The first Patriot Range Day is Veteran’s Day weekend, November 8-11, 2012. Participating ranges will ask shooters to donate $1 towards the Folds of Honor Foundation. Founded in 2007 by former F-16 pilot, Major Dan Rooney, the Folds of Honor Foundation provides secondary education scholarships to the children and spouses of military personnel who were killed or disabled while serving our country.
A decorated pilot who served three tours in Iraq started the foundation after witnessing a family receive the body of their veteran off his flight. The Folds of Honor Foundation states:
After returning from his second tour, Rooney witnessed a profound display of a family’s grief as they welcomed home the remains of Corporal Brock Bucklin. Inspired by this tragic homecoming of a fallen American soldier, Rooney started Folds of Honor to support military families in the aftermath of their tragedies.
The Folds of Honor Foundation has raised over $21 million and has awarded over 3,600 scholarships to the families of military dependents. Eighty-seven percent of military family members do not qualify for government assistance towards a secondary education.
Led by NRA Country and the National Shooting Sports Foundation, Patriot Range Day is our chance to give back and say thank you to those who have sacrificed their lives for our freedom. By securing their dependents future, shooters can show support for our military.
By donating, you join with these other great supporters in giving back:
- Outdoor Channel
- North American Hunter
- Academy of Country Music
Jeremy Miller, Director of Marketing and Development, says “The Folds of Honor is extremely excited to have the support of the shooting sports community as we launch our Inaugural Patriot Range Day this Veterans Day weekend. Through this initiative, we will be able to provide more opportunities to the children and spouses of those who have been killed or wounded while protecting our freedom.” You can donate to the Folds of Foundation by clicking here.
Why don’t you call your local shooting range and ask them to participate?