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8th Annual Operation Caring Classroom Begins November 11th


Nearly 100 schools across the nation are participating in the Armed Forces Foundation’s (AFF) 8th annual Operation Caring Classroom (OCC).  OCC, a week long program designed to educate elementary aged school children about our nation’s Armed Forces, begins on Veterans Day and concludes November 15th.  We’re honored to have Tremont Elementary School in Bass Harbor, ME participate this year. 

The program will be taught by local teachers using instructional materials provided by the AFF and will correspond with booklets and DVDs that each student will receive and view.  This year, Fox News’ Gretchen Carlson, U.S. Army Surgeon General Patricia Horoho, Illinois Congressman Adam Kinzinger, and NASCAR Champion Kurt Busch will each be featured on one of the four daily video presentations to elaborate on the difficulties and sacrifices made by military families while also relaying what Veterans Day means to them. 

“It’s important for the Armed Forces Foundation to help educate children about the importance of Veterans Day,” said Patricia Driscoll, President and Executive Director of the AFF.  “The sacrifices families endure to support a loved one in the military deserve special attention.  We want both children of civilians and service members to have a better understanding and appreciation for each other.”

The AFF is committed to recognizing the sacrifices made by military families.  According to a recent report released by Child Trends, “nearly half of all active-duty service members have children... Two million children under the age of 18 have an active-duty parent, and 500,000 of those children are under the age of 6.”  Child Trends further detailed that every school district in America serves military-connected children, with more than 80% attending public schools.

About the Armed Forces Foundation

The Armed Forces Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to supporting and advocating for active-duty military personnel, National Guardsmen, Reservists, military families, and veterans. The AFF returns 95 cents of every dollar raised to service members and their families through our programs. Since 2001, the AFF has provided more than $75 million in assistance by covering travel, hotel rooms, home mortgages, car payments and everyday bills for families to be able to stay at their loved ones’ sides during treatment and recovery from wounds suffered during war. With the launch of our Help Save Our Troops campaign, the AFF proactively educates Americans about the hidden wounds of war, including Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), and advocates for those troops and veterans who have suffered these hidden wounds. The ultimate goal of Help Save Our Troops is to reduce military suicides. Through this campaign, the AFF provides counseling services for military families, including children, grants for therapy and addiction counseling, and runs a variety of recreation group therapy programs to boost morale amongst service members, veterans, and their families.