Operation Homefront has announced the 155 semi-finalists – representing all five service branches – for the 2014 Military Child of the Year Award. 2014 marks the sixth year that Operation Homefront has presented the award, which will be given to one outstanding military child from each branch of Service: Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard.
Each semi-finalist will be interviewed by Operation Homefront staff, and award recipients will be chosen by a committee including active-duty and retired military personnel, spouses of senior military leaders, veterans service organization leadership, teachers, and community members. Three of the Navy nominees are from NAS Lemoore:
Claudia C. – Age 17 – NAS Lemoore, Calif.
Molly M. – Age 16 – NAS Lemoore, Calif.
Julianna P. – Age 8 – NAS Lemoore, Calif.
The recipient of the Military Child of the Year Award for each branch of Service will be announced in March. Each award recipient will receive $5,000 and will be flown with a parent or guardian to Washington, D.C. for a special recognition ceremony on April 10, 2014. 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.
“No one group makes a greater sacrifice of service than the children of those who choose to serve their country," said Jim Knotts, President & CEO of Operation Homefront. "Our Military Child of the Year Award honors those young patriots who overcome the challenges presented by deployments and relocations, who set an example for others to emulate in their communities through leadership, resilience, and a commitment to excellence in all that they do."
This year’s semi-finalists are a reflection of the diversity inherent through military service, representing 25 states, Puerto Rico, and and five overseas locations.