Each issue in this section, the editorial staff of Military Embedded Systems will highlight a different charity that benefits military veterans and their families. We are honored to cover the technology that protects those who protect us every day. To back that up, our parent company – OpenSystems Media – will make a donation to every charity we showcase on this page.
This issue we are highlighting the Children of Fallen Patriots foundation, a nonprofit national organization that focuses on funding college scholarships and educational counseling for children who have lost a parent in the line of military duty.
The foundation was started in 2002 by former Army artillery officer David Y. Kim, who participated in Operation Just Cause in Panama in 1989 with the 7th Infantry Division. Kim – an honors graduate of West Point and the Harvard Business School – was inspired by the patriotism of his fallen comrades and pledged to aid the children of Gold Star families in all 50 states and from all branches of the military.
The founders of the Children of Fallen Patriots, according to information from the organization, believe that a college education is the single most important gift these children can receive, that this is an important investment in the future of America, and that it is one of the best ways we can honor those who died defending our country.
While nearly all of the students the foundation serves also receive educational benefits from the Department of Veteran’s Affairs benefits, this aid does not cover all of the needs of any given scholar. Because the foundation understands that tuition is not the only expense related to college, Children of Fallen Patriots assists with various living expenses, including such costs as room and board, transportation, health insurance, and internet expenses.
For more information on Children of Fallen Patriots, please visit www.fallenpatriots.org.