provided tickets to major sporting events which allowed my family and I opportunities to re-intergrate.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Nothing

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

How did you find this group?

Though my Company Commander's wife who ran our Family support group.

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

To take the kids out more, spending more time together.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

October 25, 2011

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October 25, 2011

I participated in a lottery for many offerings of tickets/events from Our Military Kids. I was fortunate to win two time. Both times I was able to take my son and 3 other children to events. The other childrens' parents are miliarty and one father was being deployed. They really enjoyed the show and hanging out with other kids.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Helping other children who need things to get their minds away from thinking about their parent's deployments.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Do nothing. I have never worked for this type of organization and am not in a position to make any advice on changes for them.

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How did you find this group?

Email distribution through work.

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

I am just happy that organizations like this still exist to improve the lives of military children.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

October 23, 2011

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October 23, 2011

I personally have never learned to swim and I have to admit that I am afraid of the water. I am 29 years old and have two amazing girls, Gaby and Ela. Since Gaby was about 3 years old, she became very active in swimming pools and my husband was not there all the time to stay with her and keep her safe. I wanted her to be active and not be afraid of the water like I am. I signed her up for the swimming classes during the summer but by winter we did not continue with them. Two and a half years later in Gaby's life daddy deploys and I am more nervous of her being in the water during the summer. I have a 2 year old toddler and it is difficult to keep on eye on two children with different interests and abilities. Thanks to Our Military Kids, I was able sign up Gaby for swimming lessons at one of the best, if not the best swimming school, in Reno Nevada, Silver Bear Swimming School. Without the grant that we received for swimming classes, her ability and her self confidence would probably have not been so positively improved. She loves the water, she loves to swim and she is learning things that would take me a very long time to accomplish. I am extremely proud of her and due to the great experience with Silver Bear we have continued going even after the grant expired. I see that swimming has given my daughter confidence in school and friends. Most important is the fact that swimming is a huge distraction from daddy's absence. I love the help my family received from Our Military Kids. Without the grant, I probably would not have signed her up in a swimming school of such level. Thank you Our Military Kids Organization.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in receiving a grant for my oldest daughter for a sport, or activity during my husbands deployment.

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I would like Our Military Kids Organization, to have available funds to continue with their services. Children are the most affected in a deployment. They are so little and the fact that they have to feel so much emotional pain when a parent leaves for deployment breaks my heart. You seedling a great job Our Military Kids Organization.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

October 22, 2011

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October 22, 2011

Our Military Kids provided financial support for an activity for each one of the three children in my family while my husband was in Afghanistan. One child was able to take a language class through ACE and our other two children participated in a swim/dive team at the local pool. This summer, Our Military Kids offered free tickets to numerous performances to Wolftrap Center for the Performaing Arts, which our family also enjoyed. What a generous group! Michelle Nelson and the others who run the organization are simply amazing! I can't say enough nice things about them.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

As stated above, the group provided FUN for our children!

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

none!

October 22, 2011

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October 22, 2011

Our Military Kids is an amazing program that has helped so many families including ours.
While my husband was deployed to Iraq our daughter got to take dance lessons and our son played baseball all with the help from Our Military Kids. My daughter loved every minute of her first year of dance
classes!! And it was great that our son had something to do with his friends and teammates to take his mind off of his daddy being away!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

While my husband was deployed to Iraq our daughter got to take dance lessons and our son played baseball all with the help from Our Military Kids. My daughter loved every minute of her first year of dance classes!! And it was great that our son had something to do with his friends and teammates to take his mind off of his daddy being away!

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I can"t think of anything!

October 21, 2011

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October 21, 2011

Every time I try to go through the army to use a program benefit to help families, I feel like I deal with nothing but red tape and problems processing my requests. I was incredibly surprised at how easy this charity, devoted to helping military families, was to use. I provided the information they asked for and my daughter got to spend the summer going to camp. She was thrilled. It provided me with much needed breaks as well since I am caring for 3 children on my own during my husband's year long deployment.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My daughter was much happier over the summer since she had something fun to look forward too and I got a break from parenting 3 children during my husband's deployment.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

allow for 2 activities during year long deployments (again). Give a 2nd chance as well. I applied for my other child to receive a grant but called to cancel it after my child decided that she wasn't interested in that activity. I called before the application was received so no money was sent out, I did not ask for the opportunity to try for a different activity but I was quickly told she would not quality for anything else.

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Quite well

How did you find this group?

My husband's commander send us an email.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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