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 currently is a first 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.

“Difficulties I have faced as a gold star military child include not being a part of a complete family,” explained Ryan. “With only my mom around, she has to pick and choose which child’s events and activities she goes to, thus forcing her to miss important events.”

By providing support for surviving children and their moms, Fallen Patriots is making an instrumental investment in the future of America.