Since Jack Daniel's Operation Ride Home program began in 2011, the partnership has generated a total of more than $1.8 million in donations and sent a total of 8,583 individual junior-enlisted service members and their families home when it mattered most. Servicemen and women from the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard have been assisted with travel to all 50 states.
Reconnecting military families during this special time of year is one small way Operation Ride Home is strengthening military families. Operation Ride Home is open to active duty E-5 and below, both single and married, who might not otherwise financially be able to travel home. The ASYMCA works with the various military commands in specific areas co-located with ASYMCA branches to identify and prioritize junior-enlisted service members and families most in financial need. Plane tickets and pre-paid debit cards are given to assist those traveling.
Service members and military families can find more information about the Operation Ride Home application process, including application periods and links to apply for each ASYMCA Branch on our Operation Ride Home application landing page.
The Jack Daniel Distillery and the Armed Services YMCA kicked off fundraising efforts for the 10th year of Operation Ride Home. With your help, Operation Ride Home can eclipse 10,000 servicemembers and their families who have been assisted throughout the life of the effort as well as exceed $2 million dollars in overall donations. All donations are 100 percent tax deductible. Once the pandemic subsides, these service members need and deserve to see their families, many of which they have not been able to see due to the pandemic. Please make your most generous gift today.