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Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund
November 3, 2004

The families of America's fallen heroes need your help. Since September 11, 2001, more than 1,000 American and Allied soldiers have died in military operations in Afghanistan, Iraq, and elsewhere. More than half of these brave men and women have left behind a spouse or children. These families must now face their future without a husband or wife or father or mother. In addition to their grief, many of them must also address the questions of finding work, where to live, how to raise their children, how to provide for their education, and even how to get food on the table. The Armed Forces provide some benefits, including SGLI life insurance, a $12,000 death benefit, continued payment of a portion of salary, assistance with burial costs, health care, continued military base housing for up to six months, and other benefits. But very often the financial needs these families face demand immediate help. The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund exists to meet this need.

The Fund provides unrestricted grants to the families of military personnel who have given their lives in the current operations in defense of our country. The gifts, $10,000 to each dependent family and an additional $5,000 per child, are intended to help these families through any immediate or long-term financial difficulties they may face. This gift is made quietly and without fanfare, to protect the privacy of the families. Our goal is to support them in their time of need, and to ensure that they know that our nation appreciates the sacrifice they have made for us.

The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund is supported entirely by donations. 100% of contributions from the public for this effort go to support military families; no administrative costs are deducted. The Fund's Trustees underwrite all administrative costs.

Since 2000 the Fund has helped hundreds of military families. The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund contribution is given without restriction, available for any needs the family may have. This gift has helped these families in many ways: providing a sufficient down payment for a house, flying parents to the funeral of their fallen child, providing schooling for children, and even more immediate needs such as buying food and other necessities. Some families have put the funds in a trust for their children's education. Others have used them to establish support groups for families who are facing similar losses. One widow, who lost her husband in Afghanistan, wrote to us saying "It is a great honor to our family for the members of the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund to have helped with our financial needs during our darkest hour. It is incredibly meaningful to have fellow Americans, who do not know us personally, contribute to the future of our family in such a significant way."

The Fund is currently contributing to the spouses and children of U.S. and British military personnel killed in action, as defined by the casualty offices of the United States Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard, and the Ministry of Defense of the United Kingdom, in Operation Iraqi Freedom; and the spouses and children of U.S. military personnel killed in action in Afghanistan.

Please join us in this campaign. We depend entirely on contributions to provide these gifts to families who have sacrificed so much for our nation.

Information for Military Families

The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund works in with the casualty offices of the United States Armed Forces in determining families eligible for support. The Fund will provide support to the surviving spouses and/or children of United States and British uniformed military personnel killed in action in Operation Iraqi Freedom or Operation Enduring Freedom. Through a special contribution from the Stamps Family Charitable Foundation, the Fund will make an additional contribution of $1,000 to the families of all U.S. troops lost in Iraq and Afghanistan, regardless of whether they left behind a spouse or children.

To protect the privacy of the families we support, the Fund does not communicate directly with military families. Upon receiving confirmation from the armed forces casualty offices that a member of the armed forces has been killed in action in Operation Iraqi Freedom or Operation Enduring Freedom, and that the member has left behind a spouse or dependent child or children, the Fund will process a contribution for the family. The contribution will be forwarded to the casualty office of the member's branch of service, who will in turn forward the contribution to the family.

Donate online through www.fallenheroesfund.com. Contributions may be mailed directly to: Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, West 46th St. and 12th Ave. New York, New York, NY 10036 or 800-340-HERO. 100% of contributions go to support military families. The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund is a 501(c)(3) organization and contributions are tax deductible under applicable laws.

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