A soldier and his wife approach a home to be reuinited for the holidays with family

Find Your Ride Home

Apply for Jack Daniel’s Operation Ride Home

Operation Ride Home is open to active duty E-5 and below, both single and married, representing the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Space Force, and Coast Guard, who might not otherwise have the full financial means to travel home for the holidays. The ASYMCA works with the various military commands in specific areas co-located with ASYMCA branches to identify and prioritize junior-enlisted service members and families most in financial need. Plane tickets and pre-paid debit cards are provided to help subsidize travel expenses.

Eligibility Limitations

Before applying, please review the FAQs below and verify that you or your service member are stationed at a military installation that is served by a participating Armed Services YMCA Branch. Download the 2023 ORH Participating Installations Table

To apply, please scroll down and click on the Branch location that serves your installation.

Frequently Asked Questions

If we have not addressed a question you may have, please read 2023 ORH FAQ or contact your local ASYMCA Branch.

Operation Ride Home is open to active duty E1-E5 Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Space Force, Coast Guard, National Guard and Reserve Component.

The service member and family’s duty station must be located at one of the 90+ military installations in the United States served by our 12 ASYMCA Branches.

Both single and married service members, their spouses and/or dependent children ages 0-18 who may not have the full financial means to travel home for the holidays.

We only offer Operation Ride Home where the Armed Services YMCA operates Branches. See 2023 ORH Participating Installations Table

Generally, the service member travels with their immediate family. However, there may be instances where the service member may not be able to travel, but the spouse and children are still eligible to be selected for the program.

Applications for holiday travel from November 1, 2023 to January 31, 2024 may be submitted during the timeframe set by each of the 12 ASYMCA Branches. Be sure to check with your Branch website or social media channel to confirm the application deadline.

Participants will be prioritized and selected based on need, as determined by their respective installation commands and ASYMCA Branch leadership. Submitting an application does not guarantee selection. Selections are limited based on the total number of applicants and funds available per Branch.

If airfare costs exceed the stipend amount, the traveler(s) pay the difference. Payment information will be collected at the time the ticket is booked. Operation Ride Home is structured to help offset costs as much as possible but may not cover 100% of air or vehicle travel expenses. In order to ensure the optimal benefit of the donated funds, the program follows guidelines established by the ASYMCA and Jack Daniel’s.

No, if airline ticket(s) is less than the allotted cost per person flying, the traveler will not receive the difference. Less expensive fares allow more troops and family members to participate in the program. The ASYMCA or authorized travel agents will book travel and will look for the most cost-effective flights. Requests for specific airlines/routes may not be able to be accommodated; the priority is to meet the travel dates. Travelers may not book their own flights and will not be reimbursed any pre-paid travel coasts.

No, the intent of Operation Ride Home is to send service members, spouses and their dependent children from their duty station to their home destination for the holidays. Travel is not provided for family members to visit the service member.

If your application is selected, the ASYMCA Branch will contact you and connect you with the ASYMCA approved travel agent or staff booking airline tickets. If traveling by vehicle, the ASYMCA Branch will coordinate a time for the approved applicants to receive their allotted gift cards.

We also ask program participants to share photos and videos as a testimonial about their experiences to demonstrate Operation Ride Home’s value to the military community. On social media, please use #OperationRideHome.

The best way to get details on the program, dates and contact info for each participating location is by contacting one of the 12 ASYMCA Branches serving your installation. See 2023 ORH Participating Installations Table.

If you have concerns or can’t reach your local Branch, email opridehome@asymca.org. Emails to this inbox can NOT provide application status or approval information.

Application Process

Applications must be submitted online using the link provided for each Branch. As part of the application process, you must upload a completed and signed Command Approval Form.

Download the Command Approval Form

Find Your Branch to Apply

Select the Armed Services YMCA Branch to apply for Jack Daniel’s Operation Ride Home.

ARMED SERVICES YMCA ALASKA

Application Period: CLOSED

Serving installations across Alaska

Applications Closed

ARMED SERVICES YMCA CAMP PENDLETON

Application Period: CLOSED

Serving Camp Pendleton

Applications Closed

ARMED SERVICES YMCA EL PASO

Application Period: CLOSED

Serving Fort Bliss, Holloman Air Force Base and White Sands Missile Range

Applications Closed

ARMED SERVICES YMCA FORT LIBERTY

Application Period: CLOSED

Serving Fort Liberty and Pope Army Airfield

Applications Closed

ARMED SERVICES YMCA FORT CAMPBELL

Application Period: CLOSED

Serving Fort Campbell

Applications Closed

ARMED SERVICES YMCA FORT LEONARD WOOD

Application Period: CLOSED

Serving Fort Leonard Wood

Applications Closed

ARMED SERVICES YMCA HAMPTON ROADS

Application Period: CLOSED

Serving installations in the Hampton Roads region

Applications Closed

ARMED SERVICES YMCA HAWAII

Application Period: CLOSED

Serving installations on Oahu

Applications Closed

ARMED SERVICES YMCA KILLEEN

Application Period: CLOSED

Serving Fort Cavazos

Applications Closed

ARMED SERVICES YMCA OKLAHOMA

Application Period: CLOSED

Serving Fort Sill and Altus Air Force Base

Applications Closed

ARMED SERVICES YMCA SAN DIEGO

Application Period: CLOSED

Serving installations in the San Diego area (Not Camp Pendleton)

Applications Closed

ARMED SERVICES YMCA TWENTYNINE PALMS

Application Period: EXTENDED

Serving Twentynine Palms (Not Camp Pendleton or San Diego installations)

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