U.S. Air Force Major Troy Gilbert died in a F-16 fighter crash 2006. He is remembered as someone who treated people with honor, humility, service and passion. His son Boston says he strives to emulate his warrior servant spirit.

Boston keeps the memories of playing soccer in the park with his Dad close to his heart, which helps provide comfort during painful moments. “If I were giving advice to another fallen patriots scholar, I would tell them to keep their head up. The Lord carried me through dark times, and He will do the same for you.”

With the help of Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation, Boston is studying sports management Southern Methodist University. His dream is to work in professional soccer, either as a player or in management.

“My Dad’s sacrifice serves as a reminder to me that not only him, but thousands of other brave men and women, work hard to protect and serve our country with their lives,” Boston shared. “This motivates me to be the best version of myself that I can be.”

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.