The HeroBracelets Partner Program allows you to choose the military, first responder and family support organization you’d like to support with your purchase of HeroBracelets. When you order, $2.00 from the price of each HeroBracelet goes directly to one of our approved service organizations. We’ve sent out over $300,000.00 so far!
We're always looking for new organizations we can sponsor, so if you're part of an organization that's doing great work, or you know of one, please let us know. We'd love to include them on the list.
We ask nothing from the organizations we support. We just want to help!
If your organization would like to be part of this program, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund.
The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund was the first organization HeroBracelets made donations to and we've sent over $150,000.00 so far!
The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund has constructed a world-class state-of-the-art physical rehabilitation facility for wounded warriors at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas. The Center opened on January 29, 2007 with a grand ceremony attended by Senators John McCain and Hillary Rodham Clinton, Veterans Affairs Secretary James R. Nicholson, Deputy Secretary of Defense Gordon England; Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Peter Pace, USMC, and government and military leaders at the highest levels. 3,000 supporters also joined the event.
The Center, operated by the army, serves military personnel who have been catastrophically disabled in operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Center also serves military personnel and veterans severely injured in other operations and in the normal performance of their duties, combat and non-combat related.
The Center encompasses a 60,000 square foot structure, providing ample space and facilities for the rehabilitation needs of the patients and their caregivers and includes top-of-the-line indoor and outdoor facilities.
The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund raised $45 million for constructing the Center. We thank the over 600,000 who contributed to this effort with gifts large and small.
In 1948 Earl Shaffer told a friend he was going to “walk off the war” to work out the sights, sounds, and losses of World War II. Four months later, Earl Shaffer became the first person to hike the entire length of the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine. Recognizing the physical, mental, and spiritual benefits of long distance hiking, Warrior Hike has partnered with the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, the Continental Divide Trail Coalition, and the Pacific Crest Trail Association to create the “Walk Off The War” Program. The “Walk Off The War” Program is designed to support combat veterans transitioning from their military service by thru-hiking America’s three national scenic trails.
Historically military units would experience a lengthy journey home after fighting a campaign abroad. During this journey home warriors would process and decompress from their wartime experiences. But in today’s age of modern transportation military personnel can find themselves home within a few days of serving in a combat zone.
Since 2001 over 2.5 million veterans have returned home from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan but many of them have never transitioned from their experiences. This is evident by the recent report from the Department of Veteran Affairs which states that over 20% of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Recognizing the physical, mental, and spiritual benefits of long distance hiking, Warrior Hike has partnered with the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, the Continental Divide Trail Coalition, and the Pacific Crest Trail Association to create the “Walk Off The War” Program. The “Walk Off The War” Program is designed to support combat veterans transitioning from their military service by thru-hiking America’s national scenic trails.
Veterans participating in the “Walk Off The War” Program will receive various forms of support during and after their thru-hike. First, veterans will receive the necessary equipment and supplies required to complete a thru-hike of a national scenic trail.
Next, Warrior Hike will coordinate trail town support with the numerous veteran and hiking organizations that are located along the national scenic trails. Trail town support will include transportation, food, and lodging in addition to providing the opportunity to socialize with veterans from past wars and with people from local communities.
Lastly, Warrior Hike will assist veterans with future employment opportunities offered by the numerous supporters of the “Walk Off The War” Program and offered by partnered veteran job placement companies and veteran hiring services.
(On a personal note, My son and I took a month to hike The Appalachian Trail this last April and met many returning soldiers and Marines who'd finished their tours in Afghanistan. They were literally "walking off the war." I got to know many of these guys and their extradordinary stories have stayed with me. We ended up hiking with one group of Marines nicknamed The Barking Spider Adventure Crew who took on my son and withing a week, he came to me to say he was going to through hike with them all the way to Maine. I bid him farewell and off he went. These guys were discliplined and took on the rigors of the long hike with ease, often covering 15 and more miles a day with ease. One of them, nicknamed Grilled Cheese had his bomb sniffing dog with him, both finishing their deployement at the same time. They were a great crew, and I got to see first-hand how this walk across America, by men who'd spent years fighting for America, was giving the peace of mind to come back to a very different world from what they'd had to live in. This is a great program. I hope you'll support them. CG)
The Military Order of the Purple Heart.
The Purple Heart is awarded to members of the armed forces of the U.S. who are wounded by an instrument of war in the hands of the enemy and posthumously to the next of kin in the name of those who are killed in action or die of wounds received in action. It is specifically a combat decoration.
The organization now known as the “Military Order of the Purple Heart,” was formed in 1932 for the protection and mutual interest of all who have received the decoration. Composed exclusively of Purple Heart recipients, it is the only veterans service organization comprised strictly of combat veterans.
Funds for welfare, rehabilitation and/or service work carried on by the organization are derived through the collection of used household items, the operation of thrift stores, through the donation of automobiles and, at the community level, from the annual distribution of its official flower, the Purple Heart Viola. Violas are assembled by disabled and needy veterans, many of whom receive little or no compensation from other sources. Thus, your contribution to our programs serve are two-fold. First, they help the veterans who participate in these endeavors and, secondly, they enable the organization to do many things on behalf of hospitalized and needy veterans and their families.
Wives, mothers, daughters, step-daughters and adopted daughters of Purple Heart recipients are eligible to belong to the Ladies’ Auxiliary of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, which also does important work nationally and locally in veterans’ hospitals.
The mission of the Military Order of the Purple Heart is to foster an environment of goodwill and camaraderie among combat wounded veterans, promote patriotism, support necessary legislative initiatives, and most importantly, provide service to all veterans and their families.
Operation Gratitude is the California-based 501 (c) (3) non-profit, volunteer organization that sends care packages filled with snacks, entertainment items and personal letters of appreciation addressed to individually named U.S. Service Members deployed in hostile regions such as Iraq and Afghanistan, and on Naval ships at sea.
Our mission is to lift morale, bring a smile to a service member’s face and express to all our Armed Forces the appreciation and support of the American people.
Through Collection Drives, Letter Writing Campaigns and Donations of funds for shipping expenses, Operation Gratitude provides civilians anywhere in America a way to express their respect and appreciation to the men and women of the U.S. Military in an active, hands-on manner.
Operation Gratitude receives the names of thousands of Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines from commanders in the field who see the positive impact of care packages on their troops’ morale.Â The organization sends 100,000+ care packages every year during two major campaigns: A Patriotic Drive in the spring and a Holiday Drive in the winter.Â Each package contains donated product valued at ~$100 and costs the organization $11 to assemble and ship.
For safety and security, assembling of packages occurs at the Army National Guard armory in Van Nuys, California. Since its inception in 2003, Operation Gratitude has shipped more than 515,000 care packages to American Military deployed overseas.
Patriot Guard Riders.
Patriot Guard Riders assist the Veteran community by taking a proactive role in the reintegration of our wounded Veterans into the societies they protect & defend.
The National PGR Board set this directive which is intended to augment the PGR mission. The PGR wishes to serve all heroes; not only the ones who paid the ultimate sacrifice but also the one whose life has been forever changed by their service to the United States of America.
1. Establish a strong presence and mentoring program on Brooke Army Medical Center, Walter Reed Army Medical Center and Bethesda Naval Hospital.
2. Work diligently towards the recommendations set forth by medical personnel regarding our involvement with wounded Veterans.
3. Establish a support network for catastrophically wounded Veterans who are reentering their communities. This is a continuation of the inpatient program.
4. To develop a National plan to be carried out on the state level for an active and frequent PGR presence in all of the VA hospitals and homes nationwide.
5. Develop state Veterans’ Assistance Officers to communicate effectively between the state and National levels.
What we do to assist Veterans
To accomplish our Vision we have developed programs aimed at supporting our Veterans such as:
- Visit our wounded service men and women at all major military critical care hospitals
- Provide a framework when a critically injured soldiers is discharged, there will be a PGR member who can continue the relationship once they return home
- Benefits and Fund Raisers to assist Veterans with special needs
- Working in partnership with other organizations such as American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Gold Star Mothers, Soldiers’ Angels, and many other fine organizations.
- Welcome Home & Send Offs Missions for individuals as well as troops
Packages From Home.
Packages From Home began as a labor of love for my son, Christian, a soldier with the Army’s 1st Infantry Division. Christian was deployed to Iraq in March 2004. I began sending care packages to him on a regular basis. When I received a phone call from him thanking me for all of the comfort items from home, I found out that my son was the only soldier in his squad receiving any packages from home. Some friends and I decided to adopt his squad, and began shipping packages to the men in his unit. This is the point where “Packages From Home” was born.
Along with my friends and neighbors, I began having “packing parties” in my garage every month or so, sending requested and needed items to Christian’s squad. As we all know, volunteering for a good cause is contagious. As the small group of volunteers kept sending packages, more and more people began to get involved. In October 2004, our small organization caught the eye of a local AM radio talk show host and I was invited to appear on his morning talk show to Packages From Home. After the appearance on his show, my phone lines lit up. Some people wanted to donate money, other people wanted to donate items, and more people wanted to donate their time to help support the squad.
The grassroots effort began to grow in leaps and bounds from November 2004. By then we realized that the amount of donated goods, and the money coming in to ship the items would require us to request charitable status with the IRS. Packages From Home then became a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Our sole purpose is to provide food, personal care, and recreational items
to deployed American troops, at no cost to them. Since March 2005 we have averaged 1,000 to 1,500 packages a month being shipped to our heroes. Our goal is to ship many more. We collect donated items from generous patriotic citizens who live all across America. These items include non-perishable food, personal toiletries, and recreational items like games, books, music CDs and movie DVDs. A list of items needed by the troops is available on our “Things to Donate” page along with the location of “Drop Off Locations” in the greater Phoenix, Arizona area where items may be donated. (No alcohol, tobacco products, pressurized containers, x-rated materials or any other item deemed unsuitable or unsafe will ever be sent by us.) Our staff and volunteers carefully pack the donations into U.S. Post Office Flat-Rate Priority Mail boxes. The boxes are then mailed to U.S. servicemen and women who are deployed overseas in harm’s way. Monetary donations go towards mailing costs and/or purchasing of special items to send to the troops.
Packages From Home is listed and recognized by the Department of Defense to send care packages in support of our troops. We have been featured on many Military-related websites, such as The Military Report and America Supports You.
Whether you are in Arizona or in another state, we hope you can find it in your heart to give a little back to our proud troops still serving abroad.
Founder of Packages From Home
Blue Star Families.
Our Story…Is Military Families Supporting Each Other
There are currently millions of active duty, Reserve and National Guard Service members serving our country. Each of them leaves behind a family when they deploy – a family that participates in the service members’ sacrifice but is often overlooked by government and civilian organizations. And because we in military service make up only one percent of the country’s total population, most Americans don’t have first-hand knowledge of the military experience.
Blue Star Families was formed in December of 2008 by a group of military spouses to raise the awareness of the challenges of military family life with our civilian communities and leaders. BSF has grown to include spouses and families from all services and all walks of life, including National Guard and Reserve, as well as veterans and civilians who strongly support us.
Our Mission…Is to Support, Connect and Empower Military Families
Blue Star Families is a non-partisan, non-profit organization, created by real military families. We are committed to supporting one another through the unique challenges of military service and asking the larger civilian population to help as well, connecting military families regardless of rank, branch of service or physical location, and empowering military family members to create the best personal and family life possible for themselves.
We do this by providing both online and physical chapter-based communities and by serving as a bridge between families and support and service organizations that are striving to help make military life more sustainable. Through outreach and involvement with national and local organizations, civilian communities and government entities, Blue Star Families works hand in hand to share the pride of service, promote healthier families, aid in our military readiness and contribute to our country’s strength.
AVET Project, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization providing programs and services of direct aid and assistance to active duty military members, their families, and veterans… all FREE of charge!
Our nation’s military is being stretched to its limits, to the point where multiple combat tours have become commonplace for our brave, volunteer warriors. Routinely, the Department of Defense deploys service members on their third, fourth, even fifth combat tour. AVET Project is here to help meet their needs.
AVET Project (an acronym for American Veterans Empowerment Team) seeks to lessen the stress and brighten the futures of the lives we touch by offering tangible support to past and present military members and their families. Through our EEB program (Empowerment Equipment Bag – a comprehensive care & convenience package); our PROJECT REST & RECUPERATION (PR&R – a 5- day therapeutic counseling & reintegration retreat program offered to returning combat veterans and their spouse); our PROJECT PLANT program (provides a region-appropriate plant or tree to families of service members killed in action (KIA) to memorialize their greatest of sacrifices); our regular support of monthly military base readiness centers DINNER FOR FAMILIES OF DEPLOYED; and several other outreach programs, AVET Project
answers the call to SUPPORT OUR TROOPS with action, ability, planned programs of response and perseverance.
More information on AVET Project programs and services can be found by visiting our website www.AVETPROJECT.ORG and we invite you to join us on FaceBook, just click on the FaceBook icon on our homepage, it’s that easy!
From all of us at AVET Project, Thank You for your support which allows us to positively impact the lives of our military heroes and their families… they deserve all the support we can give them.
Kim L. Cone
Executive Director – AVET Project, Inc.
Marine Corps Association Foundation.
In order to more effectively support its mission, MCA has created and incorporated within its structure, the Marine Corps Association Foundation (“Foundation”), a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable foundation. The achievement of this organizational status will better permit the Foundation to raise funds to support and expand the programs and activities so essential to MCA’s core mission as follows:
- Support the Marine Corps in its wartime mission by disseminating knowledge of military art and science and building esprit among Marines
- Fulfill requests from other Marine Related Organizations or Marine Corps units requesting the Commandant’s Professional Reading List Library
- With the Marine Corps’ approval give each new Marine Corps recruit a copy of Leatherneck magazine
- With the Marine Corps’ approval provide the Guidebook for Marines, compiled and published by MCA, to each Marine recruit
- Provide professional development for units and individual Marines
- Fund Professional Military Education events requested by commanders to enhance their unit’s predeployment training
- Support the awards program that was begun under MCA and enhance select awards to Marines
- Offer professional development programs including professional speakers to help with military education
-Provide funding for select Marine Corps programs needed by the Corps — but which are not financed by appropriated funds
- Educate the public on the military art and science and the value of the Marine Corps and the Naval Service to the nation
- Fund emerging requirements to support Marines from recruitment through active duty and after release to veteran Marine status.
- Provide support to wounded warriors through the provision of Leatherneck and the Marine Corps Gazette as they convalesce and through other programs that are requested.
Gold Star Mothers.
Welcome to American Gold Star Mothers, Inc. We’re an organization of mothers who have lost a son or daughter in the service of our country.
If you’re a member of the public, we participate in many memorial events around the country and you’re welcome to join us.
Often the question has been asked, “Who is a Gold Star Mother?” During the early days of World War I, a Blue Star was used to represent each person, man or woman in the Military Service of the United States. As the war progressed and men were killed in combat, others wounded and died of their wounds or disease, there came about the accepted usage of the Gold Star.
This Gold Star was substituted and superimposed upon the blue Star in such a manner as to entirely cover it. The idea of the Gold Star was that the honor and glory accorded the person for his supreme sacrifice in offering for his country, the last full measure of devotion and pride of the family in this sacrifice, rather than the sense of personal loss which would be represented by the mourning symbols.
Gold Star Mothers
On June 4, 1928, a group of twenty-five mothers residing in Washington, DC, met to make plans to organize a national organization to be known as American Gold Star Mothers, Inc., a nondenominational, non-profitable and nonpolitical organization. On January 5, 1929, the organization was incorporated under the laws of the District of Columbia.
The Charter was kept open for ninety days. At the end of this time they had a membership of sixty-five, which included mothers throughout the United States: North, South, East and West.
There were many small groups of Gold Star Mothers functioning under local and state charters. When these groups learned of a national organization with representation in nearly every State in the Union they wished to affiliate with the larger group and many did so. This group was composed of women who had lost a son or daughter in World War I.
American Gold Star Mothers, Inc. is registered in the United States Patent Office, Legislative Branch of the United States Congressional Library and the United States World Book Almanac.
The original copy of the Federal Charter granted to the American Gold Star Mothers, Inc. was placed in the Archives of Congress.
One June 12th, 1984 the Ninety-Eighth Congress of the United States granted the American Gold Star Mothers, Inc. a charter. Sec. 3 lists the objects and purposes for which the corporation is organized, shall be those provided in its articles of incorporation, and shall include a continuing commitment, on a national basis.
Keep alive and develop the spirit that promoted world services.
Maintain the ties of fellowship born of that service, and to assist and further all patriotic work.
Inculcate a sense of individual obligation to the community, State, and Nation.
Assist veterans of World War I, World War II, the Korean Conflict, Vietnam, and other strategic areas and their dependents in the presentation of claims to the Veterans Administration, and to aid in any way in their power the men and women who served and died or were wounded or incapacitated during hostilities.
Perpetuate the memory of those whose lives were sacrificed in our wars.
Maintain true allegiance to the United States of America.
Inculcate lessons of patriotism and love of country in the communities in which we live.
Inspire respect for the Stars and Stripes in the youth of America.
Extend needful assistance to all Gold Star Mothers and, when possible, to their descendants.
To promote peace and good will for the United States and all other Nations.
We are an organization of mothers whose sons or daughters served and died that this world might be a better place in which to live.
Natural Mothers, who are citizens of the United States of America or of the Territorial and Insular Possessions of the United States of America, whose sons and daughters served and died in line of duty in the Armed Forces of the United States of America or its Allies, or died as a result of injuries sustained in such service, are eligible for membership in American Gold Star Mothers, Inc. Adoptive Mothers and Stepmothers who reared the child from the age of five years whose natural mother is deceased, are also eligible under the above conditions.
The minimum membership of a new Chapter shall be five eligible members. Departments are composed of Chapters within their respective States or such other Chapters as the National Executive Board shall approve.
There are no honorary members. Husbands of a member and siblings of the deceased may be enrolled as an Associate Member, paying no dues, holding no office nor having a vote. There is no form or class of membership except as active membership and dues are paid annually. Members-at-large forward their yearly membership per capita to the Department Treasurer of their state.
MilitaryFamily.org fights for benefits and programs that strengthen and protect Uniformed Services families and reflect the Nation’s respect for their service.
Military families serve our country with pride, honor, and quiet dedication. The National Military Family Association is the leading nonprofit organization committed to strengthening and protecting the families of the men and women currently serving, retired, wounded or fallen. We provide families of the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard, and Commissioned Corps of the USPHS and NOAA with information, work to get them the benefits they deserve, and offer programs that improve their lives. Our 40-plus years of service and accomplishments have made us a trusted resource for military families and the Nation's leaders.
C.O.P.S (Concerns of Police Survivors)
Police HeroBracelets.org is proud to be able to support Concerns Of Police Survivors, Inc. with a donation of $2 for each bracelet sold.
Concerns of Police Survivors, Inc. provides resources to assist in the rebuilding of the lives of surviving families of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty.
Each year, between 140 and 160 officers are killed in the line of duty and their families and co-workers are left to cope with the tragic loss. COPS provides resources to help them rebuild their shattered lives. There is no membership fee to join COPS, for the price paid is already too high.
COPS was organized in 1984 with 110 members. Today COPS’ membership is over 15,000 families. Members include spouses, children, parents, siblings, significant others, and affected co-workers of officers killed in the line of duty according to Federal government criteria.
COPS is governed by a National Board of law enforcement survivors. All programs and services are administered by the National Office in Camdenton, Missouri. Chapters function in several states at the grass-roots level. Follow the links to learn more about the National Board or the National Office. Click here to see if there is a chapter in your area.
COPS’ programs for survivors include the National Police Survivors’ Conference held each May during NATIONAL POLICE WEEK, scholarships, peer-support at the national, state, and local levels, “C.O.P.S. Kids” counseling reimbursement program, the “C.O.P.S. Kids” Summer Camp, “C.O.P.S. Teens” Outward Bound experience for young adults, special retreats for spouses, parents, siblings, adult children, and in-laws, trial and parole support, and other assistance programs.
COPS knows that a survivor’s level of distress is directly affected by the agency’s response to the tragedy. COPS, therefore, offers training and assistance to law enforcement agencies nationwide on how to respond to the tragic loss of a member of the law enforcement profession.
COPS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. COPS programs and services are funded by grants and donations by organization such as Police HeroBracelets.org.
NATIONAL PEER SUPPORT
COPS has become a “lifeline” to law enforcement survivors nationwide. COPS contributes to the emotional and psychological well-being of the surviving family – the most hauntingly difficult aspect of the aftermath of sudden, tragic, often violent, line-of-duty death.
Through our National Board, local Chapters, and national network of survivors, COPS is able to contact a newly-bereaved surviving family – sometimes within just days of the death. It helps the new survivors to see people who have survived the devastation, thus providing a feeling of hope.
The COPS National Office contacts each surviving family at least six times a year. Quarterly newsletters provide messages of hope and encouragement and share stories of survivors’ accomplishments since the death of the officer.
COPS also sends a remembrance card to each survivor during the anniversary month of the officer’s death. Too often survivors are reluctant to share their feelings of grief because they don’t want to be a “burden” to their friends and neighbors. This card lets them know that others remember their officer and the sacrifice he or she made.
The holiday season can be especially difficult for survivors. COPS lets survivors know that it is okay to feel happy or sad, to continue holiday traditions or to start new traditions, to celebrate or not celebrate.
Survivors know that when they need it, support is just a phone call away! Survivors of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty according to Federal government criteria, regardless of the date of death, are encouraged to contact COPS for more information.
NATIONAL COUNSELING PROGRAMS
Each May during National Police Week activities in Washington, DC, COPS hosts the National Police Survivors’ Conference. Law enforcement survivors from all across the nation gather for in-depth grief work and issue-oriented information sharing.
At the National Police Survivors’ Conference, every group of survivors has access to mental health specialists and support from survivors of previous years.
Break-out seminar sessions are offered so that survivors with like concerns and issues can work together, finding solutions to their common problems. Special sessions are offered for surviving co-workers, significant others, fiancés, and extended family members as well. Children under the age of 18 can participate in the “C.O.P.S. Kids/Teens” Program.
COPS SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
COPS scholarships provide financial assistance to surviving children and to surviving spouses of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty, according to Federal government criteria, who wish to pursue a course of study beyond high school. Scholarships are not awarded for post-graduate study. Scholarships are not awarded to survivors who are entitled to a tuition-free education as a state death benefit (see alternate scholarship sources below).
Applicants seeking financial assistance for education purposes are limited to the receipt of not more than $1,500 per semester, and total scholarship awards shall not exceed $12,000 maximum lifetime.
Surviving children such as these who attended our “C.O.P.S. Kids” Summer Grief Camp may one day turn to COPS for financial assistance to attend college or vo-tech school.
COPS scholarships are awarded three times annually: Fall/Winter semester (begins late August or early September), Winter/Spring semester (begins late December or early January), and Summer semester (begins May or June). A completed application is required for consideration for each semester, and the awarding of a scholarship for any one semester does not guarantee a scholarship for any future semesters.
Scholarship recipients are determined by an independent Scholarship Committee drawn from the outside community and comprised of persons knowledgeable about education and the law enforcement profession. The National Board of COPS determines the amount of funding that will be set aside for educational scholarships each year.
Scholarships are paid directly to the institution of higher learning on behalf of the scholarship recipient and may be expended only for tuition, required texts, and associated fees (not room and board charges). Any unused amount is returned to COPS.
PUBLIC SAFETY OFFICERS’ BENEFITS PROGRAM: EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANCE BENEFITS
The Public Safety Officers’ Benefits (PSOB) Program includes the Public Safety Officers’ Educational Assistance (PSOEA) Program. The PSOEA Program provides assistance for higher education for the spouses and children (under age 27) of federal, state, and local public safety officers who have been killed or permanently disabled in the line of duty on or after January 1, 1978. Assistance can include tuition, books, fees, housing, travel expenses, and post-graduate work. COPS urges survivors to check with the PSOEA to determine if they qualify for assistance.
ROBERT D. MAY SCHOLARSHIP FUND
A scholarship of up to $10,000 is available to qualified dependents of federal law enforcement officers killed or permanently disabled in the line of duty. The number available is dependent upon the amount of interest generated from the principle of the May estate. The scholarship may be used to pursue any academic higher education (as defined by the Department of Labor). This program is administered by the FBI, with specific qualification and application requirements. Applications are due in the spring for the following school year. Inquiries should be directed to the FBI either by writing: FBI, Employee Benefits Unit, PA 570, 1001 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, D.C. 20535-0001, or by calling (202) 220-9027.
Additional Source for Surviving Spouses
Surviving spouses may also receive assistance through the Steve Young Memorial Scholarship Program administered by the FOP. The line-of-duty death must have occurred between between January 1, 2001, and December 31, 2006, and there are other criteria and stipulations.
Reduced Tuition for On-Line Degrees
COPS has partnered with Northcentral University. COPS members receive a special reduced tuition rate. Northcentral University is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of NCACS and offers 100% online distance learning degree programs for adult learners to obtain a college education online. You can earn a Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree or Doctorate degree in Psychology, Business and Technology Management, or Education.
LAW ENFORCEMENT TRAINING
Concerns of Police Survivors, Inc. wants every agency to be prepared to handle the trauma of law enforcement death. Sessions can be as brief as a four-hour in-service training to as in-depth as a three-day session. No registration fees are charged for law enforcement-oriented participants at COPS training sessions that are funded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance.
COPS’ four-hour training covers such topics as:
Geared toward officers who deal with the survivors, COPS’ all-day session includes the above topics as well as:
Through special grants from the Bureau of Justice Assistance, U.S. Department of Justice, COPS is able to present The Traumas of Law Enforcement in regional settings across the country. These three-day sessions include all the above topics as well as:
PROJECT BLUE LIGHT
Concerns of Police Survivors, Inc. (COPS) is asking concerned citizens and law enforcement agencies nationwide to again support Project Blue Light.
During the holiday season you are asked to put blue lights in your holiday decorations and your windows and tie blue ribbons on car antennas to show support for law enforcement officers who have given their lives in the line of duty for the citizens they have served. Additionally, this will be a show of support for those who continue to work the streets 24 hours a day, every day of the year.
Several years ago, Mrs. Dolly Craig, the surviving mother-in-law of Daniel Gleason, a Philadelphia (PA) police officer killed in the line of duty in 1986, sent her Christmas message to the COPS National office. Her daughter Pam, the surviving widow of Officer Gleason, had been killed in a car accident in August, 1989, before the holiday season. Dolly wrote, “This holiday I’m putting two blue lights in my living room window. One is for Dan and the other is for Pam, who believed so much in the COPS organization.”
Dolly Craig is now deceased as well, but her idea of Project Blue Light burns bright in the hearts of the families in the COPS organization.
“FLY THE BLUE” BLUE RIBBON CAMPAIGN
During National Police Week, COPS encourages the display of blue ribbons on car antennas. COPS distributes over 1,000,000 blue ribbons prior to National Police Week to law enforcement agencies to display on cruiser antennas.
Law enforcement personnel are encouraged to tie blue ribbons to cruiser antennas. Citizens are encouraged to tie blue ribbons to their car antennas. These blue ribbons are a reminder of law enforcement personnel who have made the ultimate sacrifice and in honor of those men and women who serve their communities 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, year in and year out.
Any strip of royal blue ribbon will work. If you are a member of the law enforcement community, you may fax a request to be added to the Blue Ribbon mailing list. Include your agency, contact name, mailing address, and quantity of ribbons requested. Fax requests ONLY will be accepted, with a minimum of 25 ribbons and a maximum of 500 per request. Fax your request to 573-346-1414.
From golf tournaments to 10K walks and runs to motorcycle rodeos to poker tournaments to a cross-country bike trek, groups of people all across the country raise funds to help COPS. The COPS National Office will supply your group with brochures, flyers, press releases – whatever you need to make your special event a success for COPS. Use your imagination and then let us know how we can assist you.
Businesses can sponsor various National Police Week activities for survivors, and any of our other programs for survivors. Call the National Office for a corporate donor package.
COPS is a participating member of and a proud participant of COPS is #1209 in the CFC and United Way of the National Capital Area. COPS is also included in many other United Way and corporate campaigns as well as in most State Employee Charitable Campaigns.
Individuals, corporations, and labor and fraternal police organizations make donations to COPS. Many sponsor special events to raise funds. Donations can also be made through payroll deductions to the Combined Federal Campaign, or CFC, (#1209), State Employee Charitable Campaigns, or SECC, or your local United Way.
The CFC number (#1209) is nationwide for all local CFC campaigns. COPS must be accepted, however, in each local United Way campaign, so a local “cheerleader” is needed to get the ball rolling. Check with your local United Way campaign office to get their regulations that would allow employee donations to be designated for COPS. The COPS National Office will provide whatever information they need. COPS is approved to participate in each SECC for which COPS is eligible.
COPS has been approved for participation in numerous state employee campaigns through its affiliation with Independent Charities of America. Read the brochure carefully to find COPS. If COPS is not listed, check with your local campaign headquarters to see if you can designate your donations to COPS. Contact the COPS National Office for any additional assistance.