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Operation: Military Kids (OMK) is a national effort to support children of service members through a statewide network of community partners.

Free Art Classes for Military Youth!

Rhode Island Operation: Military Kids is offering a fun new FREE activity for military kids this summer! We have scheduled two sessions of “Art-On-Demand” classes at the Newport Art Museum’s Coleman Center.  This class will be taught by a professional art educator and use a variety of materials and media to help the kids create(…)

Free OMK Kayak Trips on the Wood-Pawcatuck River!

  Join OMK and the Wood-Pawcatuck Watershed Association this summer for two Free Kayak Adventures!! Trip One: July 15, from 10-2 Trip Two: August 12, from 1o-2 The two trips are identical, simply choose the date that fits your schedule. These free trips are open to military kids ages 10-18 from ALL BRANCHES & COMPONENTS.  Bring a(…)


For those of you who are not aware, our Rhode Island National Guard Child and Youth Program Coordinator Holland Tulip will be on maternity leave from mid June until the end of August!  She figured that she needed to ensure the longevity of the Youth Program by having a military baby and adding to the(…)

OMK Waivers List for 2014: Do we have to do that form again??

There are two forms required for kids to participate in Operation: Military Kids programs.  The first one is the OMK Event Registration Form2014. The OMK Event Registration Form has two pages. The first page is the one you fill out with all the information on the participating children, like name, age, allergies, etc.  This page(…)

Real Estate Help for Military Personnel

The Rhode Island Association of Realtors’ Troop Support Task Force has funds available for military personnel with housing-related needs. Those in need of immediate funds up to $500 to pay for rent, mortgage, electricity, maintenance and repairs, or other housing-related  needs, should contact the Rhode Island National Guard Family Assistance Center at 401-275-1242 or 401-275-1243. (…)

Family Assistance Center’s 2014 Brochure Published!

Get the new Family Assistance Center Brochure HERE! The Rhode Island Family Assistance Center is located at the Warwick Armory, 541 Airport Road, Warwick RI 02886, and is available to service members and their families of ALL branches and components.  You don’t have to be in the National Guard to use all the programs there. (…)

“Everyone Serves” Book Offered Free to Military Families!

  For the last five years a company called ProSocial has been privileged to be a part of a major philanthropic effort by Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Paul Allen and his company, Vulcan Productions.  As part of a landmark PBS series Mr. Allen became passionate about supporting our nation’s veterans and their families.  As a(…)

Mortgage Protection for Military Families!

Servicemembers, you have new mortgage protections in 2014 By Holly Petraeus It’s no secret that the housing crisis in recent years was particularly hard on military families. Servicemembers and their spouses at installations around the country, and even abroad, cited problems with mortgages as some of their most serious financial challenges. But now, the CFPB(…)

Military Academic Advancement Program!

The Department of Defense (DoD) has joined together with the Department of Agriculture and Kansas State University to provide quality distance education programs to service members, their spouses and children, and civilian professionals with the Military Academic Advancement Program (MAAP). Through this program, you can obtain an advanced degree in a number of areas and(…)

Read the latest Navy Fleet & Family Support Center Newsletter!

Naval Station Newport offers a wide range of services to Rhode Island’s military community.  Many folks are unaware that service members and their families from all branches and components are eligible to use the services of the Navy Fleet & Family Support Center on base.  They offer everything from career planning assistance to homebuyers’ workshops.(…)

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