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Strengthening Our Military FamilyTM


What We Do

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 low cost and require no dues or membership fees.

Our focus in on the resiliency of military families. The challenges they face as they provide for the safety and security of our nation is immense. We owe it to them to help.

The programs, services, and events we provide are designed to help the family come together, stay together, and have the ability to adjust, bounce back, and thrive wherever the services sends them.

Check out our programs:



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Angels Of The Battlefield Awards Gala

Honoring and recognizing the heroes of our heroes is what this event is all about. Five Angels are recognized for their selfless courage while saving lives on the front lines.  The event also features the presentation of the Angel of Honor.

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Art And Essay Contest

The annual Armed Services YMCA Art & Essay Contest, sponsored by GEICO, allows children to express their love, appreciation and admiration for their military heroes and to show us their military family.

The Art & Essay Contest is open to all military school-aged children.

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Camps and Camping

The Armed Services YMCA offers junior enlisted families the chance to participate in day camps and resident camps at locations across the country. Camps and Camping encourage healthy living as part of our core mission of making strengthening our military family …

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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 a no-cost afterschool program tailored to the unique struggles of military children. The program is designed to help military kids get back on track in school and at home.

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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 6 and under receive a quilt, 7 and older receive a pillow. Operation Kid Comfort quilts and pillows are for the children of our…

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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 helped a total of 6,410 individuals travel from their bases to homes across the country for the holidays …


Donate to Operation Ride Home 


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Operation Little Learner (Formerly Called Parent and Me)

Operation Little Learner education program provides a platform to help support and build confidence in parents in their roles as their child's first teacher.  The program guides and gives tools to parents on how to enhance the developmental areas of the child and offers an opportunity for early learning and bonding.  

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Children's Waiting Room (Formerly Called 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 2019!! 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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