Gratitude Initiative

The Gratitude Initiative (GI) is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit whose mission is to provide educational support and college scholarships to the children and families of military service members, veterans, disabled veterans, and those killed in defense of our country.

We cannot say “thank you” enough to these heroes, but one of the greatest ways that we can show our gratitude is by helping provide for their children’s college education.  A college degree not only benefits a young man or woman, it also positively impacts their entire family.

The Gratitude Initiative provides the opportunity for all citizens to give back to these deserving families in a tangible way that will benefit them for generations to come.  Frankly, they deserve nothing less.

We serve the families and children of… 

  • Active duty members of the United States Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard.
  • Reserve or National Guard members who were activated for active duty service since 9/11/01.
  • A veteran who was honorably discharged from active duty.
  • A combat wounded or disabled veteran with a service connected injury.
  • A service member who was killed while on active duty.

Our Impact…

A college degree impacts the entire family for generations to come…
Helping to fund a college education for heroes’ children provides a lasting gift. It’s an investment not only in the child of a service member or veteran, but also in the future of their entire family.

Did you know?

  • Over 6,650 American service members have lost their lives and more than 50,550 have been wounded in action since 2001.
  • Approximately 50,000 children have had a parent killed in action, wounded, or injured during deployment.
  • Approximately 2 million service members deployed since 2001 leaving behind over 3 million family members.
  • Approximately 2 million children have a parent in the military.
  • 70% of military families live in civilian communities.
  • GI’s main activities include:

    1. Provide educational services and support to help military children achieve their educational and career goals.
    2. Award scholarship funds to children to attend college or technical school to help make their future dreams come true without the burden of many years of school debt.
    3. Raise awareness and provide services to help children cope with the challenges brought on by having a mother or father deployed overseas for military service or dealing with the disability or death of a parent due to combat action.
    4. Host summer camps at affiliated universities for high school students to help bolster college readiness, celebrate being a teenager, and relieve some of the burdens brought on by the weight of a family involved in war.

Contact The Organization On This Page

Lee Sechrist
Executive Director