Asher is the son of Sergeant Richard Edward Stumpf, Jr., who died by suicide in 1994. Asher’s mother, Carla, provided a strong and loving childhood, connecting him with as many resources for his future as possible. Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation (Fallen Patriots) stepped in to help Asher follow his dream of going to college to pursue a career in STEM. In 2017, Asher graduated debt-free with a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Florida Institute of Technology.
During his Senior year, Asher was chosen for an engineering project to build Formula 1-style race car for the Formula Society of Automotive Engineers. While in college, he also played NCAA Division II Lacrosse and built a lifelong bond with his teammates. Before commencement, Asher accepted a job as a project engineer with K&N Engineering. K&N is the world’s leading manufacturer of washable performance air filters and air intake systems, and their CEO is the current Chairman of Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation.
“I’m not sure who else has been on the receiving end of someone paying for something as big as your college education, but the feeling of gratitude is indescribable. Fallen Patriots honored my father’s life by helping me,” explains Asher.
There are approximately 20,000 military who have lost an active duty parent in the military over the last 35 years. The vision of Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation is to ensure that every such child receives all necessary college funding.