Second Quarter Impact:

For the ​​​​second quarter of 201​7, FT Cares Foundation impacted ​18 organizations totaling $​​​​​31,809.19.

Impact July 2017: Military, First Responders & Their Families

​July 201​8 donations will be posted when available; below are the ​​​​July 2017 Impact donations so you can see the organizations the Foundation has previously impacted.

Children of wounded warriors face many challenges as they learn to adapt to physical, mental, and emotional changes when a parent comes home injured. Along with the sacrifice of having a parent injured or away in service for months at a time, many families are financially stretched and cannot afford the fees for sports, fine arts, or tutoring programs so crucial to a child’s sense of well-being. Our Military Kids steps in to help these children by providing them with grants to cover the fees for these programs. Each grant covers up to $500 for six months of participation. The Foundation was proud to donate $3000 in support of those grants.

Founded in 2003, Operation Support Our Troops-America is a grassroots effort that has become one of the largest volunteer based military support organizations in the country. With a $3000 donation, Foundation was proud to help their mission to support the morale and well-being of American forces by providing comfort, resources and education to them and their families both while they are deployed in harm’s way and after their return.

Honor Flight Network is a non-profit organization created solely to honor America’s veterans for all their sacrifices. The Foundation was proud to donate $3000 to help transport these heroes to Washington, D.C. to visit and reflect at their memorials. Honor Flight gives top priority to the senior veterans – World War II survivors, along with those other veterans who may be terminally ill.

The Foundation made a donation in July of $1000 to C.O.P.S (Concerns Of Police Survivors), an organization founded in 1984 that provides resources to help the families and co-workers of officers killed in the line of duty.

In the event of death or serious injury, The Hundred Club of DuPage County provides death, disability, and education benefits to survivors of fallen law enforcement officers, firefighters, and other first responders, residing or working in DuPage County, who have lost their lives or severely injured, whether or not the incident was duty related. The Foundation proudly supported this mission with a $1000 donation.

Homes for Our Troops builds specially adapted, mortgage-free homes nationwide for the most severely injured Veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan most of whom have sustained injuries including multiple limb amputations, partial or full paralysis, and/or severe traumatic brain injury. The Foundation was honored to donate $3000 to help build homes and restore freedom and independence to these Veterans:

  1. Justin Hendrickson joined the military with a desire to see the world. He enlisted in the Navy as a corpsman shortly after high school and first deployed to Afghanistan in 2004, serving with the 1st Battalion, 6th Marines. Hendrickson and his unit were conducting a resupply mission to a forward outpost in Al Anbar Province, Iraq, when his vehicle drove over an improvised explosive device (IED). PO3 Hendrickson sustained shrapnel to all of his extremities in the blast, resulting in the eventual amputation of his right leg. In the years following his injury, Justin earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees, and more importantly, met and married his wife Jennie. Together, they enjoy traveling, fishing, scuba diving, and spending time with their dogs. In the fall of 2016, Justin and Jennie received some devastating news that altered the course of their future – Jennie was diagnosed with brain cancer. The couple has taken this challenging time in stride and they are hopeful about Jennie’s prognosis. “We live life to the fullest every day and enjoy it,” Justin says. Read more about their story: https://www.hfotusa.org/building-homes/veterans/hendrickson/

     

  2. On his second combat tour in 2011, Marine Staff Sergeant Thomas “Charlie” Linville conducted Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) operations supporting the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, and 2ndBattalion, 9th Marines, in the Sangin District Afghanistan. While recovering casualties on Jan. 20, he stepped on an improvised explosive device (IED). The blast resulted in the loss of his right leg and the loss of fingers on his right hand. He also sustained an injury to his spinal cord. SSgt Linville underwent 15 surgeries during his stay at Balboa Naval Hospital. He was also treated for headaches, head trauma and ear trauma and received speech therapy and physical therapy. He is currently an outpatient at the Boise VA, where he receives speech therapy and rehabilitative care for his spine and traumatic brain injuries (TBI). Charlie’s injuries have not stopped him from getting outdoors and doing the activities he loves. An avid mountain climber who has hiked mountains in South America and Mexico, Charlie achieved his goal of reaching the top of Mount Everest in May 2016. He also aspires to resume training to join the U.S. Paralympic Biathlon Team. When he’s not exploring mountain ranges across the world, he enjoys spending time with his family, biking, camping, hunting, and fishing. He also volunteers his time at nonprofits and works with children who have cancer. Read more about his story: https://www.hfotusa.org/building-homes/veterans/linville