ASMBA STAR Foundation Grant Awards Help Service Members and the Military Community

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The ASMBA STAR Foundation, a Nashville, Tennessee, non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life of the military service members, veterans, and their families, has awarded grants to nine military charities throughout the United States.

Many deserving children will have the opportunity to participate in sports, arts and other activities, which are so important in keeping children on track and involved during the stressful period of a parent's deployment or recovery from severe injury. This donation will have a positive impact on these children and their families.

The ASMBA STAR Foundation, a Nashville, Tennessee, non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life of the military service members, veterans, and their families, has awarded grants to nine military charities throughout the United States.

"The ASMBA STAR Foundation seeks to fund organizations that have a significant and lasting impact on the lives of military members, veterans, and their families, and the communities in which they live and work," said Col. Joseph Dougherty (USAF (Ret.), Vice-President of the Foundation. "We are proud to support the mission of these organizations, all of which certainly do tremendous work in the military community and serve to further the objectives of our Foundation."

Among the grant recipients were Honoring Our Veterans, located in Moran, WY, The Independence Fund, a 501(c)(3) located in Pensacola, FL, and Our Military Kids. Col. Dougherty presented a check for $15,000 to Our Military Kids at their Mclean, Virginia office.

"Our Military Kids is very grateful to the ASMBA STAR Foundation for their generous support," said Linda Davidson, Executive Director of Our Military Kids. "Many deserving children will have the opportunity to participate in sports, arts and other activities, which are so important in keeping children on track and involved during the stressful period of a parent's deployment or recovery from severe injury. This donation will have a positive impact on these children and their families."

The money awarded to Honoring our Veterans was presented to Executive Director, Ms. Sandra Bockman. "All of us at Honoring Our Veterans were thrilled beyond words when we received your very generous $10,000 grant. The money will allow us to offer disabled veterans recreational therapy in one of the most beautiful places on earth. Jackson Hole is a very giving and supportive community, but community support alone cannot achieve the ultimate goal of improving the lives of our disabled veterans. It takes a massive network of caring individuals and foundations such as yours to lay the groundwork for getting any program off the ground."

"We recognize and appreciate that the quality of life we enjoy today is due to the sacrifices of all those who have served. It is our duty and responsibility as citizens of this great country to in turn care for those who come home wounded and disabled. Thanks to your foundation, we now have the means to expand our program in Jackson Hole."

The Independence Fund, Inc., located in Pensacola, FL, is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to providing veterans injured in the Globar War on Terror with the tools, therapies, and guidance that they otherwise may not be receiving. "We received the ASMBA STAR Foundation grant of $25,000, and wish to express our deep appreciation for their generosity and commitment to our severely injured troops", said founder Steve Danyluk.

The Foundation also approved a grant to McKendree University, in Lebanon, IL, for the establishment of the "ASMBA STAR Foundation Military Spouse Scholarship". The scholarship will provide a full four-year education to two deserving military spouses - one at the Scott AFB Campus location and one at their campus located near Ft. Knox, KY. "We are very excited about starting the Military Spouse Scholarship Program," said Dr. James Dennis, President of McKendree, "and we appreciate the expression of your confidence in our work at McKendree. We will do everything we can to ensure the success of this creative program."

ASMBA (Armed Services Mutual Benefit Association) was established in 1963 by a small group of military flyers headed for Vietnam who, knowing they were heading into harm's way, understood that they needed to provide some added financial security for their families. Finding that they couldn't obtain life insurance through existing channels because they were going to a war zone, they put their heads together and came up with a way to safeguard their families' peace of mind. The created ASMBA as a non-profit fraternal benefit association, which continues to provide security and peace of mind for all members of the Armed Services, whether active or retired, with no rank, duty or geographical restrictions. They believe then, and still do today, that the men and women who serve our country deserve affordable protection.

The founders of ASMBA also believe that helping the military didn't stop there, so in keeping with ASMBA's tradition of service to the military the ASMBA STAR Foundation was created in April 2008 and is dedicated to improving the quality of life for all military personnel, veterans and their families.

For additional information on the news that is the subject of this release, contact Cheryl Stone.

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