Manhasset, New York – The national non-profit Tuesday’s Children, which recently marked its 20th anniversary and was formed in the aftermath of Tuesday, September 11th to support impacted families, is sponsored by Oshkosh Defense, LLC to support Gold Star Families in Wisconsin and throughout the U.S. by building resilience, common bonds and long-term healing in communities.
“Gold Star military families truly know what it means to ‘answer the call’ and these families’ lives have been forever changed. We are honored to receive this support from Oshkosh Defense to continue our ongoing mission of providing long-term healing and resilience-building support to families impacted by terrorism, military conflict, mass violence,” said Terry Sears, Executive Director of Tuesday’s Children.
Since 2019, Oshkosh Defense has donated $30,000 to Tuesday’s Children for all military programs and initiatives, including the intimate annual Heart to Heart retreats for military widows. In recent years, the retreats have recently expanded for military mothers to create deep connections, safety, and a space for healing.
From April 21 to 24 2022, prior to Mother’s Day, Tuesday’s Children will host an intimate retreat of Gold Star Moms in Elkhart, Wisconsin which is the first time since COVID-19, for a day together with Tuesday’s Children and families. The mothers who are from Wisconsin or Illinois have lost their child during military service and have experienced traumatic loss. Participants are from Brookfield, WI; Horicon, WI; Milwaukee, WI; Waukesha, WI; Chicago, IL; Oak Park, IL; Orland Park, IL; and beyond. This retreat will create a safe environment, create connections, build trust, and empower in the face of the greatest vulnerability – the loss of their child.
“At Oshkosh Defense, we’re dedicated to supporting the men and women of the Armed Forces. We have the utmost respect for their service and sacrifice,” said John Bryant, Executive Vice President of Oshkosh Corporation and President of Oshkosh Defense. “I firmly believe that when someone enlists, their whole family enlists. A concept that many of our team members personally understand. These Gold Star Mothers have endured the unthinkable. We’re proud to partner with Tuesday’s Children and play a small part in their healing,” Bryant concluded.
ABOUT TUESDAY'S CHILDREN
Marking its 20th year of dedicated service in September 2021, Tuesday’s Children has provided support to over 45,000 individuals impacted by terrorism, military conflict, and mass violence, including supportive services to build resilience in 3,051 children who lost a parent on 9/11; thousands of 9/11 responder families; and 37,000+ families grieving the death of post-9/11 military service members; 6,000+ youth served through their Career Resource Center; and 900+ young adults from 34 countries with Project COMMON BOND.
Tuesday's Children provides a lifetime of healing for families who have been forever changed by terrorism, military conflict, or mass violence. Through a time-tested, long-term approach, Tuesday's Children programming serves and supports our nation's Military Families of the Fallen; builds resilience and common bonds in communities worldwide recovering from tragedies; and keeps the promise to support all those impacted by Tuesday, September 11th. For more information, please visit www.tuesdayschildren.org.
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