Military Families

Serving Military Families

Hundreds of thousands of Military children will experience the challenge of having a parent or guardian deployed or absent for an extended period of time. We are on a mission to support as many of these amazing and resilient children as we can!

Proudly Supporting The Children Of Those Who Serve

Working closely with Family Readiness Groups, our trademarked “Battalion Buddy” bears are hand-stuffed by volunteers and provided to the children of deployed service members. Our cuddly Battalion Buddies wear tags that say “I’m your Battalion Buddy and I’m here to keep you company while your Mom or Dad is away. I’m so excited to join your family!” The Operation Gratitude team and volunteers are often invited to hand-deliver these special bears, where they have the opportunity to show that a grateful nation stands with them during difficult times.

The impact that a Battalion Buddy has is clear in the emails we receive from troops and their families:

Testimonial Highlights

I wanted to reach out and thank you for attending the 1BCT Devil Day event and for your Battalion Buddy donation. My seven year old has struggled with her dad leaving unexpectedly, especially at night, and she hasn’t let go of the bear since she received it.

Thank you for this small but substantial blessing. This really is so hard, and I’m just glad someone else understands.

Amanda
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Resources for Military Families

If you are a military family looking for resources for your children please click on the button below to see some great information provided by our friends at Sesame Street.

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