The young Marine, who has already done more than enough for his fellow Marines, for the Marine Corps and for his country, is now doing something for the families of Marines and Navy Corpsmen.
Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer has partnered with the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation to raise $1 million by the Foundation’s 50th anniversary on May 28, 2012. He has also issued a “Challenge to America” to match his efforts and raise an additional $1 million to “Honor Marines by Educating their Children.” This challenge allows Americans to help wounded Marines from all conflicts, especially the past 10 years, and forever change their lives by investing in a Marine student’s future.
The Marine Corps Foundation has, for nearly 50 years, honored the service of our Marines by educating their children. ”The privately-funded, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization provides scholarships for post-high school education to deserving sons and daughters of Marines with particular attention given to children whose parent has been killed or wounded in action. Additionally, the Scholarship Foundation’s Heroes Tribute fund provides up to $30,000 over four years to every child of a Marine or Navy Corpsman serving with the Marines, who has been killed in combat since September 11, 2001.”
As the nation’s oldest and largest provider of need-based scholarships to U.S. military families, the Foundation has provided more than 26,500 scholarships valued at over $65,000,000.
To join Dakota Meyer’s challenge, please click here
The author is a retired U.S. Air Force officer who has had the honor, the privilege, and the reward of serving his adopted country for 20 years proudly in both the enlisted and commissioned ranks, under six presidents – Republican and Democratic. Not once did he have the feeling that his commander in chief did not have his back, did not value his service, did not appreciate the minor sacrifices his family and he endured. In particular, never once the thought even occurred that, one day, a President of the United States would denigrate the troops and their service… would call those who did not return from battle “losers” and “suckers.”