U.S. Navy Lieutenant James Kervella proudly served his country for two decades, joining the military two years after graduating high school. He passed away unexpectedly in 2014, leaving behind a wife and two children.
Tyler Kervella says his father’s military service means everything to him and inspires him every day to push forward during the hard times in life. “I strive to use my life and my education to be able to help people and make the world a better place,” he explained.
Tyler plans to earn his Ph.D. in genomics and has ambitions to cure and prevent genetic diseases. “My younger sister has been diagnosed with an autosomal recessive disease known as “POTS” and after years of seeing a plethora of doctors in varying fields they still are not any closer to curing her,” he added. “I want to go to school to be able to better understand the science behind genetic diseases to be able to not only try to cure POTS but to understand how to prevent future onset of cases.”
With the help of Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation, Tyler is studying biology and Spanish at University of Washington. “Fallen Patriots has helped me to be able to focus on my studies without having to go massively into debt or constantly have to be worrying about money. This is an amazing foundation and I’m so thankful to the staff and the donors who are able to make this possible.”
If Tyler could give some advice to other Fallen Patriots scholars, he'd say: 'You’re allowed to mourn and miss your parent, but there are still things to smile and laugh about. Trust me, finding things to laugh at and take joy in makes this whole experience a lot easier."