Operation Homefront seeks Military Child of Year nominations

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Operation Homefront is seeking nominations for the 2015 Military Child of the Year awards.

Officials of the nonprofit organization, which provides aid to service members and their families, said they understand what military children go through in supporting their service members and want to recognize their contributions.

Parents, grandparents, Scout leaders, teachers, counselors, priests, rabbis, imams, pastors and others can nominate a military child for the honor.

Operation Homefront presents the award to an outstanding military child from each branch -- Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and Coast Guard, honoring the award winners at the organization's annual gala in the nation's capital. The 2015 gala is scheduled for April 16. The nominees must be the legal dependents of service members and be between 8 and 18 years old. They must be able to travel to D.C. for the gala.

Nominees selected as finalists must provide letters of recommendation and agree to a background check. Winners receive the award, a $5,000 cash prize and a laptop computer. Nominations close Dec. 12.

(Information provided by DoD News, Defense Media Activity)