It doesn’t take much to melt this military mom’s heart. I know well the personal sacrifices that military families make everyday as their loved ones stand bravely in harm’s way to defend our freedom.
Thus, Pinnacle’s ‘Folds of Honor’ scholarship initiative and its presentation to its first recipient, the family of New Bedford, Mass., Marine SPC Scott Christopher Burris announced today (Nov. 30) gained my immediate applause, attention and admiration.
The scholarship will aid SPC Burris’ wife, Suzanne, as she completes her degree from Fisher College.
The presentation was made at Acushnet Company’s Ball Plant II in New Bedford, where every Pinnacle golf ball is manufactured. The family was also provided a tour of the facility. http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=268011616584693
As described in the Acushnet announcement, SPC Burris served eight years as a U.S. Marine, prior to re-enlisting after the events of September 11, 2001. He spent two tours in Iraq as a Motor Transport Operator with the Massachusetts Army National Guard’s 1060th Transportation Company. As the driver of the lead gun truck in convoy security, SPC Burris encountered multiple exposures to IEDs, mortar and rocket explosions, which resulted in diagnoses of PTSD and Traumatic Brain Injury. For his service, SPC Burris was presented the Bronze Star, among other awards.
SPC Burris’ wife, Suzanne, is aspiring to become a registered health information technician with the Veterans Administration. She currently is working toward her associates degree in Health Information Technology from Fisher College in New Bedford, where she is a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.
“SPC Burris and his family are truly an inspiration and extremely deserving of this scholarship,” said Joe Gomes, director of Communications, Acushnet Company. “Pinnacle is proud to support our local community, military veterans and their families. Our partnership with Folds of Honor gives our company the ability to touch the lives of military families across the country through our scholarship program and Patriot Golf Day events.”
The Folds of Honor Foundation provides scholarships and educational assistance to the spouses and children of fallen and disabled military members. To apply for a scholarship, please visit the Folds of Honor website at www.foldsofhonor.org.
“Every scholarship we are able to offer to a military family is an honor, so it’s incredibly humbling to have the support of Pinnacle and the Acushnet Company,” said Major Dan Rooney, Folds of Honor founder. “We can’t express enough gratitude for their contributions in helping us educate the legacy of our military service men and women and impact many more deserving families.”
Pinnacle has taken its support of Folds of Honor a step further by proudly featuring the foundation’s logo on its new flagship Pinnacle Gold golf ball packaging. The special packaging serves as a reminder of all those who have served and sacrificed for our country.
To Acushnet and Folds of Honor, thanks and applause. And to those it honors — service men and women and their families, and SPC Scott Burris and his family — my heartfelt gratitude, respect and eternal admiration for all that you have done and continue to do, everyday.