Operation Homefront is now accepting nominations for the 2019 Military Child of the Year awards, as well as applications for the 2019 Military Child of the Year Award for Innovation.
Military Child of the Year is the nation’s premier celebration of the achievements of military children. Nominations are open through Dec. 5, and all awards will be presented at a recognition gala April 18, 2019, in the nation’s capital.
The annual awards will recognize seven outstanding young people ages 13 to 18 who are legal dependents of a service member or military retiree. Six Military Child of the Year recipients will each represent a branch of the armed forces — the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard and National Guard — demonstrating resilience, leadership and achievement during their parents’ military service.
The seventh award is the Military Child of the Year Award for Innovation. This award goes to a military child who has designed a bold and creative solution to address a local, regional, or global challenge.
“Operation Homefront’s Military Child of the Year Awards recognize the extraordinary young people in military families who serve alongside their parents and excel while facing the pressures and uncertainties associated with military life,” said retired Brig. Gen. John Pray Jr., president and CEO of Operation Homefront. “As we have seen for the past decade of awards ceremonies we have hosted, military kids are known for having a strong inner compass that guides them to lead, to volunteer and to serve others and their communities. I encourage those in the military community and beyond to consider nominating a military child for this national level recognition of exceptional service.”
To nominate a child for the award, visit www.militarychildoftheyear.org.