Our Mission

Our mission is to provide college scholarships and educational counseling to military children who have lost a parent in the line of duty.

  • We are dedicated to serving the families of servicemembers from all branches of the armed forces who have died as a result of combat casualties, military training accidents, service-related illnesses, suicide, as well as other duty-related deaths as ruled by the Department of Veterans Affairs.

The vision of Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation is to ensure that every child of a fallen patriot receives all necessary college funding.

  • We believe a college education is the single most important gift we can give these children.
  • We believe this is an important investment in the future of America.
  • We believe this is one of the best ways we can honor those who died defending our country.


History of Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation

In 1989, five days before Christmas, Sergeant William Delaney Gibbs from the 7th Infantry Division was killed in action during Operation Just Cause in Panama, leaving behind a young wife and an unborn daughter. Our Founder and CEO, David Kim, served with Sergeant Gibbs and was inspired by his sacrifice and never forgot about Sergeant Gibb’s or his daughter.

David Kim returned to the United States and founded Children of Fallen Patriots in 2002. Since 2002, Children of Fallen Patriots has grown in its mission and vision to extend peace of mind through college scholarships to Gold Star families in all 50 states, in all branches of the military.

The Need

Research conducted by The Lucas Group on behalf of Children of Fallen Patriots found that nearly 20,000 dependents have been left behind by troops killed in the line of duty over the past 35 years. Many surviving families struggle to make ends meet with 63% of surviving spouses making less than $50,000 per year.

With no central repository of information from which to find these children, the organization works to find each and every one of these children to assist them in their growing success.

Click the image to view larger.

Board of Directors



Fallen Patriots Staff

Our Financials

Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation prioritizes responsible financial stewardship.

We strive to use every donor dollar efficiently, ensuring that the greatest possible assistance — “college scholarships and education counseling services” — reaches the maximum number of Gold Star Families throughout the country.

Children of Fallen Patriots 990s as well as our complete, audited financial statements are available for your review. Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation fiscal year is January 1 through December 30.

Annual Reports