The men and women of the United States Armed Forces and law enforcement communities risk their lives every day for our country and our way of life. There is no greater sacrifice: to serve, to work, to fight – and if need be – to lay down one’s life for the cause of freedom. In making this sacrifice, every Soldier, Sailor, Airman, and Marine, is forced to leave his or her loved ones back home.
Kirk Rostron of NGS took the time to answer some questions for us:
What is the mission of NGS?
To bridge the gap and educate the families of those who’ve made the ultimate sacrifice and educate the families of the wounded.
How long has NGS been around?
Launched February 13th of 2008 at our inaugural Freedom Award Event and was started in the fall of 2007 by 5 dear friends.
What sparked the idea for NGS?
We wanted to provide for the families of our fallen and wounded heroes with what all Americans want for their own – an education and a better future for their children. We have the ability to do so given that these heroes provide and protect our freedom. The founders have grown up around or in the military and we simply want to be a link in that chain that ties us all together. We hadn’t seen a charity doing so for all services. So, we want to work with the great charities that already have boots on the ground as we provide for those troopers that are not or haven’t been covered – we saw a gap.
Where does the funding come from?
It comes from events, some viral, NGS Endurance (marathons, golf tournaments), and individual and corporate donors.
How have you helped veterans and their families?
To date we have funded/committed to over 15 academic scholarships to the children of fallen and wounded heroes.
What challenges do you face when trying to help veterans and their families?
Setting up the infrastructure and not having a paid staff – time constraints.
How can our readers get involved?
Spread the word! We are asking for 8 million Americans to contribute just $10. We believe this present value amount will fill the gaps.
What message would you like to communicate to our readers?
The Fry Scholarship and the 911 GI bill was brought by the great actions and work of organizations such as the Special Operations Warrior Fund, The Marine Corp Law Enforcement Foundation, Folds of Honor and No Greater Sacrifice. The funding is very thin to nothing for the children of our wounded. Funding their education will alleviate a considerable burden that is left on the shoulders of these heroes. Help us do so and spread the word on what we do! Whether you want to create a team for a local sporting event (marathon, triathlon, golf tournament) or some type of school fundraiser on campus or in your community, we welcome the help.
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