2020 AUSA Volunteer Family of the Year
The Raines family embodies the spirit of volunteerism, providing exceptional service to the Army, soldiers and their families, and dedicating countless hours to the community.
Staff Sergeant Casey Raines of the 91st Military Police Battalion at Fort Drum, New York, his wife, Brittany, and their six children—Kamden, Mason, Brooklyn, Caleb, Caiden and Bentley—founded Warm Up Watertown. As a family, they collect winter accessories and distribute the items around Watertown for those in need.
The Raines family also volunteers with Operation Homefront to support military families. They regularly participate in the Back-to-School Brigade to ensure military kids receive backpacks filled with school supplies and Holiday Meals for Military, where they help provide food during the holiday season.
Staff Sergeant Raines volunteers with the North Country Spouses’ Club, his company Soldier and Family Readiness Group and the Fort Drum Girl Scouts. He also is a wrestling coach with the Indian River Pee Wee Wrestling Club.
Brittany Raines collects and distributes donated toys to children of Fort Drum soldiers every holiday season, is a leader in the Soldier and Family Readiness Group for the 91st MP Battalion, serves as community outreach coordinator for the North Country Spouses’ Club, is active with the Fort Drum Girl Scouts, and volunteers with several other groups in the area.
The Raines children work alongside their parents as well as individually to contribute to the community, including through USO Story Time events, coaching youth soccer, serving in church and volunteer opportunities through their Girl and Boy Scouts troops.
Through their tireless volunteer work and dedication to service, the Raines family has shown its willingness to go above and beyond to help others. It is with sincere gratitude and appreciation that the Association of the United States Army presents our Volunteer Family of the Year Award to this remarkable Army family on this, the thirteenth day of October two thousand twenty.