Extension News

Operation: Military Kids Receives Additional Grant

Operation: Military Kids

4/25/2007

This article is from the Spring 2007 edition of the Extension Connection newsletter.

Operation: Military Kids (OMK) has received an additional $106,668 in grant funding. Through this program, Iowa State University Extension provides education, outreach and support to youth of deployed military families. The new grant will benefit the 1,000 military kids in Iowa whose parents’ tours in Iraq have been extended. 

According to Chris Gleason, OMK project director, “This deployment extension struck an emotional blow to our military kids. ISU Extension 4-H Youth Development will use this extra grant money to design and implement a variety of fun experiences for military kids to help them cope with the extended deployment. In addition, our goal is that these fun experiences will help the military kids build skills in communication, leadership, citizenship and personal life management as they relate to dealing with deployment issues.”

Operation: Military Kids is a partnership between the U.S. Army’s Child and Youth Services and USDA/4-H that works with children of the National Guard and Reserve soldiers. For more information on Operation: Military Kids in Iowa, contact Gleason, cgleason@iastate.edu.

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Contacts :

Laura Sternweis, Extension Communications and Marketing, (515) 294-0775, lsternwe@iastate.edu