LANHAM, Md. (WNEW) — Military kids in Maryland and Virginia will be able to snag some free back-to-school supplies this week thanks to Operation Homefront Mid-Atlantic.

There will be four “Back-to-School Brigade” events between Aug. 11 and 15 where backpacks full of school supplies will be given to military kids. Events will be held in Woodbridge, Va., as well as Lanham, Suitland and Aberdeen, Md.

“Military families deal not only with deployments and the other stresses of military life, but also the economic difficulties shared by all Americans,” said Vivian Dietrich, Executive Director of Operation DC Metro Field Office. “These donated school supplies enhance the morale and the success of our military children, while easing the burden military families carry.”

The school supplies were donated by people from all over Maryland, D.C. and Northern Virginia and collected at local Dollar Tree stores as part of Operation Homefront’s nationwide “Back-to-School Brigade” program.

Free backpacks to military children will be distributed at the following locations:

Monday, Aug. 11 serving Ft. Belvoir & Quantico
American Legion
3640 Friendly Post Lane
Woodbridge, Va.
2-6 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 12 serving Ft. Meade and Annapolis
VFW Hall
9800 Good Luck Road
Lanham, Md.
2-6 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 14 serving Andrews AFB, Navy Yard, Pentagon, Joint Base Anacostia
VFW Hall
6527 Suitland Road
Suitland, Md.
2-6 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 15 serving Aberdeen Proving Grounds
VFW Hall
821 Old Philadephia Road
Aberdeen Proving Grounds, Md.
2-6 p.m.

Military parents wishing to bring their children to the events to receive free school supplies should register online.


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