making military life easier


What We Do

Headquartered in Springfield, Virginia, we provide hands-on, innovative, specialized programs and support services to military service members and their families with a particular focus on junior-enlisted men and women — the individuals on the front lines of defending our nation. Programs are offered at no or low cost and require no dues or membership fees.

Check out our signature programs:





Angels Of The Battlefield Awards Gala

The Angels of the Battlefield Awards Gala is an Armed Services YMCA signature event that honors the individual men and women on the front lines who are saving lives and have demonstrated extraordinary courage.  The 10th Annual Angels of the Battlefield Gala will be held Friday,...

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Art And Essay Contest

The annual Armed Services YMCA Art & Essay Contest allows children to express their love, appreciation and admiration for their military heroes and serves to remind us ...

The Art & Essay Contest Entry Form and guidelines are available.

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Military Family Month

Military Family Month was established in 1996 by the Armed Services YMCA, with the U.S. Government recognizing the occasion every year since. Each November, The Armed Services YMCA celebrates Military Family Month to demonstrate the nation’s support and commitment to the families of military personnel.

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Operation Hero

Operation Hero is an onsite after-school program, which focuses on character development and skill building within military children who have been identified by school personnel and parents exhibiting low self-esteem, or difficulty adjusting both academically and socially in the school environment. Curriculum is designed to…

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Operation Holiday Joy

Help make the holidays brighter for military families We are continuing to see an increased need in both demand and support for this program. These young heroes and their families are voluntarily serving and sacrificing daily so we can continue to enjoy our freedoms and …

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Operation Kid Comfort

Volunteers at the Armed Services YMCA create custom-made photo transfer quilts and pillows. Each child receives a quilt or pillow; children 7 and under receive a quilt, 8 and older receive a pillow. Operation Kid Comfort quilts and pillows are for the children of our…

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Operation Outdoors

The Armed Services YMCA offers junior enlisted families the chance to participate in family, youth, and teen camps year-round at our 34 branches and affiliate locations through our Operation Outdoors program. Operation Outdoors encourages healthy living as part of our core mission of making military…

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Operation Ride Home

Your Donation Makes an Impact Since its beginning in 2011, The Jack Daniels and Armed Services YMCA Operation Ride Home Program has assisted 1,557 service members and their families, a total of 3,550 individuals, travel from their bases to homes across the country for the holidays …


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Teddy’s Child Watch

For military parents, it can often be difficult to focus on their own health and well-being when their attention is diverted. Military medical leadership recognizes the need for respite child care and that well children should not accompany parents into the examination rooms while they…

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YMCA | DoD Military Outreach Initiative

We are proud to announce that the Department of Defense has extended this successful program until March 2017!! We understand that military families are under enormous strain, and that military life comes with unique challenges. Deployments and frequent moves can be a stressful and uncertain time…

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