Rumsfeld Foundation Announces $100,000 in Military Grants
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 2, 2012
Washington, D.C.- Today the Rumsfeld Foundation announced an additional $100,000 in grants to organizations supporting active duty troops, the wounded, veterans, their families and the families of the fallen.
These grants are made possible by Donald Rumsfeld's proceeds thus far from the sale of his New York Times bestselling memoir, Known and Unknown. All proceeds he receives from the sale of his book are being given to military charities through the Rumsfeld Foundation, which he chairs with his wife Joyce. This round of grants follows his previous $525,000 in donations to military charities awarded in December 2011.
About the recent grants, Rumsfeld said, "After supporting a wide variety of military charities with the first portion of my book proceeds, we are pleased to provide $20,000 grants to five outstanding organizations that provide different types of support for U.S. service members, veterans, and their families."
The five $20,000 grant recipients and their programs include:
- Homes for Our Troops- Raises funds and organizes building materials and professional labor to build new handicap accessible homes or adapt current homes for the most severely injured service members from all services who have been wounded in combat since 9/11.
- Our Military Kids- Provides grants to children ages 3-18 of currently deployed National Guard and Reserve personnel as well as for the children of wounded warriors in all services for extracurricular activities such as sports, fine arts, and tutoring.
- Special Operations Warrior Foundation- Assists the families of special operations personnel killed in training or combat. This foundation offers immediate financial assistance to severely wounded special operations personnel and scholarships which make it possible for the children of fallen special operations personnel to attend college.
- Vail Veterans Program- Provides rehabilitative sports programs to wounded United States military personnel who have been severely injured while serving in Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF). The Vail Veterans Program is a volunteer organization that hosts wounded warriors and their families free of charge.
- Wall Street Warfighters Foundation- Co-founded and chaired by General Peter Pace, the Wall Street Warfighters Foundation seeks to identify, develop, and place service disabled veterans in long-term professions in the financial services industry following their military service.
For more information on each of these organizations' activities, please visit their websites. To learn more about the Rumsfeld Foundation, a video of Donald and Joyce Rumsfeld discussing the foundation's core focus areas can be found at http://www.rumsfeldfoundation.org/about/.
The Rumsfeld Foundation, established in 2007, supports military charities, rewards leadership and public service at home, and supports the growth of free political and free economic systems abroad. To this end, the foundation has four focus areas: supporting charities that benefit the men and women of the U.S. military and their families, graduate fellowships for students interested in public service, building linkages between young leaders from Central Asia to the United States, and global microfinance.
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