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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 53,000 grants totaling $21M 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 89% indicated that participation in the activity positively impacted their children by reducing some/all of their symptoms of stress. In addition, 99% reported that participation significantly contributed to the overall well-being of the entire family. For every dollar donated, 93 cents directly supports a child.

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

Direct beneficiaries per year: Provided grant awards to cover fees for 3,500 military children.

Geographic areas served: Nationwide

Programs: sports, arts, camps and academic tutoring.

Community Stories

490 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is the GREATEST organization ever. We absolutely LOVE them!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Upon hearing whispers of an organization that helps the families of wounded United States Armed Forces service members, I was reluctant to inquire. I am always hearing of a program or some form of therapy or assistance that benefits the soldier as an individual. What caught my attention and triggered me to pursue more information was the word "families". As a wounded US Army Infantry Scout who has seen 28 months of intense combat throughout multiple deployments during my military career of just over 6 years, I was excited to hear that word. Better yet, once I did inquire, I found that this program was all about caring for the children of people such as myself! Through Our Military Kids Inc., I had quickly learned of it's mission. They are a family orientated organization that simply helps with the positive growth of my child. I am a very protective parent as you may imagine. There was no doubt that this was safe for me but more importantly, safe for my family. Once applied and in communication with members of Our Military Kids Inc. volunteers, I was greeted with only professionalism and complete dedication to the cause. This is a very organized operation. All correspondence has been handled in the most proficient manner. I was fortunate to be a recipient for one of their many programs that can assist in providing a positive learning environment for my child. I was astonished to see how fast their process moved with minimal effort on my behalf. The options I had for the program were abundant. More importantly, the results of the program were abundant. Using the grant awarded, which may be the first of more to come, I placed my child in an extensive martial arts program. He has benefited so much in such a short time. My son has shown a level of pride in himself that no matter how hard I would try, I would not have been able to see without the help of Our Military Kids Inc. The initial package we received was full of things that acknowledged his role in the family as a "military child". He was so proud to put on his own set of dog tags and show me his award certificate. It was easy for me to see that he had felt he was part of something bigger than himself. That is so hard to do for a six year old. Watching his well-being improve only made mine do the same. I thought this was just for him, but believe me, my entire family benefits through Our Military Kids Inc. and my entire family now includes Our Military Kids Inc. I commend them for all that they do.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our Military Kids Inc. has helped my daughter and I twice so far. My daughter is an adamant soccer player, so I looked to support from Our Military Kids to help with her soccer fees. During my current and last deployment, 2012-2013, this wonderful organization came through and provided, without hesitation. What makes it so great to our family is that my daughter feels like she is directly supported by a cause that is greater than all of us, our military. As an Army brat, she understands the sacrifices that come with those that serve and the families left behind. This organization creates a direct link between her and I, even though, I'm over 7,000 miles away. She is so proud of the certificate that she gets with her grant that she hangs it on her wall, as if to say, I'm proud to be a "Military Kid." So, another year for her on the field is her way of supporting those that put her there.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son absolutely loves snowboarding. Had it not been for the help of “Our Military Kids”, he would’ve not been able to snowboard down that mountain. I can not thank you enough for all of your help. You are heaven sent.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

OMK granted my daughter the opportunity to continue her diving while her father was deployed. This organization is amazing for all their work they do to provide financial support to children whose parents are deployed. We can not thank OMK enough for allowing our daughter the opportunity to go to diving camp.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our Military Kids Inc is an incredible organization that does so much for so many kids and families! Our daughter was able to attend 6 months of dance lessons she might not have otherwise been able to due to their kindness and generosity while my husband/her Dad was deployed.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our Military Kids is an amazing organization helping veterans children! OMK provided the opportunity for my children to attend cheer and football. They have both learned many lessons and have created amazing memories. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!!!!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

My family and I have had a wonderful experience with Our Military Kids Inc! My husband is in the Oklahoma Army National Guard and is currently in Ukraine. Our Military Kids has generously helped our oldest daughter who is 7 continue horse back riding lessons while her daddy is deployed. We feel the love and support from this organization and feel very blessed.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Thanks to generous donors and this organization, our kids were able to attend camp, even though their dad was deployed.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our Military Kids was such a blessing to my family while I was deployed. My kids were able to have some positive and constructive things to do instead of worrying about when dad was coming home. It helped us a lot. Although having to deploy made life stressful and difficult at times for my family, the highlight of the week was getting the change to go to piano lessons for my kids; an opportunity they probably never would have had otherwise, THANK YOU Michelle and OUR MILITARY KIDS for ALL of your hard work you do for military kids.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We love Our Military Kids. My husband served combat tours both in Iraq and Afghanistan. He was injured in Afghanistan and spent nearly a year at a military medical center. While he has been home for three years, life has still not returned to normal. VA appointments, work, redeployment issues, and dealing with his injuries, have all weighed heavily on my husband and our family. My daughter has spent almost 2 years of her life without her dad. For my son that numbers goes to nearly 4 years. The time away from dad, and the time readjusting after deployments has been hard on them. They have made sacrifices most of their friends could never understand.

That is where OMK comes in. Financially, times are still tough for us, although there is hope on the horizon. OMK has allowed our kids to participate in extra-curricular activities we would not have been able to afford without the OMK scholarships. The scholarships help my kids feel that someone understands and appreciates their past and ongoing sacrifices. The activities give them an outlet to deal with the stresses they sometimes face. This organization is truly a blessing to many families.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Wonderfully help children of parents in the military.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We are blessed to have received a grant for my daughter Lauren for tutoring. Because of the tutoring Lauren was able to graduate high school with her twin brother William and will be attending college. We appreciate everything thank you again.

Kind regards,

The Carter Family
Lauren, William and Allison

Client Served

Rating: 5

When I was deployed, Our Military Kids allowed both of my children to stay busy and get involved in events that they paid for while I was overseas. As a single mother, I was overjoyed when I heard that they paid for each of my children to do what they loved while I was away.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is such a great program. Especially for the kids who are going through a deployment. Keeping them involved in activities helps speed up the time and keep them distracted. Thank you Military Kids!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Military Kids is a great program helping families with the stress of deployments and money to maintain children's welfare. My children used the grant to play sports. I knew being in some activity would help keep their minds off of their father being away. I truly appreciate this program and hope they continue to help other families as well. Please donate to this great program!

James E.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been deployed numerous times to the Middle East, I learned of OMK .Org in 2014 My oldest two boys were on the school trap team the shot gun they were using were old pump gun that put them at a disadvantage over the other shooter, I contacted the president of the Minnesota youth trap shooting Association he was able to purchase two new shotguns for my sons that greatly improved their scores on the track field
My number three boy was able to take drivers education which he passed on the first try behind the wheel
And my youngest two boys received compound bow and arrow set ups which they still used today and will for many years
None of this would've beenwithout our military kids.org thank you so much Michelle for all that you've done

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Client Served

Rating: 5

It would be nearly impossible for our two teenagers to be involved in what they love without OMK. My veteran husband is on disability so there is a fixed income. Plus I am only able to work two days a week due to our 12 yr old daughter fighting cancer for the 2nd time in her short life. Life has been such a great mountain to climb for our family. It isn't ever easy. But when there are organizations like this to help with just one thing.. it makes at least one stressful life worry go away. Our son loves playing football. And we want nothing more for him to continue to play and keep busy. He is such a good kid, and even holds a part time job plus does chores and helps with his younger siblings. Last year, OMK helped our son with football plus our daughter with dance. We are eternally greatfull!

Client Served

Rating: 5

OMK is an amazing nonprofit organization that has repeatedly offered its support to our family.

Client Served

Rating: 5

For two of my husband's overseas deployments, Our Military Kids graciously provided scholarships for both of my children. This enabled them to have a fun, new activity of their choosing which would help keep their mind off of Dad's constant absence. We are a Reserve family, and deployments can be extra hard on us since we do not live on a military base and do not have all the benefits/resources which full-time military members do. It feels very lonely and no one around us understands our plight. None of our family lives close to us (all 800+ miles away!), so deployments can be extra hard. I'm not saying any of this for pity, but rather to bring awareness to the great work Our Military Kids does. Those scholarships helped to bring added joy and something to look forward to each week for my children. What a blessing beyond measure! We are truly grateful for Our Military Kids and what they do for military families. :)