Posts Tagged ‘Military Child Award’

The setup: Guy walks into a bar with heavy scars and a missing hand.

But no joke, wounded warrior Bobby Henline is there to make you laugh. He mocks himself so the rest of us feel less uncomfortable about his obvious injuries, to prove that our wounded warriors can heal and start over.

Henline takes to the stage at a San Antonio comedy club to make some critical points: Don’t be scared. I’m OK. And I’m really funny.

Next week, the injured veteran is doing it to raise money for Operation Homefront. Read more about it in this article from the Express-News.

The lone survivor of a roadside bomb attack in Iraq underwent dozens of painful surgeries to heal his devastating burns and amputated hand. Throughout that ordeal, his family banded together despite the distance that separated them. Mom was in San Antonio to be with Henline. Daughter Brittany, then 15, stayed behind in their North Carolina home to care for her younger brother and sister. Brittany was later selected as Operation Homefront’s first Military Child Award winner for her selfless maturity and the example she sets for the rest of us.

So it’s a family tradition to step up on behalf of military families. They’re living proof that we can each find a way to make a positive difference, no matter our circumstances or challenges.

Brittany with Bobby Henline

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We’re so pleased to recognize Willie Banks III as this year’s Military Child Award winner.

Military Child Award winner Willie Banks III, 10, with his sister, Talana-Lynn, 6

You can read more about Willie on OH Online. Willie was one of almost 700 children from around the world nominated for the award. Readers voted him into the top five finalists along with Eric Lopez, Andrew Babb, Cavan McIntyre-Brewer and Brandon Schreckhise.

A panel of judges selected Willie as the final winner. The prize is $5,000 and a trip to Washington, D.C., to attend a special ceremony in his honor. You can read more about the award on our Facebook page.

Special thanks to Lockheed Martin and TriWest Healthcare Alliance for sponsoring this award.

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