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The Operation: Military Kids (OMK) program will be
ending on March 31,2015.

For continued support, please be advised:

For Army National Guard Families: Get your youth involved with the State Child & Youth Program! Contact a Child & Youth Program Coordinator (or the State Family Program Director) near you to check out the program offerings and activities they can participate in; visit: and click on "Contact your local State Family Program Director, Airman & Family Readiness Program Manager, Family Readiness Support Assistant, Family Assistance Specialist or Child & Youth Program Coordinator" at the bottom of the page, then choose your state, for assistance in connecting with your Child & Youth Program Coordinator.

For Army Reserve Families: Get your youth involved with a Command Child, Youth, School Service Program! Contact a Command CYSS specialist near you to check out the program offerings and activities they can participate in go to or Fort Family Support & Outreach Center at 1-866-345-8248 for assistance in connecting with CYSS specialist.

You may also visit the 4-H Military Partnership website at:




For more information on Operation: Military Kids in Kansas, please contact:
Ann Domsch, OMK Project Coordinator at
(785) 532-2276, (785) 532-2276   or 

Elaine Johannes, State  Military Liaison  at

When National Guard, Army Reserve and other military parents living in civilian communities are mobilized, their children have unique needs for special support and services. Now they are "military kids" but they still look the same to teachers, friends and the rest of the community. Their lives are turned upside down! Many of their usual support systems may no longer be adequate. That is why an Operation: Military Kids Team was formed.

Kansas Operation: Military Kids provides support for military kids through the following elements:

  1. Sustain the Meadowlark Extension District's Community-support network through partnerships with local schools, Extension Groups and parent engagement organizations.
  2. Establish networks of support and communication in the southeast and northwest areas of Kansas, through linkages to schools parent engagment organizations.

  3. Sustain school-based support groups at schools with high concentrations of military-connected youth.  Two schools in Manhattan of which 67% of the student population are military connected.
  4. Youth Activities - OMK holds many youth activities throughout the year to provide support for military kids.  You can find OMK holding day camps, workshops, military family days, and many others.  Activities may include using the MTL, making crafts, playing games, having fun in a classroom, and a variety of other activities that allow kids to grow and learn.
  5. Ready, Set, Go! Training - Professionals around the state go out to community groups, schools and conferences to help build awareness around the issues that military youth face.  At these trainings participants learn about the deployment cycle, how kids are affected by deployment and ways that they can help support military youth.

View Our 2012 Annual Report

 View our 2011 Annual Report

The Kansas Operation: Military Kids team is composed of representatives from the Army National Guard, Air National Guard, Army Reserve, Boys and Girls Club, American Legion, Kansas Department of Education, K-State Research and Extension - 4-H Youth Development, at K-State Research and Extension - School of Family Studies and Human Services, Elaine Johannes, at Ft. Leavenworth, the School Liaison Officer, Jessica Bruchwood - Jessica, at Fort Riley, Eric Childs,, 
the School Liaison at McConnell Air Force Base, Angela Edwards,

      Ann Domsch
      1007 Throckmorton Hall, Kansas State University
      Manhattan, Kansas 66506
      Phone: (785) 532-2276
      Fax: (785) 532-5887


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