Improving the Lives of Military Connected Children

Media One Sheet

Military Childrens Collaborative Group

“Improving the Lives of Military Connected Children”

Our Founding

In 2008 Debbie Nichols experienced firsthand the challenges a family faces being connected by the military. Nichols and her husband became the guardians of their daughter’s two school age children while their daughter deployed to Afghanistan. Nichols experienced the frustration of the lack of knowledge, awareness and understanding in schools in her community that were not near a military base. At the time, there were no programs to support military families enduring deployments of their loved ones. Those becoming guardians to military children had no preparation or support. In 2010 Nichols began her journey as an advocate to support and raise awareness for military families facing separations, emotional homecomings and reintegration by writing two books, developing a blog site, and speaking at military Yellow Ribbon events.

In 2011, Nichols was invited to the White House Faith Based Community Leaders briefing to discuss her concerns for military children and their families with the White House Representatives and the U.S. Department of Education. Nichols shared the personal experiences and detailed the tremendous stress and anxiety military connected children face in schools. She observed that school administration and educators were untrained regarding the needs of the children, resulting in potential problems such as their behavior, which negatively impacts the child’s academic performance. She enquired as to why there were no methods or systems to self-identify students connected to the military?

As a result, Nichols formed Military Childrens Collaborative Group (MCCG), with the mission to advocate, educate, outreach and support all military connected children, be it Active Duty, Guard, Reserves, Veterans and Fallen and provide essential services to improve the quality of life of military connected children and their families.

Our Mission

To provide essential services to improve the quality of life of military connected children and their families. We fulfill our purpose by bringing awareness, providing education, referring resources to and for military connected children’s unique needs and by building a comprehensive support network that fosters, encourages and acknowledges the children who silently serve.

Our Programs

We currently have five programs to help us meet our goal of improving the lives of Military Connected Children. Count Our Kids, Salute Our Kids, the MilTeenChat App (in partnership with the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing with a grant from Infinite Hero Foundation), Scouting Badges, and The Courage Coin Initiative. For more details, visit our website at https://childrensmilitarycollaborativegroup.org.

Our Legal Status

The Military Childrens Collaborative Group is a 501(c)(3) non-profit registered in the state of California, United States of America.

How You Can Help

If you are a *media outlet*, we would love to have you feature us and help make others aware of the challenges military children face each and every day. The more awareness we can raise, the faster we can make the changes needed.

If you are an individual, you can make a donation of any amount by visiting our website or by sending a check or money order to the address below. All donations are tax-deductible and will help military kids get the programs and services they need.

Contact Information
Military Childrens Collaborative Group
PO Box 6791
Huntington Beach, CA 92615
(714) 536-6184

Military Childrens Collaborative Group Programs

Count Military Connected Kids

Count Our Kids

Our program is to engage states & counties to provide basic tools to facilitate voluntary child identification with the education & healthcare data systems.

Learn More
Military Boy Saluting

Salute Our Kids

Our program is designed to acknowledge military connected children for silently serving our Country in our schools and in our communities.



Learn More
Military Teenager

MilTeenChat App

The MilTeenChat App is designed to help military teens gain coping skills, socially connect with other military teens, offer peer-to-peer support, and more.


Learn More
Scouting Patch

Scouting Patch

MCCG developed this meaningful program for the Boy Scouts of America with children in Scouting, empowering Scouts to help support military families.


Learn More
Courage Coin Initiative

Courage Coin Initiative

Military Children's Collaborative Children’s Courage Coin was designed to honor military kids for their silent service.



Learn More