By Debbie Gregory.
The effects of more than twelve years at war are evident in our country. It can be seen in schools, in the workplace, on TV, in books, in movies, and in our homes. We see flags waiving. We see people praising and denouncing the wars. We see our loved ones who served come home. We sometimes see them injured. We sometimes observe that they have changed. We see statistics of the fallen.
But some of the biggest effects of the war are the things that we don’t see. For instance, we often don’t see the effects caused by loss and hardship. There are nearly 10,000 military families who are currently living without husbands, wives, mommies and daddies. There are another 60,000 military families who are living with a wounded Veteran. And 200,000 families live with a sufferer of traumatic brain injuries and PTSD.
The government provides some relief to these families, but they often require additional support. About 87% of these families don’t qualify for federal scholarship assistance. And with the loss of an income from a deceased or wounded parent/spouse, military dependents can’t always afford the costs of education. This is where Folds of Honor Foundation come in.
The Folds of Honor Foundation was founded by Major Dan Rooney, an F-16 pilot in the Oklahoma Air National Guard. As stated mission on their website, www.foldsofhonor.org is “rallying a nation to ensure no family is left behind in the fight to preserve American freedom.” Through personal donations from dutiful citizens, the foundation offers relief, in the form of scholarships, to military dependents of service members who were either killed, or wounded with a 90%-100% VA disability rating, while in service to their country.
Scholarships are to be used for colleges or K-12 private schools to subsidize the cost of tuition, approved tutoring, school uniforms, school books, fees, after school educational programs, and approved educational summer camps. The application period for the academic year 2014-2015 runs from Feb 1 through April 30th 2014.
To apply for a Folds of Honor Foundation scholarship, or to read the complete eligibility requirements, restrictions and instructions, please visit the Folds of Honor Foundation’s Scholarship portal.
Military Connection is always happy to spread the word about programs, people and organizations that are going above and beyond to serve the military and Veteran communities. The Folds of Honor Foundation is a wonderful charitable organization that makes an important difference in the lives of military families who have suffered loss or hardship. If you would like to donate to Folds of Honor, please do so on their donations portal.