A Policy of Giving Back
At Armed Forces Insurance, we are passionate about supporting the military. We take pride in providing personal service and competitive rates to those who serve and their families. But our commitment does not end there. We also feel that we have an additional obligation to give back to the military and local communities that support us. Below are some of the programs that we sponsor. Because to us it's not just a policy, it's a policy of giving back.
Armed Forces Bowl - Great American Patriot Award
As the official insurance partner of the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl, AFI was proud to present the 2014 Great American Patriot Award to General Peter Pace, USMC (Ret.). According to Lieutenant General Garry Parks, U.S. Marine Corps (Ret.), chairman of Armed Forces Insurance, General Pace “who, like our many AFI members, has dedicated himself to serving our country.”
Military Spouse of the Year
AFI is proud to be the presenting sponsor of the Military Spouse of the Year (MSOY) award. The award is presented each year to the person who best represents the sacrifice, patriotism and selflessness of more than 20 million past and present military spouses. In 2015, Corie Weathers, wife of Army Captain Matt Weathers, was named the Military Spouse of the Year. The 2016 winner will be selected from among the six branch winners and announced at the ninth annual MSOY Awards Ceremony. Go to http://msoy.militaryspouse.com/ to learn more.
Military Warriors Support Foundation
AFI has partnered with the Military Warriors Support Foundation (MWSF) as the preferred insurance company for the MWSF programs. The MWSF, through the homes donation program Homes4WoundedHeroes, awards 100% mortgage-free homes to combat wounded veterans.
The Homes4WoundedHeroes program is also available to Gold Star Spouses of Heroes who have fallen in combat. In addition to the home, each family receives three years of family and financial mentoring so that they may learn the skills necessary to become happy and successful homeowners. This program not only changes the lives of the Hero and their family, but is also changes the lives of generations to follow.
To date, the Military Warriors Support Foundation and their partners have awarded over 650 homes to military heroes.
AFI was a sponsor of Sky Ball XIII, a fundraising event established by the nonprofit Fort Worth Airpower Foundation. In four years, Sky Ball has helped the Foundation give more than $4.5 million to programs that directly support members of all military branches and their families, such as contingency funds at the Naval Air Station, Fort Worth, Joint Reserve Base and other programs. Sky Ball contributions have also helped fund:
- Heroes on the Water - Healing veterans through fellowship and fishing
- Freedom Flight - Taking heroes of the Greatest Generation, our WWII Veterans, to visit their Memorial in Washington, D.C.
- Wounded Warriors Veteran's Day Weekend in Las Vegas
- Snowball Express - Helping children of fallen military personnel heal and make new memories
- Gary Sinise Foundation - Serving the Nation by honoring our defenders, veterans, first responders, their families and those in need
- Plus many of the other programs and causes that directly and solely support of veterans, military members, Wounded Warriors and military families - we're proud to help
Since 2006, the mission of Snowball Express has been a simple, yet profoundly important one: Provide hope and new happy memories to the children of military fallen heroes who have died while on active duty since 9/11. They bring children together from all over the world for a four-day experience filled with fun activities, like sporting events, dances, amusement parks and more. Parents of children of the fallen often tell us that their child is reserved, withdrawn or unwilling to talk about their loss. Participating in Snowball Express changes that, making each child feel special and giving them an opportunity to share their feelings about losing something so precious, their parent. Armed Forces Insurance is proud to be a sponsor of Snowball Express, which changes the lives of children of our fallen heroes.
AFI employees helped raise more than $228,000 in 2014 for the United Way of Leavenworth County. These funds support over twenty agencies delivering services to children, families, seniors and veterans in our community.