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Jack Daniel's and Armed Services YMCA continue their mission of bringing military families together for the holidays with Operation Ride Home

23 October 2019 by

The holidays are a time to spend with family and friends.  But, for many military members getting home for the holidays is often a challenge due to the expenses of traveling. 

Armed Services YMCA and Jack Daniel's teamed up to make a big difference in the lives of active duty junior-enlisted military and their families.  They realize the importance of being together with family over the holidays. 

In 2011, Operation Ride Home was born and it has been bringing holiday cheer ever since.  Operation Ride Home is now in it's 9th year.  Learn more about this amazing initiative, how you can apply, and how you can help send even more military members home to their families for the holiday season.

Operation Ride Home (Via Armed Services YMCA)

Since 2011, Jack Daniel's and the Armed Services YMCA Operation Ride Home program has helped bring military families together for the holidays. Operation Ride Home provides financial assistance to eligible active duty junior-enlisted military and their families to travel from their duty station, back home to spend time with their families. Reconnecting military families during this special time of year is one small way Operation Ride Home is strengthening military families. To date, the Jack Daniels and Armed Services YMCA Operation Ride Home Program has helped a total of 6,410 individuals travel home for the holidays. Click here to donate to Operation Ride Home.

Operation Ride Home Applicants:

Please first view our frequently asked questions to determine if you qualify for holiday travel assistance: 2019 Operation Ride Home FAQs

View and complete the Operation Ride Home Application: Operation Ride Home Application

Remember the application must be submitted by the service member or spouse and must be approved by your command.

Operation Ride Home can only serve military members stationed near these Armed Services YMCA branches:

  • Alaska
  • Camp Pendleton, CA
  • San Diego, CA
  • Twentynine Palms, CA
  • Honolulu, HI
  • Fort Campbell, KY
  • Fort Leonard Wood, MO
  • Altus, OK
  • Lawton Fort Sill, OK
  • Fort Bragg, NC
  • El Paso, TX
  • Killeen, TX
  • Hampton Roads, VA

Operation Ride Home is funded by the generous contributions of Jack Daniel’s, Jack Daniel’s Distributors and the general public along with support from the Armed Services YMCA.


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