Hear Their Stories

Scholarship Recipients


Crystal Blasjo

Crystal Blasjo’s husband, Sergeant Aaron Blasjo, served in the Special Forces and was killed in action May 29, 2011. To learn more about Crystal’s determination to continue her education through grants provided by The Folded Flag Foundation, watch this video.



Corbin Cabrera

U. S. Army Lt. Col. David Cabrera died Oct. 29, 2011, from injuries sustained from an improvised explosive device (IED). His son, Corbin, was only 13 at the time. Corbin is now honoring his father’s sacrifice through his studies as a freshman at Texas A&M University. Watch Corbin’s story in the video below. 



Haley Hartwick

Haley’s father, CW3 Michael Hartwick, was killed in action serving in Iraq in 2006, when Haley was 11 years old. Now a college senior, Haley is pursuing her educational dreams at Baylor University. Watch her inspirational video to learn more.



Madison Marcum

Madison Marcum’s father, John Marcum, was a Navy SEAL – killed in action on Sept. 11, 2008, when Madison was only eight years old. Now a teenager, Madison is pursuing her educational dreams, attending the Portsmouth Abbey School, thanks to a grant from The Folded Flag Foundation. In this video, Madison and her mother, Stacy, tell their story.



Nicole Rape

Sgt. Jonathon Rape was an MP in the Army and served two tours in Iraq, before being killed in the line of duty on August 15, 2009 in Afghanistan. In this video, learn how his wife Nicole and his daughter Addison, with the help of The Folded Flag Foundation, are helping his legacy live on.



Craig Thurber

Craig Thurber lost his dad, Master Sergeant Bernard Deghand, on Sept. 15, 2006, in Afghanistan’s Kandahar province. Craig has since gone on to honor his father by studying and playing football at Southwest College. Craig’s story and how The Folded Flag Foundation is helping a hero’s son is a compelling one. Watch below.




Steffani Trimble

Steffani Trimble’s father, Chad Michael Trimble, was a Private First Class in the U.S. Army. As a senior in college, Steffani is pursuing a human resources degree at Western Kentucky University. Watch Steffani’s video to learn more.

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