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From the Navy to the Railroad: A Cycle of Service

In 2018, Operation Homefront partnered with CSX, a premier transportation company, as a part of the CSX Pride in ServiceTM initiative to further our mission to build strong, stable and secure military families. With support from CSX, we have hosted Star-Spangled Baby Shower and Back-to-School Brigade events – providing meaningful connection points and essential services … Continued

Volunteer Spotlight: Meet Yvette Peterson, 2019 Volunteer of the Year for Operation Homefront

Yvette Peterson has been a superb volunteer with Operation Homefront for five years. The decision to volunteer came after she and her husband, a medically retired soldier, were awarded a mortgage-free home in 2013, through Operation Homefront’s Homes on the Homefront program. “We decided that we needed to help other military families,” Peterson said. “Going … Continued

The Importance of Celebrating Military Child of the Year

We are pleased to share with you today some words from our President and CEO, John I. Pray, Jr., Brig Gen, USAF (Ret.) on this year’s Military Child of the Year Awards recipients and why it so important to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of our military children and why we want to make this … Continued

Pierce Corson, 2020 MCOY for U.S Coast Guard, Advocates for Mental Health Awareness Among Teens and Children

Pierce Corson, our 2020 Military Child of the Year for the Coast Guard, is dedicated to spreading mental health awareness for young people. The 17-year-old senior at Ocean Lakes High School in Virginia Beach, Virginia, has conducted research published in a Harvard University-affiliated journal, and also donned a llama mascot costume for a parade while … Continued

Kainath Kamil Hopes to Change the World through Innovation

As our 2020 Military Child of the Year for Innovation, Kainath Kamil, 16, wants to continue studying the genetic mechanisms of addiction—which means even more weekends with her fruit flies. A student at Mission Vista High School in Oceanside, California, Kainath believes in the transformative power of innovation. She has already been published in three … Continued

Miryam Smith, 2020 MCOY for the Navy, Honors Dad through Excellence 

Miryam Smith, our 2020 Military Child of the Year for the Navy, remembers her father telling her that hard work pays off and that she could achieve anything she put her mind to. Those words have been Miryam’s motivation since her father, retired Navy Senior Chief Petty Officer Eduardo Smith, took his own life in 2016. The tragedy, she said, taught her resilience. Two days after her father’s … Continued

Fionnuala Mahoney Believes in Compassion and Helping Those in Need

Fionnuala “Finn” Mahoney, our 2020 Military Child of the Year for the Army, is a resilient, adaptable teenager.  She proves that every day living with learning differences, being a caregiver for her grandmother, helping to rebuild her childhood home in New Hampshire, and being a military child who moved four times until her father was medically … Continued

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