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Other parents lost their lives fighting for our freedom but instead of supporting the children of troops killed in Iraq and Afghanistan our government is cutting their college -- and blaming it on the -- now.
And this week the Education Department has slashed Iraq and Afghanistan war grants by nearly 40%.
Meanwhile our next guest is doing what he can to help those kids out.
Major Dan Rooney is a former fighter pilot and founder of the folds of honor foundation and with him is former.
Army officer Wesley -- -- she lost her husband in Afghanistan in 2007 and her children have received scholarships from folds of honor great to have.
You both with -- morning.
This is a great morning -- American on fox is always is right.
You're you're doing something incredibly you see a whole -- -- -- -- it's -- -- a partisan issue it's a government failing to do what they should be doing to protect our veterans come home.
What has folds of honor done to fill that boy yeah and it's a great point claiming it it's not a it's not a -- issue it's not a blue issue it's a red white and blue issue.
And we go to combat with a -- is a former F sixteen pilot to never leave fellow soldier behind on the field -- battle unfortunately right now our our our government our country are leaving.
Families behind on the field -- -- we have almost a million independence.
We've had -- but he killed or disabled in Iraq and Afghanistan of that group amazing.
About 87% don't get federal education assistance the 13% that do now have had this 40% cut due to -- sequestration.
And it's very important as Americans that we step up in and fill this void and and make sure we take care of these families who have paid such incredible sacrifices for our freedoms -- folds of honor -- it.
How we provide scholarships to the spouses and the children.
Of those have had some -- -- either killed in action or disabled primarily in Iraq and Afghanistan and now we have an American hero here Wesley -- with us -- -- -- a prime example of what we do.
It wasn't just your husband I mean have been incredible American and a hero who was who do who tragically killed your their children have received.
Scholarships from folds of -- tell us about your family and what this is meant to you.
Well Larry it was an amazing man he was a beautiful blend of warrior and gentlemen.
And he was a strong Christian he wasn't afraid shares faith and he was an amazing leader and we live without him.
Every day and it is very very hard.
The greatest gift you can give to family like mine is to remember our our soldier.
The folds of honor foundation.
Does that and then not only remember him but they honor -- sacrifice.
By educating his legacy and I see his legacy every day.
When -- look into the eyes of our daughters Ryan -- they have his eyes they have his spirit they are developing a sense of humor.
And they have his will his drive to succeed and the folds of honor foundation.
We will be the impetus to to help them.
Reach their potential because they those girls and children like them that have lost a parent.
In on our battlefields.
Have been through such a tremendous loss that they are resilient and they are.
So strong and they're gonna be our future leaders and the folds of honor foundation is -- to see to it.
You know -- my generals and thousands of others will get deputy didn't go to college and reached a protectionists so hey at all as a military widow and a single mother with the full weight.
And my family on my shoulders.
Knowing that that's one less thing I need to worry about.
Is priceless bit.
And they need to get its interest in -- do you hear what Wesley saying in that this is the future write the future of our country.
We have soldiers who are killed on the battlefield to protect.
Our future now and then these this is the young generation they're gonna build the future of America going forward and to have -- left without the ability to get the proper education.
Mean he is in in many ways just -- it is an equal tragedy.
There's no doubt and you know as -- as we wound down from Iraq where where did my 32 hours we're eventually point in Afghanistan.
The average -- in his between six and eight years of age.
So this this loss is generational and that we all have a dead I believe was that 99% of us that wake -- free as Americans.
To that 1% to put the uniform on each and every day to defend us to step up and -- earlier point I don't think it's a government issue I think it is an American issue.
It is one that we all have the opportunity to to stand up and give back to him.
We're proud of folds of honor to be a vehicle by which people can say thank you to families like whistling in -- and literally the hundreds of thousands of others that have been impacted.
By these conflicts are people out there who need help -- -- the folds of honor got to work.
Freedom -- there 365.
Days a year 24/7.
And it's unfortunate that our government isn't in place right now -- it's in a holding pattern I'm confident.
That was leadership will work through that that folds of honor is moving onward.
In defense of families like was -- and so many of the others that have been impacted.
-- -- -- thanks so much for coming in sharing your personal story it's really powerful and thanks to folds of honor for doing all this it's we're delighted to be able to educate our viewers about thanks so much thank you transfer being great Americans and freedom reigns on Fox News.
Thank you yeah we'll tweet out a link to folds of honor dot org that is the website we want you all to go and visit the sport thank you guys I've meanwhile.
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