Tommy Bowling wrote -
The Children of Fallen Soldiers Relief Fund, Inc. provides emotional, educational and financial support to help US service member’s dependents who have lost a parent or have a severely disabled parent who served in the Gulf, Iraq and/or Afghanistan wars as well as college scholarships for the disabled veteran.
Our US military members are returning home with loss of limbs, eyesight, scarred by burns and injuries so traumatic that they are unable to return to their lives as they knew it. There are those who are incapacitated by direct injuries and those whose injuries are unseen often suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injuries.
Unfortunately the rise of suicide deaths among our military is on the increase and their children suffer the consequences after their parent has returned home. These children and others do not qualify for the usual death benefits as a child whose parent was killed as a result of his or her service, however, they have needs also. Many of our suicidal parents have suffered from the after effects of the war, some have tried to get help and others have not made it to that step yet. They are tormented by the sights and sounds of these wars and it saddens us that there are more and more who become homeless and live at or below the poverty level.
Our organization finally made a decision to open up our programs in 2010 to help children whose parent served in either of these wars regardless of the cause of death. They deserve our help and we cannot find it in our heart to continue saying no.