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Video: Supporting military youth through Operation: Military Kids

Media Contact: Wendy Huckaby, University of Minnesota Extension, (612) 624-4333,

ST. PAUL, Minn. (3/2/2011) —In the coming months, 2,500 members of Minnesota's National Guard will be deployed. More than 15,000 Minnesota youth have been personally affected by military deployment.

The Extension Center for Youth Development's 4-H program delivers Operation: Military Kids (OMK), which supports military youth in Minnesota in discovering positive ways to cope with deployment. Minnesota does not have military bases which often provide such support systems.

According to Amber Runke, 4-H and OMK program specialist, the goal of the program is to support kids before, during, and after their family member's deployment. "Extension's 4-H program is a major partner of Operation Military Kids, and we support the kids in every county of the state where the 4-H programs are," Runke said. The program is funded through the 4-H/Army Youth Development Project.

To participate, support, or find more information on Operation: Military Kids, visit Extension's 4-H youth development website at

Source: Amber Runke, 4-H and Operation: Military Kids program specialist, University of Minnesota Extension

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