What is the Patriot Foundation? Who does it serve?
Patriot Foundation is an all-volunteer 501c3 non-profit committed to providing college scholarships to children of servicemen and women who have been killed, wounded, or injured in the Global War on Terrorism. We have primarily benefited Ft. Bragg organizations with over $4,000,000 including 82nd Airborne Division, Ft. Bragg Survivor Outreach Services, Ft. Bragg Warrior Transition Battalion, XVIII Airborne Corps separate brigades, US Army Special Operations Command (Delta, Special Forces, Rangers), and Joint Special Operations Command. Patriot Foundation also supported the 29 children left behind in the Extortion 17 Chinook crash in late summer 2011 which killed 22 Navy SEALs.
Although Patriot Foundation is not the biggest non-profit helping soldiers and their families, we have a big impact, particularly at Ft. Bragg NC and Ft. Campbell KY (Ft. Campbell support began in CY15). In CY17 Patriot Foundation began exploring ways to support soldiers' families from the US Army 4th Infantry Division stationed at Ft Carson CO.
When resources permit, we plan to also support Ft. Drum NY (10th Mountain Division) and Ft. Stewart GA (3rd Infantry Division) families.
-We are an all-volunteer, IRS 501c3 non-profit organization. Thirty-four volunteers are now involved.
-We have corporate officers, a board of directors, and an advisory board comprised of retired General Officers. Most of our corporate officers and board members have extensive and successful backgrounds in the military or business, and many are nationally recognized for their accomplishments. We also have professional counsel in the areas of financial reporting, tax audit, intellectual property, and legal matters.
-Setting us apart from many other charitable organizations is the unique feature that all of our people are un-compensated volunteers. Also, we donate well over 90% of all funds raised to help Soldiers families.
-Patriot Foundation is vetted through Guide Star with a Gold level certification for non-profit transparency; one of a select group listed as a Community Resource on the Office of the Secretary of Defense OurMilitary.mil website identifying citizen support to service members, veterans, and their family members; registered with the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC), the North Carolina (NC) State Employee Contribution Campaign (SECC), and GivingMatters.com of Middle Tennessee; and, holds a North Carolina Charitable Solicitation License (No. SL004419) and a Tennessee Charitable Solicitation License (No. CO23468).
These entities, at a minimum, require IRS determination letters, IRS form 990 filings, audits, and signed applications certifying accuracy and truthfulness; subjecting applicants to criminal, civil, and administrative penalties for false filing, wrongdoing, and other specified state and federal violations.
-Yes. War time operations continue in Afghanistan (10,000 US soldiers) and Iraq (est 4000 US soldiers). Since 9/11 the total casualties from the Global War on Terrorism have swelled to well over 500,000 when you take into account the huge number of PTSD and Traumatic Brain Injury cases being reported by the VA. Added to that number are the many thousands of servicemen and women killed, wounded, injured, and ill due to other causes. Many families are devastated by losing a Soldier or having to care for a disabled Soldier. These families will require assistance for many years to come.
-The Global War on Terrorism will continue in many hot spots around the world. The State Department lists fifty-four Foreign Terrorist organizations. The job of defending our freedoms and national interests will continue to require sacrifices from our Soldiers and their families. Now that combat operations in Iraq have ended and the military draws down from Afghanistan, Soldiers and units at Fort Bragg, N.C., will focus on its mission as the Army’s Global Response Force, set to respond to contingencies around the world with little to no notice.
-Staying ready as a Global Response Force is a dangerous business. The training for our elite Soldiers is rigorous. As an example, approximately 70% of the Soldiers recovering in the Warrior Transition Battalion were hurt during training.
-CONCLUSION: There are now, and will be for years to come, substantial family support requirements resulting from fallen, wounded, injured, and ill soldiers. It is our country’s sacred obligation to take care of these families. Patriot Foundation is a dedicated component for helping to meet that obligation.
How do you develop the resources to be able to donate millions of dollars to help military families?
-Patriot Foundation gets almost all of its money from its corporate partners. At this time we have twenty-six corporate partners. These corporations demonstrate a deep patriotism and sense of social responsibility through their support of our programs. They understand that without freedom there are no other pursuits.
-Our corporate supporters, located across the country, include, BB&T, Grins Beverage, Bradshaw Capital Management, Hendrick Motorsports, AVL Technologies Corporation, Prism Medical, Boddie Noell Enterprises, Hardees Food Systems, North Carolina Automobile Dealers Association, Medical Properties Trust Inc., iDirect Government Technologies, Shell Oil, Lepton Global Solutions, WestRock Corporation, VERTEX, CUBIC, Equitable Property Co., Cushman and Wakefield, SportsClips, The George and Ruth Baxter Foundation, O. Temple Sloan, Jr Foundation, the John w. and Ruth Hanes Foundation, Private West Virginia Foundation, Peter Millar, Navy Seal Foundation, and Kingfisher Society Sporting Club. Additionally, Senator Richard Burr, North Carolina is a strong supporter of Patriot Foundation.
How can you help?
Donate! Your contributions, however small, will accumulate to help a Soldiers family by honoring their sacrifice, demonstrating that they have not been forgotten, and creating the possibility that their child could go to college. We are grateful for the many individuals and organizations that contribute towards the need, but that generosity is still not enough to meet the huge demand for this support.