Established in 2002, Operation Homefront is a nonprofit that has assisted thousands of military families, with 92% of its total donations going directly to programs that provide that support. Every March it announces the recipients of the Military Child of the Year Award—one from each military service including the National Guard.

This year the Marine Corps award recipient is from NC—Christopher-Raul Rodriguez, 17, a senior at Lejeune High School, Camp Lejeune. He is the school’s team captain for varsity baseball and soccer as well as junior varsity basketball. Rodriguez also serves as an assistant coach for 8 to 12-year-old students in Lejeune Youth baseball, soccer, and basketball, and volunteers with a number of organizations to help children with special needs. He is the oldest child of Marine Corps Gunnery Sgt. Jermaine Smith and his wife, Griscelda, an on-base family childcare provider at Camp Lejeune.

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