I attended an amazing dinner Friday night for No Greater Sacrifice — a group that raises money to provide full college scholarships for the children of our fallen heroes in the war on terror. The guest of honor was Gen. David Petraeus, who received the 2nd annual NGS Freedom Award and gave a moving speech.
The wife of fallen Marine aviator Garrett Lawton spoke lovingly about her husband’s sacrifice. He flew combat missions in Iraq and was killed by an IED on a mission with a special forces unit in Heart province of Afghanistan. NGS is funding scholarships for the sons he left behind, Ryan and Caden, ages 5 and 6.
The father of Army Staff Sergeant Daniel “Sparky” Wagoner also spoke. After terrorists attacked Iraqis working at a radio and TV station in Diyala province, Daniel worked around the clock to rewire the station and get it working again so Iraqi journalists, Sunni and Shia, could broadcast a message of freedom, reconciliation, and democracy. He was killed by an IED. The Iraqi journalists he helped traveled to Washington to pay tribute to him, to thank America for getting rid of Saddam Hussein, and to thank the family he left behind for his sacrifice. It was one of the highlights of the evening. NGS is funding a full academic scholarship for Daniel’s 3-year-old daughter Diana. You can see a video about his story here.
In just the 14 months since its founding, NGS has raised half a million dollars in scholarship funds. And they have just launched a new campaign to ask 8 million Americans to give $10 each. If every American gives this small amount, NGS will be able to raise $80 million — enough to fund scholarships for every child of every warrior who gave his or her life in the war on terror.
This is about the best cause I have ever come across. NGS uncompromising in their support not only for our troops, but also for their mission. And they are making sure that every soldier, sailor, airman, and Marine going into combat knows that, if the worst should happen, America has their back — and we will provide an education for their kids.
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