The Johnny Mac Soldiers Fund Awards $1 Million Grant to Fallen Patriots

Reston, VA – Two important military family support organizations are continuously making it possible for more surviving children to make their dreams a reality by attending college affordably.

The Johnny Mac Soldiers Fund (JMSF) supported the meaningful work of Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation (Fallen Patriots) with a major $1 million grant to provide additional scholarships for children of the fallen. With the average college cost gap totaling $32,000, the need for financial support is significant.

Fallen Patriots estimates that they will be supporting the education of over 200 freshmen this academic year who have lost a military parent that has served our country.  Johnny Mac Soldier's Fund is Fallen Patriots’ biggest supporter to date. To kick off the new school year, JMSF is hosting the Inaugural Atlanta Gala to continue its effort to raise funds for surviving scholars. To attend the gala, visit here.

Inspired by the death of Colonel John "Johnny Mac" McHugh, who was killed in action in Kabul, Afghanistan on May 18, 2010, the Johnny Mac Soldiers Fund is dedicated to helping military families in need. With a mission to give back to those who have given so much, the foundation has successfully raised money to help surviving military families acquire financial stability.

“We are tremendously honored and grateful for our partnership with the Johnny Mac Soldiers Fund. Having known the JMSF namesake, Colonel John McHugh at West Point and having helped two of his children with college via Children of Fallen Patriots, it’s personally very touching and gratifying to be able to work with the JMSF in support of military families,” shared David Kim, President of Fallen Patriots.

“The partnership between Johnny Mac Soldier’s Fund and Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation is an extraordinary example of thoughtful collaboration among like-minded nonprofit organizations.  We are proud to work closely with our friends at Johnny Mac to help military children of our fallen obtain a college education.  We believe by doing so, we honor the legacy of Colonel John McHugh and thousands of other service men and women who sacrificed their lives while serving our country - it's a privilege.", said Kendra Davenport.

Fallen Patriots seeks to identify and provide assistance to the estimated 20,000 children who have lost a parent serving in the military within the last 35 years. The 2016 donation JSMF grant will provide over 50 scholarships for children of the fallen. Johnny Mac funds have previously provided scholarships to 98 students.

“At Johnny Mac Soldiers Fund, we believe it is our duty to help children of the fallen realize their college dreams. It's the least we can do to honor the service and sacrifice of their parents. We're extremely pleased to partner with Fallen Patriots on this endeavor to give back through education.” said MaryEllen Picciuto, President of Johnny Mac Soldiers Fund.

With the help of generous partners like Johnny Mac Soldiers Fund, Fallen Patriots can continue to help thousands of surviving military children fulfill their educational needs and passions.

About Fallen Patriots

Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation honors the sacrifices of military heroes by ensuring the success of their children through college education. 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. Nearly 20,000 children from all across America will need future assistance. Help today by visiting fallenpatriots.org.

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