The Stars and Stripes "Month of the Military Child 2024 Pacific and Europe"


The STARS AND STRIPES "MONTH OF THE MILITARY CHILD 2024 PACIFIC AND EUROPE" promotion (the "Promotion") is open only to students and members of Parent Teacher Organizations (PTOs) or Parent Teacher Associations (PTSA) of the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) schools.

DoDEA Europe and Europe based Child and Youth Services (CYS), Child Development Centers (CDC) and official Homeschool Groups are also included to participate in part of Europe's campaign.

Employees (including news carriers) and/or family members of STARS AND STRIPES, as well as their affiliates, subsidiaries, distributors, retailers, and advertising and promotion agencies are not eligible to participate.


The entry period for the Promotion in Europe begins at midnight CET March 1, 2024, and ends at 2359 CET April 30, 2024.

The deadline for entries to be considered for the weekly MOMC insert published every Thursday in April in the Stripes newspaper in Europe is 2359 CET April 15, 2024.

The entry period for the Promotion in Pacific begins at midnight JST March 1, 2024, and ends at 2359 JST April 30, 2024.

The deadline for entries to run in the weekly community papers (Stars and Stripes Japan, Okinawa, Korea, and Guam) is 2359 JST April 15, 2024.

ELIGIBILITY: Void where prohibited by law. No purchase necessary to enter or win. Only U.S. government contractors and U.S. ID cardholders living in either Europe or Pacific (consisting of Japan, Okinawa, Republic of Korea, and Guam) and affiliated with DoDEA schools are eligible for participation.

PTOs/PTSAs of DoDEA schools, Child and Youth Services (CYS), Child Development Centers (CDC) and official Homeschool Groups are eligible.

PTOs/PTSAs of DoDEA schools in mainland Japan, Okinawa, Guam and Korea are eligible.



1. Parents, teachers or students should submit each military child’s original stories, poems, drawings, or photos (collectively “the Work”) online at to enter for a chance to receive a prize.

2. Include each child’s name, region, school name and your e-mail address in addition to any other information requested at time of submission. Only one Entry per child. No last names on submitted artwork, first name and last initial only!

3. All Europe Entries must be submitted by 2359 CET April 30, or 2359 CET April 15, 2024 to be considered for placement in the Europe Stars and Stripes newspaper insert that will be run every Thursday in April. (April 4, 11, 18 & 25).

4. All Pacific Entries must be submitted by 2359 JST April 30, or 2359 JST April 15, 2024 to make it in the community papers.

5. Only complete entries submitted as described above will be accepted as eligible. Entries submitted by any other means and/or entries that do not comply with STARS AND STRIPES' rules will be ineligible for participation in the Promotion and may be discarded.

6. By entering this contest, the entrant warrants that the submitted Work is owned by the entrant or the entrant has permission from the owner to submit the Work, and further warrants that the Work does not infringe the rights of any third parties copyright or other rights. Entrants must have obtained all necessary releases from any persons or related to any subject matter appearing in each Work.

7. The entrant agrees that the submitted Work may be published in the Europe Stars and Stripes newspapers and/or their respective websites in Europe (Stars and Stripes Europe &, Pacific Stars and Stripes newspapers and/or their respective websites in Pacific (Stars and Stripes Japan, Stars and Stripes Okinawa, Stars and Stripes Korea, and Stars and Stripes Guam), as well as on Operation Gratitude care packages.


One (1) Parent Teacher Organization (PTO), European Parent Teacher Association (PTSA) or registered Homeschool Group will be selected as the prize recipient per theater. STARS AND STRIPES EUROPE AND PACIFIC will add up the number of entries from each school. The schools that sends the highest percentage of submissions based on its total number of eligible students will receive the prize.


STARS AND STRIPES will pay all costs related to shipping of the prize to the address furnished by the prize recipient.

One (1) $500 AAFEES Exchange gift card will be awarded.

One (1) $250 Exchange gift card will be awarded.

Operation Gratitude Care Packages:
One Entrant may be chosen to have their drawing displayed on Operation Gratitude care packages.


1. STARS AND STRIPES will notify the winning Europe CYS/CDC and DoDEA Pacific HQ of the PTO which is selected for a prize in each theater via e-mail or phone call on or about May 10, 2024.

2. The president of Pacific PTO whose school is selected for a prize will be notified via e-mail or phone call on or about May 10, 2024, by DoDEA.

3. The point of contact name and his or her e-mail or the phone number supplied by DoDEA will be used for communication between the prize recipient and STARS AND STRIPES EUROPE AND PACIFIC.

4. The point of contact name and his or her e-mail or the phone number supplied by DoDEA will be used to notify the Entrant whose Work is selected to be used on Operation Gratitude care packages.

5. The prize recipient’s representative may be required to sign an affidavit of eligibility in order to claim the prize. Additional verification may be required and will be identified in writing at the time of prize recipient notification. Failure to provide STARS AND STRIPES with the required verification within 7 days of the date the request is made will cause the prize to be forfeited and another recipient may be selected.

6. Personal information collected during the entry process will remain the property of STARS AND STRIPES and will not be released to third parties. All participants agree that STARS AND STRIPES may use the information submitted for the Promotion in promotional activities.

7. STARS AND STRIPES assumes no liability for unclaimed prizes and/or prizes that are returned to sender.


If applicable, STARS AND STRIPES may publish the name, rank, location and photo (U.S. military base/city/state) of the prize recipient, and any quotation that they are willing to provide for use by STARS AND STRIPES. The prize recipient may be required to sign and return a release of liability, declaration of eligibility and, where lawful, a publicity consent agreement ("Required Agreements") at the time the recipient claims a prize. If a selected prize recipient cannot be contacted, is ineligible, fails to claim a prize, or fails to sign and return the Required Agreements, an alternate prize recipient will be selected at the sole discretion of STARS AND STRIPES.


Entrant hereby agrees to irrevocably grant a non-exclusive, perpetual, worldwide, royalty free license to STARS AND STRIPES to republish, distribute, display, modify, and sub-license the WORK in various STARS AND STRIPES’ publications and online properties. Additionally, Entrant affirmatively grant’s STARS AND STRIPES permission to provide a royalty free sub-license of the WORK to OPERATION GRATITUDE to enable OPERATION GRATITUDE to republish, modify, and distribute the WORK worldwide on or in connection with its Operation Gratitude care packages.


By entering, each participant agrees to be bound by these Official Rules and decisions of STARS AND STRIPES, which shall be final. STARS AND STRIPES, along with their agents and representatives, affiliates, advertising, promotion, and fulfillment agencies, and legal advisors are not responsible for and shall not be liable for (1) late, lost, delayed, damaged, misdirected, incomplete, illegible, or unintelligible entries; (2) telephone, electronic, hardware or software program, network, Internet, or computer malfunctions, failures, or difficulties of any kind; (3) failed, incomplete, garbled, or delayed computer transmissions and/or electronic mail; (4) any condition caused by events beyond the control of STARS AND STRIPES that may cause Promotion entries to be disrupted or corrupted; (5) any injuries, losses, or damages of any kind arising in connection with or as a result of the prize or acceptance, possession or use of the prize, or from participation in the Promotion; or (6) any human error or printing or typographical errors in any materials associated with the Promotion. The maximum liability for STARS AND STRIPES for any violation of its duties relating to this offer shall be the value of the prize the participant should have been awarded.

STARS AND STRIPES reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to suspend or cancel the Promotion at any time.

At its sole discretion STARS AND STRIPES may prohibit any person from participating in this Promotion or any future STARS AND STRIPES event or promotion if STARS AND STRIPES has reason to believe that person deliberately or repeatedly disregards the Promotion rules. In the event of any dispute regarding submission of an online entry, the Work will be deemed the property of the authorized account holder of the email address supplied at the time of entry.

By participating in the Promotion, each participant agrees to release and hold harmless STARS AND STRIPES employees, officers, directors, shareholders, agents, representatives of STARS AND STRIPES and their affiliates, advertising, promotion and fulfillment agencies and legal advisers from any and all losses, damages, rights, claims, and actions of any kind in connection with the Promotion or resulting from acceptance, possession, use, or issue of any prize, including, without limitation, personal injury, death, and property damage and claims based on publicity rights, copyright infringement, defamation, or invasion of privacy.

Except where prohibited, entrant agrees that any and all disputes, claims and causes of action arising out of, or connected with, the Promotion or any prize awarded shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, and exclusively by the US District Court for the District of Columbia.

By submitting your entry, you hereby represent and warrant that you have read and understood the terms and conditions of these general terms and conditions.

PRIVACY STATEMENT: AUTHORITY: Section 552a, Title 5, United States Code; Section 3013, Title 10, United States Code; Executive Order NO. 9397; Army Regulation 215-1. PRINCIPAL PURPOSES: The primary use of the information provided by participants is to select and contact potential winners. Additionally, the information will be used to issue any 1099 required for reporting of prizes to the IRS. All federal, state and local taxes are the sole responsibility of the winners.

DISCLOSURE IS VOLUNTARY: There is no obligation to provide any information; however, failure to provide the requested information may result in the contest participant being deemed ineligible to win or to be awarded a prize.


For the name of the prize recipient, please send your request, postmarked no later than August 1, 2024, to:
Attn: Engagement Dept.-Marketing
“MoMC 2024 Pacific and Europe Promotion / Prize Recipient Name”
Unit 45002
APO, AP 96301

Attn: Engagement Dept.-Marketing
“MoMC 2024 Pacific and Europe Promotion / Prize Recipient Name”
Unit 29480
APO, AE 09211