Operation Ride Home

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Holiday Travel Assistance for Military Families

Military families are frequently stationed far apart from their loved ones, which can take a toll on their sense of connection and stability, especially during the holidays. That’s why it’s so important to bring military families home — to celebrate, reconnect, and rejuvenate.

By offering funding for up to $500 on flights or providing prepaid gift cards for vehicle travel, the ASYMCA and Jack Daniels are making travel home possible for the service members and military families who are most in need.

About Operation Ride Home

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.
  • Service members or military spouses must submit an application and a signed Command Approval Form.
  • Travel destinations must originate in the U.S. and be at least 350 miles from the service member’s duty station.
  • E1-E5 Active Duty, National Guard or Reserve military personnel, their spouse/partner and dependent children ages 0-18.
  • Spouse and children must travel with their service member unless he/she is deployed at the time of travel.
  • Other relatives, including parents, grandparents and siblings, are not eligible to receive assistance.
  • The application period for Operation Ride Home is based on the ASYMCA Branch application window. Please view the Application page for specific dates.
  • Travel dates may be between November 1 – January 31.

Applicant Information

Find more information about the ASYMCA Operation Ride Home application process, including deadlines and application links for each ASYMCA Branch.

Find Your Ride Home

How to Help

Generous annual donations from Jack Daniel’s, partner organizations, and donors like you make this program possible.  You can help make holidays brighter for a military family by making a gift, fundraising, or participating in one of the fundraisers hosted by the ASYMCA or Jack Daniels!

Jack Daniel's Barrel Trees

Purchase raw oak whiskey barrels from select Jack Daniel’s Barrel Trees across the United States! Locations are limited and restrictions apply. Follow the link for more info.

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Whiskey Raffle

Purchase a ticket to the ASYMCA’s Whiskey Raffle, featuring 4 bottles of whiskey selected from Jack Daniel’s Special & Limited Edition Collection. Follow the link for rules & restrictions.

View Raffle Ticket Log

Start a Fundraiser

Whether it’s making a gift or starting a fundraiser large or small, your contribution can help send more service members and military families home for the holidays.

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Official Partner of Operation Ride Home

Since Jack Daniel’s Operation Ride Home program began in 2011, the Jack Daniel’s Distillery and the Armed Services YMCA have helped 10,713 individual junior-enlisted service members, spouses and their children travel home for the holidays.

Official Airlines of Operation Ride Home

American Airlines is proud to be the official airline of Jack Daniel’s Operation Ride Home, helping to bring military families fly home and reconnect them with their loved ones over the holidays.


Each year, the number of military families desperate to get home for the holidays exceeds the funding available to send them all. You can close this gap and help ensure no military family is left behind during the holidays.