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.
Before applying, please review the FAQs and verify that you or your service member are stationed at a military installation that is served by a participating Armed Services YMCA. You can download that list here.
To apply, please scroll down and click on the branch location that serves your installation.
The Armed Services YMCA and its twelve (12) branch locations are honored to partner with Jack Daniel’s to facilitate the 10th Annual Jack Daniel’s Operation Ride Home.
The information below addresses the most frequently asked questions. A complete list of FAQs can be found here. If we have not addressed a question you may have, please contact the ASYMCA branch POC listed in the table here.
We can only offer Operation Ride Home where the Armed Services YMCA has full branches.
Please the list of ASYMCA locations and/or Military Installations participating in
Operation Ride Home by clicking here.
Operation Ride Home is open to active duty E-5 and below located at the Bases and Installations served by our Armed Services YMCA Branches; both single and married service members travelling with their spouses and/or dependents who may not have the financial means to travel home for the holidays. The service member, their spouse or a dependent may apply.
If travel costs exceed the stipend amount, the traveler(s) pay the difference. Your billing
information will be collected upfront to pay for these costs in the case of air travel. In the
nine-year history of this program, many Operation Ride Home participants have paid the difference toward their flight(s). Operation Ride Home is structured to help facilitate travel and offset costs as much as possible, but not necessarily to provide “free” travel. In order to ensure optimal benefit of the donated funds, the program follows guidelines established by the ASYMCA and Jack Daniel’s.
Applications can be submitted online using the links provided for each branch. As part of the application process, you must upload a completed and signed Command Approval Form. Please have your Command Approval Form completed prior to proceeding with your application. Instructions and additional information may vary by location. If you have questions about the application process at your Armed Services YMCA branch, please contact your branch representative.
Select the Armed Services YMCA branch for your installation to apply for Jack Daniel's Operation Ride Home. To see a complete list of installations served by each ASYMCA branch, please click here.
Sept 13 - 23, 2021
Sept 13 - Nov 5, 2021
Sept 20 - Oct 22, 2021
Sept 13 - Nov 25, 2021
Oct 15 - Nov 25, 2021
Sept 13 - Nov 15, 2021
Sept 9 - Dec 17, 2021
Sept 20 - Oct 15, 2021
Sept 20 - Nov 15, 2021
Sept 13 - Nov 7, 2021
Oct 11 - Oct 25, 2021
Sept 27 - Oct 22, 2021