Reston, VA – The loss of life and its effect on families throughout the country inspired the creation of Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation (Fallen Patriots). Over 97% of those killed in action are men, often leaving behind a family who suffer through the ultimate sacrifice. Fallen Patriots honors the courage of surviving military children by providing them with college scholarships and emotional counseling.
The awareness month, Month of the Military Child, was established to underscore the important role children play in the Armed Forces community. Fallen Patriots’ scholars face many challenges that are unique to their situation, most importantly losing a parent.
Warrant Officer Erik Mounsey did three rotations in Iraq before he died on April 14, 1994 during a high profile mission. Mounsey’s daughter, Natasha, was only 2-years-old when he passed away.
“My dad joined the military because he believed in America and the freedom for which it stands,” explained Natasha. “But let us make no mistake; we do not enjoy these freedoms because they are universally accepted as the right thing to do. We enjoy these freedoms because of men like my father and other soldiers, who are willing to defend our freedom.”
Natasha always knew that it was her father’s dream for her to go to college; although, her dream would be for him to have walked with her every step of the way. With financial help from Fallen Patriots, Natasha graduated with honors from California State University of Northridge.
The success of Fallen Patriots can be told by countless surviving scholars, but the need for financial support continues to grow. Nearly 20,000 children from all across America are still in need of future assistance. Fallen Patriots continues to work to honor those who are no longer with us by giving to those they left behind.
About Fallen Patriots
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 $15 million in total assistance, including 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 fallenpatriots.org.