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Our Military Kids Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Philanthropy, Public Foundations

Mission: Our Military Kids provides substantial support in the form of grants to the children of National Guard and Military Reserve personnel who are currently deployed overseas, as well as the children of Wounded Warriors in all components and branches of military service. The grants from Our Military Kids pay for fees associated with athletic, fine arts, and tutoring programs. Keeping the children engaged in activities of their choosing helps to relieve the stress of separation from the military parent by providing a positive distraction, minimizing emotional destabilization, building self-confidence and enabling academic achievement.

Results: Through the generosity of its donors, Our Military Kids has provided nearly 60,000 grants totaling $24.5M to military children living in every state and U.S. territory. Parents have reported through periodic surveys that 80% noticed an increase in stress or anxiety in their children during deployments and 94% indicated that participation in the activity positively impacted their children by reducing some/all of their symptoms of stress. In addition, 98% reported that participation significantly contributed to the overall well-being of the entire family. For every dollar donated, 92 cents directly supports a child.

Target demographics: Military children aged 5 through 18 years of age.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Provided grant awards to cover fees for 3,767 military children.

Geographic areas served: Nationwide

Programs: sports, arts, camps and academic tutoring.

Community Stories

541 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our Military Kids allowed our twins to participate in after school activities of their interest. We would not have been able to afford these classes without this program. The process was easy, and the representatives were very kind and understanding. I am very thankful to have been given the opportunity to qualify.

Client Served

Rating: 5

During my husband's deployment last year, 6 of my children were able to receive grants from Our Military Kids for their sports and driver's ed. It was such a blessing to not have to budget for these things during that time. The process was very easy and my children felt so special being honored as military kids.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My kids were able to go to a very beneficial camp because of the generous donations from benevolent members of Our Military Kids! We are so grateful!

1 Tamara W.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our Military Kids organization is awesome! We have 4 kids (the oldest is 9 and the youngest is 18 months old). My husband recently deployed to Afghanistan with the Air-force. We have no nearby family where we live. Because of “Our Military Kids,” my eldest three children were able to try a new Krav Maga self defense class, which has boosted their confidence and helped maintain their physical fitness level. You see, prior to the deployment, it was their daddy that would spend the most time with them exercising by taking them running. This class was able to “fill his shoes” so to speak until he returned. The kids have enjoyed the classes so much, they wanted to continue after he returned. Thank you “Our Military Kids” for this opportunity and for your support to military families. It means so much to us! Thank you to the donors who make it possible. This is truly a terrific organization!

Melissa J.7

Client Served

Rating: 5

This program is amazing. It is hard enough for kids to adjust to one parent being deployed. Their grants help families keep their routine and focus on programs for their kids without worrying about the financial need. The application process is easy, and their customer service and people who work their are more than helpful and responsive with any questions. I love this organization.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We are so grateful to receive the Our Military Kids grant so our son can take horseback riding lessons and pursue his dreams of becoming a cowboy! Thank you so much again!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Military Kids Inc. helped my daughter come out of her shell.
My daughter had a bad experience girl scouts. Just not having a good time- because of the 'click' troops, the organization wasn't challenging enough, nor did it's activities hold much interest for her. Need less to say, she quit.
She was already quite introverted. It was hard enough being in the military that we've had to move several time, so staying in one troop consistently was impossible.
We've only recently made our residency permanent. Giving her a chance to develop a normal life.
Last year was the start of the Boy Scout organization letting girls participate. She immediately found an accepting and helpful troop that pushed her into a healthy social environment.
Because my daughter hadn't been accumulating donations from previous years of fundraising participation, like the boys, everything she wanted to participate came out of our pockets. The merit badge classes have been fairly cheap, $5-$10. But when summer camp came, $500! I didn't know what to do.
Thankfully someone told us about Military Kids Inc. They covered almost the entire cost and she was able to fund-raise the rest.
That summer event was the most influential for her development of social normatives. Basically, she was the happiest I have ever seen her. She wasn't shy anymore. She had friends she could rely on and she knew her place in the world.
We could not have sent her to summer camp without the help of Military Kids Inc.

Keri A.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband has been in the National Guard since we were dating and we have been married going on thirteen years now and have three children.
We were so happy to use the Our Military Kids Program last year when my husband was deployed overseas. My daughter wanted to take ballet lessons and the program payed for more than half of the year of her classes and some of the additional fees. It was such a blessing to be able to save that money by using the Military Kids Program.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We have 4 children that Our Military Kids provided funding to with their extracurriculars while my husband is deployed. It was such a great gift and we are very thankful!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Fantastic organization! It was truly humbling to have my 3 kids’ sports paid for while I was deployed! Thank you so mich!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My kids were able to experience a creative outlet that enriched their lives during the difficult time their parent was deployed. Dance and art were fantastic ways to express their emotions in a healthy way.

1 Christine E.3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Our Military Kids are awesome!!

Their mission speaks to military families like mine. My husband is currently deployed and I had to temporarily take time off work.

Thanks to Our Military Kids, my 6 year old was able to stay in her martial arts classes. This was a huge blessing!!! She loves her classes and I worried less about how I would continue payments while I was out of work.
Thank you Our Military Kids!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Our military kids helped 5 of my little ones do a Jiu Jitsu camp while I was deployed this past summer. I could not be more grateful for the support and love shown to our family.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Our Military Kids is an exceptional organization! I deployed for 14 months away from a 10 year old and six year old and Our Military Kids provide BOTH kids with an opportunity to participate in Jui Jitzu while I was gone. The gym they attend has become a home away from home and the community has embraced my kids in my absence. It's given them other adults to inspire and direct them too. The funds provided by Our Military Kids was EXTREMELY helpful in a tight situation due to extra child care cost with me being gone so it was a welcomed gift. I can't say enough great things about the people that work there too, their attention to detail and their willingness to work with me to make this happen! Pictured: Grace 2nd row center turquoise shirt & Hank first row center blue shirt

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We keep out kids busy with sports, both school and club, to make new friends, gain college athletics scholarship advantages, and basically keep their minds off of me being gone all the time with the military. It can get expensive quick! OMK Inc. has come through for my kids at times when we thought we could not.

1 Pamela Bray G.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My family's experience with Our Military Kids was amazing!! My children, age 8 & 6, were both able to receive tutoring services thanks to their generosity. It was so helpful and heartwarming to receive support during a difficult time of deployment. Thank you soooooo much!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our Military Kids was easy to work with- they promptly answered our questions, thoroughly vetted us to ensure funds were being used appropriately, and my kids mental and emotional health benefited greatly from their gift to us!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Our Military Kids provided all three of my children with opportunities to make positive memories while my husband was deployed.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This deployment couldn't have come at a worse time for our 15 year old son. At a time when he was struggling socially and emotionally, I knew he needed to attend a residential summer camp surrounded by Christ filled counselors, positive vibes and nature. However, those camps do not come cheap. With Our Military Kids scholarship money, what would normally be a financial strain, became attainable. The $300 grant helped so much, that we were able to find it in our budget to send him for two full weeks!! When I picked him up, he was rejuvenated and had a confidence that I hadn't seen in months. We are truly blessed and forever grateful to Our Military Kids for this opportunity!!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Our Military Kids was amazing during my husband’s recent deployment. There are so many unknown financial things that come up during a deployment, and knowing that my daughter’s gymnastics class was paid for by a generous donor made that part of our lives so much less stressful.

1 Kelcey T.

Client Served

Rating: 5

During a really rough time this charity really brightened my child's life. Father was deploying at the beginning of the summer (later was injured) and this charity paid in full for camp invention. Every day she came home beaming. I can't thank you enough for making a child's hardest moments so much better by keeping their minds engaged in activities they love. THANK YOU!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Thank you Our Military Kids! This is their happy place! All worries and stress goes away when they are at gymnastics. Thank you for helping my kids during deployment. We are so grateful for this outlet for them while daddy is away.

1 Stephanie S.11

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter Autumn is beyond grateful to have received a grant from Our Military Kids so that she can take two dance classes - Hip Hop and Jazz/Tap/Ballet Combo! Her dance classes have kept her busy after school which helps distract her from worrying about her dad who is currently deployed in Afghanistan. We are thankful from the bottom of our hearts! #OurMilitaryKids

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I was given the grant for the last few years of my dance career. I was able to do all the dance I wanted, without worrying about if we were going to afford the payment. My dad is retired Army and I know he was happy to see me happy doing something I loved. This grant made my afternoons full of joy instead of boredom that can lead to trouble. Now I’m a service member and hope that this company can be showcased for all the good that they created.

1 Ashley S.11

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Wonderful organization! My son was so excited to be able to join the local wrestling club thanks to our military kids and all of there wonderful donors! He is thriving and really enjoys his wrestling practices! He has had the chance to make new friends and do something he really enjoys! Thank you so much!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Our Military Kids helped us out more than once with fees associated with football and marching band. Participating in these activities all four years of high school have allowed our son, and us as well, become part of both a fantastic athletic community and an amazing band family in our small district. Years ago, my husband didn't even want to leave the house, felt no purpose, hated crowds and felt unsafe, and was in physical pain. Now he's motivated to attend every football game and band competition to show support, and volunteers his time as a Band Dad, building props and chaperoning trips, spending what precious time we have left with a HS senior building memories, and making up for lost time when he was active duty. Paul is the only one of our boys that remembers dad being in the Army, dad deploying. Thanks to OMK helping us that very first year let him do both activities, they've been able to bond in their own way, from learning about Jazz in New Orleans or recording Disney scores in the studio in Disneyland, to playing teams in California and Washington (and seeing Paul's beloved UW Huskies play!). These activities have also kept our son a well-rounded student these last four years, he's in the National Honor Society, and even met his girlfriend, a fellow mellophone player, freshman year marching. OMK helps create a ripple effect when they give kids a place to engage in activities they love.

1 Kristee Mae S.

Client Served

Rating: 5

A big Thank you to Our Military Kids, and all your donors for supporting my children during their father's deployment. Thanks to your generosity, my children are able to take 4 months of violin lessons! This is my kids' first long overseas deployment and your program has brought them so much joy! Thank you again for thinking of our little heros.

1 Ashten H.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We were so blessed to receive funding from Our Military Kids Inc to allow my daughter to play soccer while her Dad was deployed. We are so grateful!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Thank you so much to Military Kids and it’s Sponsors for the generosity! With the awesome support of this non for profit organization, our boys are able to participate in soccer.. This allows my wife, who is my caregiver, to engage outside the home with our kids!
Our Military Kids need the support as much as our Military Men and Woman. Military Kids made this process that much easier.

Sincerely a very Grateful Family,
The Bejarano’s

1 Christine Rapisarda L.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is an amazing nonprofit for military kids. The entire process is very easy. My grandson (I am his legal guardian) gets to live out his dream of attending the New England Patriots Football Camp thanks to a wonderful and generous scholarship from OMK! Thank thank thank you - you just made our deployment a little less stressful!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

OUR MILITARY KIDS, YOU ARE FABULOUS!!! I am an Active Duty Marine who has recently returned from my 12th combat deployment in 20 years. I am a Purple Heart receipt and have recently lost my vision due to combat injuries. In the past year our family has been through more than we have ever faced. From, blindness, traumatic brain injury, post traumatic stress, doctor appointments all over our state, and the toughest is the transition to an uncertain new life as a disabled veteran. Which will start soon for us. My wife is a teacher and my daughter is in the beginning of her high school experience. Our world is as volatile and uncertain as I could have ever imagined. My injuries have been tough on my loving and supportive wife, but, life has been tough on my baby girl. She has been a trooper through everything and holds her end of the “tent” up by keeping the A’s rolling in. I have not been able to be the “ever present” father and dad I would have liked to have been. And there came “ OUR MILITARY KIDS”! To this organization of volunteers and ALL of the doners, I am grateful! I am grateful not just once, but twice for stepping up and in, where I could not, and cannot at this time. Thank you for taking the time to donate, and thank you for your gift to my family. You see, because of your gift to my daughter, which allows her to ride horses and follow her dreams, at a time where I could not help her, you have given her proof that we live in a land that offers help when we are down. That people understand your hard times either by your words or because they too have had tough times. There is an indirect gift my family received from the help you gave to my daughter. I now am able to cope with an indescribable amount of my tramatic brain injury and post traumatic stress because you paid the way for my daughter to learn horseback riding, which showed me what a horse can do for me as well. Being with horses has been the best therapy I have ever experienced. There is respect to be given to being able to communicate through emotions with a living animal who does not speak my language. Not to mention he is eight times my size. My wife has attempted to hijack this keyboard the entire time I have struggled to make my “thank you” comprehensible. I say this only as an apology for my bad grammar and I am sure a hard read. Finial words, THANK YOU! Thank you from my daughter, and from me! Thank You from our family.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is such a wonderful program. My girls were able to attend aquatic camp where they learned boating and water safety and had so much fun canoeing, kyacking, windsurfing, sailing and stand up paddle boarding. It was right before the end of their dads 10 month deployment so was great to have something fun to distract them and make the time pass quickly, and so nice for me to not stress about the expense. OMK was so nice and very fast with approval and payment. And sent the girls cute swag.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Such a great program and the easiest to apply for! My son is thrilled to be doing parkour while we're passing away months of a missing parent. Thank you!

1 Shayne Griffin B.

Client Served

Rating: 5

As a 14-year military spouse supporter, I can honestly say that what OMK provides for the children of our service members is genuinely one of the best opportunities for the children of deplorers. OMK has provided both of our boys a spring packed full of baseball!!!! I would like to thank the sponsors and OMK, from the bottom of our hearts you have knocked it out of the park :)!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Our Military Kids gave my oldest daughter the opportunity to go to an amazing horse camp this summer. She is overly excited for this great opportunity to ride and swim on horses. She would have never been able to participate in this camp if it wasn't for Our Military Kids and the wonderful donors who have donated to make this happen. This will take her mind off her father serving overseas, at least for a little while. Thank you again.