Run Milkids Run!
Washington, D.C. — Blue Star Families announced today that we are joining forces to thank military families, veterans and service members. Health Net, the sponsor of the Army 10 Miler Youth and Fun Run will showcase Operation Honor Cards, a program to encourage Americans to perform service in honor of military families, veterans, and service members and we challenge the children of all military families to join us at the race.
What: Kids get ready to run in the Youth Runs presented by Health Net on Oct 9 at the Pentagon. The mission of the Army Ten-Miler is for the Military District of Washington to safely conduct the Army’s annual 10-mile race to promote the Army, build esprit de corps, support fitness goals, and enhance community relations. Sponsorship of the event offers opportunities for businesses to connect with 30,000+ health and fitness consumers, both civilian and Military. The event will include Operation Honor Cards.
When: Sunday, October 9, 2011. The youth runs begin at 11:00am. There is a 100m fun run for K-3 graders and 200m fun run for 4-8 graders. Parents are welcome to join their kids in the 100m run.
Where: The Pentagon
“Blue Star Families is pleased to join forces with the help of Health Net to once again showcase military families and honor their service with ours with Operation Honor Cards,” said Sheri Robey-Lapan, Director of Military Family Wellness Programs at Blue Star Families, “The Youth and Fun Run are also a wonderful way for the children of our military community to meet the First Lady’s Health Kids Challenge, Let’s Move.”
About Operation Honor Cards
Operation Honor Cards is the joint project of Blue Star Families, the American Red Cross, ServiceNation, and the Point of Light Institute: Mission Serve, run cooperatively with the Corporation for National and Community Service and the Department of Defense. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has also agreed to support this initiative by sharing information related to our honor cards with their various Veterans Service Organizations whose members volunteer at VA’s medical centers. Inspired by the First Lady’s campaign for military families, the program aims to create an atmosphere of ‘shared service’ and a WWII sense of ‘all give some’ by encouraging Americans to perform service in honor of military families and veterans.
The program has already collected pledges of more than nine million hours of service from organizations like such as the Girl Scouts of the USA, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Virginia Office of Volunteerism, Old Dominion University, Operation Gratitude, Lions Clubs International, Mission Continues, Kaboom, Habitat for Humanity International, Blue Shield of California, Excel Energy, JP Morgan Chase, Town of Independence Kansas, Code of Support, Service Nation, Points of Light, USO and the American Red Cross. The physical card collection portion of the program will culminate on or before 11/11/11 with ‘Honor Walls’ of pledge cards displayed in Washington, military bases, and other public venues. Visit http://www.honorcards.org/ for more information.
About Blue Star Families
Blue Star Families (http://bluestarfam.org/) is a national, nonprofit network of military families from all ranks and services, including guard and reserve, with a mission to support, connect and empower military families. In addition to morale and empowerment programs, Blue Star Families raises awareness of the challenges and strengths of military family life and works to make military life more sustainable. Membership includes military spouses, children and parents as well as service members, veterans and civilians.