U.S. Army Sergeant First Class Lonnie J. Parson died in 2005 when an IED hit his vehicle while on tour in Iraq. His son Lance was 16 years old at the time and says “my father’s sacrifice has meant more to me with each passing year that I mature. He laid down his life for his beliefs and his family.”
Taylor plans to become a psychologist. With the help of Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation, she is studying psychology and business at the University of San Francisco.
Jessica plans to use her advanced nursing degree to help care for patients in need. With the help of Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation, Jessica graduated from Saint Martin’s University in Washington.
Tyler plans to earn his Ph.D. in genomics and has ambitions to cure and prevent genetic diseases. With the help of Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation, Tyler is studying biology and Spanish at University of Washington.
Justin Mariano is studying biology and global health at University of California – Berkeley. He plans to become a medical doctor.
Keely Schild is the daughter of Army Sgt. 1st Class Richard Schild.
Hanna is currently pursuing a nursing degree at Sierra College. “I think my Dad would be most proud of me for keeping a 3.9 GPA in college and continuing to work towards my career goal.” With the help of Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation, she plans to become a Nurse Practitioner in Labor and Delivery.
Anthony Moore, Jr. remembers feeling an overwhelming drive as he walked off his high school graduation’s stage with his diploma in hand. After losing his father, U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Anthony Moore, Sr., Anthony says he felt a variety of intense and scattered emotions.
Adriana’s first love was her father. As a self-proclaimed ‘daddy’s girl,’ she remembers being mesmerized as she’d watch him cook. This ignited a passion and inspired her to pursue studies in regional and international cuisine at the Instituto de Banca y Comercio in Puerto Rico. She plans to become a professional chef and open a restaurant in honor of her father, called ‘Cintrón’s Kitchen.’
The first time Seth Straw walked onto campus at Auburn University and chanted “War Eagle” with other exuberant fans at the Jordan-Hare Stadium, he knew it was the school for him. During this initial visit, without knowing it, he took the first steps towards following the dream his father died to protect.
Air National Guard Technical Sergeant Gregory Skurupey died in a plane crash leaving behind his wife and two children. For his daughter, Sheridan, the biggest challenge has been growing up without her dad.
To say that Charles Mitts strongly influenced his young son, Andrew, would be an understatement. Charles was serving in the Army when he lost his life in a helicopter crash. Never one to give up, his father’s service spurred Andrew to also pursue a career in the military.
Two months before her ninth birthday, Courtney Montpetit’s father was killed in action in an accident in Iraq. She believes her dad would be proud of her for graduating high school and continuing her education.
Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation is proud to support surviving military children, like Tyler, as they strive to pursue their dreams and make their heroes proud.
Once Kelly died, planning for her children’s educations has been a struggle. Knowing that there is an organization like Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation that provides financial support to the children of those who have lost a parent in the line of duty is an absolute blessing to her.
Calder Felipe followed in her dad’s footsteps and attended the United States Air Force Academy. Tragically, Calder lost her dad at only 3-years-old when he died in a B-1 Crash over West, TX. She knows her dad would be proud of her for choosing such a noble path, especially his alma mater.
Hannah Davis lost her father in a Black Hawk accident when she was only three years old. His distinguished military career and drive to succeed has influenced her entire life.
Kara's dad, LCDR Michael Joseph Phipps, M.D., served in the U.S Navy for 14 years, completing an orthopedic residency and a spine surgery fellowship at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. When Kara was only 7-years-old, her dad passed away.
Johanne Walker’s dad, Colonel Cliff Walker, died saving her little brother from drowning on Memorial Day. Her dad’s sacrifice showed her the depth of love and the courage in sacrifice.
Natasha has always known 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.