Johnny Mac Soldiers Fund

Johnny Mac Soldiers Fund


That's a wrap on our TAPS Pathways to Success: College Prep for Teens and Parents experience! This week we welcomed 20 high school students to our headquarters where they spent time meeting with higher education experts. They learned critical skills such as writing personal essays, choosing the right college, and networking as well as navigating and making the most of the benefits available to them. We can't wait to see where this week takes these amazing surviving military children.

We want to send a big thank you to the Johnny Mac Soldiers Fund for fully funding this experience and for their continued support in providing educational assistance to our TAPS families. We also want to thank Chick-fil-A Crystal City In-Line & Chick-fil-A Pentagon City for providing lunches this week.

Are you a surviving family member in the process of navigating educational benefits? We can help:
Johnny Mac Soldiers Fund Fund received the 2017 Zachary and Elizabeth Fisher Distinguished Civilian Humanitarian Award. This award is given annually to an individual or organization demonstrating exceptional patriotism and humanitarian concern for members of the Armed Forces or their families.
Since 2014, Johnny Mac Soldiers Fund has awarded more than $10 million in scholarships to military veterans and their family members, especially children of the fallen or disabled.

Stay tuned, U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) will announce the current recipient this week.
is a chance to remember all of the men and women who gave their lives in the service of our country. Intech honors Colonel John McHugh, killed in action on May 18, 2010 in Afghanistan, leaving behind a wife and five children. We are proud to support the Johnny Mac Soldiers Fund, which provides scholarships to veterans and military family members, especially to children of our nation’s fallen or disabled.
Today is Children of Fallen Patriots Day, where we seek to honor and raise awareness for children who have lost a parent in military conflict. Marked with extreme difficulties, the path of a Gold Star child is one of undeniable challenge. May we do all we can to support these brave children and to raise awareness for them on this hallowed day. Partners of ours, such as the Johnny Mac Soldiers Fund, undoubtedly heed that call. As tonight is the eve of their 5th annual gala, we want to offer a special thank you to the Johnny Mac Soldiers Fund for the monumental ways in which they serve the children of the fallen.

Tristan Turner just graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology with summa cm laude honors, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences. Tristan was elected Vice President of the Sigma Chi Fraternity at RIT, and was given the opportunity to be a teaching assistant for an Organic Chemistry class. He hosted workshops and helped students as they completed the course.

Tristan is an Eagle Scout, 2018 Empire State Champion with Schuylerville’s Envirothon Team, and taught a STEAM program. He was also selected into the Hudson Valley Community College National Honor Society and continues to support veterans by participating in the National Laying of the Wreaths at the Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery.

He says, "Thank you for the honor of selection as a No Greater Sacrifice Scholarship recipient, I will continue to honor your commitment to my education by doing my very best at RIT."

Tristan’s father, Scott suffers multiple injuries, including PTSD and migraines, from frequent mortar and rocket attacks during his time in Iraq.

NGS would also like to thank our amazing partner, the Johnny Mac Soldiers Fund for their support in making Tristan’s dreams come true.

Students like Tristan are the future of America, and by honoring them, we honor their family’s sacrifice. We honor our Veterans.

To learn more about how you can contribute to Veterans' families and support amazing kids like Tristan, please visit

Kenny Mintz started his 3,000 mile trek on April 1st as part of his mission Kenny Walks Across America. I had the chance to catch up with him to talk about why he's walking across the entire country. You can catch up and walk with him by heading to the link in our online story here:

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Greyson Gilbert is a senior at Clemson University and will graduate this May, where he studies health science and psychology with the goal of attending graduate school and potentially a doctorate program. His desire for his life’s work is to focus on improving the lives of others. He plans to do this through research and/or providing training and preventative strategies to allow for healthier lifestyles.

Greyson is passionate about outdoor adventures, to include fly-fishing, hunting, hiking, camping, cycling, climbing, and traveling to new destinations. He is an artist with a penchant for photography and branding art. Greyson completed Ironman Tulsa last May. Last summer, he completed an 8-week internship at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU) in the CHAMP Program. This internship helps to further develop those interested in holistic skill sets, gaining relevant experiences, and advancing in their career paths related to Human Performance Optimization (HPO) and Total Force Fitness (TFF). Last fall, Greyson studied abroad in Thailand to learn more about health, wellness, and Thai culture.

Greyson’s father, Major Troy “Trojan” Gilbert, was a U.S. Air Force F-16 fighter pilot. On November 27, 2006, while flying a surveillance mission near Taji, Iraq, he got a call from a crashed helicopter containing 22 Army Special Operators. While gunning insurgent trucks that were closing in on the crash site and simultaneously taking heavy enemy fire, his plane crashed and he was killed upon impact. His body was taken by insurgents, and it would not be returned to the United States until the fall of 2016, in which he was given a full burial with honors on the tenth anniversary of his first memorial service.

Major Troy Gilbert made the ultimate sacrifice in 2006. He left behind a wife and five children: Boston (9 years), Greyson (6 years), Isabella (3 years), Annalise (9 months), and Aspen (9 months).

Greyson says, “My dad's dream for us was to follow our dreams and chase our goals in life. No Greater Sacrifice helps us do just that, not only financially but also in the encouragement, guidance, and support we get from the people there. It’s evident they truly care about the well-being of their students in addition to our academic endeavors!”

NGS would like to thank the Johnny Mac Soldiers Fund for helping Greyson’s dreams come true.

Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA) has launched Driving Your Future, a new Corporate Social Responsibility Society (CSRS) initiative aimed at empowering the next generation.

It’s focused on technology and sustainability, career readiness, and child and teen injury prevention through partnerships with charitable groups Safe Kids Worldwide®, Junior Achievement USA®, and Johnny Mac Soldiers Fund.

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Interested in a Scholarship?

Our 2022 Selection Process is open and there is only ONE DAY until applications are due.

This year our Selection Committee will focus on selecting applicants in which the dependent's Service member has a SINGLE combat related disabling condition 70% or above or had a combat related death.

To request an Eligibility Application and for further information, please email [email protected].

Thank you to Johnny Mac Soldiers Fund, Sinise Foundation, and numerous donors that make scholarships possible for our deserving military children.
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Johnny Mac Soldiers Fund 5th Atlanta Gala!

Mark your calendars—Friday, October 21st at the the St. Regis Atlanta.
Caleb Sawyer is a senior at Wake Forest University . He will be graduating on May 16th. He was recently accepted into a Ph.D. program in the graduate field of Applied Physics at University of South Florida. Currently, he is double majoring in Physics and Mathematical Statistics with a minor in Latin. He has a 3.8 GPA, he is Secretary of Eta Sigma Phi - Classics Honor Society, President of the Quiz Bowl Team, and a member of Sigma Pi Sigma - Physics Honor Society. To have fun he is Treasurer of the Dungeons and Dragons Club.

Since early childhood, Caleb has always enjoyed learning and doing research. Growing up as a caregiver to their father and around his father’s injuries, Caleb knew that he would enjoy a bio-related career that was able to help people. His long-term goal is to become a professor in physics. Caleb’s mother being a high school teacher was very prevalent in his life, and he would love to follow in her footsteps but in a college environment. He thinks it would be cool to witness the “light bulb” aha moments for his students like he saw with his mother’s students.

Currently, Caleb works as a student research assistant, after asking his professor his freshman year if he could conduct research. His research is in the area of understanding the mechanical properties of comparing normal cells to cancer variants at the Guthold Lab at Wake Forest University.

This past summer he received a URECA Grant from Wake Forest University to do research with a professor and work on the mechanics of breast cells and their cancerous variants.

Caleb’s father, U.S. Army Sgt. Loyd Sawyer, served as part of the Army Mortuary Affairs team assigned to Dover Port Mortuary. He then served in Iraq from July 2006-February 2007 at the mortuaries in Tallil and Balad. At Balad, the mortuary was under constant bombardment as it sat on the flight line. The team faced repeated blast exposure. In 2008, Loyd was medically retired due to his Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).

Regarding his scholarship, Caleb says “It is the most fortunate thing that has ever happened to me.”

NGS would also like to thank the Johnny Mac Soldiers Fund in supporting Caleb and helping him reach his dreams.

Contact information, map and directions, contact form, opening hours, services, ratings, photos, videos and announcements from Johnny Mac Soldiers Fund, Nonprofit Organization, 42395 Ryan Road, Suite 112-242, Ashburn, VA.

Johnny Mac Soldiers Fund honors military service and sacrifice by providing scholarships to veterans and military family members, especially to children of our nation's fallen or disabled.

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Don't forget to save the date for our 5th Atlanta Gala--it's on October 21! Table and ticket sales have already begun for the gala, our second gala of 2022.

Visit to learn more. We hope to see you at this event!

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Meet Johnny Mac Scholar Nia Turner.

Nia is a rising sophomore at Spelman College, majoring in Biochemistry. She plans on becoming an Obstetrician or Pediatrician after graduation.

We asked Nia what it means to her to receive a Johnny Mac scholarship, and she had this to say:

"College has always been a dream for me. Receiving the Johnny Mac Soldiers Soldiers Fund scholarship has allowed me to take further steps towards my education. I am able to succeed in my classes to the best of my ability without stressing financially. I am beyond thankful for this opportunity."

Proud to support your education, Nia!

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Looking for some fresh threads for the summer? We've got just the thing: the Johnny Mac Lands'​ End Store!

You can have the iconic Johnny Mac logo added to a huge selection of men and women's clothes, as well as backpacks, hats, and more.

And remember, if you don't love it, Lands' End will take it back, even after adding the Johnny Mac logo! Check out how great Johnny Mac Board Member Tony Guzzi looks!

Follow the link to learn more:

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For only $20 a month, you could help fund Johnny Mac Scholarships! Join our Earn Your Boots program and commit to a monthly recurring donation.

Join us in Giving Back Through Education to those who have given so much.

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Meet Johnny Mac Scholar Elizabeth Roman.

Elizabeth is a rising junior at Spelman College majoring in Dance Performance & Choreography. She plans on becoming a Dance Instructor after graduation.

Elizabeth says, "When I received the email that I had been chosen as a recipient of this award, my mother and I were so ecstatic to find that our financial burden would be alleviated.

Being acknowledged for my background, being an Army child, is really special for me. Having the opportunity to apply for awards such as the Johnny Mac scholarship, which is geared toward kids like me, makes me feel seen and valued."

Keep up the great work, Elizabeth!

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Johnny Mac Soldiers Fund honors military service and sacrifice by providing scholarships to veterans and military family members, especially to the children of our nation’s fallen or disabled.

Since its inception in 2014, the Fund has provided nearly $25 million in scholarship funding. That's eight years of impact, and we're just getting started. Our goal is to award $5 million in scholarship funding in 2022, and we need your help to do so.

Time and again, our soldiers and their families are asked to give of themselves for the rest of us. While they ask little in return, we owe them so much. Through education, we give back to those who gave. We give back to “Our Own.” It's the least we can do.

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By setting Johnny Mac Soldiers Fund as your preferred charity through Amazon Smile, you can automatically donate 0.5% of the purchase price to the Fund, and it comes at no extra cost.

It's a great way to support the cause. Follow the link to learn more!

Photos from Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS)'s post 07/16/2022

So pleased to support and participate in this valuable program for students approaching college! 🇺🇸


An afternoon at , participating in their “Pathways to Success” seminar for Gold Star Children (and their Moms!) preparing for college. It is our privilege and honor to support and fund this worthy and worthwhile program!


A quick glimpse at our Johnny Mac Soldiers Fund Golf Tournament today at Kiskiack Golf Club in Williamsburg, VA!


Off they go! Golfers head out onto the course! It’s a beautiful day to support the Johnny Mac mission—thank you to our 100 golfers, sponsors, volunteers and advocates for turning out today—incredible support! Huge thank you to the Kiskiack Golf Club for putting on this tournament.

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The Johnny Mac flag is flying and registration is under way at our Johnny Mac Soldiers Fund Golf Tournament in Williamsburg, VA. Thank you to everyone for coming out and supporting the education of military children today!

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Johnny Mac Soldiers Fund has earned the 2022 Candid Platinum Seal of Transparency! The Platinum Seal of Transparency is the highest level of recognition offered by Candid (formerly known as Guidestar), the world's largest source of nonprofit information.

This award requires a commitment to the highest levels of transparency and effective nonprofit operations, and gives our supporters even greater confidence and trust in our organization.

According to Candid, there are roughly 1.7 million nonprofit organizations registered with the IRS. About 5% of them have earned a Candid seal (bronze, silver, gold, or platinum), and fewer than 1% have earned the Platinum Seal.

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Meet Johnny Mac Scholar Chayla Ford.

Chayla is a junior at Spelman College, majoring in health science. She plans on becoming a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner after graduation.

We asked Chayla what it means to her to receive a Johnny Mac scholarship, and she had this to say:

"As the child of a veteran, hard work and dedication were instilled in me as a young child.

This scholarship award will afford me the opportunity to continue my education and hard work at Spelman College [and] will also help to fund my dreams and goal of having a rewarding career in healthcare to provide aid to military personnel and their families."

Keep up the hard work, Chayla!

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We're pleased to announce our keynote speaker for the upcoming 5th Atlanta Gala—Colonel Greg Gadson, USA, Retired.

Col. Gadson's distinguished career includes over twenty years of service, including active duty in Operations Desert Storm, Desert Freedom, and Iraqi Freedom. It is an honor to have this dynamic speaker at our gala.

Sales have already begun for the gala! Visit to learn more.

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Johnny Mac Soldiers Fund is deeply grateful to our corporate sponsors for their generous support. Thank you to all the caring people at these companies who have made our cause their own.

ExxonMobil contributed generously to our recent Houston Gala at the Courage Sponsor level ($15,000) and we'd like to give them a heartfelt "thank you" for their support.

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One week till the Kiskiack Golf Tournament for Johnny Mac Soldiers Fund in lovely Williamsburg, VA.

100% of the entry fees go to support scholarships for children of the fallen or disabled.

Visit to register today!

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Mission complete!!! Team Johnny Mac has finished the Machu Picchu Salkantay-Inca Trail in South America! They experienced it all--flora, fauna, cascades, streams, glaciers, colorful valleys, waterfalls, and the intriguing cloud forest--not to mention altitude challenges, wild temperature variations, and avalanches!

The Salkantay-Inca Trail traverses 72 miles in the Andes Mountains with elevations exceeding 15,000 feet at the Salkantay Pass.

Congratulations, Team Johnny Mac--you've done it again!

The team is closing out its challenge fundraising site soon--show your appreciation for their effort at:

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On Independence Day, we are reminded of our nation's history and consider a vision for its future that honors our past and the people who helped shape it while always striving for excellence. We remember the bravery of our armed forces who made our independence possible and began shaping our national heritage.

Have a safe and happy 4th of July!

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Team Johnny Mac is 5 days into the Salkantay-Inca Trail challenge! They have traversed approximately 40 miles. Today they are on the longest but most breathtaking day of the Salkantay-Inca Trail.

They’ll reach the peak of Dead Women's Pass at about 12,000’. They are enjoying glacier and mountain views; the Inca ruins called Runcu Raccay; Lake Yanaccoha where the Incas once organized ceremonies for the goodness of the water; and finally, the famous cloud forest and one of the most beautiful Incan ruins called Sayacmarca.

Sayacmarca boasts some of the most spectacular views of the valley. We can’t wait to see the team’s photos once they finish the challenge and return to Cusco. There is no cell phone coverage on the trek!

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On a recent trip to visit family in Kansas, Johnny Mac board member Dave Anderson stopped by the Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery to pay his respects at COL John McHugh’s grave.

“Seeing John’s name chiseled on that granite marker was a stark reminder of the sacrifice made by him and his entire family. It was also a reminder that we shouldn’t let their sacrifice, and that made by so many others, go unnoticed. The work we have started at the Johnny Mac Soldiers Fund has a long, long way to go."

Photos from Johnny Mac Soldiers Fund's post 07/01/2022

Congratulations to Vice Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army General Joseph M. Martin on his retirement today after 36 years of faithful service to our nation.

General Martin is shown at our 2019 Atlanta Gala where he was our distinguished keynote speaker, focusing his remarks on the priorities of the Army which included supporting military families.

General Martin also presented the Army’s Distinguished Public Service Medal on behalf of the Secretary of the Army to Johnny Mac Soldiers Fund for exceptional support of the Army and Department of Defense.

Thank you for your service, Martin Family. We wish you all the very best in your next chapter. 🇺🇸

Photos from Johnny Mac Soldiers Fund's post 06/30/2022

Team Johnny Mac made it safely to Cusco, Peru and enjoyed some local views and fare before their expedition briefing and final packing.

The Salkantay-Inca Trail challenge has begun! The team members are already about 15 miles into their trek, experiencing lots of elevation and temperature changes. Good luck to the 8 team members! They’ve already raised nearly $9,000! Learn more and support their challenge at:

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