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On August 20, 2005, U.S. Navy Captain Patrick Lyman Foster passed away. His son, Patrick Jr. remembers him as his hero. “My dad spent over thirty years on active duty and in the reserves which he would tell you was the best job he ever had and the one he is most proud of,” said Patrick Jr.

“He was working in the South Tower of the World Trade Center when the North Tower was hit on 9/11. Fortunately, he was able to evacuate his building before the second plane hit. After that, as soon as there was an opportunity, he left his job in the investment business to return to active duty to lead a cargo battalion to Iraq.”

With the help of Fallen Patriots, Patrick Jr. is studying finance at Georgetown University. After graduation he hopes to begin a career with the government at either the Treasury Department or the Federal Reserve. “I believe my dad would be very proud of the person I’ve become. I’ve worked really hard to get where I am today, and I’m prepared to continue working hard to complete college and to take advantage of all of the opportunities I’ve been given.”

“Fallen Patriots has already helped me and my Mom tremendously by defraying part of the cost of my tuition and the purchase of a laptop. I am extremely grateful to Fallen Patriots for this.” Nearly 20,000 military children have lost a parent in the line of duty over the past 35 years. Fallen Patriots is working to identify and support every child in need through raising funds and awareness of the mission.