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Admiral (ret.) William McRaven honored at annual Greenwich Event

(Greenwich, Conn.)  -  Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation recently held their sixth annual event at the Riverside Yacht Club in Greenwich, Conn. The foundation honored Adm. (ret.) William McRaven, a former Navy SEAL, with the Patriot Award, which he gratefully accepted on behalf of the Special Operations service members worldwide. 

“Every soldier must have the knowledge that if they fall in combat or training, their families will be taken care of,” Admiral McRaven passionately declared. “Nothing, absolutely positively nothing could be more important. As a Soldier, Sailor, Airmen, Marine, knowing that your children will be taken care of, that they have a future if something happens to you, is the greatest source of comfort when you are on the battlefield.”

Scholarship recipient Jacob Centeno Healy, son of Navy Senior Chief Petty Officer Daniel Healy, shared his personal story at the gala. His father was one of 19 SEALs to lose their life during Operation Red Wings in Afghanistan. “He was passionate about being a Navy SEAL,” shared Jacob. “My dad, he always emphasized: never give up and always try your best. As long as I stuck with those two things … I was going to be fine.” 

Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation reached out to Jacob and offered to help pay for this college tuition. “The help was like having another family behind me,” said Jacob. “The support from the staff is second to none. To have that constant interaction was really valuable in my development as a student.” 

The gala event raised more than $2.6 million to help surviving military children like Jacob. In addition to Adm. McRaven, military spouse Holly Petraeus, active duty military and Fallen Patriots family members attended. 

About Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation

Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation honors the sacrifices of military heroes by ensuring the success of their children through college education. Since 2002, Children of Fallen Patriots has provided more than $7.5 million in college scholarships, supplemental grants and educational counseling to military children who have lost a parent in the line of duty. Nearly 20,000 children from all across America will need future assistance. Help today by visiting