NEWS | June 9, 2015

Two worthy causes allow us to give back to our own

By Staff Sgt. Crystal Boatright 628th Medical Group

During the month of June, military members are presented with an opportunity to show their gratitude to past heroes by supporting the Air Force Enlisted Village and the Chief Master Sergeants of the Air Force Scholarship Program.

The Air Force Enlisted Village was founded in 1967 after a survey conducted by the Air Force Sergeant's Association found that more than 50,000 widows of enlisted men were living in poverty.  Frequent military moves and low pay left some spouses without careers, home equities, retirement plans or any significant assets.  A group of active duty and retired noncommissioned officers, with the assistance of former Air Force Chief of Staff General and Mrs. John D. Ryan, were determined to correct this alarming and heartbreaking statistic.  They did so by creating the Air Force Enlisted Village, a safe, secure and dignified home for surviving spouses of our enlisted Air Force members.  The village even accepts the spouses from our sister services when space is available.  The Air Force Enlisted Village is comprised of two independent living communities; Bob Hope Village in Shalimar, Fl., and Teresa Village in Fort Walton Beach, Fl.  

The CMSAF Scholarship Program was created in 1987 following the death of CMSAF Richard D. Kisling.  The program provides financial assistance to eligible, dependent children of the total Air Force enlisted members.  The scholarships granted range anywhere from $500 to $3,000 dependent upon fund availability.  To date, the fund has awarded more than 250 scholarships valued at more than $350,000.

A pancake breakfast will be held on June 19, 2015 from 7 to 10 a.m. at the Air Base Chapel Annex. All proceeds from this breakfast will be donated to these two worthy causes. For more information contact your squadron POC's or Master Sgt. Travis Heath or Staff Sgt. Crystal Boatright.