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by Cherise Ryan Curby
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HSF Reaches out to Military Families

The Home School Foundation’s new Military Fund assists homeschooling families in the military who are struggling financially to meet their children’s educational needs.

Stock Photo/Kim Cunkel

In early 2011, God put it on the hearts of the HSF board members and leadership to start a fund specifically for military families. Simultaneously, we began to hear from donors who wanted to help military homeschoolers.

“We kept hearing stories in the news about families in the military who were being affected by the ongoing conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan and who were struggling financially,” said Chuck Hurst, executive director of HSF. “We realized that the homeschooling military community, as a microcosm of the larger military community, was in need of assistance to encourage them in homeschooling.”

“In addition, we sense that the homeschooling military community is growing. Home School Legal Defense Association has observed an increase in the number of families taking advantage of its military discount on membership,” he said.

Previously, HSF helped military families through our other funds that overlapped with their needs, but now we will be able to specifically focus on assisting these families who sacrifice so much for our freedom.

Families in which one or both parents are active, disabled, or retired members of any branch of the military are encouraged to apply. Curriculum scholarships are based on financial need and the availability of funds.

“Across the United States, many caring and passionate patriotic homeschooling families want the best for our country and for those defending it,” said Hurst. "Now they can express gratitude to these families who serve by giving to HSF’s Military Fund.”

HSF is currently raising money for this fund and expects to begin giving out grants in June 2012. To make a donation, go to the HSF website, click on the “Give Help” tab, select “Donate,” and then choose “Military Fund” from the drop-down list. If you are a military family who is struggling financially, please get in touch with us to see if you are eligible for a grant. And please spread the word about this new fund!

To learn more about the Military Fund, visit the HSF website, or call 540-338-8688.

About the author

Cherise Ryan Curby is the Home School Foundation website project manager and editor.

Support HSF through the Combined Federal Campaign

If you are a federal employee or a member of the military, make HSF the beneficiary of your donation. HSF’s CFC number is 10535. For more information, visit the CFC website at www.opm.gov/cfc.

From the Director

Chuck Hurst
Chuck Hurst

Legacies are important. We all leave them—sometimes purposefully, sometimes not.

Leaving a legacy that blesses the people and the causes in which we have invested during our lives is often at the heart of plans made by those who are purposeful about their legacy.

If the future of homeschooling is included in your planning, please know that we would be honored to have you remember the Home School Foundation.

You can do so by adding just a few sentences to your will or trust, leaving HSF a specific item or amount of money, making a gift contingent on certain events, or leaving a percentage of your estate.

Here’s a sample sentence that demonstrates how easy it is: “I give and bequeath to the Home School Foundation, a nonprofit organization in Virginia (currently located at P.O. Box 1152, Purcellville, VA 20134), the amount of $________.”

You can rest assured that we will delight in honoring your desire to preserve an ongoing legacy of homeschooling for your grandchildren and generations to come.