Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation

Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation Our mission is to provide college scholarships and educational counseling to the children of military personnel killed in the line of duty.


Chelsea never imagined that her father would not be here on the day that she graduated and started college. While it is difficult without him, she is excited to fulfill his dream of entering into the law enforcement field after graduating from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. “I will work hard to get a good education,” Chelsea reflected. “This will allow me to honor and remember my dad by living on his legacy." #TransformationTuesday


Asher never had the chance to meet his father, but with the help of his mother’s strength and a scholarship from Fallen Patriots, Asher has been able to graduate debt-free and start his career with K&N Filters. #MCM


We are inspired by supporters like Mitch Gilley whose fundraising efforts for Fallen Patriots went above and beyond expectations. Mitch raised over $2,100 to help military children pursue their dream of a college education. Mitch’s efforts were focused on organizing and co-chairing a memorial ruck event #SelflessSunday#GoRuck


David Ricciardi, a proud supporter of Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation, has written an exciting new thriller novel called 'Warning Light'. The novel tells the tale of a CIA analyst who finds himself in a do-or-die mission in the Middle East. It's a real page turner and will keep you on the edge of your seat. Enter here to win a free copy:


The success of Fallen Patriots can be told by countless surviving scholars, but the need for financial support continues to grow. Corporate supporters like IHOP assist Fallen Patriots efforts in bridging the $32,000 gap in funding between the VA, other resources and the total cost of undergraduate college education. This past November IHOP gave their pancakes a purpose by supporting Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation in honor of #VeteransDay. We are so thankful ❤️ for the loyal support of all of our sponsors, to see the full list, click here:


David C. Canegata III died when his Black Hawk Helicopter crashed from enemy fire during Operation Iraqi Freedom. His daughter Nicole's life has never been the same since she lost her father on January 20th, 2007. #FallenFriday


"My fondest memory was when vacationing with my family on the island of Antigua, my Dad jumped on a surfboard and caught up to my brother and I, who were stuck in a channel on a broken windsurfer, going upwind." Nicole reflected. "He saved us and helped tow us back to land. He was giddy like a child in the process because to him it was an adventure! His smile was priceless, and he was our savior! I will never forget that moment!"


" I never thought being a professional photographer could be a reality. I believe it’s never too late to make your dreams come true, and I want to inspire anyone who has a dream, to always go for it. Nothing is impossible with hard work, vision, and perseverance – my Dad instilled this in me!"- Nicole Canegata #WCW See how Nicole and other gold star students can afford to follow their dreams, here:


David Alexander served in the Marines and sadly passed away before his son, Tom, was born. Despite having never met his father, Tom is determined to make his dad proud. With the help of Fallen Patriots, Tom was able to attend the Concordia University Wisconsin for Business Administration and graduated to begin his career in 2013. #MCM


Thank you Tim Tebow ❤️ for attending the 9th Annual Greenwich Gala that raised over $3.2 million. Your dedication to our mission is inspiring. Learn more about why we serve here:


Today marks the first Saturday in National Military Child Appreciation Month. ❤️ This month was established to highlight the important role children play in the Armed Forces community. There are approximately 2 million children with parents serving in the military and aprox. 20,000 children who have lost their military parent. This month, and every month, we salute you. #ShoutoutSaturday


USMC 1st Lt. Robert Straw was killed in a helicopter crash near Dallas, Texas, leaving Seth’s mother, Mindi, to raise their young family on her own. Like many other gold star families, the Straw’s struggled with being able to afford college. See how we help here: #FallenFriday


To honor #GoldStarSpousesDay, Kerri-Hartwick Doughty shared the personal story of her brave and heroic husband who lost his life in the line of duty. Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation was able to help her get through the emotional time. Now she gives back by supporting Fallen Patriots’ mission to provide college scholarship and educational counseling to military children who have lost a parent in the line of duty. Click here to watch the interview:


Seth never had the opportunity to meet his father, 1st Lt. Robert Straw. However, whenever Seth is facing a tough class, studying for a test, or begins to think his degree is too hard he always feels that his dad is right there pushing him on. “My father’s life inspires me to always work hard, always do my best and to do what I want with my life.” #TBT


Thank you @yesididusa for your support of our mission! It is through the generosity of corporate sponsors and individual donors that we are able to provide scholarships to students of fallen soldiers who may not have been able to afford college otherwise. ❤️ #ShoutoutSaturday


To say that Charles Mitts had been a strong influence on his young son, Andrew, would be an understatement. Charles had been serving in the Army before the helicopter crash that ultimately took him away from his family. Never one to give up, his father’s service spurred Andrew on to pursue a career in the military as well. #FallenFriday

Read more about this fallen hero here:


Of all his memories of his father, one of Andrew’s fondest is anytime his dad would bring him on base with him. There Charles would point out all the aircraft to Andrew that he worked with. “I've always wanted to pursue a career in the military because of the influence my father had on me,” explained Andrew. #TBT
Read more about the love between father and son here:


We want to #ShareTheLove ❤️ of our foundation with you! Check out our Instagram for your chance to win some Fallen Patriots-branded gear, which includes Nike dry fit shirt and backpack, sports bottle and bracelet! Click Here:


Kylie attends University of Arkansas, as an international studies major, with the help of Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation. Her future goals are to continue following her dreams, experiencing life and never forgetting how much her dad loves her.


Thank you Massachusetts ❤️ for officially proclaiming May 13th as Children of Fallen Patriots Day - a time to honor those children who lost a military parent. Today, we honor Massachusetts' day of origin. #ChildrenofFallenPatriotsDay #Massachusetts


Paige’s dad found an absolute fulfillment when protecting his country and his loved ones. Without her dad’s sacrifice, Paige believes she wouldn’t have found her passion. Her future goal is to graduate with a Masters in Counseling and Guidance with hopes of becoming a grief counselor for families of fallen or wounded soldiers.


We are offering a chance to receive an advanced copy the new book Warning Light to our newsletter subscribers. Author David Ricciardi supports our mission of helping EVERY military child of the fallen. Learn more:


Andrew plans to graduate as a Merchant Marine Third Officer from Texas A&M University at Galveston with a degree in marine transportation. His military aspirations don’t stop there however, having recently applied for the position, he hopes to enroll in the Warrant Officer Flight Program with the U.S. Army. He believes that his father would be proud not only of all that he has accomplished at school and in the Corps of Cadets, but also in his desire to follow his father’s example and join the United States Army. #MCM

To read more about Andrew Mitts story, click here:


We thank Dr. Laura for the Valentine's Day Boutique event that helped raise more awareness and funds for Fallen Patriots. ❤️ Your commitment to our mission to provide scholarships to gold star scholars is truly humbling. Read some of the success stories that Fallen Patriots has fostered here:


Thirteen-year old Jordan Shoob dedicated his first 10K race to surviving military children. As an advocate for Fallen Patriots, Shoob raised a total of $5,000 in sponsorships to help us ensure college education for military children who’ve lost a parent in the line of duty. With this amount, Shoob’s fundraising efforts single-handedly covered the cost of an entire semester for one deserving student.


Congratulations to Dr Laura for her extremely successful Valentine’s Day Boutique. Her handcrafted jewelry sold out in record time! We are so grateful to her for donating 100% of the sales to help fund scholarships for Gold Star children like Haley Hartwick. Learn more here about Dr. Laura’s generosity here:


SSgt. Raymond Briggs is resting at the Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery. It was his wish to retire and spend the rest of his life in Hawaii with his family.

“My dad worked very hard and sacrificed his life for the military to serve our country. I always used to see him help and take care of others. I want to have a big heart like my dad and always be there for people when they're in need.” -Chelsea


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Chelsea describes her fallen father as the most loving and compassionate person she has ever known. He was very passionate and dedicated to volunteering to coach youth sports.

“My dad was also the one to drop everything he was doing to help others who were in great need. He was the type of man you could count on with no doubt.” – Chelsea



Open today! Give the gift that never stops giving this Valentine’s Day by purchasing personally-designed and handcrafted jewelry from @DrLaura’s Valentine’s Day Boutique. All proceeds from the sale will help Gold Star children like Haley Hartwick attend college with scholarships and grants provided by Fallen Patriots. Despite having lost her father in 2006 to the war in Iraq, Haley graduated from @Baylor. To view the Boutique, visit:


Chelsea never imagined that her father would not be here on the day that she graduated high school and started college. College was something her dad used to talk about, so it is a difficult process for her to go through without him. She currently is studying Finance and Political Science at the University of Hawaii - West Oahu.


We are so thankful for all those who support our mission, such as Dr Laura who interviewed former scholarship recipient, Haley Hartwick, on her show yesterday. Dr. Laura is donating 100% of the sales of personally designed and handcrafted jewelry in her Valentine's Day Boutique. Listen here:
The Dr. Laura Program airs on SiriusXM 109 Monday thru Fridays 2pm - 5pm ET


Megan Joyce was entering her freshman year of college when her father passed away after 37 years of service. She followed her father’s footsteps and graduated from his alma mater where she majored in History, like he did. #TransformationTuesday


Give the gift that never stops giving this Valentine’s Day. From January 31st to February 2nd, purchase personally-designed and handcrafted jewelry from @DrLaura’s Valentine’s Day Boutique. All proceeds from the sale will go to scholarships for Gold Star students. Dr. Laura members, don’t forget to check out the pre-sale opening today. Later today tune in to the Dr. Laura Program to hear her interview with Gold Star Scholar Haley Hartwick today 12:00pm PT/3:00pm EST on SiriusXM Stars Channel 109. Want to become a Dr. Laura Family Member? Click here:


Weston Haycock’s dad served in the U.S. Army and passed away in a training accident. Weston’s determination to succeed despite tremendous loss is inspiring #MCM
‘Fallen Patriots’ ensures that children of late soldiers get a future

Thank you Kathie Lee and Hoda for sharing our mission on the Today Show to ensure a college education for children of the fallen #SelflessSunday

Watch the segment:

The Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation provides college scholarships to kids who have lost a parent in the line of duty. Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb honor our American heroes by hearing stories from those who’ve been personally impacted by this organization.


Valentine's Day is coming up fast and if you're searching for that perfect gift for your sweetheart, consider #shopping on Amazon Smile. This is the same #Amazon you know, but a percentage of your purchase can be donated to Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation by selecting us as your charity of choice.


Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation is fortunate to have corporate partners like K&N Filters. Through their generosity, military children of the fallen are achieving their dreams through a college education, one of the best ways we can honor those who died defending our country. #ShoutoutSaturday


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Ryan Hilton was very young when his father LT Lawrence Hilton passed away. While his memories of his father may be faint, his father’s spirit influences his life every day.
PepsiCo, IBM and Other Companies Give Back To Veterans

What a great article from PARADE Magazine! PepsiCo has been a great corporate sponsor to Fallen Patriots in supporting our mission to ensure that every scholar who has lost a parent in the military can afford college. A recent study form the Lucas Group highlighted a gap of about $32,000 between government assistance programs and the actual cost of attaining a degree from a 4-year college.

By definition, large corporations are primarily focused on the bottom line. But some companies manage to keep their eye on the balance sheet and still give back to veterans.PepsiCo has a long legacy of military hiring and supporting programs for veterans and their families, among other things offeri...


Following his father’s footsteps, Ryan worked hard to achieve the rank of Eagle Scout. He also was a member of his high school marching band for 4 years, as was his father.

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Rachel Rodriquez is attending Pepperdine University where she is majoring in Political Science. Although her dad isn’t with her physically anymore, he has never left her heart or mind. Rachel tries to live her life to make others better, as he would’ve done #WCW


After her father's death, Kristen clung to the lessons she learned from her father and applied them to her life. She knew she wanted to go to college and make her hero proud, and, with the help of Children of Fallen Patriots, she enrolled at Liberty University. In May of 2016, Kristen graduated Magna Cum Laude from Liberty with a bachelor’s degree in family and child development and minor in psychology. #TransformationTuesday


Ryan currently is attending James Madison University. He believes his father would be most proud of him for doing well in college. In the future, he plans to attend medical school.


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