Our Military Kids, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides grants to children 3 years of age through the 12th grade of deployed National Guard and Reserve personnel and children of all Wounded Warriors, to cover fees for tutoring, athletic, or fine arts programs. Such grants allow these children to participate in a range of activities that might otherwise be unavailable to them because of economic hardships resulting from their parents’ deployment or injury, or because they live too far from a military installation to avail themselves of the opportunities available there.
Currently, there are more than 85,000 children, ages 3 to 18 years of age, directly affected by the deployment of Guard or Reserve parents serving in the war on terrorism. Since April 2005 through September 2010, Our Military Kids has provided more than $22 million in grants to more than 54,000 children of deployed service members from every branch of the military living in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands and the District of Columbia. Through the generosity of its donors, Our Military Kids has thus far been able to approve every grant request received from an eligible child.
“National Guard, Reserve and Wounded Warrior families make so many sacrifices for our country, and we are humbled that the organizers of the Congressional Football Game recognize that,” said Linda Davidson, executive director of Our Military Kids. “Because of this partnership, Our Military Kids will be able to provide more grants to children while their parents are deployed overseas or recovering from injury, keeping them active and involved in their communities.”
Capitol Police Memorial Fund: A tragic event led Congress to draft and pass Public Law 105-223 on August 7, 1998 establishing the United States Capitol Police Memorial Fund. On Friday July 24, 1998, shots were fired in the United States Capitol Building and the Capitol Police force responded. Officer Jacob "JJ" Chestnut and Det. John Gibson were killed in the line of duty.
In November of 2005 it was directed by Congress to establish the United States Capitol Police Fund to raise monies for the widow or widower and the minor children (under 21 years of age) of Capitol Police members killed in the "line-of-duty." The fund is managed by the Capitol Police Board.
"The Capitol Police Memorial Fund is an affirmation by members of Congress that taking care of the families of our fallen officers over the long run is important," said Ron Potter of the Capitol Police. “The Congressional Football Game for Charity, formerly called the Longest Yard Classic, was organized as a way to keep the fund afloat. The game is a great time for all and our families really appreciate your support.”