Military Children Left Behind

Published — June 26, 2011 Updated — May 19, 2014 at 12:19 pm ET

Resources: How to help – and get help

Catie Hunter, 11 years old, standing under the area she calls "Niagara Falls" — for the rain that cascades down from the rotting roof. Emma Schwartz / Center for Public Integrity

From a tip line to a Web site where ‘Donors Choose’ specific classroom needs, many avenues for assistance


Readers often ask how they can help, or where they can find out more. These are some organizations that can provide additional information and may offer ways to help military schoolchildren. This list does not represent any endorsements of particular viewpoints, groups or goals.

National Military Family Association A nonprofit organization which for four decades has established itself as a respected voice advocating for spouses and children of the Air Force, Navy, Army, Marines, among other services.

The Military Child Education Coalition A nonprofit organization focused on quality education for military children ages 3 to 23 through high-school programs, service clubs, research, and other advocacy efforts.

The National Association of Federally Impacted Schools A national corporation of school districts throughout the U.S. focused on advocating Congress for federal “impact aid.” The districts serve military children, as well as other federal student populations.

Department of Defense Education Activity The Pentagon’s education agency oversees 194 schools on military installations worldwide.

Military OneSource A tip line provided by the Department of Defense for military families, offering counseling and advice on deployments, relocations, and education. A Web site that allows you to donate to specific classroom projects in public schools throughout the U.S. Many requests are from teachers. Nine in 10 military children attend public schools.

Operation: Military Kids The U.S. Army’s collaboration with 43 organizations to provide afterschool activities and other programs for children with deployed parents.

Our Military Kids A national organization providing grants to children of National Guard and Reserve members deployed overseas, as well as the wounded of all services, for educational and afterschool activities.

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