Formally launched on Memorial Day, 2009, the Massachusetts Military Heroes Fund was created to help families of fallen service members.
The origins of this organization came from the office of the late Senator Edward M. Kennedy and some local 9/11 families who personally understood the pain and grief of losing family members, as well as the difficulties that come with this loss.
As part of the launch of Massachusetts Military Heroes Fund, Senator Kennedy was quoted “They were patriots, who put themselves in harm’s way to protect us all, and we must support the families they left behind in every way possible. I’ve been blessed to have had the opportunity to talk with many of their loved ones. I understand their burden and their grief, and I’ve also learned from many of them about the challenges that they face. The extraordinary task of putting their affairs in order and obtaining the support and benefits that they need, is almost too much to bear. I heard similar stories from the September 11th families in the days, weeks and months after that tragic day. The need for assistance is often overwhelming, and we hope this new Fund will ease some of the burdens.”
Alma Hart, the mother of PFC John Hart who died in Iraq in 2003, said “I’m very grateful for the concern and compassion that the 9/11 families are showing the Gold Star families...Clearly, the 9/11 families are still dealing with their own losses and their compassion and strong support for us reveal the best of Americans’ caring, understanding, and unity.”