A Salute to Our Heroes Foundation


February 2023

In this Issue

Joining Forces to Have a Greater Impact

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2023 Honoree

Specialist Ethan J. Martin Scholarship Fund

2023 A Salute To Our Heroes Golf Outing Brochure


4th Annual Golf Outing

Friday, June 9, 2023

Bowes Creek Country Club


Joining Forces To Have a Greater Impact

As the first month (January 2023) of the new year comes to a end, A Salute To Our Heroes Foundation reflects on the accomplishments of fundraising and meeting the supporters who believe in our mission in 2022. We are thankful for the families who have supported our cause in assisting veterans and their families through the Specialist Ethan J. Martin Scholarship Fund which provides money for the collegiate and trade school education of veteran children, awareness for (PTSD) Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and (TBI) Traumatic Brain Injury, and Julia Comfort Dog who provides relief of grief, love, and support. We are always looking for other resources to help our veterans and their families in “Joining Forces to have a Greater Impact.”


In 2023, we bring forth an additional amazing resource organization that gives assistance to our veterans by helping and honoring them for the sacrifices they have made for our country. With that in mind “A Salute To Our Heroes Foundation” has included Bluewater Behavioral Health – Niceville, FL on our website: asalutetoourheroes.com under “Resources”. If it was not for these private resources/ organizations and many others, veterans would have no place to get help, let alone heal. 


A Salute To Our Heroes Foundation looks forward to the wonderful possibilities of 2023. Blessings to all of you this year. We are excited to see you at our 4th Annual Golf Outing on Friday, June 9, 2023, honoring Jerry Christopherson, who served in the U.S. Army from 1966-68. Jerry Christopherson is the Founder and President of True Patriots Care.

Thank you,

Dona A. Stretch

Founder / CEO

A Salute To Our Heroes Inc. Foundation

9N850 Channel Court

Elgin, IL 60124

Not-for-profit 501(c)(3)


REGISTER TODAY: Friday, June 9, 2023


4th Annual Golf Outing

Friday, June 9, 2023

Bowes Creek Country Club

1250 Bowes Creek Boulevard

Elgin, IL 60124



2023 Honoree

It is with great pride and honor we announce that

“A Salute To Our Heroes Foundation”

2023 honoree will be

Jerry Christopherson,

Founder / President

True Patriots Care.

Jerry Christopherson, who served in the U.S. Army from 1966-68, is the founder and President of True Patriots Care (www.truepatriotscare.com). Christopherson founded True Patriots Care, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, in 2009 to honor our nation’s heroes by paying respect to the lives lost and offering support to their families. Known for assembling powerful displays of American flags to honor our first responders, active-duty military, and veterans at locations across Illinois, Wisconsin and Indiana, True Patriots Care is dedicated to healing hearts, bringing communities together, generating awareness and raising funds in support of worthy causes.

The organization relies on volunteers to install flag displays outside Chicago-area funeral homes, churches, and civic centers so the entire community knows when a hero is being laid to rest. In addition, True Patriots Care has hosted other community events such as motorcycle runs, Purple Heart recognition lunches, the 9/11 Memorial Healing Field® and Field of Honor®, Officer Down Tribute, and The Wall That Heals, a touring replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

In light of the COVID pandemic, non-profit organizations had limited fundraising opportunities over the last couple years. With the assistance of corporate sponsors sought out chiefly by Christopherson himself, True Patriots Care raised over $50,000 in the past 2 years that was donated to other veteran, first responder and youth non-profits.

Jerry Christopherson is the true definition of a selfless individual. He passionately gives his time and resources to honor the heroes we have lost ensuring they will not be forgotten.

Jerry wouldn't be able to give so much without the support of his wife, Linda, his 5 children, 10 grandchildren, and two great grandchildren.

Specialist Ethan J. Martin Scholarship Fund

A Salute To Our Heroes Foundation Scholarship Fund of Elgin, Illinois is offering a scholarship opportunity to children of veterans or individuals who have an immediate family member (mother, father, grandparent, or sibling) who is a veteran or on active military duty for the United States. Applicant(s) must reside in Kane County and be a high school senior, college student or adult entering studies for a degree or trade.

Applicants may request an application in the high school counselor's office or by email at asalutetoourheroes@gmail.com starting January 1, 2023.

Scholarships awarded will be granted directly to the named accredited college/university or trade school. The application submission deadline is April 15, 2023, and scholarship(s) will be awarded on May 1, 2023.

If you have any questions, please contact our office at 224-600-3318 or email us at: asalutetoourheroes@gmail.com

2023 A Salute To Our Heroes Golf Outing Brochure

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