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Nominations now open for Military Child of the Year

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Mary Kate Cooper, left, receives the Military Child of the Year® award during the 2017 Military Child of the Year® Awards at a Ritz-Carlton hotel. Each year, the Military Child of the Year® Award is presented by Operation Homefront to outstanding military children who demonstrate resiliency, leadership, and achievement. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Eric S. Brann /Released)

A national nonprofit, with the mission of building strong military families, is seeking nominations for its annual Military Child of the Year Awards.

Operation Homefront will accept nominations for the 2018 Military Child of the Year Awards and applications for the 2018 Military Child of the Year Award for Innovation through Monday.

All seven Military Child of the Year Award recipients will be flown with a parent or guardian to Washington, D.C., where they’ll be recognized at the 10th annual Recognition Gala on April 19. Each recipient will also receive $10,000, a laptop and other gifts.

In addition, the Military Child of the Year Award for Innovation recipient will work with a Booz Allen Hamilton team to develop a plan to scale the recipient’s project — drawing on technology and strategic thinking as a part of the corporation’s competitive Summer Games.

The six recipients of the Military Child of the Year Award will represent a branch of the armed forces — the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, and National Guard — for their scholarship, volunteerism, leadership, extracurricular involvement, and other criteria while facing the challenges of military family life.

Parents, siblings, teachers, coaches, clergy, neighbors, grandparents and anyone who knows a child’s talents may nominate a favorite military child for a service branch Military Child of the Year Award.

Headquartered in Texas, with an office in Southern California, Operation Homefront mission is to build strong, stable and secure military families.

For more information on Homefront, visit www.militarychildoftheyear.org. To nominate a child, visit the site and click the nominate tab. Youth interested in the innovation award do not need to be nominated and may apply directly on the website.

Rene Ray De La Cruz may be reached at 760-951-6227, RDeLa Cruz@VVDailyPress.com, Twitter @DP_ReneDeLaCruz and Instagram @reneraydelacruz
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