Story URL: http://news.medill.northwestern.edu/washington/news.aspx?id=84303
Story Retrieval Date: 5/23/2013 11:33:27 AM CST
WASHINGTON -- April is the month of the military child, but there's at least one group out there that's made its mission to help military children every month of the year.
The Virginia-based group Our Military Kids battles in particular for the kids of the National Guard and Reservists. Most of these military families see a drop in household income and don't live near bases that provide support services.
The group gives each child an average award of 350 dollars and a maximum award of 500 dollars. And this money goes toward the stuff that dreams (and kids) are made of -- ballet lessons, art classes, Tae Kwon Do.
What particularly pleases grantees like Lisa Soloman is that the organization sends grant money directly to the vender. Soloman applied for a grant online and within a few weeks, a check was mailed directly to her sons' music teacher.
Ian Soloman, 5, now jams on the guitar, while his brother Vaughan, 7, rocks out on the drums. Thanks to Our Military Kids, the boys are in their seventh month of lessons.
And they aren't the only ones who've benefited. Since Gail Kruzel and Linda Davidson founded the group in 2004, Our Military Kids has given money to 2,800 children in all 50 states.
For more information, visit the Our Military Kids website at www.ourmilitarykids.com.