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South Carolina Operation Military Kids (OMK) is part of the national OMK initiative designated to provide support to the children and youth of families that are impacted by global contingency operations.  This includes those served by Army installations, Air Force, Navy, and Marine bases, and those families, children, and youth who are geographically dispersed.

Building upon their past collaboration to support youth development programs, 4-H and its military partners are now placing special emphasis on the children and youth of National Guard and Reserve Solders.

Many National Guard and Reserves children do not view themselves as 'military' until their parent's deployment.  Their parent has a civilian job and is a citizen soldier with a commitment to the military and our country. The situation created by a deployment places unique stress on the youth and their families.



Working together we can all have a strong impact on military families in our own backyard by:

  • Creating community support networks for military youth “in our own backyard” when military parents are deployed.
  • Promoting awareness of the public on the impact of the deployment cycle on military, families, kids and the community as a whole.
  • Supporting military kids coping with the stress of knowing their deployed parents may be in harms way.
  • Collaborating with schools to ensure that staff is attuned to the unique needs of military students.
  • Delivering educational, recreational and social programs for military youth living in civilian communities. Becomes a part of the ongoing deployment support services for military children and youth.
  • Building community capacity to support geographically dispersed military families and children.


Our Partners:

  
                 4-H
      American Legion
    
                                   Boys & Girls Club             Army Reserve Child, Youth, & School Services      Military Child Education Coalition