Fallen Citizen Provides Critical Support for Citizen Soldiers and their Families

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Bethesda, MD Â? Fallen Citizen, a new non-profit project of the National Heritage Foundation, has been established to help veterans and their families who have suffered because of death or injury, and therefore face financial uncertainty.

For the first time since World War II, thousands of our nation’s citizen soldiers in the National Guard and Reserves are serving honorably in combat and peacekeeping operations throughout the world. These reserve component members and their families face daily uncertainty from these long deployments.

Fallen Citizen is giving something back to the reserve component soldiers, sailors, marines, airmen and coast guardsmen who have given so much for our country. The program will help meet unanticipated demands on military members' families that can not be remedied in a timely and effective manner through existing means.

"There are many cases where service men and women in the reserves and National Guard have not been adequately treated for medical problems, are having devastating financial problems, and do not know where to turn. Fallen Citizen serves as a clearinghouse of information for the service member and their families, and also gives financial assistance to those in the greatest need," said Phillip Selleh, Fallen Citizen’s Executive Director. “Active duty members have a built-in support system that is not available to those who serve in the reserve components. Fallen Citizen helps to bridge that gap. In cases where a military member has been killed or severely injured, these financial hardships take the worst toll on families.”

There are hundreds of stories about brave servicemen like these:

--Two members of an elite Army National Guard unit were severely injured in Afghanistan. Both soldiers’ wounds are so severe that they will be unable to continue their civilian careers.

--Reserve Soldiers were injured in service and then not allowed to stay on active duty to receive proper medical and dental care. Instead, being released and forced to seek medical care on their own, from private sources and the Department of Veteran’s Affairs.

--Service members are waiting for funding under military incapacitation orders, and are experiencing severe financial hardship before their first paycheck arrives.

Assistance supported by Fallen Citizen includes helping to defray medical costs, grocery bills, child care, rent and mortgage payments as well as education & retraining. Another way Fallen Citizen supports families is through “reunion” funding which allows loved ones to visit their military member who may be many miles away. Last year Fallen Citizen funded an “Events While Healing” program that allowed wounded military members to see a professional baseball game and other events.

Corporations or individuals wishing to contribute can donate online at http://www.FallenCitizen.org or by mail to:

Fallen Citizen

7831 Woodmont Ave, Suite 284

Bethesda, MD 20814.

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