SAN ANTONIO – Operation Homefront today announced the five recipients of the 2014 Military Child of the Year® Award. The national non-profit organization that provides emergency assistance to military families annually gives the award to an outstanding military child from each branch of service – Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard.
From a pool of nearly 1,000 nominees, each award recipient was chosen by a committee including active-duty and retired military personnel, spouses of senior military leaders, veteran service organization leadership, teachers, and community members. The five awardees will receive $5,000 each and will be flown with a parent or guardian to Washington, D.C., for a special recognition gala on April 10, 2014. The awards will be presented by senior leaders of each branch of service and the keynote address will be delivered by Bret Michaels, legendary singer-songwriter, entrepreneur and philanthropist.
“The sons and daughters of America’s service members learn at a very young age what it means to be a patriot,” said Jim Knotts, President & CEO of Operation Homefront. “These children thrive in the face of the challenges of military life with grace and courage and use that experience to become leaders in their communities. The Military Child of the Year® Award honors their resiliency.”
The 2014 recipients are:
Kenzie Hall, 14
Michael-Logan Burke Jordan, 15
Ryan Patrick Curtin, 18 (on March 14th)
Corpus Christi, Texas
Gage Alan Dabin, 18
JBER (Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson), Anchorage, Alaska
Juanita Lindsay Collins, 17