Letters from Daniels Scholars presented to military
Available for free download on the Daniels Fund website at www.DanielsFund.org/VeteransThursday, November 8, 2012
Gabrielle Hammer, a 2012 Daniels Scholar studying at the University of Denver, reads her letter to military personnel gathered for the presentation.
Wounded military personnel recovering in hospitals across the Rocky Mountain region will soon receive a book containing heartfelt letters of gratitude thanking them for their service from a group of college students. The distribution of more than 500 copies of the booklets was announced during a Nov. 7 presentation at the Fort Carson Warrior Transition Unit in Colorado Springs.
“We hope that the members of our military find strength and inspiration in discovering how these young Americans feel about them, and what these young people intend to do with the precious gift of freedom secured for them by the men and women in our armed forces,” explained Linda Childears, president and CEO of the Daniels Fund, a private foundation that provides grants and scholarships in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming.
The book, Because of You…Letters of gratitude from the 2012 Class of Daniels Scholars to the Defenders of American Freedom, is a collection of roughly 90 personal, handwritten messages from recipients of the Daniels Scholarship, expressing their gratitude to military personnel for their service.
At the Nov. 7 presentation, Scott Southworth, assistant vice president of Employer and Scholar Alumni Relations for the Daniels Fund, presented a copy of the book to Maj. Gen. H. Michael Edwards, Adjutant General of Colorado, Colorado National Guard, who accepted it on behalf of military personnel. Daniels Scholars then read the letter they had personally written and presented copies of the book to wounded military personnel gathered for the presentation.
"I'm always inspired by visits with our wounded warriors," said Edwards. "Their dedication and unwavering drive for recovery speak volumes about their character. For students and future leaders to show patriotic support like this helps keep the spirits of our military personnel high and reinforces our nation's appreciation of their sacrifices."
“To say that I am grateful to you is an understatement,” wrote Larkin Lindsay, a Daniels Scholar from New Mexico who attends Texas Tech University. You gave me the freedom to grow up in peace and live a life of liberty. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.”
The Daniels Fund was founded by Bill Daniels, a decorated naval aviator who served in World War II and the Korean Conflict. As one of the pioneers in cable television, he operated hundreds of cable TV systems across the country from his Denver headquarters. He spent his final years carefully defining his goals for his foundation. His estate transferred to the Daniels Fund upon his death in the year 2000, making it one of the region’s largest foundations.
"Bill Daniels credited his success to the discipline and training he received as a naval aviator," explained Childears. "As a carrier-based combat pilot during World War II, Bill placed his life on the line many times for the nation he so dearly loved and I know he would be pleased by this tribute from Daniels Scholars to the very best among us, those who serve in the military.”
The Daniels Scholarship is awarded to students who demonstrate strong character, leadership potential, a willingness to help others, and the desire to become active, contributing members of society. Each year approximately 250 students from Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming receive the four-year scholarship, allowing them to attend any nonprofit college or university in the United States. High school seniors are encouraged visit the Daniels Fund website www.DanielsFund.org to apply online by Nov. 29.
Because of You…Letters of gratitude from the 2012 Class of Daniels Scholars to the Defenders of American Freedom is also available for free download on the Daniels Fund website at www.DanielsFund.org/Veterans
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