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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

Client Served

Rating: 5

My experience with Our Military Kids has been nothing short of amazing! Because of this program all three of my kids are able to stay active throughout the year.
When my husband was medically retired about four years ago we decided to move to Arionza, for a few reasons. One being the weather and because of his injuries this was the best place for us to finally set some roots. It has been a huge adjustment for us all to say the least.
When we were told about this program I was so excited. It had been about two years since our kids had been involved in any sports. Due to it not being in our budget. But with this program we have been able to keep them active and have seen such a huge turn around in their personalities and have seen them all excel in so many ways!
My husband and I will truly be always be thankful and grateful to Our Military Kids!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I absolutely love volunteering at Our Military Kids. Coming from a military family myself, I love helping this specific community of children. This organization is very welcoming and easy to be a part of. They have an abundance of tasks which I help take part in from filing to updating email lists to making brochures. The environment and staff are extremely friendly and help prepare me for a real office job when I am older.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Our Military Kids Inc. have supported my 2 sons during all 3 of their father's deployments and I can't say "Thank you enough for making my son's feel valued for the sacrifices they make here at home while dad is serving their country." My boy's were surprised to learn that people want to say, "Thank you for being a great military kid; we appreciate your sacrifice of having your dad deployed, we know it's not easy, but we want to pay for an activity of your choice to show our gratitude." This really made a difference for each deployment. My boys had an activity to focus on and it distracted them with the reality that dad was deployed in a dangerous environment. We don't live near an Army installation, so there is not a lot of known support or other military kids for them to associate with. Our Military Kids Inc. has brought smiles to my boys faces on some very hard days. My boys feel honored and proud to receive the grant. We are a proud military family and deployments are a challenge on many levels for the family back home. I strongly encourage other families of deployed soldiers to apply for the grant; it is a simple process and will let your child/children know they are appreciated by other fellow Americans.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband was deployed out of the country with the US Air Force for many months. Our Military Kids provided a grant for my daughter to take a gymnastics class once a week while he was away! My daughter loved the class and most of all my family felt supported and appreciated!
Our Military Kids was easy to work with and the grant application was not complicated. I will always support this organization. Thank you!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Our Military Kids provided a grant for our 13 year old son during my husband's third deployment. The grant provided him an opportunity to attend an Aeronautics Space Camp at a College of Science & Technology. This is one of the best resources military families have when trying to make the best of a deployment. Thank you to everyone who has donated to make these grants possible!

Kim L.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband was deployed for six months. During this time, both of my boys were to attend a week long scout camp that would have cost us a great deal of money. We heard about Our Military Kids and their support of military families...and how they could provide the finances needed for kids of the military to participate in activities they enjoy. So we submitted our information and within a few weeks we received news that not only one boy, but both were receiving a grant to pay for their camp. It was just that easy. We are so grateful for organizations like this that realize the sacrifices being made are not only by the military member, but the family left behind. What an outstanding service and awesome organization!

Client Served

Rating: 5

When I first heard about Our Military Kids Inc, the program seemed to good to be true. The newsletter said that children of mobilized reservists could receive a grant to pay for one sporting activity during the deployment up to a fixed dollar amount. My husband was headed on a year long reserve mobilization overseas and we had been stressed. This was our first deployment living away from a military community and from family. Our Military Kids Inc came through in a big way. The organization gave my kids six months of swimming lessons. Those hours at the pool gave us something to focus on while dad was away. It enabled us to share with him our "growth" in a visible way. Our Military Kids Inc reminded me that people cared about us and families like ours. To say that I am grateful is an understatement.

Jason86

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

They helped me get my son to play soccer. This is the second year in a row. The VA has really messed with me and my family so funds are really short. Without Our Military Kids I don't think my son would be able to play soccer. They are a true blessing. I cant thank them enough. It means everything to us.

Sheri L.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Having their dad away there was a LOT of energy that wasn't being taken up from 'daddy play time' so getting the opportunity to be blessed with grants from Our Military Kids Inc has given my children time to have physical event activities that we would not have been able to financially able to afford if we would not have been warranted a grant for each from Our Military Kids Inc = we are TRULY GREATFUL!

Fiona Van de M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

When my husband deployed, my son had a difficult time and with the grant from Our Military Kids, we were able to keep his mind occupied and still learn strength and discipline through karate classes. This helped him so much! Also, he couldn't wait to show my husband what he was learning. It was a great experience and we're forever grateful!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I just wanted express my gratitude for what Our Military Kids has done for my boys. My deployment meant I had to miss my son's senior year (pictured in white) and my youngest son's first year as the starting Varsity QB (pictured in green). The completion of a new high school meant they would be playing at different high schools this year and it would be the first time in 8 years that I would not be there to coach with them. Having two boys on two separate teams creates a significant financial burden. Their ability to participate in football has kept them active and involved in school and with their friends, making the deployment much better for them.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is a great organization that helped my family out during our time of need. Providing for us during my husband's deployment have us a bit of sunshine during a challenging time!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

While my husband was deployed, this program provided grants so that 2 of our children could participate in high school sports. It was such a huge blessing to us and one less thing I needed to worry about. It was timely as we had to adjust our budget to accommodate a teen driver on our auto insurance. Every bit helped!! Thank you to all who donated to help our kids. Sports programs helped keep their minds of the deployment and also gave them a constructive outlet with a group of peers.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband is currently serving in Afghanistan. Our sons miss their father a great deal. I have tried to find a place that will provide our sons with positive role models and build their confidence. Our sons have found that they both enjoy Brazilian jujitsu. Military kids has given our sons an opportunity to feel successful in something they love to do. It also gives them a conversation starter when they speak to their father about their success and new promotions in training in Brazilian Jujitsu.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter loved both sessions of her horse camp. Horse back riding is often what she looks forward to the most during her school week, so having an entire two weeks of it was the best!
My son had a lot of fun playing small team lacrosse during his month long tournament play. It helped to keep him active and outdoors instead of playing video games all summer. Thank you, Our Military Kids, for the amazing donations that made these activities possible!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

They supported me during this last deployment. This time with two kids!

Adam A.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

OMK provided direct grants of $250 each for my two children to attend summer camp while I was deployed. This is a very lean organization that was very user friendly and helpful during the grant application and payment process.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Our Military Kids Inc has been such a blessing to our family! When a parent is deployed, a lot of things can get put "on hold" because the remaining parent has so much more on his/her plate. Thanks to funding from Our Military Kids, two of my children were able to participate in activities that they would otherwise been able to try. My daughter joined a crossfit class which really helped to improve her fitness and confidence and my son was able to participate on a ballroom dance team, which he really enjoyed and which helped to develop social skills as well. Thanks so much for supporting this great organization!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Our Military kids allowed my kids to learn to ski while their father was deployed!!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This program is exactly what my family needed while my husband was deployed for 347 days. My Daughter used her grant for joining a dance team. This was more than dance.....her time at dance gave her a place to escape her saddness and focus on her physical activity. She was at dance enjoying herself and building relationships with her peers, I was able to have free time to do things for “me.” It was the perfect time to squeeze in some exercising for myself also. Not only did my daughter’s grant help her but it also gave me a few hours of Mom time, which was priceless. 347 days is a long time to have our family separated, but Our Miltary Kids and their donors realize this and that is why they work so hard to get these grants. I will forever be grateful for the opportunity they gave my children.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This charity has provided my family with the opportunity to register and help our children to continue with their kung fu training. This form of martial arts like countless others provide our children with self-discipline, defense, and situation awareness. Thank you My Military Kids

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Our Military Kids Inc has awarded a grant for our oldest daughter to participate in baton and pom classes due to her dad being a severly injured veteran. She absolutely loves having this time each week to spend with friends practicing her skills and performing throughout the year with as many as 15 performances. She really enjoys this time just being a kid and having fun. A huge THANK YOU to Our Military Kids Inc as well as to all of the donors/sponsors that make this program possible!!

1 Chris N N.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our Military Kids Inc helped with our children's basketball fees for the fall! Two of the older girls played on a traveling competitive team, and this has helped so much during the deployment. Thank you so very much!

Quick response and really makes a difference!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

without Our Military Kids inc
our children would be able to play on a team, They have helped us financially with registration fees and tutoring tuition!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I'm a wounded veteran and Our Military Kids helped my kids while I was deployed and when I was wounded overseas and in the hospital. This organization has done wonders for my two daughters. Both my daughters were involved in dance and martial arts and they received grants to help them out with uniforms and equipment and part of their classes.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

When my husband was on deployment for 7 months in 2015, it was a very difficult time for our family. When I found out that Military Kids Inc had scholarships for children of deployed military, I was beyond excited. There was actually something good to come out of this long separation. My daughter had an entire year of dance classes paid for by this organization. This was my daughter's first experience with dance, and she loved it. We are still grateful to Military Kids for their generous scholarship. I am thankful of this organization, both for their dedication to military families and the fact that it is a well-run, honest non profit.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Their afterschool activities would've been one of the things to be cut from our budget , but Our military Kids have helped.when their Dad was deployed for year.. really appreciate the help.. thank you so so much..

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My two teenagers were gifted with donations toward their “passion”.
Mitchell went to an 8 day Search and Rescue camp with Civil Air Patrol at Ft. Custer Training Center, Michigan. He graduated as “Cadet of the year”.
Paul is a member of FIRST Robotic team, Stryke Force #2767. He was granted a sponsorship from Lockheed Martin to go to WORLD’S in St. Louis, Missouri. His team won 2017 FIRST WORLD’S Robotics.
We felt so loved, so blessed to have been given these donations while their Dad is deployed. Their Dad LOVED the pictures we sent him.
Thank you OMK for your gifts!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a service member currently serving overseas. And Our Military Kids has brung great relief to my family financially. By helping my family send my daughter to Summer Camp. This program is simply amazing. And I wish I could tell the world how much of a pleasure it was working with this Non Profit Organization!

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Client Served

Rating: 4

I don't know what we would do without Our Military Kids. We have three young children and being able to afford camp for them every summer is extremely challenging. Our Military Kids makes it possible for them to go and participate in enrichment activities that interest them and help them academically all year long. My only complaint is that I hope they will be able to extend the program to offering more than just 4 grants per child in the future, especially because there are no other organizations out there that do what they do. Thank you Our Military Kids.

2 Allison A.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization has helped my children stay focused on learning new skills and growing with the grants provided while their father is deployed. We have been able to spend time learning and being active instead of moping, counting down days. Because of the support provided by OMK, our deployment is almost over and we have lots of new skills to show our servicemember when he returns! We are so grateful for the opportunities afforded to us by the donors and OMK; this organization is incredible and is doing very important work for the children of deployed reservists while they're off doing important work for our country.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Our Military Kids has been nothing but impeccably perfect for my family; and more importantly my children. Both my husband and I are military veterans with over 10 deployments between the two of us. Our children have always made huge sacrifices due to both their parents being in the US Army. I retired in 2015 and since transitioning out the military I have had issues finding work and this program has allowed my three children to find normalcy - still flourish, learn and grow and I am overwhelmingly grateful for the opportunity that this program has afforded for my children.

Blackwell's Karate in Augusta, GA is an awesome program that's helped my children, who were being bullied in school, gain confidence and learn how to defend themselves. The Our Military Kids program paid for my kids to be in the Karate class for six months, the self-defense gear, the uniforms, the t-shirts and the awesome experience. I will always speak nothing love and adoration from the bottom of my heart about the benefits of this program and the love we have received from the staff at Our Military Kids. If there is anything you need from me or my children please don't hesitate to ask.

Joy & Quintin Armstrong (DUAL MILITARY VETERANS)

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I was deployed twice. Both times Our Military Kids helped my children get swim lessons while i was overseas.

2 Natalie Horan W.

Client Served

Rating: 5

When my husband was activated from the reserves and deployed for a year, our children were struggling a bit from his absence after not having to deal with deployments in a long time. Our Military Kids was there to provide them not only with the opportunity to try a new instrument, but also to let them know they were not forgotten. Our children do not choose this life, but they have to deal with it all the same. Just being recognized as a Military Kid made them proud of themselves and their dad.

2 Matthew-Lisa S.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our Military Kids, Inc. provided a $500.oo grant to my ten year old son so that he could continue to take karate lessons during my deployment from October 2015-April 2016. The grant made it possible for my son to hold onto some form of continuity in his daily life even though his dad was deployed. It also eased some of the financial burden during the deployment when I was making less than what I made in my civilian occupation since I am a member of the Air National Guard.

2 Cheryl Morris G.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization is wonderful and super easy to work with. Because of supporters of Our Militay Kids, our daughter was able to attend a phenomenal music camp while my husband was deployed. It was a wonderful experience for her, and a great encouragement to my husband, knowing that other people cared about our family while he was away. Thank you, Our Militay Kids, for all you do!!

2 Adrianne H.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband was deployed overseas for one year. Our children were ages 5, 3, and almost 1 when he left. We were so blessed by a scholarship grant for our 5 year old to take swimming lessons! He felt so special and so proud to show Daddy his swimming after homecoming! Thank you to the tremendously generous sponsors and the hardworking people at Our Military Kids. Our family is very grateful!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The programs my babies were able to enroll in were a bright silver lining to a rough deployment. There’s no way we could have afforded it without this grant. So unbelievably grateful.

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Advisor

Rating: 5

I joined Our Military Kids in April 2017 as an Advisory Board Member. I set a goal of $10,000 to reach by October 31, 2017. I hosted five events so far and have raised $12,900. I believe in the mission and want to see it grow.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Or Military KIds benefited two of our five children with scholarships. All 5 of my children participate in Water Polo. It can be very expensive to pay for all 5 of them every season, especially when Daddy is deployed. Water Polo keeps them busy and happy so they don't have to waste time thinking about how bad life is with out Daddy around to be with. This has given them something to write to him about. The season they helped our family the teams they were on progressed very well and scored very high in their division. One took 1st place and the other 3rd. It allows them the opportunity to succeed and not put undue burdens on the family. Thank You "Our Military Kids"!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Our Military Kids is an irreplaceable organization. OMK enabled both our children to take piano lessons while Dad was deployed. The gift of music is forever! Both the kids preformed at the mall during Christmas time while Dad watched via Skype. We are so thankful to OMK for providing this experience.

1 Molly Tanner I.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

When my husband deployed, Our Military Kids helped me send both my girls to dance! It took a great burden off my shoulders while he was gone and helped us save some extra money and allowed my children to go to dance classes and have something fun to look forward to each week!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

When things were tight for our family, Our Military Kids helped us out so our girls were both still able to take dance, without them, we would not have been able but afford classes at that time.
We can't sing their praises loud enough!!

1 Marcy Huffstutler M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our military kids have been a huge help in our family from helping our kids with paying for dance and baseball , to having someone help with Christmas . The help we have received take a huge weight off of our shoulders in a time of need for our family . We are so grateful for all the volunteers and donors to make the orginzation a great one for Vets or enlisted members along with there family members.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband was wounded in Iraq due to his illness we were not able to do activities with our kids. Military kids give the opportunity not only to develop and give confidence
I have 3 kids. one 17 year old girl in ballet, 4 year girl old in ballet and 11 year old boy who is also mild autism. Our experience is been great my kids love their activities and help them to do something different than be at hospital or staying at home.

Thanks to all the sponsors who made possible for my kids to have an opportunity to do what they love.

God Bless You

Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband has been deployed since November 2016 and won't return until December 2017 so it's been rough on our young kids. BUT...OMK has been amazing in helping out! They first awarded my kids with a sports scholarship so they could continue their swim practices and they made the swim team because of these lessons! After that, OMK has provided tickets/admission to other great events like air shows and amusement parks for my kids and I to enjoy while we wait for our soldier to return home. It has been a true blessing to receive help in keeping these kids busy and happy!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Our Military Kids Inc made it possible for my two children to attend summer camp during my two National Guard deployments in 2012 and 2016.
I truly appreciate it.
Thanks you!

1 Brian Y.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

While I was transitioning from my Reservist status to Active duty and leaving my Family for another deployment, my kids were left without a father and my wife without her partner to help her. Money is always tight in these transitions. This organization provided us a way to allow my son to attend his Boy Scout camp which was the highlight of his summer while I was gone and couldn’t take him anywhere. They made it easy for me and we will never forget it. Thank you.

1 Rebecca L.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our Military Kids is a great resource for families where one parent is deployed and childcare is needed. By using resources from Our Military Kids, we were able to get assistance in off setting the cost of daycare for my 3 year old while I was deployed

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Our Military Kids has been so wonderful to our children! Their daddy was honorably discharged after being blown up twice overseas. He came back mentally and physically scarred. He suffers severe PTSD and TBI. This program helps the children to stay busy in a sport of their choice, which has helped them with their depression & anxiety. We couldn't afford these sports with our income, so when I heard of Our Military Kids and our children were approved it was the biggest blessing to our family! Thank you all so much for your generosity of donations and thank you to Our Military Kids for making this all possible. Our family is very grateful!
Sincerely, Tara

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My children have used Our Military Kids grants during 3 active duty deployments. We have participated in art lessons, piano lessons, guitar lessons, gymnastics programs, and wrestling programs. This is an amazing service that is provided to keep our children involved and busy while supporting the family and keeping the children busy while their parent is deployed. We LOVE Our Military Kids and greatly appreciate all the donors supporting the wonderful program!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Wonderful non-profit !!! Great staff, great cause!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Last year was very hard for our family. It was our first deployment as parents. The grant we received from our military kids help us to pay for our daughter to do gymnastics a few times a week. It kept us all occupied so we could focus less on the void of our service member being absent. If not for the grant we wouldn’t have been able to afford the classes. My family Thanks you!

Lisa Williams M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our military kids provides grants for my son who is the child of a veteran with ptsd. Due to symptoms of ptsd such as agorophobia we have to limit our interaction in the community and this leaves our children at a disadvantage, but thanks to our military kids grants, our son gets to participate in group activities such as dance that have helped our son express himself, communicate better, and develop healthy age appropriate coping mechanisms

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our Military Kids made it possible for my sons to attend a summer camp that promoted outdoor survival skills and overcoming challenges. We could not have done it without the generous support of OMK!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

It's tough being retired and injured at the same time. Would have thought of retirement being a blessing, until I found out how much I actually make. The generous help from Our Military Kids, made it possible for my daughters to reach their goal. If it wasn't for their assistance they wouldn't have their activities. Thank you so much for the help

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is by far the best organization that I have dealt with, they are very passionate about the needs of military kids. It is very hard to maintain a household with a deployed member of the family. With the grants that we get from Our Military Kids we are able to do so much for our children, to have a sense of normalcy. Thank you.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our military kids have really been a godsend. I’ve never experienced such a wonderful group of people who put this charity together, that is so helpful for the kids of wonded veterans. The list of charity organization for Service members is very extensive, but charity’s that helps with Veterans familie
members is not. Thank you Ourmilatrykids for putting our kid first.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a soldier. I'm currently deployed, and this organization is a blessing. I will recommend it to anyone serving our country. My son was extremely happy when he received the package on the mail. And he is enjoying his Martial Arts classes.

Thank you,

Nelson Deleon.

Client Served

Rating: 5

OMK gave us an amazing gift during my husbands last deployment. Thanks to their generosity, my three daughters were able to participate in gymnastics and dance. Having those activities to look forward to each week made the year daddy was gone go by a lot faster! Thank you OMK for helping make daddy's absence be a little more bearable for three little girls!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our Military Kids have provided 4 of my 5 kids (the youngest isn’t old enough yet) with grants for their sports and it has helped our family tremendously! They are so sweet and we are so grateful for their dedication to the wounded soldiers!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a disabled Combat wounded warrior. Our Military Kids is an incredible organization that has helped my kids keep competing every year with the amazing grants they provide. I am so thankful for what they do for us.

Client Served

Rating: 5

OMK has been such a benefit for the ENTIRE family! I have not seen any other organization that looks out for the children of wounded veterans. They understand that family well-being benefits a Soldier's recovery and understand that children can be affected by a service members injury and wartime service. OMK has provide grants for both of my children to go to swimming classes together, and previously for my daughter in dancing and gymnastics. These activities have greatly enhanced their self-esteem and made them happier kids; and these events were cost-prohibitive for me, as I am currently unemployed and on disability, working towards recovery and employment again. I look forward to when I start working again so I can pay it forward. They also have an amazing Christmas program where donors provide recipients with Christmas presents as they choose--We were grateful recipients last year, and it gave us an opportunity to meet a donor and share Christmas pictures. I am sure it was a mutually rewarding experience.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Amazing Organization!! They are providing opportunity to so many great military kids and giving them the chance to participate in activities they would otherwise not be able to.