Six winners from more than 300 submissions have been chosen for the Joining Forces Community Challenge, and they were honored for going above and beyond in support of military families.
When she announced the Challenge finalists on April 6, First Lady Michelle Obama said that “the challenge winners are leading by example, and showing that all of us can find a way to serve those who serve us.”
The Joining Forces Community Challenge was launched in July, in order to recognize the efforts being done by citizens and organizations across the country in support of military families.
The six winners include the Our Family for Families First Foundation, established in 2006 by the owner of Picerne Military Housing, was chosen as People’s Choice Winner by public voting. Every year, it awards 10 four-year scholarships of up to $50,000 to military children graduating from high school, and up to 20 $5,000 grants to military spouses in any phase of education.
The Armed Forces Service Center, on the other hand, is a 24-hour lounge at the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport was founded in 1970 by Maggie Purdum after her son was killed in action in Vietnam. It offers freesandwiches, drinks, snacks, cereals and soups; children’s toys; books; men’s and women’s bunk rooms; free Wi-Fi; and even an iron and ironing board — for active-duty members, their dependents, activated reservists and National Guard, and other members of the uniformed services.
Other winners are the Defending the Blue Line, Project Sanctuary, the City of Richfield, Utah, and Give an Hour.