Tom Deierlein Foundation Expands its Mission

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TDF will now help children of Wounded Warriors and Fallen Heroes

Last week, the Tom Deierlein Foundation (TDF) Board of Directors approved a newly expanded mission that now includes the children of wounded warriors as well as children of fallen heroes. The TD Foundation will continue to support the children in Afghanistan and Iraq consistent with their original mission.

New Mission Statement: TD Foundation provides aid to children directly affected by war in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as to children of wounded warriors and fallen heroes here in the US.

The Tom Deierlein Foundation has been supported by thousands of people. It was founded in the Fall of 2006 when US Army Major Tom Deierlein was shot by a sniper in Baghdad. While he recovered at Walter Reed for 8 months, Tom’s co-founders, all digital media professionals, wanted to continue the humanitarian aid efforts begun while he was deployed. This remains a grassroots organization. All participants in this fund are volunteers, where 95%+ of donated funds will go directly to those children and families in need. As Tom Deierlein himself can attest, The TD Foundation has done a ton of great work, and a ton of good.

“As we enter our 7th year in existence we are approaching $1Million dollars raised to date. We have shipped $175,000+ of school supplies, $50,000+ of medical supplies, $25,000+ in vitamins, hundreds of boxes of donated clothes and toys, and funded more than 40 life surgeries including severe burns, orthopedic reconstructions, and heart repairs, said Tom. “In fact, there is heart mission planned for October to help 4 Iraqi children with heart defects. http://tdfoundation.org/successes/. This summer, we changed the mission. We added children of Wounded Warriors and those Killed In Action. We will still help Iraqi and Afghan children, but we are bringing the mission home, much like our troops. Long overdue.”

Just as in the past where TDF established a network of partners and other non-profits and charities with similar missions (http://tdfoundation.org/partners/), they will do the same with the new mission seeking out other smaller, grassroots organizations where TDF can have a real impact, one child, one family and one community at a time. Initial partners include Our Military Kids, Green Beret Foundation, and The Station Foundation.

“It was not an easy decision to eliminate 3 and 4 year olds from our grant program, but now it’s one we can partially reverse,” said Kim Wincup, Chairman of Our Military Kids’ Board of Directors. “We are very grateful for the new partnership with Tom Deierlein Foundation so we can ensure children of the wounded are taken care of during a transitional time for families.”

Kevin Stacy of The Station Foundation added “We are genuinely excited to partner with TDF. Both organizations are fully committed to helping innocent children impacted by war. We look forward to a long and successful partnership helping children of fallen heroes and wounded warriors.”

About Tom Deierlen Foundation
Tom Deierlein Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization created to provide support and assistance to children impacted by war. TD Foundation provides aid to children directly affected by war in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as to children of wounded warriors and fallen heroes here in the US. This is a grassroots organization. All participants in this fund are volunteers, where 95%+ of donated funds go directly to those children and families in need. Current partners include Gift of Life, Riley Children’s Hospital, Razia’s Ray of Hope, School Is Open, Mission: Restore, Children In Need International, and Assyrian Medical Society. http://www.tdfoundaion.org

About The Station Foundation
THE STATION Foundation (TSF) provides a private sanctuary for the Special Operations Community to focus on and enjoy what matters most in their lives – their families. We are a place to identify priorities and pursue life to the fullest. Our secluded, peaceful location encourages Warriors and Families to enhance connections and strengthen bonds. We present experiences that inspire and provide time for participants to reflect and identify priorities in life. TSF helps participants explore and preserve their identity, values and strengths. We are a catalyst for reconnecting and realizing full potential. We provide resources to help all Members and Families of the Special Operations Community attain the same elite performance in their personal lives as they enjoy in uniform. TSF offers a place where Special Operators and their Families can stop, identify their values and “stay on track."
http://www.thestationfoundation.org/who-we-support/

About Our Military Kids
Our Military Kids, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization created to provide support and recognition to military children. This may include children ages 5 years through the 12th grade of deployed National Guard and Reserve service members, along with children of Wounded and Fallen Warriors from all branches of service. The grants to children pay for fees associated with athletic, fine arts, and tutoring programs. Our Military Kids’ grants keep military children engaged in activities of their choosing, helping to relieve the stress of separation from a parent by providing a positive distraction, minimizing emotional destabilization, building self esteem, and enabling academic achievement. A service member once said, “Please don’t send cookies, care packages, or socks. Just take care of our children.” Our Military Kids works every day to fulfill this plea. http://www.ourmilitarykids.org/

About Green Beret Foundation
The Green Beret Foundation is a 501(c) 3 not-for-profit organization that provides unconventional resources to facilitate the special needs of our wounded, ill and injured Green Berets and Green Beret Gold Star families. The GBF imparts unique support to the Special Forces Community in order to strengthen readiness and uphold Green Beret traditions and values. We operate with high efficiency in the most challenging special operations environment, mitigating the burden while Caring for America’s Quiet Professionals and facilitating their return to active duty or a successful transition to civilian life. http://greenberetfoundation.org/

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