Chad Bauer via Crowdrise
October 17, 2012
BENEFITING: FOLDS OF HONOR FOUNDATION
EVENT DATE: Nov 22, 2012
HOURS PLEDGED: 50
If you're here to donate to my thirty (ahem) second birthday, THANK YOU! I decided to forego any personal gifts and use your thoughtfulness to help the Folds of Honor Organization. Over 700,000 soldiers have been killed or disabled in the military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan--Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom, and Operation New Dawn. These service members' families exceed the national average of 2.5 dependents per household. As of January 1, 2012, over one million dependents have been adversely affected by multiple deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. More than 87% of the dependents affected by the recent wars do not qualify for federal scholarship assistance. While the federal government provides some support for these families, it cannot succeed alone without proactive civilian organizations to assist.
The need is great, and, to paraphrase the words of Patrick Henry, their battle is ours. As Americans, we feel a collective duty to honor those who have sacrificed by serving the families they leave behind