WASHINGTON – Yesterday, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) met Rebekah Paxton, Operation Homefront’s Military Child of the Year for the U.S. Army. Rebekah lives in Harrisonville, Missouri. Blunt released the following statement after the visit:
“Rebekah is a shining example of the best of our country. When her family needed her after her father was injured as a combat medic, Rebekah went above and beyond at home while taking on a heavy academic course load, playing varsity sports, and volunteering. Despite all the challenges that have come her way, Rebekah has continued to excel and give back to her community. She is an extremely impressive young lady and I wish her the best of luck in her future endeavors.”
Operation Homefront recognizes seven young people, six of them each representing a branch of the armed forces, as Military Child of the Year Award recipients. They are selected for their volunteerism, scholarship, leadership, as well as other criteria. The seventh award, the Military Child of the Year Award for Innovation, recognizes a military child who has designed a creative solution to a local, regional, or global challenge. Operation Homefront is a national nonprofit organization that supports our military families. Rebekah will be recognized tonight at a gala in Washington, D.C.