A CALL TO ARMS
In July 2008, after laying a friend to rest that was killed in action while conducting combat operations in support of Operation IRAQ FREEDOM, I was discussing with a mutual friend about various programs available to the families of service members that were wounded or killed in action (WIA/KIA). It was during this conversation that his mother innocently offered the statement “Well I always thought you all took care of your own!” For the past few years the loss of that friend and many more since, along with that statement have remained in the forefront of my days.
The truth of the matter is that as service members we know the risks involved with our occupation of arms and since 2001 we have knowingly and willingly placed ourselves in harms way on behalf of our country - like generations of service members before us. While deployed we often times establish tighter bonds with people in our units then we have with the families that raised us; through shared adversity we persevere.
The U.S. Department of Defense reports as of October 12, 2012 there were 3, 479 KIA and 31,930 WIA in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM and 1,672 KIA and 17,737 WIA in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM.
Currently the US military stands just shy of 3 million service members (active/reserves) but these numbers do not take into account the countless veterans of previous wars or service members that have transitioned back into civilian roles. We have shown in wars throughout our nations history what we can do when we put our minds to it, so what would happen if we came together now?
HOW CAN YOU HELP
I am going to speak blasphemy for a moment and ask service members past, present, and future to forgo their daily “Cup of Joe” and donate whatever that amount is to Fallen Not Forgotten, Inc. – ONLY FOR 1 DAY! I know that coffee is the staple ingredient that has powered the military throughout the years and that the military may grind to a halt so I am not asking for everyone to do it on the same day…and on behalf of all the junior service members definitely not on a Monday! You pick the day and it only has to be one cup! (We are not trying to cost anyone his or her jobs here.)
Never served in the military, but still want to help? If you are up for the challenge and think that you can handle the start to the day without caffeine….by all means join us! We would love your continued support!
If you can’t afford a financial contribution there are other ways you can help. For example simply getting the word out via social media such as Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus or any other way that people may connect with us is greatly appreciated.
TAKING CARE OF OUR OWN
The College Board Advocacy & Policy Center states that the average estimated undergraduate budget for public four-year in-state on-campus students is $21,447, including tuition and fees, room and board, books and supplies, transportation, and other expenses as of 2011-2012. If we were able to get EVERY active/reserve member to donate $1 (the price of a Cup of Joe from McDonald’s) we could send 139 wounded or fallen service members children to college at no out-of-pocket expense to them at today’s cost. Imagine how amazing that would be! As an organization, we are realists and have set the goal low initially to manage expectations – we welcome our expectations being surpassed and challenge everyone that visits this site to help us in doing so!
ABOUT THE PERKS (because you’ll need a pick me up after not having your daily Cup of Joe)
On the right sidebar of this page you’ll see that we’ve created a few “perks” to help you determine what level of contribution you’d like to make. Please note that you do not have to claim a perk in order to contribute. Just click the “contribute now” button below and follow the instructions. If you’d like to claim a perk, please do and share that experience with your friends.
Like the selfless service to your country, the biggest reward is internal pride of knowing that you have not forgotten the sacrifices of our fallen WIA/KIA and the ongoing struggles of their families as they continue on.
SPECIAL NOTE FROM THE PRESIDENT OF FALLEN NOT FORGOTTEN, INC:
I am an active duty service member that has not forgotten. I, like many of you, have experienced the loss of many friends throughout the past eleven years and know in my heart that these are not “someone else’s kids” …these are now our sons and daughters and they deserve our help to ensure they are well taken care of. We must take care of our own!
Thank you for visiting the site and taking the time to consider a donation!