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NEWS | Dec. 7, 2011

Nominations open for 2012 Military Child of the Year

By Operation Homefront Public Affairs

Operation Homefront recently announced the opening of the 2012 Military Child of the Year Award nomination period. The award will be given to an outstanding military child from each Service - Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard. The winners, who will receive $5,000 each, will be flown with a parent or guardian to Washington, D.C., for a special recognition ceremony April 5, 2012. Nominations are being accepted online until January 15, 2012 at

Ideal candidates for the Military Child of the Year Award demonstrate resilience and strength of character and thrive in the face of the challenges of military life. They demonstrate leadership within their families and within their communities.

"The sons and daughters of America's service members learn what patriotism is at a very young age," said Jim Knotts, Operation Homefront chief executive officer. "Children in military families understand sacrifice and live with the concept of service. This is what the Military Child of the Year Award honors."

Nominees must:

Have a valid military ID or currently be enrolled in DEERS
Be between the ages of eight and18
Be able to travel to Washington, D.C., for the ceremony April 5, 2012

Finalists must have a background check to confirm the information provided in the nomination and must provide references.

Operation Homefront is a national nonprofit organization with more than 5,000 volunteers across 25 chapters and has met more than 430,000 needs since 2002.

More information is available at