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Medal of HonorToday, President Barack Obama  will award the Medal of Honor to former SSGT Clint L. Romesha at the White House.

SSGT  Romesha joins an incredible legacy of heroes, 3400, who have been awarded the MOH since 1861.

“At 6 a.m., Oct. 3, 2009, Combat Outpost Keating in Kamdesh District, Nuristan Province, Afghanistan, came under complex attack by an enemy force estimated at 400 fighters. The fighters occupied the high ground on all four sides of the combat outpost and initiated the attack with concentrated fire from B10 recoilless rifles, rocket-propelled grenades, known as RPGs, DSHKA heavy machine gun fire, mortars, and small-arms fire.

Staff Sgt. Clinton L. Romesha displayed extraordinary heroism through a day-long engagement in which he killed multiple enemy fighters, recovered fallen Soldiers, and led multiple recovery, resupply, and counterattack operations.”

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For more on that day, and the Medal of Honor:

Senior White House Correspondant Jake Tapper wrote of that day, one of the deadliest attacks in the Afghan War,  in The Outpost: An Untold Story of American Valor.

History of the Medal of Honor, with full citations.

Better than honor and glory, and History’s iron pen,
Was the thought of duty done and the love of his fellow-men.
~Richard Watson Gilder

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Nathan Richards, 2012 Navy Military Child of the Year, in D.C.(Welcome guest blogger Nathan Richards, age 9, and recipient of the 2012 Navy Military Child of the Year award.)  My Mom said before we left for D.C. “I hope you behave!”  She also said, “I hope you can act like a young man all the time, there will be a lot of important people there.” I was thinking, “yeah….all the Military kids will be there. Hahah Mom.” She also said, “I hope you have fun! But most of all I hope you can really embrace the opportunity you have and remember, Nate the Great, with great privilege comes great responsibility.” She is pretty smart but I don’t think I got it till we went to D.C. and we were at the Gala (the Operation Homefront Military Child of the Year Gala ).

Hope! Now that word carries a lot of weight. Many times military kids can feel like they have no hope. No one hears them, no one cares what they are saying and they have no power in what is going on. Well, this past Thursday I saw a lot of HOPE for all of us!

Operation Homefront, many important members of our military and a lot of sponsors saw the hope we need!  Four girls, Alena, Chelsea, Amelia, Erika, and me, were lucky to represent all the military kids at a Gala. We each represented our own parents’ branch and are all humble and proud to serve you. There was many speeches and they all spoke of the hope we showed other military kids and the HOPE all Military kids need.

Sammy Davis, the Medal of Honor winner said he saw hope in our eyes, and played Shenandoah. It made me sad because it made me think of my brothers and Dad who were deployed. It also made me Happy because it made me think of all the fun we have when we are hiking, wrestling and sitting on Rocks on our mountain talking to each other. It was one of my favorite parts of the whole week.

The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Dempsey said we have profound thoughts! We are the way we are because of all the situations we have to deal with! The CNO (Admiral Jonathan Greenert) was at the table with me all night and said I didn’t fall far from the tree. He was right about that. My Dad and brothers are always setting great examples for me! Everyone there was a huge supporter of the hard times we can have as military kids, and they all are trying to make it a little easier for us.

Award recipients visit the White House.

Award recipients visit the White House. The buck stops with Nathan, sitting in the middle.

The idea of HOPE for military kids came to me when we were touring D.C with our parents, and Operation Homefront. We visited many of the awesome sites that are in our Nation’s Capitol.  During our trip I heard and saw the word Hope 11 times. We went to the Vietnam Memorial, and there is a Nurses Statue there. One of the Nurses was named HOPE, she was looking up to the sky and you could see she had HOPE. That inspired me too , because when our parents are gone we have HOPE , they will be ok and come home soon. Then on the Vietnam Wall was a note written by a little kid that said she missed that person and she HOPEd they knew it. I hope all the time when my brothers are deployed they know I miss them and HOPE they miss me. We went to one of my heroes monuments, Martin Luther King Jr. He had a dream, but my favorite quote of his is “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is ‘What are you doing for others?’”

We went to see the White House and there is a lot of HOPE there. Mrs Obama is a huge supporter of military kids, lots of changes are in the works to help military kids. Dr. Jill Biden has a book coming out soon for kids about what her Granddaughter did when her Dad was deployed.

Givanha Penserga, a top 5 finalist for the award, came to support Nathan Richards.

Givanha Penserga, a top 5 finalist for the award, came to the awards banquet to support fellow Navy kid, Nathan Richards.

But I think the biggest HOPE for Military kids I saw this week was the military kid, a girl, named Givahna Penserga, who came all the way from her home to see me. She was one of the top 5 for the Navy and just as awesome as the rest of us. It was one of the biggest honors of my trip to D.C. It gave me HOPE that all military kids can support each other, help each other through the hard times and be there to celebrate in the good times. We are the biggest HOPE any Military kid could ask for, each other.

I  HOPE she keeps inspiring others and puts HOPE in them like she did for me!

The recipients for 2012 Military Child of the Year representing each branch of service.

2012 Military Child of the Year Recipients (left to right): Alena Deveau (Coast Guard), Chelsea Rutherford (Air Force), Amelia McConnell (Army), Erika Booth (Marine Corps), and (in front), Nathan Richards (Navy).

The ceremony was so exciting and the Color Guard gave me goosebumps. I don’t think I have ever stood so still, straight or very proud as I did during the National Anthem. We all heard awesomtacullar (that is for you John) speeches about ourselves and our families. We received a $5000 check from Operation Homefront. And then Veteran’s United gave us a $2000 scholarship. An extra special thanks to Soldiers’ Angels for the laptop. This is my very first blog on my own computer, amazing feeling!

Everyday when I get up, I have an awesome trophy to look at me and give me the inspiration to do the best I can as a “Military Brat.”

It was almost unreal to know that I was there to represent all the Navy kids. Can I live up to the job Operation Homefront gave me ? I HOPE So.

Thank you to Operation Homefront for giving all the military kids,  1.2 million of us,  HOPE!  And thank you to our travel escort, Mr. Jay Anderson. He is the president of Operation Homefront in California, a Major in the Marines and a really cool guy. He has great riddles and loves logic puzzles, so the trip was really fun.

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Find out more about Nathan and all our 2012 Military Child of the Year recipients. Follow Nathan’s blog. See pictures from the Awards events in Washingont D.C. View a video highlight of the event.

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We say it over and over and over in so many ways to as many people was we can: If you’re struggling with mental health issues, get help.

May is Mental Health Month. I consider destigmatizing mental health support a critical mission of Operation Homefront and every other organization that’s here to help our military families. But don’t take my word for it; listen to our greatest heroes.

Medal of Honor recipients are speaking out on this video, encouraging you to speak up if you need help. Don’t let the enemy win at home, they say. It’s one of almost 30 messages that are a part of the Medal of Honor — Speak Out! campaign.

Their wives are speaking out, too. They know what it’s like to watch their loved ones struggle. They understand that when warriors come home, they bring the war with them.

There’s a growing army of credible sources echoing the same message: Don’t be afraid to admit you need help, and don’t hesitate to get it.

There are more resources now than ever before. Service members and their families can use TRIAP for anonymous help online. There’s a Veterans Suicide Prevention Hotline. There are mentoring programs like Operation Homefront Georgia’s Veterans to Warriors program.

A simple Google search will yield dozens of options for stressed families. The help is there. You just have to muster the courage to ask for it.

It may be the bravest thing you ever do.

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