In 2004, Lcpl. Alexander Scott Arredondo was killed in the war in Iraq. Brian , Alex's younger brother never came to terms with his grief. H died by suicide at the end of 2011. Both young men are Carlos Arredondo's sons and Mélida Arredondo's stepsons.
As a family who lost two son's related to war in Iraq in, we learned that having a mission to help others would help us manage the grief and trauma our family has gone through. We also realized that many others are impacted as we have been. This is why Carlos, everyone at the Foundation and Mélida do this important work.Current programming includes:1. Providing referrals to partner agencies for after-care support when a loved one has died by military suicide
2. Providing scholarships to military kids & siblings for college and elementary education [A total of seven scholarships are provided annually.]
3. Providing Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) suicide prevention training to community, military families, first responder and public so that individuals are aware of how each can save a life [Since beginning this program in 2016, AFF trainers have provided QPR to almost 1000 people in communities around Massachusetts. Currently, AFF has requests to provide QPR training until November of 2019.]
4. Providing a turkey giveaway at Thanksgiving for low income military veterans and families [Thanksgiving 2019 will be the 5th year!]
5. Supporting local community efforts in and around the Boston area.
Your $100.00 donation helps us continue with this important work as well as Michelle Hanson's fundraising efforts.