Operation Homefront

From left, Irish Capes, going into kindergarten, gets help picking out school supplies from his mother, Ashlen, as his brother Maverick, going into first grade, gets help from aunt Hannah Knaggs during Operation Homefront's Back-to-School Brigade on Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017, at Balfour Beaty Communities in Groton. More than 175 backpacks and school supplies were distributed to Groton-area military families during the annual event, which has over 50 locations near installations across the country. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)
From left, Irish Capes, going into kindergarten, gets help picking out school supplies from his mother, Ashlen, as his brother Maverick, going into first grade, gets help from aunt Hannah Knaggs during Operation Homefront's Back-to-School Brigade on Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017, at Balfour Beaty Communities in Groton. More than 175 backpacks and school supplies were distributed to Groton-area military families during the annual event, which has over 50 locations near installations across the country. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)

Groton — Irish Capes, from left, going into kindergarten, gets help picking out school supplies from his mother, Ashlen, as his brother Maverick, going into first grade, gets help from aunt Hannah Knaggs during Operation Homefront's Back-to-School Brigade on Wednesday at Balfour Beaty Communities.

More than 175 backpacks and school supplies were distributed to Groton-area military families during the annual event, which has over 50 locations near installations across the country.

Caden Shonebarger, going into second grade, reaches for a pencil case as mother Diane and brother Ryland, 1, look on during Operation Homefront's Back-to-School Brigade on Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017, at Balfour Beaty Communities in Groton. More than 175 backpacks and school supplies were distributed to Groton-area military families during the annual event, which has over 50 locations near installations across the country. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)
Caden Shonebarger, going into second grade, reaches for a pencil case as mother Diane and brother Ryland, 1, look on during Operation Homefront's Back-to-School Brigade on Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017, at Balfour Beaty Communities in Groton. More than 175 backpacks and school supplies were distributed to Groton-area military families during the annual event, which has over 50 locations near installations across the country. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)

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