MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WKRN) — A Soldier’s Child Foundation has one simple mission, to serve the children of fallen active duty military personnel who lost their lives while defending our country.
The Middle Tennessee organization sponsors birthday celebrations, mentoring programs and college scholarships for those kids.
They also organize events and partner with the Middle Tennessee Veterans Support group who helps to host outings.
Boyd Fulton organized a day of golf for about 15 local area kids.
“We have all of these Middle Tennessee veterans who play golf at least weekly, here to go with each group, each foursome, and teach them. We give them a little structure, a little conditioning, and whatever advice they need to help them get on track, and again help them determine if it’s a game they want to pursue in the future,” he said.
A Soldiers Child Foundation was founded 8 years ago by Daryl Mackin of Murfreesboro, who wanted to do something special for the child of a neighbor who died in combat. He started with birthday presents and celebrations, and realized there was the need for a support group for these families. There are 2500 kids in the program nationwide, and they expect that to jump to 3,000 before Christmas.
Candice McCabe lost her husband a few years ago, and she says these events have helped many kids, just like her son, Thomas, to cope.
“It gives them an opportunity to be around other children who have had the same kind of loss as them. A soldier’s child has been a crucial part of my children’s healing from the loss of their father. It brings joy to my heart.”
Lake Summar works for the foundation, and points out how crucial it is for the children to spend time with one another.
“I think it means the most to these kids to be able to spend time with each other, and to be able to have some time with their families along with their other gold star families.”
Members of the Middle Tennessee Veterans Support Group helped to serve as mentors and friends to these children with a golf outing this month. It was something Jennifer Washabaugh’s four children involved in A Soldier’s Child Foundation couldn’t wait to attend.
“They have been looking forward to this day for a long time. It means so much that these gentlemen are willing to take time out of their busy schedules to show my children how to golf and to teach them. There are a lot of people out there that I don’t even know that are willing to take time out and teach my kids. It’s beautiful.”
A Soldier’s Child Foundation will hold a golf tournament on October 10th ay Gaylord Springs Golf Links to help raise money for the children of fallen servicemen and women that they serve.
For more information on how you can get involved, visit https://asoldierschild.org/.