Friday, October 24th, 2014

Military Friends “Memorial Tribute Grant” Offers Support to Communities of the Fallen

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Boston – Earlier this year, Military Friends Foundation unveiled its new “Memorial Tribute Grant” program designed to specifically to support communities that are seeking to honor a Fallen Service Member.  This first-in-the-state grant program has already provided nearly $10,000 of support to communities for memorials, ceremonies and other Fallen Hero tribute events.

“Memorials and tributes to our Fallen Heroes are one way that we can ensure that the service and sacrifice of these Heroes will never be forgotten,” said SGM Jim Kelly (Ret.), President of the Military Friends Foundation and Iraq Combat Veteran.  “These events also provide an opportunity for family, friends and communities to come together and support one another.  For nearly a decade, Military Friends has made it our mission to support Massachusetts military families and with this new grant program we seek to continue that mission.”

Military Friends works with veterans service officers and local and state officials to connect grants to communities.  “Military Friends is a organization committed to families of the fallen not only on day one but in the years that follow.  Their willingness to help is refreshing and this new grant program tangibly demostrates that committment,” said Richard Voutour (USMC, Ret.) , Director of Veterans Services for the town of Leominster.  Military Friends proudly supported Leominster’s dedication of the Jonathan Roberge Memorial Bridge.

Military Friends Foundation Memorial Tribute Grants have recently supported the communities of Fall River, Boston, Sagamore Beach, Somerset, Leominster, Taunton, Chelmsford, North Andover and the MBCR Gold Star Train dedication.  Funding for these grants comes from generous donations made through Question 32E – Military Family Relief Fund – on the Mass. State Tax Form. 

For more information about this grant program, please call (617) 733-7994.

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