Operation Ride Home

Holiday Travel Assistance for Military Families

The Jack Daniels Operation Ride Home program helps bring military families together for the holidays. Operation Ride Home subsidizes the travel costs for eligible service members and their dependents to return home to spend time with their families during the holidays.

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2023 Application

Program Overview

Reconnecting military families during the holidays is one small way Operation Ride Home is strengthening military families. Operation Ride Home is open to active duty E1-E5 personnel, both single and married, who might not otherwise financially be able to travel home. The ASYMCA works with the various military commands in areas co-located with our 12 Branches to identify and prioritize junior-enlisted service members and families most in financial need. Subsidized plane tickets and prepaid debit cards for road travel help to offset travel expenses.

  • Travel assistance of up to $500 per airline ticket or a $125 prepaid gift card for vehicle travel per eligible family member
  • Flights will be booked by an ASYMCA travel agent. Airfare booked outside of this process will not be reimbursed.
  • Travel destination must be at least 350 miles from the service member’s installation, and must be within the United States.
  • Service members or military spouses must complete an application in its entirety, including a signed Command Approval Form in order to be considered
  • Applicants must be Active Duty E5 or below (dependents may not complete the application unless their service member is currently deployed)
  • Family members must travel with their service member, unless he/she is deployed at the time of travel
  • To apply through ASYMCA Fort Leonard Wood, applicants must be stationed at Fort Leonard Wood (if you’re located at another installation please contact your local ASYMCA for details)
  • A completed command-approval form is required to be submitted with application
  • Other relatives, including parents, grandparents and siblings, are not eligible to receive assistance

The application period for Operation Ride Home is now open through November 15th, 2023.