When a military parent is deployed, childhood can feel anything but “normal.” And National Guard and Reserve families face unique challenges: living in civilian communities, they lack the support of a military base, and unexpected deployments disrupt family life – not to mention finances. Our Military Kids began in 2004 with a simple concept: provide small grants to help these families pay for extracurricular activities when a parent is overseas. In 2008, the program expanded to support the children of wounded warriors from all military branches. Just a few hundred dollars, paid directly to the organization providing the activity, allows a kid to go to summer camp, play on a baseball team, or work with a tutor – modest but powerful gifts during a difficult time. An award kit – including dog tags, a certificate of appreciation, and a special patch – welcomes each participant to the vast community of children (from DC and all 50 states) who have, collectively, received more than 50,000 grants since 2004. Large or small, all gifts here make a difference.