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Press Release

Fort Riley area Children Receive Backpacks

By Operation Homefront

July 22, 2020

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500 Fort Riley area Military Children Received Backpacks and School Supplies from Operation Homefront’s Back-to-School Brigade®

SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Operation Homefront distributed 500 backpacks and necessary school supplies to pre-registered military families on Tuesday, July 14, at Ogden Community Center as a part of their annual Back-to-School Brigade®.  BTSB is Operation Homefront’s nationwide collection of school supplies and backpacks that are distributed to the children of military families as well as to all ranks of wounded, ill, or injured veterans and their families. 

The event is made possible by the generosity of Dollar Tree, SAIC, and other local donors.  During this year’s campaign, Operation Homefront will distribute its 400,000th backpack since 2008, saving military families more than $50 million in back to school expenses. The ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic continues to take a huge toll on military families. This year, more than ever, these deserving families will benefit from a program that helps offset finances they would normally use for school supplies and allow them to apply their funds to critical needs. 

This year’s Back-to-School Brigade® event had a different look than previous years to adhere to all federal, state and local COVID-19 guidelines.  The event was delivered in a drive-through format with volunteers following CDC guidelines.   


About Operation Homefront: Founded in 2002, Operation Homefront is a national nonprofit organization whose mission is to build strong, stable, and secure military families so that they can thrive – not simply struggle to get by – in the communities they have worked so hard to protect. Recognized for superior performance by leading independent charity oversight groups, 92 percent of Operation Homefront expenditures go directly to programs that support tens of thousands of military families each year. Operation Homefront provides critical financial assistance, transitional and permanent housing and family support services to prevent short-term needs from turning into chronic, long-term struggles. Thanks to the generosity of our donors and the support from thousands of volunteers, Operation Homefront proudly serves America’s military families. For more information, visit

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