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Ten Gold Star Moms were crowned as 2018 “Honorary Miss Americas” at the Miss America pageant in Atlantic City in September. This event was made possible through our partnership with the Miss America organization and the financial backing of Veterans United Foundation, and Caesars of Atlantic City. GYBN would also like to thank the many volunteers that made this event possible.

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The winner of this year’s Got Your Back Network college scholarship is
Jake Evinger who attended Mansfield High School in Mansfield, Texas.
He will attend Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas this fall.
Jake will be studying economics at TCU. He has already started
preparing for this major by taking some business related classes off-
campus, and taking a dual-credit economics class at a local college.
Following his undergraduate degree, Jake plans on entering law school
to follow in his Grandfather’s footsteps. To quote Jake: “Where I’ll end
up in life, I don’t know. I do, however, know that I have the tools to
make it the best it can be”.

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Got Your Back Network is happy to announce that Lasherrinda Sanders is the winner of the 2017 GYBN college scholarship. Ms. Sanders attended Antioch High School in Nashville, TN and will be attending Spelman College in the fall. She will be studying a pre-dentistry major and her goal to to become a dentist. Ms. Sanders took eighteen honors and advance placement courses in high school, as well as participating in sports and many clubs. She is a National Honor Society Inductee and the founder of the Antioch High School Event Organizing Committee. Congratulations Ms. Sanders.

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GYBN is pleased to announce its third year of providing children of the fallen who are in need with scholarships for their college education. Deadline for the application is May 31st, 2017.

Download a copy of the application here.

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Got Your Back Network is proud to announce that Austin Heltzel of Denham Springs, Louisiana won our 2016 college scholarship. Austin attended the Denham Springs High School and will attend Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond this fall studying criminal justice. Austin is the son of Christy Wyble Heltzel and Sgt. Paul M. Heltzel, deceased.

Austin was awarded the scholarship because of his full lifestyle, which includes school, community involvement, and a yard service business. Austin maintained a 3.2 grade point average while being a member of several clubs and working after school. He was active in JADD and SADD, organizations that teach and inform young people that positive peer pressure, role modeling and environmental strategies can prevent destructive decisions and set a healthier, safer course for their lives. Austin operates his own yard service business after school and on weekends.

Got Your Back Network (GYBN) is a non-profit foundation, founded by Commander Andy J. Baldwin, to provide services to families of fallen soldiers. GYBN started a college scholarship program for children of the fallen in 2015. If you have any questions, please contact me at 717-305-0159.

Roy E. Baldwin

Got Your Back Network Scholarship

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Got Your Back Network is proud to announce the 2016 Children of the Fallen college scholarship program.  Last year Got Your Back Network was able to award two college scholarships to two students entering their freshman year of study.  The 2016 application is linked below and has a deadline of May 31, 2016.  We encourage all eligible students to apply!

Got Your Back Network 2016 Scholarship Application

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I will be running 39 miles on SundayFeb. 7 to raise money for children of fallen military to attend educational and fun summer camp at Camp Puh’Tok in Maryland through Got Your Back Network!  This will be my 5th year in a row running my birthday in miles to help military families. All I ask is for you to donate $39 or more to the organization. There will be many locals coming out to run, walk, and be there for support and raise awareness for the cause.

Every dollar you contribute will go directly to help a child go to Camp Puh’Tok in Maryland . It costs $600 per week so your contribution can make a difference for a child to have a positive and fun experience this summer. For more information on Got Your
Back Network and to donate, please visit

Please click HERE to make a contribution to Got Your Back Network. Help these very deserving families whose loved ones made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.

$39 for 39! Thank you for your support!! #SOT

Andy Baldwin


Photo from last year’s run!

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One of the many challenges that “Families of the Fallen” face is dealing with the myriad of money related issues like housing, bills, education, insurance and savings. Got Your Back Network is partnering with Wells Fargo to provide financial literacy programs that will be available all across the United States and can be accessed at any Wells Fargo office and online. A very personal approach is to stop in a Wells Fargo office and talk to a representative about the programs that they offer.

Wells Fargo also has a selection of seminars to choose from including but not limited to: “Budgeting and Savings”, “Get Smart about Credit”, “Identity Theft”, “Can I Retire”, “Investment Basics” and finally “The Financial Aid Journey” which is about FAFSA, the college financial application.

Online resources include: “Hands on Banking”, “Hands on Banking for the Military”, “Path to Good Credit”, “CollegeSTEPS Program” and “My Retirement Plan Tool”.

Wells Fargo provides these services and programs as a free public service:

Hands on Banking (<>) – an interactive website with financial education, account management tools and information to help you manage your money

Hands on Banking for Military — (<>) -free financial education for service members, veterans, and families. Whether you’re on active duty or are a veteran or military family member, you have a lot on your plate. It can be challenging to manage your money and get the personal finance guidance you need. Our free, fun Hands on Banking for Military program shows you helpful steps to take before, during, and after deployment; how to maintain good credit; the basics of taxes; and more.

Path to Good Credit – Wells Fargo has launched (Path to Good Credit), a series of interactive websites that offer consumers information about building and improving their credit.
CollegeSTEPS Program (www.wellsfargo/collegesteps<http://www.wellsfargo/collegesteps>) – provides college planning and money management tips for high school, and college students and parents

My Retirement Plan Tool – (<http://(>) – Whether you’re just starting to plan for retirement or have been saving for years, My Retirement Plan makes it easy to take the next step in planning for retirement. While most online retirement planning tools offer a one-size-fits-all approach, My Retirement Plan provides a realistic savings goal tailored to you — and a realistic plan for pursuing that goal.
We are so grateful and honored to be working with Wells Fargo and thank them from the bottom of our heart for supporting these families.