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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

514 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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!

1

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!

2

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.

1

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.

1

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 :)!

1

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.

1 Lakeesha J.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I would like to take the time to thank OMK for their generous donations to my kids. Thanks to them it made my job and pockets (lol) a lot easier to do during my husband's deployment. It kept the kids busy and gave them something to focus on. Also, thanks to them my 6 year old became 2018 Georgia state wrestling champion for his weight class, my other son was able to make to the High School state finals and that would not have been possible without them, so I thank you! I encourage anyone to seek their help, it makes a tremendous difference!

2 Amy Rutkowski J.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My kids were beyond excited to get their grants from Our Military Kids. My husband has been in Iraq/Kuwait for the last 6 months. He has 6 months left before he returns home. It brightened their day when they received their packets in the mail. My son is getting reading tutoring. So when I pick him up after work, we are able to play together instead of doing school work. My daughter is able to go to Young Life Camp in Colorado this summer. She can not wait to share the pictures. This has made life a little easier and exciting for my kids. Thank you!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

So Thankful for our military kids. Because of them my oldest son can continue playing his music! Such an amazing program!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our Military Kids Organization is a blessing. This program has allowed my child the opportunity to participate in gymnastics as she desperately wished to do. She has gained confidence and strength in the ability to focus herself in the activity. By the support and assistance of this organization, my child is able to thrive mentally and physically. It is such a blessing and honor. This could not have happened for her without Our Military Kids organizations help and support. My family and I are truly greatful for allowing her this opportunity.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our Military Kids is an incredible program giving back to deployed family members. They allowed my son to play basketball while his Dad was overseas and truly impacted his life for the better. Playing basketball helped him cope with missing his Dad and was something he looked forward to week after week. It was so nice to not have the financial strain of paying for it! We really appreciate what this organization is doing to support the families of our Military.

1 Christine202

Client Served

Rating: 5

OMK made it possible for my kids to attend golf camp and develop a passion for a sport that they can share with their dad. Thank you for your support!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our Military Kids is absolutely amazing! They gave a grant to two of my kids to do karate and ice skating while their dad is away. It’s a god send to have the kids so busy and engaged when a parent is absent, serving the country. I can’t say enough great things about this program! The kids are the ones who suffer the most during deployments, I think, and giving them a reprieve from it makes their world brighter! Thank you so much to Our Military Kids and all their wonderful donors!

1 Natasha Averitt T.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Two of my daughter's are building confidence and making breakthroughs in their emotional development due to the assistance that this program has been able to provide. One of them is dancing and the other is playing Select Travel Soccer. We are so thankful for this program. We all as a family have had strain and struggles related to my husband's service so this allows us the opportunity to enjoy life. My husband is wounded mentally and physically and he is a 2 time purple heart recipient and he also has a bronze star with valor and I am sure you can only imagine what accompanies him with these accomendations. So this program is definitely a fresh breath of air for our family. We have 4 children and would not be able to accommodate these activities for them without Our Military Kids. THANK YOU!!!!

1 Heather S.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

So Thankful for our military kids. Because of them my oldest son can continue playing his music! Such an amazing program!

1 Dava T.

Client Served

Rating: 5

So thankful for Our Military Kids! Very courteous and caring people during a time that’s so hard on our kids. Thank you for supporting us!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I can't believe that they have this out there for people my kids are so happy that someone cares when mom and dad can't afford to oput them into sports. I served my country and hurt everyday because of it, miss it everyday as well. Thank you OUR MILITARY KIDS INC.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Thanks to Our Military Kids, our son is able to enjoy Jiu Jitsu while his dad is deployed overseas. Such a great gesture to give to our amazing kids while their parents our away defending our great country! Can’t say thank you enough!!!