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Student Spotlight: Ryan Hilton

Aug 11, 2016

Ryan Hilton was very young when his father LT Lawrence Hilton passed away. While his memories of his father may be faint, his father’s spirit influences his life every day.

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Honoring Purple Heart Day

Aug 7, 2016

Today, Fallen Patriots honors more than 1.8 million combat-wounded Purple Heart recipients. Purple Heart Medals are awarded to those wounded or killed while serving in the United States Armed Forces and those who display bravery. Fallen Patriots is dedicated to serving the families of combat casualties and military training accidents as well as other duty-related deaths.

Danny Irizarry’s dad, Army Staff Sergeant Henry Irizarry, was killed in Iraq when an improvised explosive device detonated near his Humvee. For his bravery, Army Staff Sergeant Henry Irizarry, was awarded the Purple Heart. Danny’s father never settled for excuses and after his father’s death, Danny used his mentality to get through this difficult time.

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Student Spotlight: Ryan Hilton

Aug 2, 2016

Ryan Hilton was very young when his father LT Lawrence Hilton passed away. While his memories of his father may be faint, his father’s spirit influences his life every day.

Following his father’s footsteps, Ryan worked hard to achieve the rank of Eagle Scout. He also was a member of his high school marching band for 4 years, as was his father.

Ryan is a second year student at James Madison University. He believes his father would be most proud of him for doing well in college. In the future, he plans to attend medical school.

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Class of '20

Aug 1, 2016

When surviving scholars step on the quad for the first time this August, they will be taking the first step toward a dream that their mother or father died to protect. Together, we can honor fallen soldiers' sacrifices and make college affordable and achievable for all surviving scholars.

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Spinrite Announces Partnership for Third Consecutive Year

Aug 1, 2016

For the third year in a row, Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation is working with our loyal partner, Spinrite, to ensure surviving children achieve their dream of attending college. Established in 1952, Spinrite is dedicated to researching, developing and manufacturing a variety of consumer craft yarn and pattern books for all segments of the market, from classic and cotton basics to novelty and fashion yarns.

Caron United yarn helps Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation bring children of fallen soldiers one step closer towards an affordable college education, directly benefiting scholars like Katie O’Hare, a marketing major at The College of Charleston, whose father passed away while in test pilot school when a T-38 training jet crashed.

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Honoring The Army Chaplain Corps

Jul 29, 2016

For almost as long as there have been soldiers in America, there have been chaplains. In 1775 the Continental Congress created the Chaplain Corps as an integral part of the Army, to ensure soldiers would always have moral, ethical and spiritual guidance nearby. On July 29, 2016, the Army’s second oldest branch celebrates its 241st anniversary and all that it has achieved in that time. Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation (Fallen Patriots) salute all chaplains who selflessly serve our great nation.

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Why We Serve: Emily Williams Student Testimonial

Jul 27, 2016

Emily Williams’ father passed away due to long-term illness as a result of serving in the Army. Though Emily was just three years old at the time, she still has vivid memories of him being a good-natured and loving father.

“I still remember him being my favorite person because he was the only one I would ever listen to,” says Emily.

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Enrolling Surviving Children Across the Nation

Jul 26, 2016

Fallen Patriots has consistently maintained a vision of leaving no family behind. With a mission to provide scholarships and educational counseling to children who have lost a parent in the line of duty, we continuously strive to work towards ensuring no surviving child is left behind.

These children all deserve to be recognized and have access to an affordable college education. With the help of our loyal partners and dedicated donors, we are able to keep carrying out our mission.

Through our Enrollment Program, scholars are recognized and can receive the help they need in order to make their dreams of getting a college education come true.

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SouthPoint Charity Golf Outing

Jul 12, 2016

Helping to raise funds by hosting an event is a great way to increase awareness of our organization, inspire many people and provide a wonderful source of financial support.

Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation is moved by the generous support from SouthPoint Capital, host of the 2016 Charitable Golf Outing benefiting Fallen Patriots. The golf tournament presents another wonderful opportunity for raising money, reaching more children of the fallen, while also creating awareness for our mission.

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Preparing For College Over the Summer

Jul 10, 2016

Summer is here and we know we have many scholars already making preparations to take the next big step in their life. As classes approach, it is important to make a list of all the things that need to be done before making the big move.

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Artist Samara Shuter Lends a Helping Hand

Jul 9, 2016

Fallen Patriots would like to express its gratitude to painter, Samara Shuter for creating inspired art to auction. From July 4th through the 18th, Paddle 8 is hosting an auction with Fallen Patriots-themed art created by Shuter. All proceeds from the auction will go towards ensuring a college education for surviving military children.

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Why We Serve: Linda Singletary and Family

Jul 6, 2016

Linda Singletary’s husband, Timothy Laurence Singletary sadly passed away on October 21, 2012 due to an accident. He was a Specialist in the Army and was 37 years old when he passed. Linda’s two children, Clinton and Jasmin, have both received financial assistance through Fallen Patriots scholarships and have successfully been able to fulfill their dreams of getting a college education.

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Student Spotlight: Katie O'Hare

Jul 1, 2016

Katie O’Hare’s father, Raymond O’Hare, passed away while in test pilot school when a T-38 training jet crashed. Though Katie was just a young child, she will never forget how she felt that day and cherishes the memories she has with her father.

As Independence Day approaches, Fallen Patriots is reminded of all of those who made the ultimate sacrifice and those who risk their lives today so that we may continue to live in freedom.

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Freedom Isn't Free

Jul 1, 2016

In memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice and those who risk their lives today so that we may continue to live in freedom, Fallen Patriots salutes you. As Independence Day approaches, we are reminded that Freedom Isn’t Free. Fallen Patriots sincerely appreciates all who have or are currently serving in the military, as well as those men and women who have died while defending our country.

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Serving Scholars Across the Nation

Jul 1, 2016

A college education is not only crucial for success today, but also an opportunity for students to learn valuable life lessons they will carry with them for the rest of their lives. No child should ever be denied this opportunity because of situations they have no control over.

Children of Fallen Patriots works to play an integral role in the academic and personal development of surviving academic scholars at all levels of the educational process, as well as support the families of military men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice, their life. Fallen Patriots’ vision is to ensure that all children from surviving military families receive access to affordable college education. While these children all share a common bond as a result of losing a parent in the military, their backgrounds are very diverse.

We serve surviving children from all parts of the country and aim to constantly expand the number of scholars we help. To visualize how many universities across the country our scholars attend, click here.

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Why We Serve: Paulette Joyce's Letter to Husband, LTC Frederick Joyce

Jun 29, 2016

Paulette Joyce’s husband, LTC Frederick Joyce, sadly passed away six years ago due to illness as a result of serving in Vietnam. With Father’s Day recently being celebrated this month, Paulette took the time to reflect in her own words on how she and her children, Megan and Sean keep Frederick’s loving presence alive.

 

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Student Testimonial: Hannah Davis

Jun 28, 2016

Hannah Davis’ father, Jeffrey Davis passed away in a BlackHawk accident. Only three years old at the time, Hannah had to grow up without her father’s loving presence throughout her childhood. Jeffrey’s sacrifice is representative of the courage needed to preserve our country’s freedom.

As we celebrate our month of Independence, it is important to reflect on some of the traditions and family celebrations that have made us who we are over the last two centuries. July marks the month of our freedom as a nation and the sacrifices made by those who have served to ensure it remains that way.

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PTSD Awareness: The Soldier

Jun 25, 2016

After a traumatic event, most people have painful memories. For many people, the effects of the event fade over time. But for others, the memories, thoughts and feelings don't go away - even months or years after the event is over.

Military PTSD is PTSD at its extreme. This severity is due to the soldier's multiple experiences in violent conflicts, both as victims, and rescuers of their fellow soldiers. Many Veterans experience highly intrusive thoughts and extreme guilt about acts committed during times of war. These thoughts can often overpower the emotional coping capacities.

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Student Spotlight: Kyera Burks

Jun 24, 2016

Kyera Burks’ father, Christopher Dante Burks, sadly passed away on August 2, 2012 in Cheongju, Korea from an accident. He was a Sergeant First Class in the Army and was 40-years-old when he passed.

Kyera graduated high school in 2014 and is attending Columbus State University, where she currently studies psychology.  She plans to study clinical psychology and become a victim’s advocate for children.

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PTSD Awareness: The Child

Jun 24, 2016

Long after a person experiences a traumatic event, the memories and stress linger. For some, coping mechanisms work and the impact of the event fades with time. For others, the memories and feelings manifest into mild to severe Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

PTSD is a stress disorder which may develop in those who have been directly exposed to or been confronted with a distressing life event. The disorder may also present itself after a period of prolonged stress. The disorder has become so prevalent in our society, with 22 soldiers a day taking their own lives, that June has been named PTSD Awareness Month in an effort to raise awareness and promote effective treatments.

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Student Spotlight: KaTara Burks

Jun 17, 2016

KaTara Burks’ father, Christopher Dante Burks, passed away on August 2, 2012 in Cheongju, Korea from an accident. He was a Sergeant First Class in the Army and was 40-years-old when he passed. KaTara will be attending Clark Atlanta University where she will study fashion design and marketing.

KaTara is a remarkable scholar, as well as athlete. She excels in track, cross country and volleyball while also having a thriving model career. KaTara went undefeated in the 800m race her entire high school career and ranked 8th in the state in 2015. She also broke school records in volleyball this season with 167 kills and 86 blocks.

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Loyal Partner: Johnny Mac Soldiers Fund

Jun 15, 2016

America’s preserved freedom is the result of the continued bravery and sacrifice of our soldiers and their families. These sacrifices can lead to families having trouble securing their children’s educational future. With immense gratitude, Fallen Patriots is proud to announce that the Johnny Mac Soldiers Fund donated $1,000,000 to help ensure a future for surviving children. This incredibly generous donation is just one more wonderful example of how foundations across the United States support our mission to secure an education for the children of the fallen.

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International Efforts

Jun 9, 2016

Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation (Fallen Patriots) is working with our loyal partner, Spinrite, to ensure that our mission is translated internationally. Sprinrite’s packaging will share Fallen Patriots mission in English, Spanish and French.

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The Folded Flag Foundation

Jun 5, 2016

America’s freedom comes at a great cost. Sometimes the cost is a loss of a father or mother, leaving a child without someone to turn to for educational direction. The Folded Flag Foundation serves to honor the legacy of and pay tribute to the bravest men and women who have given their lives in defense of our country. The foundation’s vision is to support the future of surviving military families, using education as the cornerstone.

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Student Spotlight: Kyana Goodman

Jun 2, 2016

Kyana Goodman's stepfather, Christopher Dante Burks, passed away on August 2, 2012 in Cheongju, Korea from an accident. He was a Sergeant First Class in the Army and was 40-years-old when he passed. Kyana will be attending the University of North Florida in the fall. Her admirable success shows how far she’s come, and how much she will accomplish as she embarks on the next chapter of her life.

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Honoring Fallen Fathers

Jun 1, 2016

Fallen Patriots scholar, Johanna Walker’s dad, Colonel Cliff Walker, died saving her little brother from drowning. Her dad’s sacrifice showed her the depth of love and the courage in sacrifice.

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PepsiCo's Rolling Remembrance Raises $100,000 for Fallen Patriots

May 30, 2016

In remembrance of military members who’ve lost their lives while serving the United States and in honor of their surviving families, PepsiCo launched a 5000-mile Rolling Remembrance relay across the country that began in Seattle and ended in New York. With immense gratitude, Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation is proud to announce that Rolling Remembrance was a remarkable success raising $100,000 for Fallen Patriots.

The relay of the American flag displayed PepsiCo’s vast appreciation for all military members, past and present, and their families. Along the Rolling Remembrance journey, PepsiCo’s dedication and corporate social responsibility inspired onlookers.

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Southpoint Capital 2016 Charitable Golf Outing

May 19, 2016

Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation (Fallen Patriots) is moved by the generous support from Southpoint Capital, host of the 2016 Charitable Golf Outing benefiting Fallen Patriots. The golf tournament is just one more wonderful example of how companies across the United States support our mission to secure an education for the children of the fallen.

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Honoring David C. Canegata

May 12, 2016

David C. Canegata III died when his Black Hawk Helicopter crashed from enemy fire during Operation Iraqi Freedom.  His daughter, Nicole Canegata’s, life has never been the same since she lost her father on January 20th, 2007. She believes that although the void of missing him will never be filled, he served a higher and greater purpose, and for that she is grateful for his selfless spirit, and salutes his bravery.

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500 For The Fallen

May 10, 2016

Run with Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation and make a scene this Memorial Day weekend.  Fallen Patriots invites followers to carry a flag during 500 For The Fallen, a 500-mile continuous relay leaving from Concord, MA on May 26th and arriving at Arlington Cemetery on May 30th. The purpose of the patriotic run is to raise awareness for children who have lost a parent while serving in the military. Each stage of the relay ranges from 3-11 miles.

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TruGreen Gives Back

May 9, 2016

Total giving to charitable organizations has increased yearly since 2007, and not only is the funding vital to the charities, the services that nonprofits provide are also vital. 

As companies and their employees increasingly seek to give back, Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation (Fallen Patriots) is overjoyed with gratitude.  Corporate giving presents a unique opportunity for Fallen Patriots to reach more children of the fallen, while also creating awareness for our mission.  As the new school year approaches, the recent philanthropy efforts from TruGreen will help Fallen Patriots better serve children of the fallen during their academic journeys.

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Surviving Mother Linda Ambard

May 8, 2016

Linda Ambard shared 23 years with her husband, Maj Philip D Ambard, before he was killed in Afghanistan. Together they had five children who were raised all over the world, lived in base housing and went to base schools.

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Mother's Day

May 8, 2016

Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation celebrates Mother's Day, a time to pay respect to the spouses and families of the fallen. Over 97% of those killed in action are men, leaving mothers with the financial responsibilities of raising a family. While there are many struggles for single mothers, they find comfort in knowing there are organizations like Fallen Patriots who want to help.

Approximately 63% of surviving wives earn less than $60k a year. By providing scholarships to children of the fallen, Fallen Patriots honors the sacrifice of those who gave their lives for our country.

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Gold Star Awareness

May 5, 2016

Families of the fallen have endured great sacrifices for our nation. Fallen Patriots recognizes Gold Star Awareness Month. While Fallen Patriots primary efforts are to honor children of the fallen, we also take time to recognize the sacrifices that Gold Star family members make when a father, mother, brother, sister, son, daughter, or other loved one dies in service to the nation.

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Congratulations Graduate Paige Garber

May 3, 2016

Congratulations to Fallen Patriots’ scholar Paige Garber, graduating with a Bachelors in Communications from University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Paige’s admirable success shows how far she’s come, and how much she will accomplish as she embarks on the next chapter of her life.

“College has been really hard at times working through grief while also handling school, sorority life, extracurricular activities, being away from home and all of the things that come with getting a college education,” explained Paige. “I think my dad would be proud that I’ve been able to stay the course.”

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Congratulations Graduate Daniel Hug

May 3, 2016

Congratulations to Fallen Patriots’ scholar Daniel Hug, who recently graduated with a Bachelor in Marketing & Management from the University of Illinois. Daniel plans to live a life modeled after his father’s passion for his work and commitment to his family.

Daniel believes his dad, Christian Hug’s, willingness to risk his life every single day for our country is truly inspiring. His dad, sadly, passed away when he was only 6-months-old. It was difficult for him to grow up without any memories of his dad.

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Congratulations Graduate Hannah Davis

May 2, 2016

Congratulations to Fallen Patriots’ scholar Hannah Davis, graduating with a Bachelors in Advertising from Michigan State University. With the thought of her father’s success and Fallen Patriots help, Hannah has overcome tremendous challenges and achieved a noteworthy milestone in her life. She plans to follow her dreams and achieve a job in the Marketing/Advertising field.

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Celebrating Fallen Patriots Day

May 1, 2016

Officially proclaimed by mayors and governors throughout the nation, May 13th is recognized as Fallen Patriots Day. Since 2002, Children of Fallen Patriots has provided more than $12.3 million in total assistance, including college scholarships, supplemental grants and educational counseling to military children who have lost a parent in the line of duty. This special day honors the bravery of surviving children.

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Military Appreciation Month

May 1, 2016

During Military Appreciation Month, Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation is reminded of the honor and privilege it is to be an influential part of scholars’ journeys. This awareness month, celebrates our graduating seniors while also honoring the fallen and their surviving spouses. Leading up to Memorial Day, Fallen Patriots honors the inner strength the entire military family: the soldier, spouse and scholar.

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Rolling Remembrance

Apr 29, 2016

In remembrance of military members who’ve lost their lives while serving the United States and in honor of the surviving families, PepsiCo has launched a 5000-mile relay across the country that began in Seattle and will end in White Plains, NY on May 24th to help spread awareness for Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation (Fallen Patriots). Using normal business routes, U.S. Military Veteran PepsiCo drivers will pass off a flag to each other at 31 different relay points.

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Hannah Davis: Educational Counseling

Apr 21, 2016

Not only is a college education crucial to success today, but the entire college experience can teach students valuable life lessons, aid in maturity and introduce them to people who can influence their lives forever. Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation works to play an integral part in the academic and personal development of surviving scholars at all levels of the educational process.

Gold Star scholar, Hannah Davis, lost her father in a Black Hawk accident. She uses the memory of her father to propel her success in the future.

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Elizabeth O’Hare: College Education

Apr 14, 2016

Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation works to give Gold Star families hope and opportunity, especially the opportunities that come with a college education. Over 97% of those killed in action are men, leaving mothers, who earn on average less than $50,000 per year, with the financial responsibilities of raising a family.  Fallen Patriots’ vision is to ensure that every child who has lost a parent in the line of duty receives all necessary college funding.

A college education is the single most important gift we can give Gold Star children. Since 2002, Fallen Patriots has provided more than $10 million in total assistance, to our admirable scholars. 

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Kelly McHugh: Fundamental Needs

Apr 13, 2016

Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation works to support the children of military men and women who have selflessly made the ultimate sacrifice, their life. An average college students’ fundamental needs include living quarters, books, a laptop and mode of transportation to and from class. Fallen Patriots is here to dive in with financial assistance when a gold star scholar is lacking the necessary funds to be successful.

“Children of Fallen Patriots even provided me with a laptop – a necessary tool for a writer at school,” explained Gold Star scholar, Kelly McHugh.

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Fallen Patriots Will Benefit From The Aspire Giving Foundation

Apr 12, 2016

Over 2,000 industry heavyweights join together at SkyBridge Alternatives Conference (SALT) to inspire, connect and unite. The SALT 2016 Conference will take place from Tuesday, May 10th – Friday, May 13th at the Bellagio in Las Vegas, Nevada. Attendees from around the world will have the opportunity to connect with global leaders and network with industry peers.

SkyBridge Capital formed the Aspire Giving Foundation, a partnership of non-profit organizations that will provide underserved populations with capabilities to achieve their aspirations. The main focus of the foundation is to encourage young adults and their families to aspire toward becoming active and successful citizens within their local communities and to provide transitional relief for families who have been affected by life changing disasters, so that they may aspire toward building a positive life for themselves.

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Emily McClimans: Emotional Support

Apr 1, 2016

Gold Star scholar, Emily McClimans’, dad died in active duty. To her, Gold Star children are different than any other children.

“My father literally entered into a warzone, not only to protect my family and I from harm, but to allow other families to go to sleep each night without fear that war will break out,” explained Emily. “He died for people he never met, so that they could experience all that life has to offer.”

For a young child, nothing can replace the loss of a mother or father.  Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation celebrates the bravery of Gold Star children. They have had to endure immense sacrifice, losing a parent.

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Month of the Military Child

Apr 1, 2016

Fallen Patriots celebrates the bravery of Gold Star children during Month of the Military Child. Gold Star children have had to endure immeasurable sacrifice, losing a parent. This awareness month was established to underscore the important role children play in the Armed Forces community.

Military children face many challenges that are unique to their situation, such as having a parent deployed for extended periods of time, moving frequently and sometimes losing a parent. Deployments and family separations can be stressful times for children.

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A Soldier's Child

Apr 1, 2016

Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation (Fallen Patriots) creates a life-long relationship with Gold Star scholars. The relationship often begins with A Soldier’s Child (ASC). Similar to Fallen Patriots, their mission is to serve the children of fallen active duty military personnel who have given their lives while defending the United States of America.

A Soldier’s Child focuses on the early years of life by sponsoring birthday celebrations and mentorship programs. Gold Star children will never receive another birthday gift from their selfless soldier. A Soldier’s Child strives to fill the missing piece during celebrations.

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The Annual Red, White & Blue Gala

Mar 23, 2016

The second annual Red, White & Blue Gala was a remarkable success, raising over $250,000 for Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation. Hosted by the New York-based Junior Board, the Gala featured a night of great food, drinks and dancing. All proceeds will help ensure a future college education for military children who lost a parent in the line of duty.

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Summer Camp Opportunities

Mar 15, 2016

As summer approaches, Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation is looking forward to several summer camp opportunities for Gold Star children. Although each camp is different, they all have the same common theme of empowering youth to overcome past events as they grow in a fun environment.

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Women's History Month: The Evolution of Inspiring Nurses

Mar 9, 2016

Annie G. Fox was the first woman in the military to receive a Purple Heart for her courageous and outstanding performance in the Army Nurse Corps. Though the award was canceled due to a change in requirements, most notably the fact that to be given the Purple Heart, you have to be injured, she was still given the Bronze Star, which is almost always given for an act of bravery. Fox played a big role in helping U.S. soldiers during the attack on Pearl Harbor.

During WWII, about 964,409 Purple Hearts were awarded. Today, there is an estimated number of 287 Purple Hearts that have been given to women in the armed forces.

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Future History Maker: Elicia Carter

Mar 7, 2016

Elicia Carter’s mom, Felicia Carter, served in the U.S Army. She passed away, leaving her daughter with only the memory of her to keep striving forward. Elicia believes her mom would be most proud of her for living up to her full potential and not letting anything hold her back from her dreams.

“The most difficult thing I feel that I have faced is just not having my mom there growing up. I lost her right before my freshman year of high school,” explained Elicia. “I kind of had to figure certain things out on my own and sometimes learn the hard way, even now.”

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Send a Virtual Hug to The Youngblood Family

Mar 2, 2016

Laura Youngblood knows all too well the true meaning of sacrifice. Both Laura and her husband, Travis, served in the military as combat medics where they met. It was love at first sight and they got married a month later.

When Laura was called up for active duty a few years later, they had a little boy, Hunter. Travis wanted her to be able to stay home with Hunter and eventually return to school, so he volunteered to take her place.

During that deployment to the Al Anbar Province of Iraq in 2005, his unit was hit by an IED. Despite his severe injuries, he asked the medics on the field to help his fellow Marines first, and come back for him later. He said he felt like it was his responsibility to save them first. Six days later, he died.

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Hug a GI Day: Celebrating Our Fallen Soldiers With Virtual Hugs

Mar 1, 2016

Since 1996, American citizens have identified March 4th as Hug a GI Day to honor and appreciate the services of the members in US military. In honor of Hug a GI Day, Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation, (Fallen Patriots) is collecting “virtual hugs” in the form of donations.  Over 97% of those killed in action are men, leaving mothers, who earn on average less than $50,000 per year, with the financial responsibilities of raising a family.  Donors can text “College” to 31996 to make a contribution.

For some, Hug a GI Day is a celebration of their loved soldier being home from deployment. For others, this day is a time to celebrate soldiers who have sacrificed their safety for our protection. Gold Star military children have endured the ultimate sacrifice, not having a parent to hug.

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Celebrating Women's History Month

Mar 1, 2016

In celebration of Women’s History Month, Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation honors all women who have served our great nation. Their work to create change has allowed future generations of women to achieve tremendous success without resistance.

Women have been a part of the war effort since the Revolutionary War, but in the early days of our nation they had to disguise themselves as men. When they were accepted into the military, women were given auxiliary roles. As the methods of warfare changed in the late 20th century, the government began to realize that gender matters less on the battlefield.

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Send a Virtual Hug to The Mackey Family

Mar 1, 2016

Kaanan Mackey’s husband Matt was serving in the Iowa National Guard when he sacrificed his life in order to save others. He was on federal orders and driving home from a drill weekend when he came around a bend and saw an accident. There were several people out of their cars and in the street. Instead of crashing into them, he swerved to avoid the accident. He fought to stay alive for 18 days, but didn’t survive.

Together they have five children, who all are under the age of 16. The Mackey children don’t have the luxury of hugging their dad anymore. They hold on to the memory of his touch through photographs.

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Katie O'Hare: Hug a GI Day

Mar 1, 2016

Katie O’Hare’s father, Raymond O’Hare, died while in test pilot school when a T-38 Talon training jet crashed. She was very young the day he passed, but she will never forget the day.

“The morning before he left for work, my sister and I were in my parent’s bed with my mom while he was getting ready to leave. We kept giving him hugs and kisses, not wanting him to leave that day and to stay home with us,” explained Katie. “We told him how much we loved him. This may seem sad, but to me I got to say goodbye.”

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Thank You Vineyard Vines for Your Loyal Support

Feb 29, 2016

Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation is moved to by the generous support of our partner Vineyard Vines. On February 15th, Vineyard Vines donated 10% of every purchase to Fallen Patriots, to ensure a future college education for Gold Star children. Participation from loyal supporters made this fundraiser an exceptional success.

Customers also received 10% off their purchase, making the day beneficial to all parties involved.

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Clairissa Herrera: Hug a GI Day

Feb 26, 2016

Clairissa Herrera’s dad, Rocky Herrera, was killed by a suicide bomber in Afghanistan. Clairissa believes his sacrifice means that she gets to live another day in a free country, receive a great education and lead a successful life.

“It was difficult to adjust to not having my father around to teach me those skills every father should teach their daughter, like how to drive or change a tire,” explained Clairissa. “Not having him a phone call away for advice when I just ‘needed to call dad’ was something that took me a long time to get used to.”

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Fallen Patriots Honors the "Hug Lady"

Feb 25, 2016

Elizabeth Laird, known as the “Hug Lady,” gave out more than 500,000 hugs before she died at the age of 83 after a long battle with breast cancer.  

Laird was the heart of Fort Hood for years, where she would greet soldiers leaving for deployments and returning home. Soldiers showed their love and appreciation for her during her battle with breast cancer by visiting her in the hospital to give her a hug of their own.

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Remembering the Past: A Tribute to Haitian Soldiers

Feb 22, 2016

On October 9, 1779, a force of more than 500 Haitian gens de couleur libre (free men of color) joined American colonists and French troops in an unsuccessful push to drive the British from Savannah. The regiment, known as the Chasseurs Volontaires de Saint-Domingue, were the largest unit of men of African descent to fight in the American Revolution.

As battered American and French soldiers fell back, the Haitian troops moved in to provide a retreat. Due to their inexperience, the Chasseurs suffered a high number of casualties. These Haitian Americans made a significant contribution to our freedom with their bravery.

After 228 years, the colored soldiers were finally recognized for their heroic actions. A monument to the Haitian soldiers was placed in Benjamin Franklin Square in Savannah, Georgia.

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Selfless Acts: Peter Witt

Feb 16, 2016

Soldiers learn values of selfless service in detail during Basic Combat Training (BCT), from then on they live them every day in everything they do — whether they’re on the job or off. Selfless service is larger than just one person. In serving your country, you are doing your duty loyally without thought of recognition or gain. According to Army Values, The basic building block of selfless service is the commitment of each team member to go a little further, endure a little longer, and look a little closer to see how he or she can add to the effort.

A soldier who dies to protect others is not going to hear a thank-you in return for the ultimate sacrifice. Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation honors those who die defending our country by ensuring their children a future college education.

Peter Witt’s father, Daniel Witt, served in the Air Force, where he sacrificed time away from home and ultimately his life.  He was often on tour for the Air Force for months at a time. Peter holds infinite respect for his father and his selfless service.

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Vineyard Vines is Giving Back to Fallen Patriots

Feb 11, 2016

Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation is moved to have the generous support of our partner Vineyard Vines who is dedicated to help us fulfill our mission.  On Monday, February 15th, Vineyard Vines will donate 10% of every purchase to Fallen Patriots. Plus, customers will also enjoy 10% off their purchase.

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Remembering the Past: Brown vs. Board of Education

Feb 10, 2016

The vision of Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation is to ensure that every Gold Star military child receives all necessary funding to go to college. Attending college provides opportunities for graduates which are not as attainable to those who have not received a higher education.

Fallen Patriots honors the history and culture of all Americans, yet in honor of Black History Month, this is a time to celebrate the achievements and selfless acts of African Americans.

Declaring that “separate educational facilities are inherently unequal,” the Brown v. Board decision helped break segregation, and provided a spark to the American civil rights movement.

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Selfless Acts: Eric McNulty

Feb 8, 2016

Eric McNulty was only 16-years-old when his father, Michael L. McNulty, was killed in Iraq. Michael gave his life doing what he thought he must to make the world a better place. His sacrifice taught Eric that anyone who has the ability to do something has the responsibility to do it. Less than a year later, 12-days after Eric’s 17th birthday, he chose to follow his father’s path and enlist in the military. Enlisting in the military gave Eric a way to continue connecting with his father, without having him around.

Military children have to make selfless sacrifices every day. The families that are left behind, and the children who support their deployed parents are the ones making our country strong. Eric McNulty not only rose to the occasion, but exemplified leadership and achievement with his selfless sacrifice. He has looked for no honor more than being able to serve with fellow soldiers, like his father. 

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Selfless Acts: SGM Michael Mettille

Feb 4, 2016

Selfless soldiers are those who truly go above and beyond the call of duty. Our military heroes fight together, face death together and risk their lives for each other. They lead with their heart and soul in a manner worthy of respect from their followers. Selfless soldiers and their families are all about strength during weak times. 

Elizabeth Goldapp’s dad, SGM Michael Mettille, died while she was in college. It was impossible for her to finish college successfully, at the time, on an emotional and psychological level.

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Four Chaplains Day: Selfless Acts

Feb 3, 2016

The Four Chaplains Memorial Foundation’s vision is to impart the principles of selfless service to humanity without regard to race, creed, ethnicity, or religious beliefs. A day to honor selfless acts is known as Four Chaplains Day, celebrated on February 3rd.

Children of Fallen Patriots foundation honors different Selfless Acts that our fallen patriots have done. Soldiers that died in the line of duty acted on the ultimate selfless act, sacrificing their lives for our continued freedom. Fallen Patriots continues to strive to ensure a future college education for Gold Star children whose parent died due to their selfless service.

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Remembering the Past: Tuskegee Airmen

Feb 2, 2016

Despite challenges, African Americans have played a significant role in U.S military history over the past 300 years. Before 1940, African Americans weren’t allowed to fly for the U.S. military. Like so many others, the young African Americans who would become known as the “Tuskegee Airmen” had aspirations to serve in the military. They wanted to push the limits and fight the enemy from the air as pilots.

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Fallen Patriots Honors Black History Month

Feb 1, 2016

Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation pays respect to all soldiers who have served honorably from the Revolutionary War to today’s operations. During Black History Month, Fallen Patriots will remember the instrumental accomplishments of past African American leaders, while also celebrating future history makers. The importance of selfless service to humanity without regard to race, ethnicity or religious beliefs will be stressed during the month long campaign.

A college education is the single most important gift all Gold Star military children can receive. Fallen Patriots is dedicated to serving all branches of the armed forces, regardless of race or cultural background.

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Citi's E for Education Campaign Raised $428,000 for Gold Star Children

Jan 25, 2016

With the help of financial partners like Citi, Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation is changing the lives of those left behind in the most positive way, allowing children to achieve a career path that they desire through a college education. We are so thankful for the success of the Citi e for Education campaign, which ultimately raised $428,000 for Gold Star military children.

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Resolve to Involve: Host An Event

Jan 19, 2016

Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation is honored to have the support from remarkable individuals who dedicate their time and expertise on behalf of our mission by creating and executing a fundraising event.  We are even more touched when it is children that step up to help other children.   Thirteen-year old Jordan Shoob dedicated his first 10K race to Gold Star military children. As an advocate for Fallen Patriots, Shoob raised a total of $5,000 in sponsorships to help us ensure college education for military children who’ve lost a parent in the line of duty. With this amount, Shoob’s fundraising efforts single-handedly covered the cost of an entire semester for one deserving student.

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Fallen Patriots Junior Board Raise Your Glass Event

Jan 11, 2016

Fallen Patriots Junior Board kicked off the new year by hosting the Raise your Glass Event. Participation from loyal supporters made the event an exceptional success, raising over $7,000 for Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation. All proceeds will help ensure a future college education for military children who lost a parent in the line of duty.

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Resolve to Involve: Create Awareness

Jan 7, 2016

Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’ – Martin Luther King

Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation works to find every Gold Star child with the intent to give them the future they deserve. Our scholarships and financial assistance have helped over 600 motivated students attend and graduate from some of the top universities in the country. However, there’s approximately 15,000 more kids that could use our help.

In a world where social media rules, we have all become brands ourselves. Everything that is shared on social channels ultimately tells others what we’re all about. As the new year begins, Resolve to Involve yourself in Fallen Patriots by helping us raise awareness on different social mediums.  

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Resolve to Involve: Become a Monthly Donor

Jan 7, 2016

Two weeks before he was due to return home, Landon Jones was killed in a tragic accident while landing his helicopter aboard a Navy ship. A wall of water from a ship maneuver crashed into his rotors, sending the helicopter crashing to the deck and bouncing into the water. Theresa Jones lost her husband and the father of her two children on that day.

Jones’ death exemplifies the persistent risk involved while serving in the armed forces, as well as how quickly a mother and wife of two can join the ranks of the widows and single mothers who have lost their patriot in the line of duty. Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation is here to help.

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Resolve to Involve Yourself in Fallen Patriots Mission

Jan 1, 2016

The beginning of a new year provides an opportunity to take a step back and reflect on the success of the past year and the growth of the year to come. Feelings of a renewed sense of hope and opportunity for positive change, commonly occur while New Year’s resolutions are made. Setting financial goals, such as saving for a child’s college tuition, is a particularly popular resolution for parents, and one with which Fallen Patriots scholars’ parents need assistance.

In the last 35 years, nearly 20,000 children have lost a parent in the line of duty, and of those families, approximately 63% earn less than 50K per year. That is why this year, we challenge you to join us. We challenge you to Resolve to Involve yourself in ensuring an education for military children who lost a parent in the line of duty.

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Top 10 Accomplishments of 2015

Dec 29, 2015

As 2015 comes to a close, Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation (Fallen Patriots) reminisces on the top ten moments experienced throughout the year.  These attributes are what enables us to send military children who’ve lost a parent in the line of duty to college.  However, there’s approximately 20,000 more kids that could use our help.  Fallen Patriots continues to actively strive to ensure a future education for gold star military children in 2016 and beyond.

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12 Days of Christmas: Putt For The Fallen

Dec 24, 2015

Give the gift of good this holiday season by supporting the fifty-three family entertainment centers across the country that partnered together for the 2nd Annual Putt for the Fallen fundraiser. This month-long event assists Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation (Fallen Patriots) in their goal to help children of fallen soldiers reach their dreams of a college education. 

In two years, Putt for the Fallen has raised over $50,000 to support Fallen Patriots mission. Ensuring the dreams of those left behind, 100% of the donations go directly to scholarships and long-term educational counseling for the children of fallen heroes.

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12 Days of Christmas: A Soldiers Child Foundation

Dec 23, 2015

Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation partnered with A Soldiers Child Foundation to help mutually fulfill our mission to ensure a future college education for Gold Star children who lost a parent in the line of duty. A Soldiers Child facilitates college scholarships up to $35,000 with the help of Fallen Patriots.

“Children of Fallen Patriots organization is beyond amazing,” explained Daryl Mackin, Executive Director of A Soldiers Child. “Our collaboration with Fallen Patriots provides a homerun of services that we offer together as partners in serving our American hero families.”

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12 Days of Christmas: Modropy

Dec 22, 2015

With 2015 drawing to a close, now is the time to think about how much to give this year, and to whom. The holiday season gets many of us in the mood, so what’s the best way to give to be sure you get the most satisfaction and the most value for the dollar?

Modropy felt strongly that something needed to be done to make the “act of giving” simpler, thus the foundation Modropy was created. Each week, Modropy picks a new philanthropy to design and sell shirts for. For each shirt sold eight dollars goes to the specific philanthropy chosen.

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12 Days of Christmas: Cracker Barrel

Dec 21, 2015

Cracker Barrel is committed to assisting service members and veterans and has been a long-time supporter of military-focused programs, including Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation (Fallen Patriots). Cracker Barrel Foundation made a $25,000 grant to Fallen Patriots, helping to bridge the gap in the cost of education for students who lost a parent in the line of duty.

“Our value of treating guests like family and making them feel at home extends outside of our doors, which is why participating in projects like the Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation is an important piece of who we are,” explained Jane Horne, Cracker Barrel Corporate Communications Coordinator.

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12 Days of Christmas: Fossil

Dec 20, 2015

Fossil made supporting Gold Star children their duty. Ten percent of Fossil watches sold at Army and Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) locations benefited Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation leading up to November 11th. Fossil prides itself on its commitment to American vintage inspiration. This commitment has allowed for a strong retail presence globally, with more than 400 retail locations, 4,000 wholesale locations and 13,000 employees worldwide.

Fossil has executed knowledge and financials to Fallen Patriots’ mission. Purchasing Fossil products for a loved one, while simultaneously helping Children of Fallen Patriots, is a great way to gift for good during the holiday shopping season.

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12 Days of Christmas: Dinosaur Bar-B-Que

Dec 19, 2015

Dinosaur Bar-B-Que is a great place to have fun while eating some of the best bar-b-que in the country. Over Memorial Day Weekend, Dinosaur Bar-B-Que restaurants raised more than $22,000 for Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation (Fallen Patriots). Their dedication to help us fulfill our mission has been inspiring.   

“We partnered with Fallen Patriots because they are a wonderful organization, with a great mission, and hardworking, kind people,” stated Dinosaur Bar-B-Que.

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12 Days of Christmas: ZZZ Bears

Dec 18, 2015

Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation’s partner ZZZ Bears is a family-owned company with giving back at the core of their mission. ZZZ Bears creator Justin Baum developed Sgt. Sleeptight, the world’s first bear created specifically to protect your child as he or she sleeps.  The idea originated from his respect and support for military men, women and their families.

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12 Days of Christmas: Caron United

Dec 17, 2015

“The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, in hopes that Saint Nicholas soon would be there.”

Stockings are an American Tradition during the holidays, but for some the holidays mean one less stocking hung. Gold Star military children will awake Christmas morning, without one of their beloved parents. Spinrite LP, North America’s largest craft yarn producer, partnered with Children of Fallen Patriots to make Christmas magic. Together we set out to create the World’s Biggest Knit/Crochet Stocking. 

Watch military moms help knit and crochet the World's Largest Stocking here.

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12 Days of Christmas: AmazonSmile

Dec 16, 2015

If you love snagging online bargains during the holidays, consider shopping on AmazonSmile, an amazing way to increase your gift giving. AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know, but 0.5% of your purchase is donated to the charitable organization of your choice. Thanks to our charity partnership with AmazonSmile, all donations to Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation (Fallen Patriots) will help provide college scholarships and educational counseling to military children who have lost a parent in the line of duty.

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12 Days of Christmas: Jenny La Sala

Dec 15, 2015

Author Jenny La Sala has dedicated her life to veteran advocacy and spreading awareness about the physical and mental struggles soldiers face. She brings her cause to young readers and the children of military parents with the publication of her book, When Daddy Comes Home. A portion of her book sales benefit Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation.

When Daddy Comes Home shares a heartfelt story of a soldier’s journey to and from war as the family who loves him learns to open their hearts to change in the most positive light. Although all children face fears and anxiety, especially at bedtime, military children also experience anxiety of a parent being away for an extended period of time.

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12 Days of Christmas: Splash Car Wash

Dec 14, 2015

Get into the spirit of giving by supporting Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation’s (Fallen Patriots) partner Splash Car Wash. They celebrated Veterans Day by offering all American veterans and active-duty personnel a free car wash. Sixteen Splash locations participated along with more than 2,700 other carwashes in four countries.

This year, they went above and beyond, by collecting donations at each wash to benefit Fallen Patriots. We hope to bring in the New Year by supporting those, who have so generously supported Fallen Patriot’s mission.

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12 Days of Christmas: Vineyard Vines

Dec 13, 2015

As the holiday season approaches, many of us begin to strategize our gift purchasing for family and friends. The hunt for the elusive “wow” gift has us searching store after store. This holiday season we invite you to give a gift with a purpose by shopping at Vineyard Vines, who believe every holiday should feel this good.

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12 Days of Christmas with Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation

Dec 12, 2015

The holiday season is approaching, and many are beginning to strategize gift purchasing for family and friends. The hunt for the elusive “wow” gift has people searching store after store. With 2015 drawing to a close, now is the time to think about how much to give this year, and to whom. For 12 days leading up to Christmas, Dec. 13th thru Dec.24th, Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation (Fallen Patriots) will honor retail businesses that have partnered with us in 2015, with hopes that others will support their holiday sales.

The magic of the holidays never ends, and Fallen Patriot’s greatest gift is our family, friends and donors helping to ensure a college education for gold star children who have lost a parent in the line of duty. The concept behind the campaign is to thank partners for their continued dedications in helping us fulfill our mission and to encourage our followers to support our partners during the holidays.

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Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation is Endorsed by Santa Claus

Dec 4, 2015

“Justin, I would have texted you sooner, but silly Rudolph ate my cellphone. I hope your dog Luna is well. I can’t wait to bring you your gifts,” love Santa.

Believing in Santa takes a bit more convincing now for 21st century children, the generation of technology. Digital tools are gaining popularity, as parents try to persuade their kid that there is a Santa Claus. Santa has mastered technology, with the help of Rudolph and the elves working at TextSanta.

This holiday season, TextSanta gives parents the ability to send their children a personalized text message from Santa Claus. Today’s generation often believe that if it’s on the computer or a phone, it’s real. By using TextSanta, children are reminded that Santa is always watching.

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#GivingTuesday Helps Gold Star Wife Shelly Hall

Dec 1, 2015

Shelly Hall, a Gold Star wife, lost her husband, Kelly, just a few months after being stationed in Germany for his job in the Army. He was killed in a training flight accident. Instantly, Shelly became a single mom to five children ages six and younger.

The death of her husband left a huge hole in her life, but it’s what her children have missed out on that really gets her. Her youngest son, Tanner, was only 11 months old when Kelly was killed. With such an emphasis on family togetherness, the holidays can be a hard time for Gold Star families.

Shelly’s approach to life is all about choosing what to focus on. We ask donors this holiday season, to focus on the endless possibilities on how they can #EasetheBurden financially for Gold Star military families.

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#GivingTuesday Helps Gold Star Wife Janina Taylor

Nov 30, 2015

The holidays mean different things to different families. For some, it is a time of shopping, caroling and heading to the next party. For others, the holidays mean one less stocking hung, one less present under the tree, one less place at the dinner table.

Sgt. Christopher Taylor died in Operation Iraqi freedom, leaving behind his wife, Janina, and two young children. Taylor’s children, Aaliyah and Xavier, sadly will only have the spirit of their dad joining them Christmas morning as they open presents.

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#GivingTuesday Helps Gold Star Wife Sarah Greene

Nov 29, 2015

Sarah Greene’s husband, Marine Corps pilot David Greene, was shot and killed during a helicopter mission in Iraq. She immediately felt the weight of responsibility to secure a successful future for their ten-year-old daughter Jena and eight-year-old son Wesley.

“In the midst of all the shock and disbelief of losing David, my biggest concern was how I would take care of our children and their futures alone,” explained Sarah. “I started worrying literally within days of his death.”

With college as expensive as it is, she knew her family would have to make big sacrifices. Sarah’s kids had endured enough after losing their dad.

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It's Possible to Make a Difference on #GivingTuesday

Nov 28, 2015

“Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could only do a little.”

    –Edmund Burke

One person can make a difference. It's not only possible for one person to make a difference, it's essential that a difference is made. The possibility and chances to financially #easetheburden during the holidays are endless. Giving back can be done through a donation, or simply just by creating awareness.

Gold Star military wives are mothers who have lost their husband in the line of duty. They face the challenge of raising their children without their spouse. The holidays are a crazy-busy time of year for all parents—but Gold Star military wives feel double the pressure. These single moms want their children to enjoy this festive time of year, but it’s challenging for them to give their children a full-scale winter wonderland all on their own.

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#GivingTuesday helps Gold Star Wife Cindy Rowe

Nov 27, 2015

Old movies like “A Christmas Carol” and “Miracle on 34th Street” take us through the story of loss, misunderstanding, discovery and redemption – except that, when someone is living with a loss, it’s difficult to get beyond act one during the holiday season. For those who have lost a spouse, a partner and a parent, the holidays can be a painful reminder that someone we love is not in the picture.

Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation (Fallen Patriots) hopes to help financially #EasetheBurden that Gold Star wives, like Cindy Rowe, have during the holidays.

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Holiday Shopping with AmazonSmile Benefits Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation

Nov 25, 2015

If you love snagging online bargains on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, consider shopping on AmazonSmile, an amazing way to increase your gift giving. AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know, but 0.5% of your purchase is donated to the charitable organization of your choice. Thanks to our charity partnership with AmazonSmile, all donations to Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation (Fallen Patriots) will help provide college scholarships and educational counseling to military children who have lost a parent in the line of duty.

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Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation is Participating in #GivingTuesday

Nov 23, 2015

Now in its fourth year, #GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the influence of social media and collaboration. The day lands on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, Dec. 1st, and kicks off the charitable season. The concept behind #GivingTuesday, is to create a day where giving to others becomes a priority.

Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation hopes donors will cap a weekend of Thanksgiving and holiday cheer by celebrating and donating to our mission. The daylong celebration of generosity will highlight the immense difference others can make to ensure a future for Gold Star children.

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HumCap Veteran's Day Celebration

Nov 19, 2015

The Veteran’s Day Celebration at HumCap was a huge success! We are thrilled to announce they raised $3,992 for Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation (Fallen Patriots). The event consisted of fun for all with live music, a cookout and flags lining the street.

HumCap is a Veteran-owned and operated, recruiting and human resources company, based in Plano, Texas. The company decorated their office patriotically for the event, with United States flags and military décor, providing a wonderful space for networking.

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Why We Serve: Daniel Witt's Sacrifice

Nov 18, 2015

Peter Witt’s father, Daniel Witt, served in the Air Force, where he sacrificed time away from home and ultimately his life.  He was often on tour for the Air Force for months at a time. Peter holds infinite respect for his father.

“He sacrificed time away from my mother, my siblings and I because he knew that he was doing the right thing,” explained Peter. “For that I hold immeasurable respect and pride, knowing that my father loved his country that much. I wish he was still here to continue sacrificing his time.”

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A Time for Celebration

Nov 15, 2015

Amongst the glamour, a wonderful evening was had by all to ensure a future for gold star children.  Last night, Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation’s 7th Annual Greenwich Gala brought together active duty heroes, military family members and people from all walks of life who were compelled to support Fallen Patriot’s mission.

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Shelly Remembers her Husband Kelly Hall

Nov 10, 2015

In 1998, just a few months after being stationed in Germany, Kelly Hall was killed in a training flight accident. Instantly, his wife Shelly, became a single mom to five children ages six and younger. The death of her husband left a huge hole in her life but it’s what her children have missed out on that really gets her. Her youngest son, Tanner, was only 11 months old when Kelly was killed.

“My focus is raising my children without them feeling that their father’s loss made them victims,” explained Shelly. “Yes, we were all dealt a rotten hand; but we hold our heads up, carry on and NEVER use his loss as a reason to give up, break down or cop out.”

Veteran’s Day was one of the most important holidays to Kelly. He insisted on wearing his uniform to church on the Sunday before Veteran’s day, and Shelly remembers being so proud to stand next to him. He loved serving his country and he did it with such pride.

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Kylie Remembers Her Dad Kirk Owen

Nov 9, 2015

Kylie was only 15 years old when her dad, Sgt. Kirk Avery Owen, died of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit while on deployment. The death of her father has been extremely hard for her, but she remembers that her dad would still want her to make the most of the life that he fought for her to live. Sgt. Owen’s sacrifice means everything to Kylie.

Kylie and her father shared a love for basketball and big dreams. They would lose track of time shooting free-throws and running drills at the local park, as they imagined her playing Division 1 college basketball.

“I am now carrying on the basketball tradition. I am the coach of the sophomore team at the school that we both graduated from – Sapulpa High School,” explained Kylie.

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Aimee Remembers her Husband Phillip Myers

Nov 8, 2015

“As a widow, life doesn’t go on the same way. Life without our family, as a whole, never gets easier. You find a new normal, and you just learn how to handle it in a different way,” explained Aimee Myers whose husband, Phillip, was killed disarming a roadside IED in Afghanistan.

As an EOD tech in the Air Force, Phillip disarmed over 80 IED’s during his last deployment in Afghanistan, saving the lives of countless others.

“He loved his job. It was extremely dangerous and there wasn’t a day I didn’t worry about him. But it’s what he loved, so I loved it, too.  I was a proud military wife,” stated Aimee.

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Eric Remembers his Dad Michael L. McNulty

Nov 7, 2015

Eric McNulty was only 16-years-old when his father, Michael L. McNulty, was killed in Iraq. Michael gave his life doing what he thought he must to make the world a better place. His sacrifice taught Eric that anyone who has the ability to do something has the responsibility to do it. Less than a year later, 12-days after Eric’s 17th birthday, he chose to follow his father’s path and enlist in the military. Enlisting in the military gave Eric a way to continue connecting with his father, without having him around.

“Ever since I was a kid I had always wanted to be a soldier,” explained Eric. “Growing up in the military and watching my father every day taught me that life isn't just about making it through; a life without principle and purpose isn't a life at all.”

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Emily Remembers Her Dad Clifford Neil Brackeen

Nov 6, 2015

Emily Carnes is a mother and college student, but her biggest difficulty in life is living without her father. Her father, Clifford Neil Brackeen, passed away in a motorcycle accident while on his way to work at the Missouri Air National Guard. A child occurred on the scene and prayed with him while he was still breathing; sadly he died a few minutes later.

“As morbid as it sounds, he would have been happy going out in his fatigues,” explained Emily.

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Maria Rembers Her Dad Stephen Carney

Nov 5, 2015

In 2010, when Maria was in 8th grade her father, Stephen Carney, passed away from Lou Gehrig's disease only two years after he was diagnosed. Maria’s family watched helplessly as one of the strongest and most caring individuals deteriorated in front of them.

Her father served in the United States Coast Guard for 21 years, and retired as a Senior Chief. Many of those years, he proudly served as a fire chief where he was exposed to and inhaled different chemicals. His disease and eventual death was ruled in the line of duty.

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Kaanan Remembers Husband Matt Mackey

Nov 4, 2015

Kaanan Mackey’s husband Matt was serving in the Iowa National Guard when he sacrificed his life in order to save others. He was on federal orders and driving home from a drill weekend when he came around a bend and saw an accident. There were several people out of their cars and in the street. Instead of crashing into them, he swerved to avoid the accident. He fought to stay alive for 18 days, but didn’t survive.

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Rachel Remembers Her Dad Christopher Splinter

Nov 3, 2015

Christopher Splinter, Rachel’s dad, loved being in the army. He was more than willing to deploy to Iraq in order to help, where he sadly passed away. Christopher passed doing what he loved, making Rachel a very proud daughter.

“Growing up without my father has been the most difficult challenge in my life. Not being able to talk to him, go fishing, his absence to scare my prom date, not being able to walk me down the aisle on my future wedding day. I miss my father so much,” explained Rachel Splinter. “What helps me get through the pain is knowing that he died a true American hero, so that we can live free and safely. I know we will be reunited in heaven someday.”

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Paulette Remembers Husband Fredrick Joyce

Nov 2, 2015

Paulette Joyce’s husband, Frederick Joyce, died from Agent Orange related brain cancer due to his service in Vietnam so many years ago. On the day the doctors told Fred that the brain cancer couldn’t be stopped, his deepest concerns were for his family that he was leaving behind.  Fred rose to the rank of LTC and was able to touch so many soldiers in his 37 years of service. One general, who Fred worked for, called him “a soldier of integrity.”

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11 Days of Remembrance

Nov 1, 2015

“This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave.” – Elmer Davis

Veterans Day is upon us; a time to be thankful for the sacrifices of past, present and future veterans.  

Remembrance allows time to slow down and reflect on the significance of veterans’ willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good. For the days leading up to Veterans Day, Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation will feature different families as they reflect on memories with their lost loved ones. 11 Days of Remembrance honors not only the fallen soldier, but also the family left behind.

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Modropy: Keep the Dream Alive

Oct 29, 2015

Modropy and Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation are collaborating together in order to ensure an education for children of the fallen. During the week of November 9th through November 16th, eight dollars from each shirt sold will go directly to Fallen Patriots.

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The company felt strongly that something needed to be done to make the “act of giving” simpler, thus the foundation Modropy was created. Each week, Modropy picks a new philanthropy to design and sell shirts for.

Fallen Patriots is honored to be chosen for the week of Veterans Day. The week is a time to honor and reflect on the brave soldiers who have served for our freedom. Together with Modropy, we hope to create more awareness of the significant sacrifices past, present and future veterans have made.

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Combined Federal Campaign

Oct 29, 2015

Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation depends on contributions, from programs like the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC), to continue to help fund and support the children of our fallen heroes. CFC, the world's largest annual workplace charity campaign, is a leading contributor in the donations we receive throughout the year. We are grateful for every pledge we receive from Federal civilian, postal and military donors.

The mission of the CFC is to promote and support philanthropy through a program that is employee focused, cost-efficient and effective in providing all federal employees the opportunity to improve the quality of life for all.

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David Lambert: Why We Serve

Oct 26, 2015

My Father passed away when I was four years old. I don’t have any specific memories of my dad, but I have heard from my mom and older siblings how honest, generous, hard-working, and funny he was. He was a man of great integrity and was highly regarded in the community as someone you could count on for just about anything.

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Sea and Sky Spectacular

Oct 21, 2015

The Jacksonville community will join together for the Sea & Sky Spectacular Air Show to honor the expertise and exceptional contributions of military and civilian aviators from across our great nation. On Saturday, October 24th and Sunday, October 25th from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. the skies and waterways of the First Coast will have the most exciting air acts and military demonstrations in the world.

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Why We Serve

Oct 20, 2015

In 2010, when Maria was in 8th grade her father, Stephen Carney, passed away from Lou Gehrig's disease only two years after he was diagnosed. Her father served in the United States Coast Guard for 21 years, and retired as a Senior Chief. Many of those years, he proudly served as a fire chief where he was exposed to and inhaled different chemicals, and his disease and eventual death was ruled in the line of duty.

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Live Silent Auction at 7th Annual Fallen Patriots Greenwich Event

Oct 19, 2015

Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation is overwhelmed with gratitude for its partners, corporations and individuals who continually give so much.  On November 14, 2015, the 7th Annual Fallen Patriots Greenwich Event will take place at the Riverside Yacht Club in Riverside, Connecticut. Fallen Patriots’ signature event has raised millions of dollars for military families since its inception and each year, the event grows.  Our generous supporters have donated live and silent auction items to help us raise more money that will, in turn, help us support more military families by providing children of fallen soldiers with college scholarships.

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Citi e for Education

Oct 15, 2015

We are proud to be selected as one of the seven charities for this year’s 2015 Citi e for Education campaign. The grant is based on volumes traded on Citi’s online trading platforms, Citi Velocity Trading and CitiFX Pulse, between October 5th and December 11th 2015. Citi will donate $1 for every $1 million transacted on these platforms.

Citi has a long history of supporting educational ambitions around the globe.  The e for Education initiative helps connect students around the world to educational opportunities and support services that empower them to improve their lives.

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The True Meaning of Sacrifice

Oct 12, 2015

Laura Youngblood knows all too well the true meaning of sacrifice. Both Laura and her husband, Travis, served in the military as combat medics where they met. It was love at first sight and they got married a month later.

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Making a Difference

Oct 1, 2015

“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”  - Ghandi

On October 24th, millions of volunteers across the nation will unite with a common mission – to improve the lives of others. In its 24th year, Make A Difference Day is the largest national day of community service. 

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When Daddy Comes Home

Sep 17, 2015

Education starts for most of us by learning to read as a child.  Children’s books typically are written in a child’s voice or their point of view in order for grasping greater understanding.  Although all children face fears and anxiety that can reveal themselves especially at bedtime, military children also experience anxiety of a parent being away for an extended period of time.

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Son of Fallen Soldier Becomes First Responder Through College Scholarship Assistance

Sep 1, 2015

Henry "Danny" Irizarry lost his mother to cancer as a child, and shortly after, his father was killed in the line of duty while serving in Iraq in 2004. As a child who lost a parent in post-9/11 conflict, Danny's future was shaped dramatically by the tragic events that took place in our nation 14 years ago. 

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Creative, Family-Owned Start-up ZZZBears Partners with Fallen Patriots to Send Kids to College

Aug 21, 2015

As the sun goes down, you snuggle up with your little one in bed. You finish the bedtime story and kiss them goodnight. The dim glow of the nightlight makes their room feel warm and safe. Until you leave.

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Open Letter: Devin Casillas is Going to College Because of Donors Like You

Aug 5, 2015

As I write today, there are many kids like Devin Casillas who are anxiously packing their bags and getting ready for the start of college thanks to the kindness of our generous supporters of Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation. These students will join many other gold star students who have already begun their college experience.

But these young men and women won’t have both parents there with them for that unforgettable first day when the journey toward a successful future suddenly becomes real.

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Mother of Two Shares Difficulties of Being a Gold Star Family

Aug 3, 2015

On the night of her 21st birthday in Annapolis, MD, Theresa met Landon Jones, the man who would become a Lieutenant Commander in the Navy, her husband and the father of her two children. 

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Teenager Runs for Scholarship Support, Education for Children of the Fallen

Jul 22, 2015

As an organization dedicated to providing scholarships for children whose parent’s life was lost in the line of duty, we are grateful to have members like Jordan Shoob on our team, who, at 13 years-old, already has both the compassion and tenacity to make a difference. 

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"Aren't VA Benefits Enough?": The Misconception About College Funding for Gold Star Children

Jul 13, 2015

As the mission and vision of Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation becomes more well-known across the nation, we’re frequently asked about preexisting Veterans Affairs and other survivors’ benefits when it comes to financing a college education. 

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Patriot Pledge Crowdfunding Campaign Supports Gold Star Scholarships

Jul 2, 2015

In October 2004, Staff Sgt. Jerome Lemon was killed by a roadside bomb while serving in Iraq.   In June 2015, his daughter Jervon graduated with her master’s degree in counseling. Jerome’s sacrifice made Jervon’s success our duty, and through Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation, his dream of a college education for his daughter was realized. Now, the Patriot Pledge crowdfunding campaign seeks to engage everyone to make this dream a reality for other Gold Star children.

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A Father’s Day Message from Son of Fallen Patriot

Jun 19, 2015

Rising early to prepare breakfast and watch dad open his cards, most children will be celebrating Father’s Day with the man who has cared for and protected them their entire life. For many of the 20,000 children across the country who lost a parent in the armed forces, however, Father’s Day is a time to honor a man who died protecting something even greater: our freedom.

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Bear Grylls Helps Launch #DropAndGiveMe10

Jun 1, 2015

Bear Grylls is known around the world as one of the most recognized faces of survival and outdoor adventure and star of the Discovery Channel’s Emmy nominated TV show Man Vs Wild and Born Survivor.  He is now also known for launching a viral video campaign, #DropAndGiveMe10.

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May is Month of Kindness

May 28, 2015

May turned out to be the #MonthOfKindness for Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation. From nationwide campaigns to local fundraisers, there has been an overwhelming amount of support for us.  We wanted to take a minute to briefly reminisce about these events and express our gratitude to everyone involved.  

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Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation Inaugural Junior Board Event

Apr 24, 2015

By Daisy Melamed, Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation Junior Board Member

The newly-formed, New York-based Junior Board of the Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation hosted its inaugural event on April 17 at the beautiful Lighthouse in Pier 61 at Chelsea Piers. The night included cocktails, a lovely dinner and dancing into the wee hours of the night. 

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STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: TONY BERTOLINO - ACHIEVING HIS DREAM OF ATTENDING BYU

Apr 7, 2015

Tony Bertolino, Jr. was 13 years old when his dad, Army SSG Anthony Bertolino, was killed in action while on deployment in Haditha, Iraq.  His mother and his three brothers and sisters were in shock after losing their beloved husband and father. 

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STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: KYLIE OWEN-THE FOUNDATION HELPED NEW DREAMS BECOME A REALITY

Mar 30, 2015

At only 15 years old, Kylie Owen received the disheartening news of her father’s death. National Guard Staff Sgt. Kirk Owen lost his life while on deployment in Afghanistan. Kylie and her dad shared a love of basketball and big dreams. They’d lose track of time shooting hoops at the local park. When her dad died the game stopped. 

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Amazon Smile Supports Children of Fallen Patriots

Mar 19, 2015

Do you love to shop online? How about shopping and contributing to military children simultaneously? Amazon Smile has partnered with Children of Fallen Patriots to help grant these children a chance at making their college dreams a reality. 

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How to Host a Knitting Party to Benefit Fallen Patriots

Mar 11, 2015

Did you know Caron United is attempting to break the world record for the World’s Biggest Christmas Stocking? Caron United has partnered with Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation to donate 15 cents of every ball of made in America yarn towards a college education for children of fallen patriots. This is your chance to be a part of a world record, and while doing so, you can also benefit our fallen heroes’ children.  

We are 10% of the way there, but we need more 3’x3’ blankets to break the record! The last stocking was over 168 feet in length or over the width of one football field.

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STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: KELLY MCHUGH - THE FOUNDATION IS TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE

Mar 4, 2015

The strong connection that Kelly McHugh and her father, Colonel John M. McHugh, shared stemmed from their love of sports. It was during her freshman year of college while studying sports journalism that she received the tragic news of her father’s death. Kelly McHugh was one of five siblings left behind after Colonel John M. McHugh was killed in action while serving in Afghanistan on May 18, 2010. 

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STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: JANNA MOORE – THE FOUNDATION’S GENEROSITY IS LIFE-CHANGING

Feb 13, 2015

In 2008, Janna Moore's father, SSG Shaun Jeffrey Whitehead was tragically killed from the blast of an improvised explosive device (IED) while serving his country in Iraq. After losing her family's primary breadwinner Janna's dream of earning her college degree seemed almost impossible. That is when Children of Fallen Patriots stepped in to help Janna, a Gold Star child, reach her educational goals without the burden of student loans. 

Children of Fallen Patriots Grant Recipient - Janna Moore

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Bundle Up With Spyder Gear This Winter for Fallen Patriots

Feb 11, 2015

What better way to celebrate President’s Day weekend than to head to the slopes and support Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation? This year when preparing for the mountains, skiers and snowboarders can help to raise awareness and proceeds through the purchase of Spyder active gear. 

Spyder Active Gear Sponsor

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LATEST PARTNERSHIP OFFERS SCHOLARSHIP FUNDS AND REDUCED TUITION

Feb 5, 2015

Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation is thrilled to announce a new partnership with Webster University, a St. Louis, Missouri based school. Fallen Patriots aims to collaborate and partner with universities and colleges around the nation as part of our mission to provide scholarship funding to the nearly 20,000 children who have lost a military parent in the line of duty. Since our first school partnership with Jacksonville University, a liberal arts college, we have expanded our partnership to colleges. 

View a map of Children of Fallen Patriot partner schools:

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SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 KICKS-OFF PARTNERSHIP IN LAS VEGAS

Jan 26, 2015

Only in Las Vegas, Nevada could there be an event large enough to celebrate the most exciting masonry competition known as Spec Mix Bricklayer 500. This trowel and mortar party will showcase the speed, skill and stamina of a mason and the technology and innovation in building materials. This year, Spec Mix Bricklayer500 will take their industry-favorite, crowd-pleasing event to a new level through support of a worthy cause by partnering with Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation

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Student Spotlight: Alanna Seabrook - Her Dream Was Howard

Jan 23, 2015

Over a decade ago, Alanna Seabrook and her mother, Audrey, received devastating news. Alanna’s father, PV2  Algernon Adams, was killed on October 28, 2003 during Operation Iraqi Freedom, while serving in the Army National Guard. At the time Alanna was a young girl facing the reality of having to put the pieces together after losing a parent, while most children at this age couldn’t imagine such a loss.

View a video of Alanna's experience now:

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15 Tips for Acing Exam Week

Dec 11, 2014

As the 2014 fall semester comes to a close, one thing is certain: Between finals week, papers and studying, you are a few tests away from slipping into a much needed winter break. Apply these exam prep tips, so that your holiday can be spent relaxing at home and not worrying about your GPA. To ensure you not only pass, but excel – we’ve rounded up 15 useful test taking tips to help you finish out the semester strong. 

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Help Caron United Build the World's Biggest Christmas Stocking

Nov 21, 2014

During the 2015 holiday season, an unveiling of the World’s Biggest Stocking will take place. Caron United has launched a campaign that commenced on Veterans Day dedicated to raising awareness to a patriotic cause. All knitting and crocheting lovers are being asked to step forward and make a small square that will contribute to the stocking. No experience is needed, only the willingness to try. Download patterns here and  find instructions for mailing your blanket to the Caron United - World's Biggest Stocking Project.  

Caron United Partners with Fallen Patriots

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Lucas Group Reports Nearly 20,000 Dependents Left Behind

Nov 13, 2014

The Lucas Group recently revealed significant findings that begin to answer the question: what happens when heroes don't come home?  

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Our New Partner - A Soldier's Child

Sep 15, 2014

Recently, we had the honor of partnering with the organization A Soldier’s Child. We'd like to share with you a letter from ASC.

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Meet the Kleppe Family

Sep 15, 2014

When Navy pilot, Ed Kleppe, was killed in a helicopter accident, his wife, Lori, wasn’t sure what she was going to do, She had a 1-year-old son, Drew, and another little boy, Evan, on the way. Their future weighed heavily on her mind. She and her husband had big dreams for both of their children and though he was gone, she wanted to make sure their goals stayed intact.

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Student Spotlight: Maria Carney - A Journey to Her Dream School

Aug 26, 2014

Maria Carney, a lifetime Arizona resident, packed her bags and moved to Las Cruces, New Mexico earlier this month. After settling into her dorm, Maria started classes at New Mexico State University last week. Though she’s only four hours away from home, Maria is excited to begin her college career at her dream school. What many of the thousands of students at NMSU won’t know is the hardship she’s endured to get to where she is today – in 2010, her father passed away from ALS, which stemmed from his 21 years of service in the United States Coast Guard.  

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Orion International Raising Funds for Fallen Patriots

Jul 31, 2014

Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation is very excited to be partnering with Orion International on the Veteran Low-to-High Challenge, taking place this October. The goal of the 14,778-foot elevation challenge is to raise more than $100,000 for three charitable organizations for veterans: Operation Military Embrace, Warriors Hike, and Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation.

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Meet This Year's Patriot Award Recipient - Admiral William McRaven

Jun 30, 2014

We are honored to have the opportunity to present Admiral William McRaven this year's Patriot Award at our 6th annual Greenwich Event. Join us in saluting America’s Special Operation Forces at the Riverside Yacht Club on Saturday, November 15.

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450 for the Fallen Relay Recap

Jun 30, 2014

Over Memorial Day weekend, more than 130 runners took to the streets of Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, D.C., and Virginia to run 450 for the Fallen. The relay, hosted by Run Anyway, raised more than $14,000 for Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation. 

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Fallen Patriots Honored at Virginia Beach Patriotic Festival

Jun 30, 2014

The weekend following Memorial Day, Chevrolet invited Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation to the Virginia Beach Patriotic Festival, honoring the military men and women of our nation.

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THE PLAYERS Championship Recognizes Fallen Patriots

May 14, 2014

It was quite a week in Ponte Vedra Beach for THE PLAYERS Championship. Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation was honored as the championship’s Charity of the Day on Wednesday, May 7 and four days later, German golfer, Martin Kaymer, pulled off his first PLAYERS Championship win with an incredible 30-foot putt to save par, beating Jim Furyk by one stroke.

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Student Spotlight: Jacob Centeno -- "Realizing a Passion to Give Back"

Apr 7, 2014

Losing a parent is never easy and at the age of 15 it can be even tougher to navigate. Rather than lose his way, Jacob Centeno did the one thing he and his father dreamed about – he went to college.

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Jacksonville University Becomes First Higher-Education Partner

Apr 4, 2014

At colleges across the nation, veterans and their families receive tuition breaks and other incentives, as they should. Until now, surviving families have not shared these same benefits. It is our firm belief that the children of fallen service members equally deserve these tuition breaks.

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Student Spotlight: Daniel Irizarry – “Following in his Uniformed Footsteps”

Jan 22, 2014

Having lost two parents by the time he was fifteen, Daniel Irizarry didn’t lead an easy childhood. Rather than turning down a dark path, Danny followed in his father’s uniformed footsteps. With the financial help of Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation and his own perseverance, Danny graduated from the University of New Haven in Connecticut and now protects the city of New York as a police officer.

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Four Fun, Patriotic Activities for Kids

Jan 7, 2014

It’s never too early to start teaching children what makes our country so special. In this blog post, you’ll discover four activities to help you teach your kids about patriotism.

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