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Operation Military Kids

The Operation: Military Kids initiative was recently introduced in the Cowboy state.  This initiative's goals are to provide community support and growth opportunities through educational programs for youth and families of deployed service members.

OMK has a state team made up of several individuals who are working hard to implement its' programs, including:  Extension 4-H educators, National Guard Family Readiness and Military One Source staff.

The four key programs of OMK:

  • Ready, Set, Go! Trainings are coordinated regional and local efforts to increase understanding of the unique issues facing military youth who are dealing with the deployment or reintegration of a parent or loved one.
  • Speak Out for Military Kids is a youth-driven outreach program to raise awareness about issues facing military families.  Participants develop lectures, public service announcements, videos and other promotional materials.
  • Hero Packs are hand-delivered salutes and thank-yous to military youth for their strength and sacrifices while parents are deployed.
  • Mobile Technology Lab is transportable laptop computers that provide a variety of options for connecting children and youth to their deployed parent.

 

Program dates will be primarily announced through the various county 4-H offices and the National Guard Family Assistance Centers' communication with deployed military families.

 

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