Facing multiple moves and deployments, military families often sacrifice a great deal for the sake of the military service member's career. Recognising the sacrifice and difficulties many military families undergo, a number of charities seek to fund emergency relief and morale-building activities among military families.
Operation Homefront aids military families by "supporting our troops and helping the families they leave behind." As a non-profit organisation, Operation Homefront focuses on military families of deployed service members and wounded service members who return home. The agency provides emergency relief to help with food, rent, transportation and other daily needs. Operation Homefront also assists with morale through seasonal activities such as Adopt-a-Family in December and the Back-to-School drive in August.
Operation Homefront 8930 Fourwinds Drive, Ste. 340 San Antonio, TX 78239 (800) 722-6098 www.operationhomefront.net>
The United Service Organizations, or USO, has been helping military families since before the second world war. It provides recreation and rest centres at various airports around the country and world, as well as at military bases and cities where military troops serve or recreate. They also set-up celebrity tours to deployed bases and ships for recreation and to help maintain morale.
USO Headquarters Department WS PO Box 96860 Washington, DC 20090-6860 (800) 876-7469 www.uso.org>
Scholarships for Military Children
The Defense Commissary Agency, which operates commissaries worldwide, funds the Scholarships for Military Children program. Applicants must be military dependents under the age of 24 and attending or entering an accredited undergraduate school. The scholarship is open to children of military personnel only, not to spouses. Applicants must have a GPA of at least 3.0. The program grants at least one scholarship of £975 at each commissary worldwide.
Fisher House Program
Since 1990, the Fisher House Program has provided housing to military families whose service members are in military medical facilities because of wounds or sickness. Because families often have to travel to these locations, lodging or housing can be expensive. As a result, the program offers these Fisher Houses to military families for free, throughout the duration of the military service member's treatments.
Fisher House™ Foundation, Inc. 111 Rockville Pike, Suite 420 Rockville, MD 20850-5168 (888) 294-8560 www.fisherhouse.org>
Joanne Holbrook Patton Military Spouse Scholarships
The Joanne Holbrook Patton Military Spouse Scholarships are open to military spouses of all US military branches. Spouses can use these scholarships for a variety of education opportunities, from getting a GED to studying in a postdoctoral program. Applicants must fill out an application online before January 31 of each year.
National Military Family Association 2500 North Van Dorn St., Suite 102 Alexandria, VA 22302-1601 (703) 931-6632 www.militaryfamily.org>
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