6 December 2011 – Gold Star Dads of America announced today a strategic alliance between GSD and Knights of Heroes.
“This hits very close to home for a lot of our Dads” said Michael Klasno, founder of Gold Star Dads of America. “As Gold Star father’s and grandfather’s many of us worry about the psychological health and well-being of our children & grandchildren. Besides being a well run organization worthy of our support, Knights of Heroes main goal is the physical, psychological and spiritual health of these young people. We are pleased to partner with them.”
Knights of Heroes is a high-impact, adventure camp for young men & women who have lost their fathers in military service. Each summer, families with children between the ages of 11 and 17 are invited to attend at absolutely no cost. While the kids are at camp, the moms and younger siblings spend the week visiting sites in and around Colorado Springs. Lodging and travel arrangements are made for the families that attend from outside the local area.
The Knights of Heroes Foundation was created in January of 2007 by Lieutenant Colonel Steve Harrold in honor of his friend Major Troy Lee “Trojan” Gilbert.
Major Gilbert, was killed during combat operations in the Al-Anbar Province, Iraq on November 27, 2006. At the time of his death, Major Gilbert was a husband and father of five children.
“An alliance with Gold Star Dads is a perfect fit.” said Lt Col Harrold. “Over 90% of the kids who attend our camp lost their fathers in OIF or OEF, to have Gold Star Dads of America involved is an honor.”