Created by the Armed Services YMCA branch at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton in 1995, Operation Hero targets children from 6 to 12 years old who are experiencing temporary difficulty in school, both socially and academically. Often these difficulties are caused by frequent moves and family disruption due to military deployments. Referred by teachers, parents or school officials, the quarter-long program (9 weeks) provides after-school tutoring and mentoring assistance in a small group with certified mentors or trained child-care professionals (1-8 ratio). The focus of the program is on personal responsibility, enabling the children to find success in their school and home lives. Operation Hero facilitates a positive environment, encourages responsible behavior and provides the support the children need to get back on track in school, both academically and socially. In the end, the students find there are “heroes” inside each of them. Fort Campbell’s Operation Hero program is currently offered in all 6 Elementary schools on post and over 340 children participated in this program in 2012. This program does not use volunteers, only paid staff.