Since 2011, Jack Daniel's and the Armed Services YMCA Operation Ride Home program has helped bring military families together for the holidays. Operation Ride Home provides financial assistance to eligible active duty junior-enlisted military and their families to travel from their duty station, back home to spend time with their families. Reconnecting military families during this special time of year is one small way Operation Ride Home is strengthening military families. To date, the Jack Daniels and Armed Services YMCA Operation Ride Home Program has helped a total of 6,410 individuals travel home for the holidays.
Operation Ride Home is open to active duty military members rank E5 and below. Recipients may receive up to $400 per plane ticket or $100 per person, if driving for travel home during the holidays.
DOWNLOAD the 2019 Application by clicking here. Applications are due October 18, 2019. Please return application in person or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Questions? Contact us at 910-436-0500.
FAQ's and Tips for applying
- Focus on filling out the first page only when applying! If selected, we will walk you through the rest of the process and next steps
- Be sure to thoughtfully and thoroughly fill out " Please tell us why you need help getting home". This is what will help us determine who will be selected. Simply stating your rank or that you have a family is not enough - share what sort of impact not having to pay for travel will have, or why it is important to get home this year, etc. We have many applicants, so please share as much as you are willing!
- Decisions will be made later this month and all applicants will be notified if they were accepted before November 1.
- Please share this application FAR AND WIDE - we have nearly $40,000 to send families home. Help us make sure everyone who needs assistance with travel expenses has the opportunity to apply!