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Our Military Kids Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Philanthropy, Public Foundations

Target demographics: Military children aged 3 through 18 years of age.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Provided grant awards to cover fees for nearly 4,000 military children.

Geographic areas served: Nationwide

Programs: sports, arts, camps and academic tutoring.

Community Stories

595 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This is an amazing organization! My daughter received a grant for her dance classes - which are her escape from the "new normal" of COVID while dealing with her dad being deployed for the 3rd time in her life. No deployment is easy, but today's times make this one incredibly difficult. These grants has definitely been a blessing. My son received a grant for his taekwondo classes. He has a goal of getting his yellow belt before his dad comes home, which he is well on his way! The application process is straightforward, and the staff I've interacted with have been so warm and helpful. I love that the grant it written out directly to the organizations - no waiting for a check to clear to write another one. My daughter was able to take it to class, turn in her grant and show off her certificate. It was really special to watch her be able to do that. My son was also so excited to share with his class his certificate, and very happy to "pay himself" for his classes. Thank you so much for everything!

Diana89

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our Military Kids has provided three grants for my daughter to take horse back riding lessons. They also gave us tickets to be able to attend the International Horse Show one year. Lillie has been able to expand her horsemanship skills because of the grants she's been given. We both are very grateful for the assistance they have provided.

Stacy Gussman G.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our Military Kids has been so wonderful to our family! They have helped our boys take music lessons while their dad is deployed. With four active boys, currently unable to go to school, they really look forward to their lessons, seeing their teachers and having fun with music! We are so grateful and humbled to have been gifted this opportunity for our boys.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Both of my girls were able to take lessons of their choice during their Dads current deployment to Afghanistan. They miss him dearly and it means a lot to have support from an organization that cares for military kids that give up their precious time with the ones they love.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We are so thankful for Our Military Kids! My two girls were able to keep dancing while my husband was on Deployment overseas! It was such a blessing to us during that time!

mstone316

Client Served

Rating: 5

OMK enabled my kids to do private swim lessons while their dad was deployed this summer after their group lessons were cancelled so to covid. They had an amazing time learning a new skill and learning to be safe in the water. We're so grateful for this opportunity and the joy it brought my kids amidst a hard deployment.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is a great nonprofit that helps families with deployed loved ones. My children have greatly benefited from their service. They provided scholarships that allowed my children to take part in activities that kept their mind off daddy being away for such a long time.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is an amazing organization. My husband is deployed and Our Military Kids helped pay for them to do their soccer programs. The kids had blast and we are so grateful to be able to receive help while we navigate through this stressful time. It makes a world of a difference for our kids to be able to still enjoy themselves even while their Dad is away. Thank you!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Receiving a grant from Our Military Kids is helping my child be active while my husband is deployed. It has been very nice to have a fun activity (ballet dance) for her to do to help pass the time he is away.

Julia S.8

Client Served

Rating: 5

They truly care for military kids and support them when they most need it. When their dad is deployed the youngest family members seem to suffer the most and this organization provides relief. They paid for my sons to start gymnastics which allows them a safe place to have fun and meet new friends.

BethHodde

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our Military Kids, Inc. extracurricular activity grant has been such a blessing to our family! What a nice distraction piano lessons have been to help our daughter through her struggles during my husband's deployment. Our piano studio instructors were so impressed with the organization's grant, that they even offered to cover the remaining balance for the semester in appreciation of our sacrifice as a family and the effort Alyssa has been putting forth toward her musical studies. The kindness and gratuity provided by this grant is very much appreciated!

Client Served

Rating: 5

OUR military kids have been so great to work with and we are so grateful for the opportunities it afforded our kids that would have been very difficult or impossible with our income to afford.

Lauren Marie H.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We love this Organization! They are an amazing support system for our military children and give military kids the opportunity to enjoy activities that they might be able to enjoy otherwise.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Not only has this grant helped financially to contribute to our children's sports activities, it has given my daughters a sense of accomplishment when the grant approval packet arrives. The excitement in their eyes is priceless when they open the packet to find a check, certificate, mask, badge and letter has arrived just for them to support their love for sports. Thanks so much for providing this opportunity for our military kids!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our Military Kids is a wonderful organization that we learned about while staying at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. We are a recovering USMC family, yes I say "we" because these injuries not only effect the service member but our whole family. Our Military Kids gave our daughters the opportunity to be spotlighted in their own activity away from all of Daddy's doctor appointments and hospital stays. I am so very grateful to them for that!!! Thank you Our Military Kids for keeping these WW children in the forefront!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our Military Kids Inc has been amazing to our family. As a member of the U.S. Air Force Reserves, I am currently deployed to the Middle East. Our Military Kids granted a grant to each of my three daughters for them to continue their martial arts classes while I am deployed. The help that this organization provides to Reserve families is superb!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am so thankful for all the organizations and people that donate to Our Military Kids. I have been deployed now for a little over 5 months and I love seeing the pictures my husband sends from home of our three children enjoying activities supported by each of you. It makes the separation a little more tolerable and I can’t thank you enough.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Really helpful especially during this pandemic and my daughter was so grateful that she can register for another class for her gymnastics. God bless all the donor and God bless America

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our Military Kids Inc. has been such a blessing. They have helped our kids be able to play the sports they love so much over the last few years. If it wasn’t for this amazing company, this would not have been possible. We are very thankful for everything they do.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our Military Kids has been a Godsend to our family for the past 3 years. Competitive cheerleading is not a cheap sport. My daughter has been able to receive a grant each year to help cover the cost. The application process is not complicated, and the turnaround time in receiving funds is very quick. We are so thankful for this organization and everyone who donates to it.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our Military Kids is a wonderful nonprofit. They have given my daughter the opportunity to attend dance class which she loves! They were so easy to work with too! We are very grateful!

ckristengo

Client Served

Rating: 5

There are simply NO words I can use that will fully express my gratitude for "Our Military Kids." This non profit extends financial resources to children of families with deployed parents so generously. This program allowed both of our daughters dreams to come true to take horseback riding lessons! Such a perfect gift to give them something so magical to anticipate each week while trying to keep their minds from missing daddy. There really aren't enough awards in the world to show my gratefulness! We love Our Military Kids Inc!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our Military Kids, and their generous donors have really given my grandson Aa'Cori an opportunity to succeed in his academic curriculum from elementary to middle school, by providing him with free tutoring lessons. The improvement and confidence that my grandson display is owe to Our Military Kids and their donors kindness, in providing the funds, not only tutoring but also for a sport grant for martial arts. Thank You

Client Served

Rating: 5

With Our Military Kids, my children have received 2 grants each to participate in programs while their Dad is deployed. By enrolling my children in programs we would not normally be able to cover, I have seen my children smile and be proud of themselves in their achievements. Our daughter who was scared to put her face in the water, is now swimming with no assistance, putting her head underwater, floating on her back and front. she has made tremendous strides in swimming. My son, is working on his strokes, going underwater , swimming with assistance, and has also moved up a level after just a month. Thank you for providing this grant to my family, my children are so happy.

we have also received a grant for my children to get skating lessons. they are making so many improvements, and are able to learn how to skate, something that their father enjoys. my children are happy to enjoy and learn how to do something their dad has loved to do his whole life. they are excited to be in a different environment, to do things on their own, and seeing them listen to their coaches and repeat directions has shown so many sides of my children. Thank you for helping my children gain a sense of happiness during this year while their father is away.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My children were able to take karate lessons - which we could not afford without the grant and the generous donors. Awesome organization!

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is our first deployment and we are still in the midst of Covid so the grants, for my kids, have been so crucial for our well-being. For my kids to be able to be active and with other kids is so important for their emotional health. Thank you SO MUCH for your generous donations!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Thank you so much Our Military Kids Inc for your help In supporting our boys and helping provide funds to so they can continue to play their favorite sport and be surrounded by friends. Having a Dad, in the Army, who works a lot and is gone a lot baseball is always a constant.
Thank you so much for helping to provide normality and a constant in their lives when so much uncertainty is everywhere.

Letha A.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our Military Kids has greatly helped our family. With 2 kiddos in expensive sports they both have qualified for grants multiple times. Thankyou for everything!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hello, my husband is in the National Guard and soon be deployed to Jordan. My kids kamilah 14 is playing piano and my son Gavriel 12 is playing guitar in the same academy, thank you for your support they can continue doing.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our Military Kids was an amazing origination to work with that benefited my family while I was away mobilized in support of a National Pandemic. Their processing of our request for a grant was extremely and I mean extremely fast! Not only did they help my son stay active in a sport he loves over the summer, the extra touch of sending a certificate, a special mask and some other goodies made my Son feel very special as a Military Kid!

sfarnack

Client Served

Rating: 5

I want to give a huge shout out to this non-profit charity.
It’s a great feeling to know that our kid(s) are taken care of while our shoulders are deployed! It gives the family a sense of relief, and great opportunities to still push forward and let the little ones still do what they love with out the financial burden. Thank you to everyone who participates and takes the time out of their schedule to make this happen. My family and I are so very greatful. My daughter was able to attend her dance class this year with this amazing program, and for that we thank each and everyone who makes this possible.
Thank you all so much from the bottom of our heart’s ❤️

Client Served

Rating: 5


My son has not seen his dad in many months and misses him immensely. The grant he received, went to his Jiu Jitsu classes that he very much enjoys but are obviously costly. Nonprofits like our military kids help to keep children of deployed, or wounded soldiers, active and healthy with extra support as they deal with the difficulties of deployment or missing a parent. In our case, the grant money also helped a small business keep their doors open with enrollment. We appreciate the generosity and are grateful for such community support.

Karen S.19

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I can not say enough about Our Military Kids. I am in awe of the generosity of this organization while my husband is serving in Kuwait. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for making Gymnastics possible for my 6yr old daughter. She absolutely loves this sport, and looks forward to it every week.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our Military Kids has been such a blessing to our family. We have 4 children and they are all able to take advantage of the grants provided through OMK. We are so thankful for the generous donors and the support of OMK staff to give our children these opportunities.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our Military Kids Inc. has been a blessing to my family since I’ve been deployed. This organization is amazing and provided my son with the opportunity to attend six months of boxing lessons. It’s helping him stay busy and positive rather than worrying about me. Nonetheless, it helped us out tremendously. That is all thanks to the generous donors. My family feels the love and support of this organization. Thank you!

Robert S.15

Client Served

Rating: 5

I couldn’t ask for a more professional, loving organization. They have been nothing but giving to my family and I cannot thank them enough.

Chris M.16

Client Served

Rating: 5

I'm a severely injured medically retired Military Police SSG that has PTSD, TBI, and Bi-polar. OMK has never let my kid down on funding from the generous donors that back them that back us. It has taken stress an anxiety away from some of the burdens I create do to my disorders by helping with financial support and inspiration that people and companies do care about the sacrifice that was given and pay it forward time and time again. OMK is by far one of the greatest organizations that help families like mine and hope others will follow in there path they have taken that was the least less traveled. Thank you for all you do.

Betsy L. A.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband is a disabled veteran with a physical disability and OMK has been a true blessing in our lives. Our kids ages 12, 7, and 3 have been able to learn new skills and participate in different activities that we could have not been possible without the support of this wonderful organization. Our military community and or severe disabled veterans are fortunate to have people who care and support and working diligently to provide such wonderful opportunities for our military kids.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am so thankful for Our Military Kids. Deployment is tough and the separation is long. Our family is so thankful for the grants our children received. One child was able to take a summer advanced literature class, another was able to Wrestle for his sophomore year, and the youngest two were able to have their annual Cub Scout dues covered. What a gift to be able to have our kids participate in extracurricular activities without any financial impact on our family. It was one less thing to worry about during an already stressful season. Thanks a million!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our Military kids has helped get our 3 kids through 3 different deployments and we are so grateful! Not only do we as parents appreciate it, but it gives the kids something to look forward to, passes the time until dad comes home, and builds their confidence through the different activities that they’ve been able to do. Thank you OMK!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Love what OMK is doing to recognize military kids. My kids proudly wear their dog tag and mask they got with their packet

Client Served

Rating: 5

We had a GREAT experience with Our Military Kids! While my husband was deployed my kids (4&6) were able to have several months of gymnastics covered. Being able to be in a group activity helped them tremendously while daddy was gone. A lot of things were closed (includingour local parks) due to Covid. They needed to be able to socialize with other kids and have an outlet.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We are a proud military Family and we are beyond grateful especially durning this pandemic what the donors and Our Military Kids inc have been able to provide to my family.

I am AIRFORCE and their father is army, we have 5 children and it can get tough allowing them all to participate in the extra activities of their choice but this year was so different THANKS TO OUR MILITARY KIDS INC.

Because of this nonprofit our 8 year old son is able to do swimming, our 9 year old son is able to do coding and our 4 year old daughter can do ballet.

They are beyond excited for these are activities that they themselves have chosen and I can say yes to them with the help of this nonprofit.

Thank you so much, we as a military family couldn’t be an more grateful and appreciative for the help.

HopeW

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

At the time of my husband's first deployment, my daughter wanted to take piano lessons. We had no idea what to expect financially with the deployment and didn't want to commit to lessons in case we couldn't afford to continue them. She received a grant through Our Military Kids and began lessons immediately. She has continued lessons for the past eight years and we are forever grateful that she was given this opportunity. She has recently received another OMK grant which will provide lessons throughout her senior year. OMK has been a tremendous help to our family.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband was deployed to Kuwait for almost a year, leaving in October of 2012. As my two daughters and I settled into a new routine, school and educational activities occupied much of our time. As summer approached, I began to worry about the overwhelming responsibilities of being sole caregiver all day, every day throughout the summer. I feared the "newness" of summer vacation would wear off quickly and I'd be stressed trying to find ways to entertain the girls while never getting a break from the burden. Then we learned of Our Military Kids. What a lifesaver for ALL of us! Our oldest daughter received a grant to take piano lessons and our younger daughter received a scholarship to attend three weeks of gymnastics camp. I was excited for their opportunity to try something new; activities we couldn't have afforded otherwise. My husband was happy knowing that while the girls were at supervised activities, I received a short respite, reducing my stress and improving my well-being.

Trela K.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Thanks for making our daughter a little happier while her dad is gone! She loves to dance and will be doing so with a smile!!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

OMK is awesome! Their program grants allowed my daughter to learn ballet and my son got to try TBall. They are having so much fun and it helps distract them while my husband is deployed. We are incredibly grateful for the work they do!

Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization has helped my kids to take dance and swim lessons while my husband was deployed. It gave them something to look forward to every week which is a big thing when dad is gone and things get so repetitive . They were so proud to show their dad their new skills when he returned. Thanks for helping my kids be confident and happy in the midst of waiting for dad to come home!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Mahalo OMK for making these grants available. First, the process is super quick and easy and the correspondence is super efficient. Second, this grant supports a local jiu jitsu academy stay in business and a head coach that is dedicated to empowering young children with self confidence. Third, because of these jiu jitsu lessons, my daughter has a positive body image, self awareness, self discipline and is able to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Thankful for this generous grant!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

This wonderful nonprofit made it possible for all 4 of my children to participate in a variety of sports from dance to gymnastics to football while my husband was deployed.
I couldn’t rave more about the process and the people!
Thanks so much OMK!!

Melissa D.9

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our Military Kids gave my daughter a much needed distraction as she settled in with family in another state while I completed training to deploy. The grant we received covered the cost of ballet classes, and allowed my 3 year old to be a little girl and dance with friends. I love the videos I've gotten of her practices! I am so thankful that OMK was easy to connect with and simple to apply to; I got almost immediate responses on numerous occasions during the application and awarding stage.
Thank you to OMK supporters, for allowing my daughter to become a Ballerina.

Melissa L (Army Reservist)

Client Served

Rating: 5

My child was able to receive horse lessons for over 6 months because of your donations. This helped to improve her confidence and build her character! Thank you!!!!

JB B.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our oldest is now in college and plays football. OMK hlgave him his very first grant when he was 8 years old and helped him get started. He is now a high level collegiate athlete. If it wasn’t for OMK we are not sure when or if we could have got him on the field.

Our oldest daughter has been the recipient of an OMK scholarship as well as a bike. Her first bike came from OMK. She was able to cheer and get horse lessons. This last weekend she competed in her first rodeo.

We are so thankful and blessed to have this organization in our lives.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This non profit was so incredibly generous and enabled my 5 children to attend camps and lessons we couldn’t otherwise afford. It’s very difficult having their daddy deployed but the extra scholarships gave them an incredible blessing they wouldn’t have otherwise.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Wonderful nonprofit organization! Our Military Kids Inc allowed my two children (ages 7 and 5) to attend a daytime camp this past summer while their dad was deployed overseas. Enlisted military families often live paycheck to paycheck; my children wouldn’t have been afforded this amazing opportunity if it hadn’t been for Our Military Kids Inc. Instead of dwelling on missing their dad, my children spent their days swimming, crafting, playing kickball, and making new friends. As a “single mom,” I, in turn, got a breather while the kids were at camp.

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!