The Folded Flag Foundation
John Coogan serves as President of The Folded Flag Foundation, a nonprofit organization committed to supporting our nation’s Gold Star families through educational scholarships. John is A veteran of the U.S. Army Field Artillery, Mr. Coogan has over a decade of veteran service experience, having worked most prominently with families of both wounded and fallen service members.
Mr. Coogan believes in collaborating with military nonprofits that serve similar constituent groups, both in fundraising and program delivery efforts. By investing in organizations like A Soldier’s Child, The Folded Flag Foundation hopes to maximize collective impact, for our ASC Gold Star families.
Journey Home Project
CHARLIE DANIELS – CHAIRMAN
Country music icon Charlie Daniels lent his celebrity status and musical talents to Lipscomb University to raise money for their veterans’ scholarship fun, and The Journey Home Project is an outgrowth of those concerts. Often when our veterans return from their tour of service, the tolls of war have been too great to bear alone.
Wars in the Middle East and other parts of the world have left some of our bravest service personnel with injuries that will affect them the rest of their lives. Some require intense rehabilitation and years of physical therapy.
Other trauma cannot be seen. The horrors of war leave psychological scars that make it difficult to reenter civilian life. Many are hesitant to seek the help they need or encounter red tape and stigma when they do reach out for help.
Cutbacks to veterans’ services from the federal government, combined with an increase in wartime active personnel has put a strain on health care, education and job opportunities for veterans.
And so many want to help. The Journey Home Project sees as its mission connecting donors to veterans’ organizations that do the most good. ASC has been a recipient of many Journey Home Project grants and resource support.
I Am Second
I AM Second and ASC formed a partnership with A Soldier’s Child Foundation to encourage the parents of our ASC kids in a very practical way.
I Am Second has started a program called “Second Helping.”
Second Helping provides FREE housecleaning, handyman, lawn care services and other via the “Takl” app.
Second Helping PAYS for the jobs to be done, and help arrives at the click of a button in the Takl app!
Operation Song™ (OS) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit based in Nashville Tennessee founded in 2012. OS pairs professional songwriters with veterans, active military and ASC kids to help them tell their stories through song. OS holds weekly workshops in Middle Tennessee and sponsor events and group retreats throughout the U.S. Those we serve need no musical background, only the desire to tell their story. In a typical session, the songwriter listens and encourages the participant to lay out the “puzzle pieces” of his or her experience. Together, they arrange those pieces into verses and choruses. The result is a complete song that they can call their own. Listen here for some of the songs produced by ASC kids.
Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU)
Middle Tennessee State University is a comprehensive university that embraces its role as the destination of choice for Tennessee undergraduates while expanding its reach nationally and internationally through signature programs and select master’s and doctoral programs. The University generates, preserves, and disseminates knowledge and innovation and uses scholarship to enhance teaching and public service. The University is committed to preparing students to thrive in their chosen professions and a changing global society.
The University is composed of eight undergraduate colleges, offering more than 40 departments and more than 140-degree programs. The College of Graduate Studies offers more than 100-degree programs.
MTSU is the second-largest producer of graduates in the state among public universities; the No. 1 producer of adult (25 years old and older) and low-income (Pell Grant–eligible) graduates in the state; and the most efficient producer of graduates among the state’s public universities, helping more students reach their educational goals with fewer tax dollars.
ASC has partnered with MTSU for science and dance camps along with salute to our veteran’s football games and MTSU interns working for ASC.
Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA)
The Mission of the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is to preserve, conserve, manage, protect, and enhance the fish and wildlife of the state and their habitats for the use, benefit, and enjoyment of the citizens of Tennessee and its visitors. The Agency will foster the safe use of the state’s waters through a program of law enforcement, education, and access.
The TWRA and its officers have been instrumental in teaching ASC children and their family’s wild life safety. ASC and the TWRA have teamed up since 2012 for hunter safety certification, hunting camps ranging from; quail, white tail deer, dove, turkey and even fishing tournaments throughout the state of Tennessee.
Our desire is to help others experience a lifestyle from the farm to the table – providing a local environment where men and women, boys and girls can grow in their relationship with each other and with God.
Our mission was to launch a multi-dimensional business that honors two of my mentors, Sara’s grandfather, Mr. John Thomas Scales and my father, Mr. Albert Otis Garrison, by farming with an emphasis on habitat restoration and to create a lodge as a centerpiece for both commerce and retreat.
The Sanford Road property has been turned into a sanctuary for wildlife, a retreat location for events and a first-class place to create God honoring memories.! This is a place where we do life together!
The Herman Road property is home to our cattle operation of 100% all natural, hormone free Angus beef. We pride ourselves in growing and sharing the highest quality, cared for beef grown in Middle Tennessee.
ASC has conducted numerous quail hunts here and we love having the kids experience all the mentors and this land has to offer.
The heart of the Angel Foundation is that they minister to kids and adults through making these huge Angel character prayer blankets. The Angel foundation have given away over 1,500 of these blankets to date.
The Angel Foundation blankets are prayed over by folks within the foundation and they believe God to bring protection and freedom in the lives of those that are covered, with these special blankets.
Currently the Angel Foundation is sending their blankets to US Soldiers in the Middle East that are battling PTSD and other hardships. The blankets are given away to children at ST Jude’s hospitals, Inner city children, the homeless and now children of A Soldier’s Child Foundation.
Tuesday’s Children keeps the promise to support all those impacted by 9/11; serves and supports our nation’s Military Families of the Fallen; and builds resilience and common bonds in communities recovering from tragedies. In partnership with experts from around the world and in collaboration with renowned facilitators and mental health professionals, Tuesday’s Children serves communities altered by an act of violence.
We can assist in program development for community-based organizations, corporate or employee assistance programs, and aid government agencies and other service providers who seek to deliver effective long-term recovery to their own communities in the wake of tragedy.
Tuesday’s Children and ASC have partnered in numerous events serving ASC kids within the tri-state area.
Music City Quail Forever
Pheasants Forever launched Quail Forever in August of 2005 to address the continuing loss of habitat suitable for quail and the subsequent quail population decline. At the heart of Quail Forever is the unique grassroots system of fundraising and project development that allows members to see the direct result of their contributions. Quail Forever, Pheasants Forever’s sister organization, empowers county and local chapters with responsibility to determine how 100 percent of their locally raised conservation funds will be spent – the only national conservation organization that operates through this truly grassroots structure. As a result, chapter volunteers are able to see the fruits of their efforts locally, while belonging to a larger national organization with a voice on federal and state conservation policy. Music City Quail Forever is part of that system. Quail Forever is dedicated to the conservation of quail, pheasants and other wildlife through habitat improvements, public awareness, education and land management policies and programs.
For more information contact Cathy Stufflebean, ASC Office Manager 615 220-1600