*According to Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), post 9-11, 4,923 U.S. children have lost a paren who served in the U.S. Military.
Pediatric grief experts at Kyle’s Korner and other organizations have found that these children often face depression, profound grief, isolation and a sense of helplessness.
Camp Hometown Heroes was founded and is operated by the Wisconsin charity, Hometown Heroes, Inc. a 501C3 Non-Profit Organization. At the debut camp in June 2013, Co-Founders Jim Kacmarcik and Neil Willenson were joined by hundreds of volunteers in transforming the lives of these deserving children and their families.
The children we serve are the tragic embodiment of the statement “freedom is not free.” They have made the ultimate sacrifice for the freedoms we enjoy each day. They sacrificed a parent, sibling or other loved one who valiantly served our country.
For decades to come they will be denied the physical presence and love of a cherished family member. There is no way we can fully repay the debt this country owes to children of our fallen service members. But we can work together to ensure they experience healing, happiness, acceptance, and growth. They are the legacy of a deceased U.S. service member. Our charity and dedicated volunteers work each day with great purpose to ensure they have a brighter future. This is the genesis of our Camp Hometown Heroes endeavor.
During our inaugural camp in 2013, Camp Hometown Heroes welcomed 62 children from 14 states entirely free of charge. The camp has grown to serve well over 150 children from 29 states. Our ability to welcome them is related to our success securing financial partners to sponsor the children. Your donation enables us to reach these kids and support them!