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Press Release

350 Davis-Monthan AFB area Military Children Received Backpacks and School Supplies from Operation Homefront’s Back-to-School Brigade®
July 21, 2020

SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Operation Homefront distributed 350 backpacks and necessary school supplies to pre-registered military families on Saturday, July 18, at the Davis-Monthan AFB Youth Center parking lot as a part of their annual Back-to-School Brigade®.  BTSB is Operation Homefront’s nationwide collection of school supplies and backpacks that are distributed to the children of military families as well as to all ranks of wounded, ill, or injured veterans and their families. 


The event is made possible by the generosity of Dollar Tree, SAIC, and other local donors.  During this year’s campaign, Operation Homefront will distribute its 400,000th backpack since 2008, saving military families more than $50 million in back to school expenses. The ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic continues to take a huge toll on military families. This year, more than ever, these deserving families will benefit from a program that helps offset finances they would normally use for school supplies and allow them to apply their funds to critical needs. 


This year’s Back-to-School Brigade® event had a different look than previous years to adhere to all federal, state and local COVID-19 guidelines.  The event was delivered in a drive-through format with volunteers following CDC guidelines.   


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Operation Homefront Back-to-School Brigade photo 101931: In the parking lot at Davis-Monthan AFB Youth Center, Operation Homefront volunteers get ready to start handing out backpacks to 350 area military children. This year’s BTSB events are contactless with volunteers adhering to federal, state, and local guidelines during the pandemic. Volunteers wore facemasks to ensure the safety of themselves and the military families participating in the BTSB event.


Operation Homefront Back-to-School Brigade photo 101944: At this year’s BTSB events, Operation Homefront offered contactless pickup of needed backpacks and school supplies. Military parents were able to drive through the event to get their children’s supplies. A military child waves to the camera from the safety of her parent’s car.


Operation Homefront Back-to-School Brigade photo 101946: A military family drives up to receive backpacks and school supplies at the Davis-Monthan AFB Back-to-School Brigade event made possible by Operation Homefront. During this year’s campaign, Operation Homefront will distribute its 400,000th backpack since 2008, saving military families more than $50 million in back to school expenses.


About Operation Homefront: Founded in 2002, Operation Homefront is a national nonprofit organization whose mission is to build strong, stable, and secure military families so that they can thrive – not simply struggle to get by – in the communities they have worked so hard to protect. Recognized for superior performance by leading independent charity oversight groups, 92 percent of Operation Homefront expenditures go directly to programs that support tens of thousands of military families each year. Operation Homefront provides critical financial assistance, transitional and permanent housing and family support services to prevent short-term needs from turning into chronic, long-term struggles. Thanks to the generosity of our donors and the support from thousands of volunteers, Operation Homefront proudly serves America’s military families. For more information, visit OperationHomefront.org.