Entertainment Love and Romance Operation Homefront Provides Free School Supplies to Military Kids Learn About the Back-to-School Brigade Program Share PINTEREST Email Print Catherine Ledner / Getty Images Love and Romance Relationships Sexuality Divorce Teens LGBTQ Friendship By Kim Wilson Updated July 06, 2017 Military families that are experiencing financial hardships have one less worry on their mind. Thanks to Operation Homefront's Back-to-School Brigade program, military kids in grades K-12 can receive free school supplies and backpacks. Operation Homefront began the Back-to-School Brigade program in 2009 by distributing approximately 19,000 backpacks which resulted in an overall school-supply savings of $1.2 million for military families. The wide variety of educational supplies consists of spiral notebooks, notebook paper, pencils, pens, crayons, markers, colored pencils, erasers, rulers, and calculators. Requesting Free School SuppliesFor eligibility requirements and to request free school supplies and backpacks for military kids, please select the Operation Homefront chapter that's closest to you. Additional Assistance From Operation Homefront Besides the Back-to-School Brigade program, Operation Homefront provides numerous other services to active duty, Guard and Reserve families from all branches of the U.S. Military. Some of the services include counseling, recovery support and emergency funds paid directly to mortgage companies, auto mechanics, contractors, hospitals, doctors, and dentists. Additionally, Operation Homefront provides emergency funds—usually within 24-72 hours after applying—that may be used for: Financial AssistanceCritical baby itemsVehicle repairEmergency foodFurnitureTransitional HousingEmergency home repairBudget counselingMorale events Whether you need assistance or want to learn more about Operation Homefront to include how to volunteer and/or donate funds or items, please visit their Web site, Facebook page or follow them on Twitter @ OP_Homefront.