Organization’s support of military family and relationship with country music star Craig Morgan to be highlighted from May 23-28
OWASSO, Okla. – CNN.com is featuring Folds of Honor Foundation in its special “Impact Your World” section (www.cnn.com/impact) from May 23-28, 2012. The segment will feature Folds of Honor’s scholarship program for military programs as well as the special relationship between the organization and country music star Craig Morgan.
Founded in 2007 by Major Dan Rooney, Folds of Honor provides educational assistance to the spouses and children of service members disabled or killed during U.S. military service. The segment will feature Kara Gardner, a scholarship recipient whose husband Sergeant Freeman Gardner was killed in action in Iraq in 2007. Thanks to her scholarship from Folds of Honor, she recently graduated from Clark University in Atlanta.
“We are thrilled that CNN is doing a segment on Folds of Honor not because of the recognition we receive, but for the spotlight it shines on this ongoing need in our country,” said Rooney. “We’ve got to take care of the families of those who have given it all for the rest of us.”
Country music singer Craig Morgan recently wrote and dedicated a song “What Matters Most” to benefit Folds of Honor. Morgan is a 10-year veteran of the U.S. Army.
“I’m honored to be part of the Folds of Honor family and to help support the spouses and children of our military heroes,” shares Morgan.
Bushnell, an industry leader in high performance sports optics and supporter of Folds of Honor, is donating the first 10,000 song downloads available at www.whatmattersmost.foldsofhonor.org. After the first 10,000 downloads, the song is available for $1, or consumers can donate $5, $10 or $25 to Folds of Honor.
More than 2,600 educational scholarships have been awarded by Folds of Honor since 2007. The organization plans to award 1,000 scholarships in 2012. More information can be found at www.foldsofhonor.org.
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About the Folds of Honor Foundation
Folds of Honor Foundation was founded in May 2007 by Major Dan Rooney, a former F-16 Fighter Pilot in the Oklahoma Air National Guard, PGA Professional, and USGA member. A decorated military pilot in the Oklahoma Air National Guard, Major Rooney has served three combat tours in Iraq. It was after his second tour, while a passenger on a commercial flight, that Major Rooney witnessed an event that would profoundly change his life. As the plane landed, the pilot announced, “Ladies and gentlemen, we have an American hero on board – Corporal Brock Bucklin. And his twin brother, Corporal Brad Bucklin, is accompanying him home from Iraq. As a sign of respect, please remain seated while Corporal Bucklin’s family receives him in his final homecoming.” Major Rooney watched through the window of the plane as the flag-draped casket was lowered. He saw a family waiting for Brock, and a little four-year old boy waiting for his father. This tragic homecoming inspired Major Rooney to create the Folds of Honor Foundation.
About Craig Morgan
One of country music’s best-loved artists, Craig Morgan has made a name for himself with massive radio airplay of his signature hits: “Bonfire,” “Almost Home,” “Redneck Yacht Club,” “That’s What I Love About Sunday,” and “International Harvester.” His newest single “This Ole Boy,” currently climbing the country radio charts, is the title track to his sixth studio CD, out now on Black River Entertainment. The new album boasted a Top 5 debut on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart when it was released on Feb. 28, 2012. Craig received one of country music’s highest honors when he was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in 2008. Prior to becoming a country music and TV sensation, Craig spent over 10 years of active duty in the Army and an additional nine years in the Army Reserves. He is an avid supporter of America’s military personnel and a recipient of the 2006 USO Merit Award. In addition to a prolific country music career, he hosts the award-winning show “Craig Morgan: All Access Outdoors” on The Outdoor Channel. For more information on Craig, visit www.craigmorgan.com or follow him on Twitter @Cmorganmusic.