I want to inform you about a significant and unfortunate change in our delivery of Operation: Military Kids programming.
Nationwide funding for the current Operation: Military Kids (OMK) contract expires on March 31, 2015. As a result, the Minnesota OMK program delivered by the Extension 4-H program will end after March 2015.
OMK is funded by the Department of the Army, Army National Guard and Army Reserve. They are currently working on transitioning the OMK program to meet the changing needs of Guard and Reserve military families nationwide.
Fortunately, there are other resources and programs available to support Minnesota military families. Please refer to the article in 4-H Admin Weekly for details.
Extension 4-H began its partnership with Operation: Military Kids in October 2005, and has been proud to deliver quality programming to support military youth and families in Minnesota through youth and family camps in partnership with the Beyond the Yellow Ribbon programming, Family Readiness groups, unit events and educational programs to schools, community organizations and businesses.
As OMK moves through its changes, and future funding and programming possibilities evolve over the coming months, we will provide new information as it becomes available.
Please feel free to share this information with any military families or groups that you have worked with in your area, and contact Amber Greeley, Minnesota OMK Program Specialist & 4-H Military Liaison, with any questions or concerns at email@example.com.
I would like to thank Amber and Kia Harries for their leadership in supporting and delivering this valuable programming over the last 10 years. Your work has made an important difference in the lives of Minnesota's military youth and families.