Del. Brian Moran (D-46) received an appreciation award from Our Military Kids during an awards reception on Monday near the Capitol. He received the award for his support of their program, which provides grants to children of deployed and severely injured National Guard and military Reserve personnel. When the program began, Delegate Moran helped the organization secure initial support from the Commonwealth of Virginia. The award was presented by U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates.
I thank the leadership of Our Military Kids for this recognition, Moran said. Its been an honor and a privilege to work with them to provide grants that help the families of those service men and women fighting overseas. These kids and families deserve our support as a tribute to their parents service to a grateful nation.
The program has provided over $1 million in grant funding to help children of deployed service members while their parents are overseas. They have provided 369 individual grants in Virginia. The grants are made to honor the sacrifices military parents make and to ensure that their children have access to activities and support that help the children better cope with the challenges that arise during a parent’s deployment or injury recovery. The funds are often used to support youth sports programs, fine arts programs or tutoring.
We are greatly indebted to Brian for his strong advocacy of the program, Our Military Kids Co-Founder Gail Kruzel said. Thanks to Brian, we have been able to provide additional benefits to the children of Virginias deployed. Virginias support of the program sets the benchmark for other states to emulate.
Awards were also presented to former Virginia Governor Mark Warner and 11th District Congressman Tom Davis.
For more information on the awards see this statement from Defense Secretary Gates: http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/stories.pl?ACCT=104&STORY=/www/story/04-07-2008/0004788224&EDATE=