Nominations close February 25 for the 2010 Military Child Award, administered by program officials in San Antonio, Texas. The award recognizes the service and sacrifices of the nation's youngest heroes. Anyone can nominate a deserving child for the award, but the nominee must be enrolled in the Defense Eligibility Enrollment Reporting System and be between the ages of 8 and 18. The winner will receive $5,000 and will be flown with a parent or guardian to Washington, D.C., for the award ceremony.
Go directly to https://eballot.votenet.com/operationhomefront/register, or to www.operationhomefront.net, to nominate children of both active duty and Guard or Reserve families. In addition to the financial award and travel expenses, meals and accommodations for two will also be provided.
"The sons and daughters of America's service members learn what patriotism is at a very young age," said Jim Knotts, chief operating officer, Operation Homefront. "Children in military families understand sacrifice and live with the concept of service. This is what the Military Child Award honors."