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Nonprofit Hands Out Free Back-to-School Supplies for Military Families

Operation Homfront's Back to School Brigade offers aid to military families

With the back-to-school rush right around the corner (try not to get too excited there, Mom), that means back-to-school shopping is almost upon us, too. For most families, that means gearing up for September will get pretty pricey, between the school supplies, the backpacks and that new fall wardrobe your kid just has to have. (Raise your hand if you have a legitimate fear of opening your credit card bill at the end of the month.)

But this year, many families around the U.S. will get some much-needed help with those back-to-school bills. The nationwide nonprofit Operation Homefront is on a mission to alleviate the financial burden for military families everywhere with their annual nationwide "Back-to-School Brigade" event. On August 7, free backpacks chock-full of donated school supplies will be handed out at various locations throughout the U.S. for pre-registered military families.

"Military families deal not only with deployments and the other stresses of military life, but also the economic difficulties shared by all Americans," said Jack Chirrick, Operation Homefront's Executive Director. “These donated school supplies enhance the morale and the success of our military children, while easing the burden military families carry.”

The event is proudly sponsored by Raytheon, a defense and aerospace systems company. "We believe our nation should give back to the brave men and women who have served our country," said Josephine Finn, the senior manager of Community Relations at Raytheon. "That is why Raytheon seeks to empower veterans through continuing education, to help our nation's warfighters find success in their civilian lives and build a generation of professionals who understand the importance of leadership, discipline, and perseverance."

Looking for a Back-to-School Brigade event in your area? See the full list of upcoming events on Operation Homefront's official site.

Photo by Allison Perkins via Operation Homefront

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