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October, 2023

Civic Leader Day with the 82nd Airborne and Patriot Foundation

We hope this photo will bring back fond memories of a great day interacting with our soldiers. Please take a moment and donate to support their families. 

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May 22, 2023

JSOA Annual Scholarship Presentation

Joint Special Operations Association (JSOA) presented their Annual Scholarships to over 50 deserving students on Monday, May 22, 2023. The JSOA Program funds post-secondary scholarships for the children of disabled or fallen servicemen and women. The program is partially funded through the Patriot Foundation, who has provided scholarship assistance to military and
veteran families nationwide since 2003.

The Joint Special Operations Association is an organization designed to bring together people with the common interest of supporting Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) and the organizations that make up the JSOC enterprise, the unit members and their families. 

In attendance to help present the scholarships were COL John Sannes, Assistant Commander JSOC, and Ron Haynes, President of JSOA. Also in attendance were Andrea Bowers, JSOA Scholarship Administrator, Patriot Foundation Chairman BG Ferd Irizarry USA (R), Foundation President Kim Gilley, Amber Johnson-Carter Patriot Foundation Scholarship Administrator, and former President MG Kurt Sonntag USA (R).

May 12, 2023

Great annual visit on May 12th with
Temple Sloan Jr

Pictured with Mr. Sloan is Chairman Emeritus CAPT Chuck Deleot USN (R), NC House Rep Dean Arp and Tom Deleot Patriot VP of Corporate Engagement.  CAPT Deleot presented Mr. Sloan with our signature challenge coin in appreciation for his continued support of the Foundation.  He has been a Corporate Partner for many years, and we recognize his passion for our NC military and veteran families.

April 20, 2023

LTG Chris Donahue Commanding General invited Patriot Foundation on behalf of the XVIII Airborne Corps & Fort Bragg to the Spring Civic Leader Social.

The event was held at the Taproom at Huske in Fayetteville, April 20th.  Pictured with LTG Donahue (center) is current Patriot Foundation Chairman BG Ferd Irizarry USA (R), Chairman Emeritus CAPT Chuck Deleot USN (R), right of Donahue is a member of our Advisory Board CSM Steve England USA (R), and President Kim Gilley.  A great evening supporting our military community.

March 21, 2023

Patriot Foundation Scholarship Administrator Amber Johnson-Carter presented an update to The North Carolina Association of Coordinators for Veterans’ Affairs at their annual training conference on March 21st

In addition to Patriot Foundation, other representatives were the NC State Approving Agency, Department of Veterans Affairs representatives from Washington, D.C., Atlanta and Winston-Salem and National Guard and Reserve Education Service Officers.  The VA offices are key information providers to potential scholarship applicants.  Pictured with Amber is Chairman BG Ferd Irizarry USA (R).

February 23, 2023

Great visit on February 23rd with NC House Rep Dean Arp

BG Ferd Irizarry, USA (R) presented him with our signature challenge coin in appreciation of Representative Arp’s continued support of our NC military and veteran families. Thanks to Rep Arp and other members of the NC Legislature. They continue their commitment to assuring North Carolina is a Military Friendly State.

February 8, 2023

Kim Gilley, President of Patriot Foundation met with Fox News personality Pete Hegseth.

Pete was visiting Pete’s Diner in Carthage NC in February. We thank Hegseth for his support of our military and veteran families as well as his service to our Nation. SGM Eric Turk, US Army (R) is a Patriot Foundation volunteer and had the opportunity to speak with Pete. Eric is a 2-time winner of the US Army Best Ranger Competition.

February 1, 2023

BPOE Annual Scholarship Presentation

Goldsboro Elks Lodge #139 presented Air Force Family Scholarships (AFFS) to six deserving students. The AFFS Program funds college scholarships for the children and spouses of disabled or fallen Airmen. The program is administered by the lodge and funded through a grant from the Patriot Foundation, who has provided scholarship assistance to military and veteran families nationwide since 2003.

In attendance to help present the AF Family scholarships were President / CEO of the Patriot Foundation Ms. Kim Gilley, Patriot Foundation Scholarship Administrator Ms. Amber Johnson-Carter, and 4th Fighter Wing Vice Commander Colonel Bryce Silver. The scholarship recipients are: Kiera Alysse Negron, MaKenzy Ann Schinsky, Jakob Robert Volk, Brianna Catherine Martin, Taylor F. Grotjan, and Jessica Wilson. 



August 27th 2022
Article in The Pilot

Patriot Foundation Scholarships Help Care for Those Left Behind

Pinehurst, NC, Aug. 5, 2022 – On Aug. 27, Patriot Foundation supporters will once again gather in person at the Soldiers Appreciation Dinner to honor the sacrifices of military families and celebrate the more than $2.2 million in scholarship funds awarded since January 2020. Top military officials, veterans, active-duty personnel, state legislators, nonprofit leaders, and corporate donors will be among the approximately 300 attendees.

August 27, 2022

Patriot Foundation to Host Soldiers Appreciation Dinner at Pinehurst Resort, Following Two-Year Pandemic Break

2022 Soldiers Appreciation Dinner photos

We are pleased to announce the

2022 Honoree SGM Matt Williams, 3rd Special Forces Group

2021 - 2020

October 17th 2021

Washington Korean Women's Society Donation Presentation

January 7, 2021

Hardee’s Operated by Franchisee Boddie-Noell Donates $84,029 to Patriot Foundation in Support of Local Military Families

September 11th 2020

April 17, 2020

January 2020

Patriot Foundation Tells Their Story

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