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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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While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about.” ― Angela Schwindt

September is here, and that means that, by now, an estimated 1.3 million military children[1] are back in school. For the last eight consecutive years, our team at Operation Homefront has been honored to be there to send them off via our Back-To-School Brigade program.


Ready to take on the world!

For our staff and volunteers, Back-To-School Brigade is not about the more than 100 distribution events held nationwide this summer, or the approximately 44,000 backpacks distributed. It’s about the 5-year-old who can barely contain his excitement about going to Kindergarten. Or the slightly nervous teen headed off to high school. The 3rd grader who can’t decide if their favorite class is math or gym. (you can tell they want to say gym, but feel like they should say math).


Seeing all of the smiling faces and feeling the excitement makes Back-To-School Brigade a favorite time of year.

Back-To-School Brigade is, for us, also a time to learn. Learning who our military kids are and hearing their stories. For many military children, this may be their first school or their fourth. Mom or Dad may be helping them with Algebra this year via Skype on an iPad far away from home. The brigade lets us share a small part of their journey, and reminds us of the sacrifice made by all members of a military family, and why our mission to support them matters. They teach us about courage, resiliency, the power of gratitude and the impact of a smile.


This is what it is all about!

Thank you to our amazing volunteers who collected donated school supplies over the summer, as well as those who helped organize and run our distribution events. In addition, none of this would be possible without the support of our community and sponsors, who donated everything from reams of paper, to crayons, to backpacks and much more: Dollar Tree, SAIC, Veterans United Foundation, RetailMeNot, eBags and Eckrich — you’re the superheroes of BTSB!


You're all heroes to us.

You’re all heroes to us.

Stay tuned! October 1 is when we open up the nomination period for the Military Child of the Year Award ® . This award recognizes military children who have demonstrated the characteristics of exceptional citizens while facing the challenges of military family life. Help us let our terrific military kids know just how special they are.
[1] http://www.militarychild.org/student-identifier

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And we couldn’t not have done it without all of you.

As millions of kids head back to school this week, we just wanted to take a moment to thank YOU, our amazing community, for making the 2013 Back to School Brigade such an incredible success. Drumroll, please….

We served over 41,000 children with backpacks and supplies through official Operation Homefront hosted events at 128 locations nationwide!


This was the 6th year of our Back to School program, and it just gets better every year.  And the smiles we get to see on the faces of our military kids?  Priceless!


No better thank you than this!

Thank you Dollar Tree for collecting school supplies and to the hundreds of volunteers nationwide who collected, sorted and packed thousands of back packs in July and August.  Many of those volunteers were active duty military, who extend their commitment to service to include their communities and the families of their fellow men and women in uniform. You inspire us every day.


Our heroes giving back even more.

The Back to School Brigade program is a perfect example of what we can do when we all band together to look out for one another.  From companies like SAIC, La Quinta Inns and Suites and BAE Systems, to school and youth groups, non profits and small businesses, we were able to show that no amount of help is too small to make a difference.


Volunteers from SAIC support BTSB 2013. Just one of many companies who supported the program through volunteering or collecting supplies.


The NG Youth Summer Camp came to help our Nevada field Office sort all of the donated school supplies in preparation for the Back to School Brigade distribution event in Las Vegas! Hail to all the Summer Campers

So, from all of us here at Operation Homefront, “Thank You” for making a huge difference in the lives of our military children.  There are an estimated 1.2 million school aged military children, and on average they attend 6 to 9 different school systems from kindergarten to 12th grade. They serve too, and programs like these offer us all a chance to show them we remember and we care.


If you have a picture of your military child at one of our Back to School Brigade events, we invite you to send them to socialnet@operationhomefront.net and we’ll add them to our Pinterest board Back to School Brigade 2013

Also, mark your calendars for another chance to celebrate and honor our military kids when we open up nominations for Military Child of the Year in October.

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