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 Ford Fund Asks for Your Help to Honor America’s Heroes

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Text Freedom to 50555 to Donate $5 that Ford Will Match

DEARBORN - Independence Day is coming and Americans will celebrate their freedom with parades, cookouts and fireworks displays such as the Ford Fireworks presented by Target in Detroit. Ford Motor Company Fund also will Go Further with a community campaign to honor military veterans and help the families of those who were killed or severely wounded in the line of duty.

Ford Fund has joined forces with Folds of Honor, an organization that provides scholarships to children and spouses of military members. For every person who donates $5 by texting the word ‘freedom’ to 50555, Ford Fund will match the contribution. This campaign runs through July 13 and money raised will be designated for military families in Michigan whose loved one was killed or severely wounded in action.

“Military veterans and their families make untold sacrifices to protect our freedom and values,” said Jim Vella, president, Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services. “We want to honor them by helping support a brighter future for their families.”

On the night of the Ford Fireworks in Detroit, Monday, June 24, Ford and the American Red Cross also will provide postcards for attendees to send messages of thanks to active military personnel overseas. The postcards will be distributed to spectators in Hart Plaza and at the Rooftop Fireworks event.

Ford’s partnership with Folds of Honor is the latest in a long history of efforts to help America’s veterans. Ford Motor Company’s assistance to veterans started more than 90 years ago when Henry Ford donated vehicles to transport World War I veterans to their second national convention. Ford Fund recently announced a $200,000 grant for purchase of another seven vehicles for the DAV Transportation Network, bringing to 171 the total number of Ford-donated vehicles in the DAV fleet for transporting disabled veterans to medical appointments. Ford Fund also is sponsoring three Honor Flights this year to take WWII veterans to visit the WWII Memorial in Washington, D.C.

The Folds of Honor Foundation was formed in 2007 to provide hope of a brighter future for those whose lives have been permanently altered as a result of their service to our nation. The nonprofit is dedicated to providing educational opportunities that are otherwise unavailable to this most deserving group of heroic American citizens. The U.S. flag is our nation’s most beloved symbol of freedom. When it is lowered and folded, it becomes a solemn tribute to our servicemen and women and the allegiance, valor and pride with which they have fought for generations.

Folds of Honor offers a variety of scholarships based on a family’s circumstances. To get details and more information visit their website at: https://scholarships.foldsofhonor.org/

  

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6/20/2013 6:15 AM