Spring Fling March 3, 2018

Spring Fling!!

March 3, 2018
3-6 pm
Eight Fold Farms
1245 Old Plain Dealings Rd, Benton

Northwest Louisiana Military Support Foundation and Eight Fold Farms will be hosting a Spring Fling for all Military families!!! This FREE event is to show community appreciation to our local military families. There will be a horse shoe competition (must register to play): 1st place wins $300, 2nd place wins $200 and 3rd wins $100. Corn hole competition for the kiddos: 1st, 2nd and 3rd winners will win gift cards from Altitude! There will be arts & crafts, face painting, hay ride, horses, food and lots more!!! Come join the fun!

To Register:

To Volunteer:

Shamrock Shuffle 5K & Kids Fun Run March 17, 2018

Get your tickets for the Shamrock Shuffle 5K brought to your by Barksdale Officers’ Spouses’ Club (BOSC). This race helps raise funds for the BOSC scholarship program, and local/national military charities – all with a larger focus on local service members and their families.



Marilynn’s Place
4041 Fern Ave.
Shreveport, LA US 71105

5k Info:
March 17, 2018
9:00 a.m. – Free Kid’s Fun Run
9:15 a.m. – 5k race

Race Registration

Immediately following Family after party includes: Music from What the Funk?! Free froyo samples from Sweet Frog Bossier, balloon twisting, and free sweet tea from Raising Cane’s (first 100 kid’s get free Raising Cane’s meal card). Be on the lookout for our morph suit friends running around the crowd, and handing out free gift cards after the race!

Registration is now open! Get tickets early to confirm your spot.

Want to be a financial donor of our race? Contact Crystal at springfundraising.bosc@gmail.com.

Last year, with great community support, the BOSC was able to contribute several thousand dollars to charities and for military scholarships. Those charities included Operation Bright Holiday, The Educational Center For Autism, Barksdale AFB Airman and Family Readiness Center, Fisher House Inc., BAFB Base Library Summer Reading Program, HAP House, Airman’s Attic, and Air Force Aid Society.

Purple Up Day April 13, 2018

Order your 2018 Purple Up shirt

Did you know?

  • The Secretary of Defense Caspar W. Weinberger in l986 designated each April as “The Month of the Military Child”.
  • The month’s purpose is to recognize the contribution that the military child makes as their parent or parents serve our nation.
  • Purple is the color that symbolizes all branches of the military, as it is a combination of Army green, Marine red, and Coast Guard, Air Force, and Navy blue
  • The Bossier community is home to over 2,000 military children ages 4-18
  • The life of a military child is filled with unique challenges such as parent deployments and reintegration and frequent moves

How can you help?

  • Offer special discounts throughout the month for military children – i.e., a restaurant could offer “Military Child Mondays”: Mondays in April all military children receive a few ice cream cone with their meal.
  • Donate gift cards and other door prizes to be given out to military children at the April 7th Military Kids Fest.
  • Bossier Parish has designated April 13, 2018 as our official local Purple Up Day.
  • Display supportive statements such as “We Support Military Kids” or “Purple Up for Military Kids” on your business marquee
  • Encourage employees to “Purple Up” by having a casual day and wearing purple shirts
  • Contact Kattie Hollay, Military Relations Liaison for the Bossier Chamber of Commerce, at 746-0252 or mrc@bossierchamber.com for more information or to offer your assistance during the Month of the Military Child.
  • Contact Georgette Price, Military Student Transition Consultant of Bossier Parish Schools, at 549-6164 or price@bossierschools.org to inquire about other ways you can support the military children of Northwest Louisiana.

KidFest April 7, 2018

KidFest 2018 slated for April 7th!

5-8 PM

The NWLA Military Support Foundation partners with The Warrior Network as they host KidFest!

In celebration of Month of the Military Child, the Northwest Louisiana Military Support Foundation is partnered with The Warrior Network to host KidFest, a free event for military kids and families including inflatables, games, a petting zoo, dunk tank, hamburger plates, demonstrations, displays, bounce houses, prizes, and much, much more!

During the 2017 festivities, volunteers from local churches and businesses contributed to the event to ensure that all families enjoyed an amazing time, feeling the outpouring of community support.

There were fun and games for all ages — preschool-age games, school-age games, activities, and demonstrations!

At the NWLA Military Support Foundation booth, over 500 children were able to get their name engraved on military dog tags provided by the Warrior Network.

KidFest for web

Military May


The first Military Spouse Day was May 23, 1984, declared through Proclamation 5184, and issued by President Ronald Regan.   Recognizing the profound importance of the spouse’s commitment to the readiness and well-being of military members, the United States President annually commemorates this day with a formal speech and proclamation.

National Military Spouse Appreciation Day is always the Friday before Mother’s Day.  On this important day, citizens of the United States acknowledge the significant contributions, support, and sacrifices of the Armed Forces spouses along with their tremendous strength and patriotism.

This year our Northwest Louisiana Military Support Foundation, partnered with Virginia College, will be showing our appreciation for our military spouses by giving them a day to relax at the spa. Virginia College will provide various spa treatments, and we would like to send them on their way with a gift bag.  These gift bags will have a variety of little treats to show appreciation to our military spouses for their sacrifices.  We would like to put together 100 gift bags and would like to extend the opportunity to show your appreciation as well.  Please let me know if you/your business would like to contribute a little something special for the spouse’s gift bags.


Give For Good May 1, 2018

Family is very important, which is why the mission of the Northwest Louisiana Military Support Foundation is to support families of military members in our community. You can show your support for these important support systems by giving to the Foundation through #GiveforGood day, an online giving day:


To coordinate community support for our military families within Northwest Louisiana.

The Northwest Louisiana Military Support Foundation will raise funds to benefit military families, through communication of special offers and events as well as direct support initiatives.

Military Minute: Focus on Barksdale

Dedicated in February 1933, Barksdale Air Force Base is now one of the largest bases in the United States. Barksdale is our largest employer, with more than 17,000 active duty military members and civilian personnel, creating an economic impact of over $1 billion. Home of the B-52 and Air Force Global Strike Command, Barksdale is not only an integral part of our economy and community but is also a key component of the nation’s strategic deterrence.

Purple Up T-Shirts

Purchase your Purple Up T-Shirt and see who won!!!









Design winners are:

Sena Yadao   4th Grade   Kerr Elementary (left)

Linsey Purvis   6th Grade   Greenacres Middle School (middle)

Shelby Roy   9th Grade   Haughton High School (right)

To Purchase a T-Shirt click on the design of your choice and it will link you to the website.  All orders will get shipped to the individual purchaser.  Will take up to 3 weeks to receive your shirt.

Nonprofit helps military families

The start of 2017 brings promise for one local nonprofit.

The Northwest Louisiana Military Support Foundation is planning to reach more areas of the community through fundraisers that will help provide support to military families. One way is being part of Give for Good day 2017, a 24-hour online giving challenge led by the Community Foundation of North Louisiana.

“We are building a solid foundation in order to grow so that we can serve our military families through coordinating community support within northwest Louisiana,” said Kattie Hollay, the military relations liaison for the Bossier Chamber of Commerce.

Initially founded in 2009 as Shreveport-Bossier Supports Barksdale or SB Squared, the Northwest Louisiana Military Support Foundation is a nonprofit organization that exists to coordinate the civilian community’s expression of support and gratitude for the collective sacrifices of currently serving active duty, reserve and guard military families within the northwest Louisiana community. The name change is significant, as it was a result of expanding the reach of this organization to serve all members of the military living and serving in the northwest Louisiana region.

Supporting those families is the number one goal. The foundation plans to support military units with their family days and partner with several other organizations that help support military families.

“We want to be a resource for our military families, a place they know they can reach out to for assistance,” Hollay said.

Recently, the foundation made a donation to the 328th Human Resource Command of the local Army Reserve Unit. The Foundation provided funds to assist the command in hosting a holiday party for their families.  Hollay said the command does not have funding to host families days so, in the past, the money came from individuals within the unit who would give monetarily to make the event happen. This donation was the first donation the command has received from a community organization.

The foundation makes it a point to work closely with partners throughout the community and has strong partnerships with The Warrior Network, Long Rangers, Bossier Parish School Board and Barksdale Officers’ Spouses’ Club as well as new partner PTSD/TBI Counseling Center, northwest Louisiana.

“The Bossier Chamber of Commerce is honored to have the Northwest Louisiana Military Support Foundation as a subsidiary of our business organization,” said Lisa Johnson, President/CEO of the Bossier Chamber of Commerce. “With Barksdale Air Force Base as the largest employer in northwest Louisiana, along with all other branches having a strong reserve presence here, it is fitting to ask individuals and the business community to support the families of those who support us.”

The Foundation is always seeking more partnerships and support from businesses as well as individuals who would like to get involved with our local military families.

For more information, contact Kattie Hollay at militarysupport@nwlamilitarysupport.org or to donate go to nwlamilitarysupport.org.

Amanda Simmons