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OUR MILITARY KIDS INC
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 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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Definitely

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

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

MY ROLE:
General Member of the Public & I am the mother of a Our Military Kids grant recipient.