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Military dependent supply brigade begins today

BY DAWNTHEA PRICE

The Free Lance–Star

This week, the families of active-duty servicemembers will have multiple opportunities to pick up free school supplies for the upcoming year, courtesy of nonprofit organization Operation Homefront.

The Operation Homefront Back-To-School Brigade begins this afternoon at American Legion Post No. 364 in Woodbridge. Pre-registered families will be able to pick up free backpacks filled with school supplies beginning at 2 p.m., said Cyndi Lucas, community outreach leader for the organization’s D.C. Metro field office.

“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 the Washington Metro field office. “These donated school supplies enhance the morale and the success of our military children, while easing the burden military families carry.”

Though Lucas said the events are scheduled in such a way to provide the greatest impact for the nearest bases, she also said eligible families are able to visit any of their brigade events. For families who didn’t or couldn’t pre-register, a limited supply for walk-ins will be available starting at 3:30 p.m.

Find your nearest Back-To-School Brigade event here.

Dawnthea Price: 540/374-5403

dprice@freelancestar.com

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