Kenneth Wasley Story

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U.S. Army SP5 Michael Dee Wasley served during the Vietnam War with Air America. Was a team member of the 7th Army Parachute Team, including The U.S. Army Parachute Team, Golden Knights. He was a pioneer in the skydiving world as  Rigger, Photographer, and International Skydiving Competitor including Skydiving Demonstrations. 

History

The Story of Children of Fallen Heroes starts in a quiet green pasture in the town of Silk Hope, NC. In 1973 my father and his Golden Knight teammates were on their way to an airshow when they had a fatal crash. In the subsequent years, I felt an emptiness that I attempted to fill with different activities and found camaraderie in my dad’s teammates, the Golden Knights. My stepfather, a Golden Knight himself, filled the huge gap my father left in me and my sister. By my stepfather’s actions of saving our family and loving us as his own, he seared a spirit of giving in me forever. To this day, my primary mission has been to help people that serve and sacrifice for their communities, our First Responders, and our beloved military.

 

(Below are photos of my step father SFC, Army, James Walter Kraft,

my mother Judy, sister Gena and her son Dylan)

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Mission Statement

Children of Fallen Heroes provides retreats, education, and special programs to children and families of fallen military and first responders designed to create an escape from grief, helping them to survive and thrive in spite of their loss.

 

Vision Statement

Children of Fallen Heroes seeks to increase public awareness and appreciation of the sacrifice of fallen military and first responder heroes as well as the sacrifice and needs of their loved ones, through an increasing range of healing educational and recreational activities.

Statement of Need

Child survivors of fallen military and first responders experience complicated grief, involving not merely the loss of a parent, but also the loss of a hero, and the loss of their familiar sense of belonging within a community. Participation in skill-building activities with others who have experienced similar losses is beneficial to the healing process. Research shows that children of fallen heroes who participate in peer support activities experience an increased sense of hope, positive role-modeling, and greater trust, understanding, and empathy.

Children of Fallen Heroes seeks to increase public awareness and appreciation of the sacrifice of fallen military and first responder heroes as well as the sacrifice and needs of their loved ones, through an increasing range of healing educational and recreational activities.

Program Description

Children of Fallen Heroes is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, founded in 2015 by Kenneth Wasley. We provide various types of retreats, education opportunities, community outreach, and special activities for children and families of fallen military and first responders. All activities are designed to provide a respite from grief as well as a new learning experience in an atmosphere in which their hero parents are remembered and honored for their service. These activities have included but are not limited to: STEM Flight for Heroes Day Camp, Equine Retreat for Heroes, Golf Day Camp, Fishing Day Camp for Heroes, Canine Rescue Class, and Wildlife Rescue Class, Photography Class, Wedding, and Special Occasion and Skydiving Angels Program.

It is my hope that you will join me in this journey of life to help make a positive difference and strengthen our communities. 

Sending positive thoughts and ❤️!

Sincerely,

Kenneth Wasley, Founder & President

Children of Fallen Heroes

501(c)(3) IRS Approved Nonprofit

Tax ID 81-0800340.

In memory of Dylan Wasley

My boy was killed by a drunk driver on Oct 31, 2020. Leaving behind his mother, grandparents, and uncle. Dylan had just received his "Chef Jacket" at La Province a 5 Star Restaurant in Roseville, CA. This was a huge moment in his life as he told his grandmother the good news because she was the inspiration for his love of the Art of Cooking. 

 

Two weeks later Dylan was ripped from our family's lives by an irresponsible 21-year-old drunk driver. (I won't mention his name at this time). 

I will never forget as a young infant Dylan loved handing out all his M&M's to everyone instead of eating one for himself. When he was an adult he gave up his grocery money and lived off ramen to help raise money for kids of sex trafficking. He was always a giver and would give the shirt off his back when he had nothing, even when people took advantage of his kindness. The one thing that stands out more than anything is that he was a protector of children, and adored Uncle Dylan to many of his friends. 

Our family is super proud of the giving spirit that was instilled in him by his grandmother,  and mother. We will honor the fallen servicemen and women that choose to serve our community and nation by even helping foster kids and families in need. 

Love you, my boy, I will see you when my time is done here on earth. 

 

 

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Dylan tandem skydiving with the U.S. Army Parachute Team, Golden Knights. Special thank you to Army, SGM, Bryan Schnell,(Ret) for helping facilitate Dylan's first skydive experience during his Opa's U.S. Airborne and military family history tour. 

Actual STEM Indoor Skydiving Class

in Charlotte NC.

In honor of my father Michael Wasley, and his grandson Dylan.

What is Grief?

Grief is a strong, sometimes overwhelming emotion for people, regardless of whether their sadness stems from the loss of a loved one or from a terminal diagnosis they or someone they love have received.

They might find themselves feeling numb and removed from daily life, unable to carry on with regular duties while saddled with their sense of loss.

Grief is the natural reaction to loss. Grief is both a universal and a personal experience. Individual experiences of grief vary and are influenced by the nature of the loss. Some examples of loss include the death of a loved one, the ending of an important relationship, job loss, loss through theft, or the loss of independence through disability.

Experts advise those grieving to realize they can't control the process and to prepare for varying stages of grief. Understanding why they're suffering can help, as can talking to others and trying to resolve issues that cause significant emotional pain, such as feeling guilty for a loved one's death.

Mourning can last for months or years. Generally, pain is tempered as time passes and as the bereaved adapts to life without a loved one, to the news of a terminal diagnosis, or to the realization that someone they love may die.

If you're uncertain about whether your grieving process is normal, consult a TRUSTED HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONAL. Outside help is sometimes beneficial to people trying to recover and adjust to death or the diagnosis of a terminal illness.

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