As students return to school and their normal routines, please help Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation (Fallen Patriots) identify Gold Star scholars who need college scholarships. Thanks to the generosity of corporations such as YBC, Yesterday Business Computers, and Southpoint Capital Advisors, Fallen Patriots now has more scholarships opportunities and needs the media’s help to identify families in need.
Nearly 20,000 dependents have been left behind by troops killed in the line of duty over the past 35 years. Unfortunately, this number continues to grow. Because of this, Fallen Patriots has recently joined in partnership with Tragedy Assistance Program For Survivors (TAPS) to better serve families of fallen armed forces. Under the agreement, Fallen Patriots and TAPS will offer students and families in their respective databases the opportunity to be connected to additional resources by providing consent to have their information shared with the other organization.
“We believe one of the best ways to honor our fallen heroes is to invest in the future of those they loved most – their children,” notes David Kim, co-founder and CEO of Fallen Patriots. “A college education is the key to a bright future for any child and the generosity of our supporters is making those hopes and dreams come true,” he adds.
Fallen Patriots helps bridge a $32,000 funding gap between government assistance programs and the cost of a four-year degree. As 63% of surviving spouses report having trouble making ends meet earning less than $50,000 per year, the vision of Fallen Patriots is to extend peace of mind to Gold Star families in all 50 states, in all branches of the military.
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Since 2002, Fallen Patriots has provided approximately $22.7 million in total assistance to over 1,140 scholars. We are determined to assist every child left behind, but we need the media’s help to find them all. There is currently no central database to track Gold Star children.