WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Solomon P. Ortiz was recently honored with the Congressional Appreciation Award from Our Military Kids for supporting increased resources for children and members of the armed forces and reserves.

"While our service members are serving abroad, we must not forget the families they leave behind," said Ortiz, D-Corpus Christi. "Organizations like Our Military Kids are dedicated to minimizing the sacrifices their children must make here at home."

Our Military Kids, a non-profit organization, has given more than $1 million to the families of deployed or wounded National Guard members and Reservists. The money helps military children enroll in youth activities and tutoring programs while their parent is often earning less than in civilian life. More than 3,000 children in all 50 states have benefited from the grants.

For more information about Our Military Kids, visit www.ourmilitarykids.org.