It's that time of year again, nominations are now open for Operation Homefront's 2024 Military Child of the Year® Awards!
This is such a wonderful opportunity for our military kiddos.
Now in its 16th year, the Military Child of the Year® Award reflects the positive impact that these impressive young people have made on their military families, their schools, and their communities.
ABOUT THE AWARDS
Seven national Military Child of the Year® (MCOY) Awards are presented to one outstanding youth from each service branch: Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, National Guard, and the Space Force. The awards recognize the recipients for their resiliency, leadership, and achievement during their parents’ service. Each recipient receives a $10,000 cash award, a laptop computer, and are flown with an adult guardian and guest for a 3-night stay in Washington, D.C.
Recipients and their families will travel to Washington, D.C., April 9-12 for events, tours, and activities leading up to the Awards Gala.
All applicants must meet each of the following eligibility criteria:
- Be a legal dependent of a service member or military retiree (Semifinalists must provide DEERS enrollment form)
- Be between the ages of 13-18 at time of nomination
- Be able to travel to Washington, D.C., to attend the MCOY Gala and other events April 9-12, 2024
- Provide letters of recommendation (if selected as a semifinalist)
- Be willing to participate in media and donor opportunities
WHEN TO NOMINATE
The nomination periods is now open and close December 3, 2023, at 11:59 p.m. Central.
HOW TO NOMINATE SOMEONE FOR A MILITARY CHILD OF THE YEAR® SERVICE BRANCH AWARD
Nominations can be submitted at www.militarychildoftheyear.org during the nomination period. Nominations can be made by anyone familiar with the child’s achievements, and the form will include when and how long a parent has deployed, number of family moves, Gold Star Family or EFMP status, whether a parent is a wounded service member, nominee’s volunteerism, and five short answers as to why the nominee is deserving.