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Another summer comes to a close and a new school year begins. For you lucky ones not going back until after Labor Day…enjoy some sun for us! But no matter when you start back, we have a message for you:

You’ve Got This!

These military kids from our BTSB event at Fort Campbell are ready to go!

 

We also have another message: Thank you.

 

 

Thank you to our military families for joining us at our Back-to-School Brigade® events at more than 60 locations across the USA in July and August.  Getting to meet all of you is one of our greatest joys.  Seeing some of you again is like a get together with friends.

 

Back-to-School Brigade at JBER Alaska served 200 military children.

Our Mid-Atlantic Field Office welcomed 1,800 military children at their events…1,000 at Norfolk alone.

These smiles! Priceless!

Our TNKY Field Office served 1,000 military children at Fort Campbell, and another 250 at Fort Knox.

No better feeling in the world than to know you made a child smile.

 

Thank you to our national partners Dollar Tree and SAIC who have been steadfast supporters of military families through our Back-to-School Brigade program. Dollar Tree, our partner for 10 years, collected donated supplies at over 6,000 stores nationwide over the course of the program.

 

Dollar Tree staff came out to help at BTSB Norfolk.

 

Thanks to these amazing organizations, our program just keeps getting better and better.

 

SAIC volunteers in Kansas City stuffed more than 300 backpacks full of school supplies for military kids in the Kansas/Missouri area.

We would also like to thank all of the community organizations around the country that attended our events and brought information and resources to our military families.

Thank you to our volunteers.  These events require a ton of planning and man-hours, and you are the reason that we can host over 60 events nationwide to support thousands more families at bases from Maine to Alaska, Hawaii to Idaho, and everywhere in between.

 

Our volunteers make the magic happen. Here are some of our friends at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst.

Volunteers of all ages helped out at our events, such as this family team from Colorado Springs, CO.

 

You can find all BTSB2018 albums on our Flickr page.  We are still receiving and uploading event images, so please check back if you do not see your even yet.

Get out those cameras and snap your best “Back-to-School” image because we still have more fun waiting. Our friends at Procter & Gamble invite you to celebrate the start of the school year by sending your child’s “First Day of School” photo for a chance to win a $150 Amazon Gift Card! Go to https://startstrongpg.com/firstday for details and official rules. Deadline to enter is Sept. 7. Thank you to our friends at Procter & Gamble for celebrating military kids!

Have a GREAT school year!

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The car you drive may reflect a lot about who you are. It may convey your sporty, fast-paced side that craves an adrenaline rush. It may show your practical, logical approach to everything you do. Or, the car you drive may even demonstrate how you give back to a great cause in your community.

Victory Automotive Group is providing its customers with an opportunity to say “thank you” with the purchase of a car from any of their dealerships.

Victory Automotive Group, with 41 dealerships across the U.S., has issued a challenge to sell 12,000 cars to benefit military families and they will donate $250,000 to Operation Homefront. All of the excitement is part of the Victory 12,000 campaign that Victory Automotive Group launched on July 1 and will extend to Labor Day. It’s a win-win! Customers may celebrate “new car euphoria” made even better by knowing that they played a role in helping Operation Homefront build strong, stable, and secure military families.

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This car was purchased, as part of the Victory 12,000 campaign, at Marin County Ford in California. Marin County Ford is one of 41 dealerships that are part of the Victory Automotive Group family.

That gift of $250,000 will have far-reaching impact for the military families we serve. This significant donation may allow us to fulfill hundreds of requests for financial assistance, to provide caseworker support for those military families participating in our transitional and permanent housing programs, and to host Back-to-School Brigade events for military children across the country. For example, $250,000 may:

  • Pay the rent/mortgage for 183 military families (average cost of $1,362/month), or
  • Provide food and groceries for 1,462 military families (average cost of $171/family), or
  • Cover utility bills for 1,157 military families (average cost of $216/request), or
  • Repair 129 vehicles for military families (average cost of $1,933).

“Victory Automotive Group is more than just a business in the community – we are part of the community. We care about the area we serve and the people in it, and there is no better way to give back to our community than to help the men and women who have done so much to protect us,” stated the Cappo family.

But it goes deeper than that. Veterans are not only part of the community that Victory Automotive Group cares about. They are also a part of the team. Victory Automotive Group has veteran staff members who play a huge role in the success of each dealership.

For example, Glenn Ross, who works sales at Marin County Ford, has 5 years of service in the Army. Glenn chose to serve in the military because, “First, it is a tradition in my family to serve and 2nd, it felt right to serve my country.” Glenn is grateful that Victory Automotive Group is supporting military families through Victory 12,000. “It makes me feel proud to know that the company I work for values people who serve and have served in the armed forces” said Glenn.

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Thanks to generous donors like Victory Automotive Group and its customers, Operation Homefront provides military families with critical financial assistance, transitional and permanent housing, and other family support programs throughout the year. Operation Homefront has consistently earned high ratings from leading charity rating services, including Charity Navigator, which gave the organization its highest rating of four stars for 11 consecutive years for superior service and accountability. At Operation Homefront, 92 percent of expenditures go directly toward delivering programs and services to military families.

“Clearly, the entire Victory Automotive Group team shares our unwavering commitment to meeting the needs of those who have done so much for all of us and their support will allow us to help military families have the opportunity to thrive in the communities they have worked so hard to protect,” said Brig. Gen. (ret.) John I. Pray Jr., president and CEO of Operation Homefront.

Find out more about our partnership with Victory Automotive Group.

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