Since 2001, over 7,000 American servicemen and women have died while serving in combat, leaving behind thousands of spouses and children.
Government assistance programs fall short in covering the total cost of education for these surviving family members.
97% of surviving spouses are women; 50% earn less than $50,000 per year; 30% are homemakers; 13% are unemployed.
An average of 2 children (with an average age of 10 years old) per household are left behind.
As recently as 2003, the benefit paid to eligible survivors of military personnel killed in the line of duty was a one-time benefit of only $6,000. Due to congressional action since 2003, that death benefit has been raised – first to $12,000 and then to $100,000. Despite these increases, the current death benefit is often unable to provide necessary support to the families of those who lost their lives serving their country.
The Folded Flag Foundation was formed as a non-profit organization that relies on public donations to help supplement the current death benefits available to the dependents of United States military personnel and other government employees while deployed in combat. The Foundation is strongly committed to honoring these military fallen heroes by aiding the families with financial support for continued education. Click here for qualification information and how to apply.
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