Left Foot Project aids ‘forgotten group’Written by Scott McKimmy | | email@example.com
Children who have lost military parents to combat have a new ally to help fund their education. The Left Foot Project, a local effort to raise money through Internet advertising, is aiming for its first milestone of $100,000, according to Tony Federici, the group’s public relations spokesperson.
He said the Left Foot Project addresses the financial needs of a ”forgotten group,” kids who otherwise may not receive tuition, books and tutoring because of their families’ loss of income due to the death of a parent in the war on terrorism. He said a general perception that the military provides benefits to cover the cost of college for its personnel’s children is simply a myth.
”If you look into things in our current military as far as food stamps and supplements, they’re treated like everybody else,” Federici said. ”Unless you’re a higher-ranking military officer, there isn’t a whole lot of money that comes back to you.”
To qualify, a parent must have died in military action since 2001, when troops entered Afghanistan in response to the Sept. 11, 2001 attack on New York City’s twin towers. Funds are collected by advertisers who pay a one-time fee to be listed on www.theleftfootproject.com. They may choose from four levels, ranging from $35 for a basic membership to more than $100 for Centurion Plus members. The money supports the Armed Forces Children’s Education Fund.
”Our military is a voluntary military; these guys go in of their choice,” Federici said. ”For having that decision to put themselves in harm’s way and ultimately giving up their lives for that, we’re really [not doing enough] about taking care of their children.”
Federici said the project targets the local market, but it plans to expand nationally.
”We’re working to hopefully generate enough interest that we’ll work this out on a national level, where we’d be able to go out on the Web site and attract people from all over the country,” he said. ”So whether they’re in Toledo or Detroit or Poughkeepsie, it doesn’t make a difference where you’re at, everybody would see the Web site.”