Bringing Families Together

The Jack Daniels and the Armed Services YMCA Operation Ride Home program helps bring military families together for the holidays. Operation Ride Home sponsors travel for eligible service members and their dependents 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. 



  • Travel assistance of up to $500/family member
  • Applicants are processed first come, first served
  • Travel destination must be at least 350 miles from the service member’s installation
  • Participants must complete an application in its entirety in order to be considered



  • Applicants must be Active Duty E5 or below (dependents may not complete the application unless their service member is currently deployed)
  • Family members must travel with their service member, unless he/she is deployed at the time of travel
  • To apply through ASYMCA Killeen, applicants must be stationed at Fort Hood (if you're located at another installation please contact your local ASYMCA for details)
  • Command-approved with financial need


Applications Now Open!

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Have questions? We have answers! Check the FAQ and Instructions documents below for answers to our most commonly received inquiries.

FAQApplication Instructions

Get notifications for the next Operation Ride Home application period.

Whether you are a junior enlisted service member, or leadership looking to stay on top of this amazing program, you can receive direct notifications about the next Operation Ride Home application period. Notification emails will include the dates for application, a copy of the applications, frequently asked questions about the program, and any other information that will help you understand and navigate the application process.