Our mission is expanding every day. The Military Friends Foundation recognizes the unique contributions and sacrifices made by Massachusetts National Guard, Reserve and Families of the Fallen. We are proud to offer grant programs, community events, referral services and more to eligible families who have faced hardships related to active service. We invite you to Join Us and Honor Them
The Military Friends Foundation was established in 2003 with the financial support of generous private donors who wished to recognize the unique service of citizen soldiers and airmen. Unlike any other time in history, these men and women are being called upon to serve this Nation overseas. Created as an independent non-profit organization, today the Military Friends Foundation is the only organization recognized by the state to assist Guard, Reserve and Families of the Fallen facing financial hardships related to a deployment or extended activation. To date, the Military Friends Foundation has provided nearly $1 million in grants and services to Massachusetts military families in need.
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In November 2005, the “Welcome Home Bill” was passed by the Massachusetts State Legislature. This legislation established Massachusetts Military Family Relief Fund. The Fund is designed to offer financial assistance for families of Massachusetts National Guard members and Reservists who were called to active duty (under Title 10 or Title 32 for force protection missions) after September 11, 2001. A voluntary tax-check of box on the state income tax form was also created to allow taxpayers to donate directly to the Fund in support of military families. These donations are critical to our success in serving families.
The Military Friends Foundation is proud to administer the Massachusetts Military Family Relief Fund among its other programs. The Military Friends Foundation continues to work closely with the Massachusetts National Guard, Massachusetts Operation Total Warrior Yellow Ribbon Program, Veterans Service Officers, federal and state elected officials, non-profit and community organizations, and military stakeholders across the Commonwealth to address the ongoing needs of our military families.
Our Board of Directors is comprised of volunteers from a wide cross-section of the Massachusetts military and veterans community. The Military Friends Foundation is the d/b/a name for the Friends of the National Guard and Reserve Families, Inc.
Thanks to support from individuals, communities and corporations, we have provided hundreds of thousands of dollars to National Guard and Reserve families across the Commonwealth. We have also begun to assist families from neighboring states, such as New Hampshire, Connecticut, and Rhode Island, who belong to military units based here in Massachusetts.
Military Friends Foundation Hero’s Salute, to continues support Families of Fallen Service Members across the Commonwealth. Our Hero’s Salute program is designed to offer financial support to families in the days immediately following the death of a loved one and ongoing support for years to come. This is the first Military Friends Foundation program open to families of all active and reserve components. Please help us continue to support our military families by DONATING TODAY.