Hanna Eadie remembers feeling like she had the coolest Dad in the world when he flew an airplane in formation over one of her softball games. “Everyone was so impressed,” Hanna happily recalled. On September 20, 2016, U.S. Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Steve Eadie died in a plane crash.
Hanna loved going on runs and playing catch with her Dad. Now, she strives to make him proud every day. “One important thing for me is that I try to focus on one day at a time,” she explained. “I find a lot of comfort in knowing there is a piece of him with me all the time.”
Hanna is currently pursuing a nursing degree at Sierra College in California. “I think my Dad would be most proud of me for keeping a 3.9 GPA in college and continuing to work towards my career goal.” With the help of Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation, she plans to become a Nurse Practitioner in Labor and Delivery.
“I have always loved helping people. I grew up in a big family so taking care of children has always come naturally for me. I have a true passion and fascination for anything medical or health-related, especially regarding neonatal and infant care.”
Hanna is one of more than 1,100 students Fallen Patriots has assisted through providing approximately $22 million in educational support since its inception in 2002. Fallen Patriots aims to identify and provide scholarships to all 20,000 children who have lost a parent in the line of duty over the past 35 years.