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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

596 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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!

1

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!

1

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.

1

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

1

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!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

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

1

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!!!

1

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!

1

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

2

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!

1

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!

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!

3

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.

2 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!!!

talodgan

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is an amazing organization. It was so easy and efficient to complete the application process. They have supported both of our children in gymnastics and this year piano lessons. It has really helped them in growing socially, emotionally and academically. Piano is a perfect fit for bonding with their father, since they can come home and show him what they learned. I can’t tell you what a gift this organization is to our family.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter and son both were able to really expand their skill sets and meet other children. They greatly enjoyed the gymnastics and piano lessons that this wonderful organization granted a scholarship for. I can’t begin to tell you how much joy it brought into their lives and ours.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is a fantastic organization that does an amazing job supporting military families of deployed National Guard soldiers. They answer questions very fast and approved our application and had a check in the mail to us within 1 week. We are so excited to be able to send our daughter to camp this summer because of this program. Since we are a National Guard family and do not live near a base this is a great way to get my daughter involved in an activity.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

What a simple way to lessen the burden of the little people who sacrifice for our country. Our last deployment was a hard one! I remember the day the grants came from Our Military Kids, I bawled my eyes out for that little ray of sunshine in such a difficult season. They are so helpful and have answered questions really quickly when I needed help. Our two girls were able to take several months of ice skating lessons. A few friends have also been awarded grants to participate in activities! Thanks for all your do for our littlest patriots!

1 Christine Darlington P.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Wonderful organization, they truly care about the kids of service members!

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.

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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. :)

Client Served

Rating: 5

My 2 kids benefited greatly in 2016 from the generosity of Our Military Kids. My 8 year old daughter was able to participate in gymnastics and my 5 year old son was able to participate in Karate ...with no out of pocket expense ourselves! This made things a bit easier while their dad was deployed for 1 year with reducing our financial burden, keeping the kids busy, and keeping things "normal" just as if their dad was home. Thank you! Our Military Kids is a fantastic organization!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Such an amazing program for military families! My girls are 7 and 3. While my husband has been deployed, Our Military Kids is paying for them to do an activity. They love gymnastics so they chose to do that. Having the financial help has eased some of the stress while my husband is gone. The girls are so excited for Daddy to watch them in class when he gets home!