May 13 has been proclaimed Children of Fallen Patriots Day. This is a day to salute the sacrifice of military children who have lost a parent in the line of duty. May 13 was selected as Children of Fallen Patriots Day because it is also the day Arlington National Cemetery was established in 1864 which signifies a final resting place for war heroes.
Too often, the tremendous sacrifice of surviving military families is overlooked, which is why Children of Fallen Patriots Day was created. It is a day to honor and raise awareness of the sacrifices children of the fallen face.
Resources available for children of the fallen:
FallenPatriots.org is a wonderful non-profit with the mission to provide college scholarships and educational counseling to military children who have lost a parent in the line of duty.
FallenPatriots.org is dedicated to serving the families of servicemembers from all branches of the armed forces who have died as a result of combat casualties, military training accidents, service-related illnesses, suicide, as well as other duty-related deaths as ruled by the Department of Veterans Affairs. The vision of Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation is to ensure that every child of a fallen patriot receives all necessary college funding.
The Need for Military Scholarships
Research conducted by The Lucas Group on behalf of Children of Fallen Patriots found that nearly 20,000 dependents have been left behind by troops who have fallen in the line of duty over the past 35 years. Many surviving families struggle to make ends meet with 63% of surviving spouses making less than $50,000 per year. With no central repository of information from which to find these children, the organization works to find each and every one of these children to assist them in their growing success.
Enrolling with Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation is the first step in ensuring that your child or children will receive the financial support they need to fund their college education.
Children of Fallen Soldiers Relief Fund
Children of Fallen Soldiers Relief Fund is a non-profit aimed to help military children and siabled/wounded veterans. The Children of Fallen Soldiers Relief Fund was founded in October 2003 to help support surviving U.S. Military children who have lost a parent in the Afghanistan or Iraq wars by providing them with College Grants. Their program has been expanded to include spouses of our fallen as well as those whose parent or spouse has suffered a severe disability as a result of their efforts in either war and includes many disabled veterans some who may are no longer be receiving VA educational benefits.
Their programs provide emotional, eduational, financial, health & well-being, morale, and children's enrichment assistance.
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TAPS--Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors
TAPS provides comfort, care and resources to all those grieving the death of a military loved one. Since 1994, TAPS has provided comfort and hope 24/7 through a national peer support network and connection to grief resources, all at no cost to surviving families and loved ones. TAPS offers several programs and resources to include their Youth Programs.
Though their lives are marked by grief, young survivors at TAPS know their lives will also be marked by camaraderie, mentorship, emotional maturity, adventure and fun.
Led by experts in the fields of child development, mental health and education, TAPS Youth Programs provide safe spaces for military children to explore grief and embrace healing.
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Gary Sinise Foundation--Snowball Express
Gary Sinise Foundation Snowball Express serves the children of fallen military heroes. In 2017, Snowball Express became an official Gary Sinise Foundation initiative. We are committed to maintaining the wonderful traditions while finding new and exciting ways to serve our families of the fallen.
Learn more about Gary Sinise Foundation