- The Washington Times - Tuesday, June 10, 2014

A group of 15 children of fallen servicemen received a surprise just in time for Father’s Day: a college scholarship, a trip to pay respect to their loved one at Arlington Cemetery and a VIP tour of Mount Vernon, the home of George Washington.

“On the weekend before Father’s Day, we wanted to offer these kids the opportunity to visit their dads who rest in our country’s most sacred place of honor,” said Tom Kilgannon, president of the nonprofit Freedom Alliance, in a press release. Over $8 million in scholarships has already been allocated to the children of fallen or disabled servicemen on behalf of the organization.

One of the goals of the events was to bring children to Arlington National Cemetery who would otherwise have a difficult time making the trip. One of the recipients of the scholarship was Anthony Cutino, a senior at Georgia Southern University. His father, Master Sgt. Gaetano Cutino, lost his life in a helicopter accident.

Freedom Alliance’s mission statement is to “advance the American heritage of freedom by honoring and encouraging military service, defending the sovereignty of the United States and promoting a strong national defense,” its website states.

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