In 1986, Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger designated April as the Month of the Military Child. His vision was for our nation to recognize the contributions military children make as their parent or parents serve our country.
American remains committed to supporting programs that aid our military heroes and their children, the unsung heroes of military service. We invite you to join us in supporting these children and the sacrifices they make, helping them stand strong and build character that will serve them well in the years to come.
As the official airline of the USO, American supports its mission to lift the spirits of military families. When a parent is deployed, the entire family is deployed. And, when a parent comes home and must adjust to change, the entire family is adjusting, too. Several of the USO programs specifically target children to help them deal with military life:
Sesame Street/USO Experience – helping children between the ages of 2-6
Trevor Romain – aimed at children ages 6-18
United Through Reading – video recorded readings hosted at USO Centers.
You can join us in support of the USO’s mission. For a cash donation through Miles in Support of All Who Serve, your generosity will be rewarded with 10 AAdvantage miles for every dollar donated.
Join our efforts in supporting military children. Donate your unused AAdvantage miles or make a cash donation to the USO today.
American Airlines Kids in Need program provides worldwide support for children and their families, as well as for organizations dedicated to improving the quality of life for children with needs for medical, educational and social services issues. Through the Miles for Kids in Need program, American donates millions of miles annually to help kids.
Snowball Express, an all-volunteer nonprofit organization, pays tribute to fallen American heroes and helps their families connect with other military families to create new memories. Last year, more than 1,700 children and spouses of fallen military were flown to North Texas, primarily using unused AAdvantage miles, for a five-day all-expenses-paid visit to the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex, so they could make new friends and build lasting, positive memories with those in similar circumstances.
Through our Kids in Need program, American also supports the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation, the nation’s oldest and largest provider of need-based scholarships to children of Marines and Navy Corpsmen, with particular attention given to those whose parent has been killed or wounded in combat or who have demonstrated financial need. Since 1962, the Scholarship Foundation has awarded more than 30,000 scholarships valued at more than $70 million.
We thank you for your support for programs such as these. Together, we can make a difference.