Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 26, 2013 — Sentinels of Freedom is a nonprofit organization which provides wounded vets with assistance through what it calls “life scholarships.”
These life scholarships can help the veteran make major life changes after returning home, including obtaining a home of their own, heading back to school or obtaining with much-needed health care.
“So many vets would benefit from all sorts of support as they transition back to civilian life, as would their families,” commented Tampa veterans attorney David W. Magann.
The Sentinels of Freedom program began in California, launched by the father of a son who was wounded in 2003 in Iraq. The cost of each program depends on the veteran’s existing resources and family needs, but can run as much as $100,000 per vet; the funds support the vet through the program, which may run as long as four years. The Sentinels of Freedom program works to supplement funds provided to the vet by the Veterans Administration.
The Sentinels of Freedom chapter in Brevard, Florida started in 2008. The scholarship money for the first graduate was raised over the course of one-and-a-half years through private donations; the Florida chapter is now graduating its second “Sentinel.” Marine Cpl. Robert Smith, the programs first Sentinel, graduated from Brevard Community College with honors, and is currently studying at the University of Central Florida. He says the program helped him, his wife and two children.
The second Brevard, Fla. Sentinel, Ernso Auguste, 32, was a combat medic who suffered traumatic brain injury while serving in Iraq as part of the Army’s 1st Cavalry Division. He used the program to earn a bachelor’s degree from Miami-Dade College, and is now in the process of earning a master’s in health care management at Webster University.
The stated mission of Sentinels of Freedom is to provide life-changing opportunities to men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces who suffered severe injuries and need support to pursue their dreams. The program provides “life scholarships” as well as mentors and guidance to support returned injured vets to become more self-sufficient.
David W. Magann, P.A.
156 W. Robertson St.
Brandon, FL 33511
Call: (813) 657-9175
6107 Memorial Hwy
Tampa, Florida 33615
South Tampa Office:
Bank of Tampa Building
601 Bayshore Blvd Ste 105
Tampa, FL 33606
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