National Guard and Reserve

When National Guard, Army and Air Force Reserve, and other military parents living in civilian communities are mobilized, the lives of their children become different.  They still look the same to teachers, friends, and the rest of the community, but they are coping with changes in their lives, and their families may not be sure how to access support services of the military.

Operation: Military Kids (OMK)  

The mission of Operation: Military Kids is to support deployed National Guard, Army Reserve and Active Duty Soldiers’ children living in communities across the country by:

  • Creating networks of people, organizations and other resources to support
    military children and youth where they live.
  • Delivering a wide range of recreational, social, and educational programs for military youth living in civilian communities.
  • Acknowledging the strengths and sacrifices of military kids as everyday home front heroes.
  • Supporting military kids coping with stress of knowing their deployed parents may be in harm’s way.
  • Educating the public on the impact of the deployment cycle on Soldiers, kids, and the community as a whole.


U.S. Military and 4-H Join Forces to Support Youth and Families


Currently, 4-H clubs on Army and Air Force installations in the U.S. and around the world support over 16,000 youth who are involved in recreational, social, and educational programs.