March with VEC in the Veterans Day Parade 2016!
November 10, 2016
BENEFITING: BIRDS NEST FOUNDATION
Our goal is to raise $1,000,000 from to send veterans to college. We will match every donation, dollar for dollar up to $1,000,000.
We recognize Veterans for their invaluable contribution to the security of our nation. The dedication, talent and leadership of these fine men and women represent tremendous assets that shape our nation’s future. 100% of your donations will help support need-based endowed scholarships for veteran students pursuing their higher education and allow for them to have a more seamless adjustment re-entering academic life to best access a broad range of career development opportunities.
-62% Of Veterans Are The First In Their Family To Attend College.
-50% of Veteran students are married and 35% have children.
-60% of student veterans have served in an active combat role.
-Veterans make up 4% of our country's undergraduate population.
-Veteran students often face family obligations, housing and childcare costs that our traditional college students never encounter.
These veterans protect our freedom and our country - it is now time to repay the favor.
**TO PAY BY CHECK**
Please make checks payable to "Birds Nest Foundation, C/O Veterans Education Challenge"
Birds Nest Foundation
15 Central Park West, G-104
New York, NY 10023
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Quotes and Comments:
“It’s our hope that this gift allows for a more seamless adjustment that provides veterans the opportunity to re-enter academic life to positioned themselves for a broad range of careers. This is our way of saying ‘thank you’ to the men and women of the U.S. Military for their essential service” (Bruce & Avis Richards)
"The generous pledge from Avis and Bruce Richards to support scholarships for student veterans is an extraordinary demonstration of their commitment” (Wallace Loh, President of the University of Maryland)
“We're so excited to help the Veterans Education Challenge to help veterans in such a tangible and meaningful way” (Robert Wolfe, Founder/CEO of CrowdRise)
“What these people are doing for veterans is simple yet amazing- It will make you want to do the same! Veterans face hardships only understood by those who have served, and the unemployment rate is 2% higher than the national average for them. Giving $1 is the least we can do for the men and women of our armed forces to thank them for their service.” (Floyd Mayweather, Professional Boxer, Five Time World Champion)
“It’s Veterans Day and I’m supporting the Veterans Education Challenge. Thank you for making it possible for me to safely walk my kids to school every single day.” (Boris Kodjoe, actor)
“God Bless you all! Donating for my father who was a Senior Master Sargent in the USAF, three tours of Vietnam and all the other wars starting with the Korean conflict. May he RIP and may you all thrive in your education and lives!” (Maria Bryant, Facebook comment)
“For my father, who was the first in his family to attend college, after serving in the Navy in World War II. He was so proud of this accomplishment, and it changed the trajectory of his life.” (Mira Jansen-Cucci, CrowdRise donor)
“Donating to this amazing project today in honor of my friend, my mentor and inspiration to so many - Anthony Servidio, USMC . Semper fi! Thank you for your service Sir Anthony!” (Cynthia Artin, CrowdRise donor)
“in memory of all those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice, and all the men, women, and families who sacrifice to serve our country and protect our Freedom” (Jeff Parness, CrowdRise donor)
“Here's to you Charlie Corsillo, one of the greatest human beings I've ever met, who served his country in uniform and served his colleagues with his inspiration, brilliance and sense of humor. This donation is being doubled by the generosity of genuinely grateful people. We thank you and we love you.” (Friends of Charlie, CrowdRise donor)