The Home School Foundation — Help for Struggling Homeschooling Families

10/07/2013  |  Tracy Klicka MacKillop, Purcellville, VA

With Memorial Day and Independence Day behind us and Veterans Day still to come, our thoughts turn frequently to the brave men and women in uniform defending us at home and abroad. As the military lifestyle demands unique sacrifices from a spouse and family, we also remember the sacrifice military families make every day to support their loved one serving our country.

In July 2012, the Home School Foundation (HSF) created its Military Fund to offer support to struggling homeschooling families of active, retired, reserve, or disabled members of the US Armed Forces. The Military Fund provides financial assistance as a need-based grant to help with a military homeschooling family’s curriculum costs.

One of the many families we assisted last year wrote to share their thanks—

God bless your foundation for providing for families like ours. You don't know, but we just really needed this help right now. It reminds me how much God cares for us. My family and I thank you, and we look forward to the day God blesses us to financially support yours and other such organization.   ~J. Robinson

 More than fifty families have received assistance through the Military Fund this past 2012-2013 school year, enabling them to purchase the best curriculum and materials for their children, including those families who require expensive specialized equipment due to specific learning needs of their children.

The response to the Military Fund has been overwhelmingly positive on the part of both grant recipients and donors. One retired military officer put it this way:

“Now retired after 25 years . . . it’s wonderful to find such support here in the land I defended, as I navigate the difficult transition to civilian life in a down economy.”  — Paul P., Major, USAF, ret.

As for donors, it’s well known that the military takes care of its own, and to this day, fellow military families represent a significant percentage of the donor base of this fully donor-supported fund.  

May God continue to bless America and all those who defend her. To find out more information about grants through this fund or to donate, please visit our Military Fund page.

Tracy Klicka MacKillop serves as the Director of Development for the Home School Foundation (www.homeschoolfoundation.org), the charitable arm of the Home School Legal Defense Association, which defends families that home school in the US. She is also a homeschooling mother of seven children, four graduated with three married (with one son-in-law in the Marines) and two graduated from and two in college, and three still in high school.

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