Reston, VA – Like the seasons, stages of grief will come and go. The loss of life and its effect on families throughout the country inspired the creation of Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation (Fallen Patriots). While there are many struggles after a fallen loved one passes, families are comforted knowing there are so many people and organizations like Fallen Patriots who want to help. The foundation strives to be part of the healing process that eventually brings a sense of happiness to surviving military families.
Nearly 20,000 children have lost an active duty parent in the military over the last 35 years. Fallen Patriots works to find each and every child to ensure they receive all necessary college funding. Every surviving scholar has a different path and timeline on the road to recovery. Although, they all seem to hold on to faith and hope as they move towards a brighter future.
Despite tremendous loss in his background, Fallen Patriots scholar, Robert B. Wilson III found happiness by serving in the military. Having dual military parents made the idea of serving ever present in his mind.
Robert’s dad died when he was 9-months-old. A few years later his mom participated in the invasion of Iraq in 2003. Therefore without either parent present, Robert lived with his grandparents during his childhood.
“My grandparents served, my parents served, and now I have served,” explained Robert. “I am proud to be a part of that community.”
Robert didn’t let the loss define his life. He understands his parents would want the best for him. Robert currently attends Loyola University Chicago, with financial help from Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation. He continues to honor the sacrifice his dad made for our country by doing the best that he can in school.
“There are inherent dangers in the military, but from what I understand, my dad performed exceptionally in any task he was given,” stated Robert. “I am proud of my dad for his service.”
Surviving scholars, like Robert, have expressed to Fallen Patriots that they often find happiness in knowing their parent died with honor and purpose while serving our great nation. Despite challenges that may occur, the military provides many of the essential elements to finding happiness. Military families believe they have made a meaningful impact on the world, have true camaraderie and have the opportunities to develop life-long skills.
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 $14 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.