The Coast Guard Foundation is proud to announce a partnership with Operation CHAMPS, an organization dedicated to outreach between civilians and military families, which helps raise awareness about life in the armed services, and cultivate an attitude of gratefulness.
The Foundation is a member of the alliance of public health and military-serving nonprofits that sponsored a new children's book, Little C.H.A.M.P.S, or Child Heroes Attached to Military Personnel, which explains what life in the military is like for kids and parents alike.
"One of the Coast Guard Foundation's missions is to act as a goodwill ambassador for the men and women of the service, as well as their families," said President Anne B. Brengle. "Our alliance with Operation CHAMPS perfectly fits that mission. We hope we can share the word about the challenges and sacrifices families in the military face, and how we as civilians can be better friends to them."
Written by Debbie and Jennifer Fink, and illustrated by Walter Blackwell, the book is about the bond between five military kids. Each child has a parent serving in a different branch of the United States military. The uplifting, powerful book celebrates these families and their contribution to our Nation, and gives voice to their military-connected challenges.
"In addition to celebrating our Champs and validating their military-connected challenges, our goal is to build a bridge of understanding between our Champs and their civilian classmates and neighbors," according to Operation CHAMPS. "The Little C.H.A.M.P.S delivers education. Education raises awareness. Awareness fosters gratitude. Gratitude builds understanding — and promotes action."
The coalition of supporters for the Little C.H.A.M.P.S initiative includes: The Coast Guard Foundation, The USO, Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC), American Red Cross, United Through Reading, AUSA Family Programs, Operation Homefront, National Military Families Association, and Armed Services YMCA.