BENEFITING: AMERICAN WIDOW PROJECT
I can't believe that next month I'm turning 30. For this milestone birthday, I want to give back to a charity that has given back to me and countless others who have lost their heroes who served in the military.
See the breakdown below on ways your donation will help:
** $100 will enable us to send out 5 American Widow Project packs with our documentary.
** $200 will cover the costs of our 24hr hotline for one month that ensures a widow can reach out at any time, and most importantly have someone to connect with in the beginning days and hours of their journey.
** $500 will sponsor a widow's attendance to one of our signature AWP Getaway Events giving them the chance to connect in person with a network of military widows.
** $1000 will cover the costs of a group activity at one of our getaway events supporting 10-15 military widows. Activities at our events can range from life embracing adventures to energize widows through adventure and challenges, to inner peace activities to reflect and achieve balance in life.
As many of you know my amazing husband, SSG Joseph F. Fuerst III and I were serving together in Afghanistan when he was killed by a Rocket Propelled Grenade on June 24, 2006. That day I took the report when he was shot in a firefight; I only knew it was him because of his battle roster number. For almost 2 years I was lost, alone, and didn't know what I was going to do or who could understand the devastation I was facing without my best friend. I thought nobody would get it or be able to even remotely relate to my grief.
In May of 2008 I was introduced to The American Widow Project & my life was forever changed! This organization has given me my life back and has enabled me to help others grieving the loss of a spouse. To date we have served over 1500 military widows across the country.
This is why I felt it more than appropriate for my 30th birthday wish to create a fundraising page to support an organization that means so much to me and so many others - to raise money in honor of all those who have served and have paid the ultimate sacrifice, to serve those left behind to carry on their legacies.
The American Widow Project changed my perspective and inspires me everyday to live life to the fullest.
Thank you in advance for your support and donations!
Learn more about the American Widow Project: http://americanwidowproject.org/
Since 2001, over 6,500 U.S. service members have been killed in Iraq and Afghanistan. Around half of these service members were married, leaving an estimated 3,600 military widows across our country, from the wars alone. These numbers do not include our heroes who lost their lives in non-combat ways leaving countless more military widows. While the service member’s sacrifice is acknowledged, many simply forget or fail to recognize the sacrifice of the spouse who is now left a military widow. Oftentimes the invisible wounds of military widows are disregarded due to age or a simple lack of knowledge and understanding.
The American Widow Project is a non-profit organization dedicated to the new generation of those who have lost the heroes of yesterday, today and tomorrow, with an emphasis on healing through sharing stories, tears and laughter. Military Widow to Military Widow.