Atlanta, GA –  The Atlanta Falcons created a special night for a group of 12 women whose husbands lost their lives in service to the military.  The “Gold Star Night Out” took place Monday, November 5 in the Buckhead area as part of the Falcons’ Salute to Service Week presented by title sponsor Zaxbys.  Children of Fallen Patriots (Fallen Patriots) is proud to facilitate memorable experiences for military families where they can share stories and create lasting bonds of friendship. 

The first stop for the women included private manicures and pedicures, then it was time for a makeover and shopping excursion with mascot Freddie.  The highlight of the evening was “date night” with Ben Garland and several other players from the Atlanta Falcons where they paid tribute to each wife’s husband. 

“We had a fantastic time hanging out with our gold star wives and the Atlanta Falcons players,” said Fallen Patriots scholarship recipient, Kylie Willis.  “We are so grateful for the Falcons team for their help in honoring our fallen hero’s and their families!”

Kylie was 15 when her father U.S. National Guard Staff Sgt. Kirk Owen was killed in an IED explosion while on deployment in Afghanistan.  With the help of Fallen Patriots, she graduated from Oklahoma State University with a Bachelor of Science and recently joined the team as a full-time scholarship administrator.

Fallen Patriots is grateful the mothers of our scholarship recipients were able to experience such a special day, thanks to the Atlanta Falcons.   Since 2011, more than $26 million has been raised through Salute to Service to fund programs and provide resources that positively impact veterans, service members and their families.


About Fallen Patriots

Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation honors the sacrifices of our fallen military heroes by ensuring the success of their children through college education.  Since 2002, Fallen Patriots has provided approximately $26 million in total assistance, including college scholarships and educational counseling to over 1,250 military children who have lost a parent in the line of duty.  Nearly 20,000 children from across America will need future assistance.  Help today by visiting