"We have the remains of Corporal Brock Bucklin on board, and his twin brother Corporal Brad Bucklin has accompanied him home from Iraq. As a sign of respect, please remain seated while we honor Corporal Bucklin and his sacrifice," requested the pilot over the intercom, as the plane landed.
Major Dan Rooney, an F-16 fighter pilot and decorated veteran in the Oklahoma National Guard, was a passenger on the flight. He saw the flag-covered casket being removed from the plane and watched Cpl. Bucklin's family meet the procession. He choked back emotion when he saw the soldier's young son clinging to his mother's leg.
While Major Rooney had experienced the harsh realities of war on the front lines, he had never witnessed the devastating reality back home. This moment changed his life forever.
Major Rooney knew he couldn't change the fate of a fallen soldier, but believed he could change the future of a grieving widow or fatherless child. From this sincere and simple idea, The Folds of Honor Foundation was created, and ensures that families of the fallen and disabled must never endure alone.
Brock's son, Jacob, received the first Folds of Honor scholarship.
There are currently more than 1 million dependents of military service members, nearly 9 out of 10 do not qualify for educational assistance from the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs and other governmental programs.
Folds of Honor recognizes our government's efforts to support military service families, but we also realize that government cannot succeed alone. Folds of Honor seeks to honor military families by providing educational support and opportunities to ensure that no one is left behind.