Who We Help


National Guard and Reserve families sometimes have trouble accessing support services from military installations. During deployments, these families may lose income when their military member leaves a civilian job to accept a military position overseas. The loss of income and lack of resources can create gaps that are hard on families.

Our Military Kids, founded in 2004, fills these gaps with a simple grant program that pays for children’s activities. Within days of receiving applications from eligible families, the staff at the Our Military Kids office will send special “Top Secret” packets to children, thanking them for their service to our country. checks are sent directly to specified activity providers.

To apply, please note all of the following criteria:

  • The National Guard/Reserve service member must be deployed overseas (OCONUS);
  • The deployment must be at least 180 days (or 120 days for Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve);
  • There must be at least 60 days remaining on the orders at the time of application (or 30 days for the Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve);
  • The child must be at least 5 years old, but not older than a senior in high school (children become ineligible once they have graduated high school);
  • The child must be a dependent of the service member.


View our Deployment Brochure

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When military members are injured in service to our country, their families face many changes. They may have to move closer to medical care or change their comfortable routines. Children must often “take a back seat,” while parents deal with more pressing issues related to medical care, financial strains, and other adult responsibilities. Our Military Kids grants ease financial strains on parents, while giving their children positive activities that help them laugh, grow, and feel connected.

Our Military Kids grants pay for participation in sports, fine arts, and academic tutoring programs.

To apply, please note all of the following criteria:

  • Service Member/Veteran must have sustained combat-related injuries while deployed in support of any post-9/11 overseas contingency operation;
  • Service Member/Veteran must be classified as severely injured (rated 30% or more) in one of the following six categories designated by the Department of Veteran Affairs: burns, amputation, mental health, spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, or PTSD;
  • Service Member/Veteran must be actively seeking treatment for his/her severe injuries;
  • Service Member/Veteran must have a case manager who is able to certify the above information in writing;
  • Children of the Service Member/Veteran must be between the ages of 5 and 18.

View our Wounded Warriors Brochure

This program is made possible in part by a grant from the Bob Woodruff Foundation, which is dedicated to ensuring that injured service members, veterans, and their families make a successful transition.

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Generous companies in the Washington, D.C., area have made tickets available to our local grant families to attend professional sporting and cultural events. Now, Our Military Kids is working with national sponsors to make tickets available to events throughout the country. Our first national sponsor is World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE).

To qualify for a ticket, children must have received a grant from Our Military Kids. To learn more about WWE events, go to the WWE website. Click “tickets” to see the WWE schedule. Let us know the date of the event you would like to attend and the number of tickets you are requesting. Please limit your request to immediate family members only.

For more information, contact Michelle Nelson at mlnelson@ourmilitarykids.org.

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