From the desk of Executive Director Brant Ringler

The Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl has designated the Fort Worth Air Power Foundation as its hometown charity to go along with its national charity partner, the USO. The mission of the Fort Worth Air Power Foundation is one that aligns well with the desires of the bowl to support the military in all facets of life. The actual Foundation mission is to provide financial assistance to military families on a case-by-case basis, to financially support deployment and welcome home receptions and comfort gatherings for the families of deployed military and to provide financial support for the Welfare and Relief projects of the units assigned in North Texas. In addition, the Foundation supports the soldiers that have been wounded in battle and that are recuperating at military hospitals in Texas.

All Americans need to recognize that the families of our military brothers and sisters make huge sacrifices here at home, while their loved ones put their lives in harm’s way serving our great nation and the cause of freedom. The needs of our military families are becoming more chronic as thousands of North Texas soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines, and members of the National Guard serving their country are called to active duty for multiple tours overseas. Most Reserve and Guard personnel called to duty are earning a fraction of their civilian job salaries. As a result, many families are struggling to meet their financial obligations while their breadwinner is away fighting for us. As Americans, and as members of a caring community, we cannot stand idly by while military personnel and their families quietly sacrifice their basic needs while serving to protect our freedom and our Country.

Our local Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base is a very large part of our city’s military history, culture and community leadership. The Fort Worth Air Power Foundation understands, as well as we do, the importance of all the people serving in various forms via the NASJRB and how we must support those who are serving our country abroad and at home. 

As a small token of our appreciation and through the generosity of the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl corporate partner program, the bowl will give 5,000 game day tickets to the NASJRB, so active duty members and their immediate families can enjoy being honored while taking in a great football game.  This could not have happened without the phenomenal support of all our bowl corporate partners which have underwritten the cost of these tickets for our military personnel.

Please join us at TCU’s home football game on November 14th as the bowl, ESPN and Bell Helicopter will be presenting a check to the Fort Worth Air Power Foundation in the amount of $15,000.  We see tickets and donations as just one of many ways our bowl supports our military, but the point is to get involved. Whether you donate money or welcome home the troops via the daily DFW Airport USO program, I encourage everyone to do their part every year. The last chance you will have to say thanks this year will be at 11:00 a.m. on December 31st, and what better way to give thanks than to do it with 40,000 other people at the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl.