Armed Services Ymca Annual Essay Contests

GEICO Military agrees to sponsor contest for 2017

Through another generous donation from GEICO, the annual Armed Services YMCA Art & Essay Contest will again allow children to express themselves through the written word and art in 2017.

The annual contest remind us of unique challenges faced by the sons and daughter of those who wear the cloth of our Nation. The unseen sacrifices the families endure are often forgotten. This contest provides a voice to the military children who live with the men and women sacrificing for our country. The themes for this year's entries have changed. All entries for the art contest should depict the theme, “My Military Family,” while the essay contest now has two themes: "How I Overcame the Challenges of Being a Military Child," or "How the Armed Services YMCA helped me."

The contest is officially launched every November and is open to all eligible children of U.S. active duty or retired service members. Winner artwork is displayed around the country at Armed Services YMCA branch and affiliate locations, as well as military bases worldwide during Military Family Month each November. The winning essays will be presented on the ASYMCA website.

The Art and Essay contest winners will be displayed at the 2017 Angels of the Battlefield Awards Gala again this year. (as seen below)

Winners receive special Apple brand product prize to help military children create and express themselves.

The winning artwork from 2016 is shown here in this Military Family Month poster.

The submission window for entries for 2017 is closed. The new round of winners should be announced in April. The rules for submission, deadlines and other information for this year's contest will be made availalble in early November.

You can sign up here, to receive updates and deadline information via email.

Thanks again to our sponsor: GEICO. 

November is Military Family Month


Angels of the Battlefield Awards Gala Nov. 4

Five Honorees recognized: one from each service

The Angels of the Battlefield Awards Gala is an Armed Services YMCA signature event that honors individual men and women on the front lines who are saving lives and have demonstrated extraordinary courage.

Each year, the Armed Services YMCA recognizes a single individual from each military branch for their accomplishments. Each service selects their honoree. This year, the honorees are: Sergeant First Class Daniel Lopez-Bonaglia, Petty Officer 2nd Class Nick Otazo, Seaman Elgie McCoy, Technical Sergeant Cody Inman, and Health Services Technician Second Class Ryan Ransom.

General Joseph Dunford, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff will be our guest speaker. More ...

Armed Services YMCA announces guidelines for annual Art and Essay contest

Springfield, Va. – The Armed Services YMCA 2017 Art and Essay Contest seeks students to express themselves through the written word or artistic expression for the annual world-wide contest.

Co-sponsored by GEICO, the art and essay contest promotes reading, writing, and creative art, among children and teen dependents of active duty military or retired Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, and National Guard | Reserve families.

Deadline for submissions is March 17, 2017. More ...

Service members get "Gift of Home" from sale of limited edition Jack Daniel's Indian Chief Vintage Motorcycle

One-of-a-Kind Bike Sold at Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas Auction For $150,000 With All Proceeds Benefitting “Operation Ride Home,” Helping Troops Go Home For Holidays

A highly collectible Jack Daniel’s Indian Chief Vintage Motorcycle was auctioned October 15th at the Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas Auction with all proceeds going to Jack Daniel’s “Operation Ride Home” program that assists service members and their families travel from base to home during the holidays. More ...

Operation Ride Home kicks off 6th year

Campaign Helps Junior-Enlisted Service Members and Families Travel From Bases to Homes Across the Country this Holiday Season

The Jack Daniel Distillery and the Armed Services YMCA (ASYMCA) today announced the sixth year of the “Operation Ride Home” campaign that assists active duty junior-enlisted military and their families to travel from their place of military service back home during the holidays.

Since Operation Ride Home began six years ago, 2,083 junior enlisted single service members and those with families – for a total of 4,606 people – have traveled from their bases to homes around the country for the holidays. Men and women from the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard have been assisted with travel to 47 of the 50 states.  More ...


David C. Copley Foundation makes generous contribution

The Armed Services YMCA at Camp Pendleton would like to recognize our dedicated funding partner; the David C. Copley Foundation, for their recent grant of $75,000 to the Fisher Children’s Center.  The foundation focuses on community, culture and arts, education, medical and health, and youth development, which continue the Copley family legacy of supporting life, enriching organizations and fostering community and civic improvement. 

Krysten Fleming, Grant Writer, and Chris Keane, Executive Director of ASYMCA Camp Pendleton proudly display the generous donation from the David C. Copley Foundation. 

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ABC's Bob Woodruff visits ASYMCA Hampton Roads to film PBS special Military Medicine: Beyond the Battlefield

Bob Woodruff, ABC News Award-winning journalist, stopped at the Hampton Roads Armed Services YMCA Oct. 26, to speak with military families about the specific challenges associated with military life.

Woodruff, who was critically injured while covering the War in Iraq in 2006, was saved by the advances in military medical care. As host and correspondent of the special, he brings his personal understanding of the issues. More ...


Armed Services YMCA Lawton to hold 9th annual chicken - fish fry

The Armed Services YMCA Lawton Annual Y Fry, sponsored by Chick-fil-A, will be held Nov. 9-10 at the Great Plains Coliseum. 

The fundraiser will feature a chicken and fish dinner, and the proceeds will support service members and their families by providing child care, food, household items and emergency financial assistance. 

Come out and show your support!

For more information call 580-355-5520.


This Month's Donor Spotlight 

Special thanks to the following donors for their recent support:


For more information on these generous sponsors  .

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We are proud to be recognized by:


For generations, brave Americans have stepped forward and answered our country's call to serve in our Armed Forces. With honor and distinction, our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen fight to defend the principles upon which our Republic was founded so that we might live in a freer and more prosperous world. Behind these courageous Americans stand spouses, children, and parents who give up precious time with their loved ones, bearing the burden of long deployments and difficult moves, and oftentimes putting their careers on hold. During Military Family Month, we salute the families of those who proudly are a part of our Nation's unbroken chain of patriots for their unwavering devotion, and we renew our sacred vow to uphold our promise to our troops, our veterans, and their families. More ...

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