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Strengthening Our Military Family®


Armed Services YMCA
How we are Strengthening Our Military Family

We provide hands-on, innovative, specialized programs and services to support 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 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 military sends them.


Operation Little Learners

Operation Little Learners is an interactive education program for parents and children. Learn more


Operation Hero

Operation Hero is a no-cost after-school program designed to help military kids get back on track in school and at home. Learn more

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Children's Waiting Room

Children's Waiting Room, free at most locations, provides child care so parents can attend medical appointments. Learn more

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Operation Camp

Camps encourage healthy living and provide much needed outdoor recreational and bonding opportunities for military children. Learn more

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Child Care & Preschool

Armed Services YMCA offers accessible, quality and affordable programs to prepare children for future success.

Happy family of tennis players at the courtYMCA | DoD Military Outreach Initiative

In partnership with the Armed Services YMCA, the Department of Defense is proud to offer this program which provides gym memberships and respite child care services for qualified military members and families nationwide. Through this initiative, military members and families receive access to vital resources that promote youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. Learn more


Operation Ride Home

Operation Ride Home provides financial assistance to currently serving junior enlisted military and their families to travel from their place of military service back home for the holidays. Learn more


Operation Kid Comfort

Handmade quilts and pillows are provided at no cost to the children of deployed currently serving military service members to help children cope with emotional stress during a parent’s deployment. Learn more


Operation Holiday Joy

Since 2004, donations to this program have enabled the purchase and distribution of toys and the delivery of baskets of food to junior enlisted familiesLearn more


Art & Essay Contest

The annual Armed Services YMCA Art & Essay Contest, sponsored by GEICO Military, allows children to express their love, appreciation and admiration for their military heroes and share their military family. It's is open to all military school-aged children. Learn more


Military Family Month

Each November, the Armed Services YMCA celebrates Military Family Month to demonstrate the nation’s support and commitment to the families of military personnel. Military Family Month was established in 1996 by the Armed Services YMCA. Learn more


Angels of the Battlefield

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. Learn more