Koby Schild is the son of U.S. Army National Guard Sergeant First Class Richard Schild. “My dad’s military service shows that he cared for others,” Koby explained. “He was willing to risk his own life for others in need. He was brave, not selfish, and his service makes me proud.”
With the help of Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation (Fallen Patriots), Koby is studying electrical construction and maintenance at Mitchell Technical Institute. He plans to follow in the footsteps of his Grandpa and father by becoming an electrician because they both seemed to love what they did. He says Fallen Patriots has impacted his life by being there for him.
One of Koby’s fondest memories of his dad revolves around the Fourth of July. Every year they would go buy fireworks together then hang out in the driveway and shoot them off until they were gone. “I was pretty little, so he would help me light it, then we’d run toward the house together. My Dad loved the Fourth of July and was always very excited to celebrate with our family.”
Koby believes his dad would be proud of him for furthering his education and going into a field he will enjoy. “He would also be proud of me for becoming a good person and for helping others like he did,” Koby explained. “My Dad was the best. He was fun, hardworking, and outgoing. He cared for everyone and wanted to help whenever he could.”
There are approximately 20,000 children 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.