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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

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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.

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We would like to announce that Be Light Ministries has pledged its support to Got Your Back Network!  Be Light Ministries is an organization that focuses on outreach projects and is committed to making an impact on families and communities through our services and different  programs. Through our market place, “A Nomad’s Treasure”, we provide different products that showcase goods and wellness services that are meant to provide solutions for others while helping us raise funds for the organization.

One of our treasures is Moringa Olifeara- It is a subtropical plant that is widely called the miracle tree not only for the amazing nutritional and healing properties found in the entire plant, but also because every part of the plant can be used and consumed.

We are excited to help support Got Your Back Network Mission’s to assist families from the fallen soldiers through some of the proceeds of our Moringa Leave Powders products.  Thank Your for your support which allows us to service others. For more information go to:

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38 miles are complete! On the morning of Sunday, February 1st I
embarked on a run journey that gave me plenty of time (6+ hrs) to
reflect on the sacrifices military and their families have made to for
our country. Toeing the start line with me that morning was Gabriela,
whose father was killed in action in Afghanistan. Gabriela and I met
back in 2008 when I started Got Your Back Network, seeing a need to
support widows and children who were reeling in the wake of their
spouse/parent making the ultimate sacrifice. My goal was to create a
network of these military families, bring them together to share
positive experiences, and put smiles on their faces once more 🙂 As
we say.. we got your back!

Throughout the 38 miles on Sunday, military service members, friends
and family came together in support of this journey along the
beautiful shores of the Potomac River. The run took me down to Mt.
Vernon, up to Theodore Roosevelt Island and through the cobblestone
streets of Old Town Alexandria. It was a fitting setting by our
Nation’s Capitol and passing by reminders of two of our greatest
Presidents of how we can never take life and our freedoms for granted.

The birthday run began out of inspiration from Mike Rouse (a strong
military supporter) in San Diego on February 5, 2012, when I turned 35
on a sunny Super Bowl Sunday, and decided to run from my house to the
hospital (where I was delivering babies that night)- a distance of 35
miles. I wanted to do something mentally and physically challenging
each year that would in turn help motivate others to give just a small
amount to support the military widows and children who I care so much

So on this occasion of my 38th birthday, I ask you to please give $38
to Got Your Back Network in support of families of fallen military.
Through your contributions, children and surviving spouses can attend
educational summer camps, professional sporting events, and other
healing experiences together.

I ran the miles on Sunday and so far we have raised $6700. Please
help me get to $10,000 by my birthday, February 5. It would be the
best birthday present and mean the world to these children.

Why? They deserve all the support we can give. Please help by donating

Very Respectfully,

Dr. Andy Baldwin
Founder, Got Your Back Network


Click to watch Andy finish 38 miles!


Heading Out! Gabriella and Andy George Washington Memorial Parkway Sunday


Lady Bird Johnson Park Theodore Roosevelt Island Arlington Alexandria - Old Town

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All I want for my birthday is for you to donate $38 to Got Your Back
Network, and I’m running 38 miles to prove it. – Dr. Laura Skellchock

On the occasion of my 38th birthday, I will be running 38 miles on Sunday,
Feb. 1st, to raise money for the families of fallen soldiers through Got
Your Back Network!  This will be my 4th year in a row running my
birthday in miles to help military families, and this time will take
place on the East Coast DC area. All I ask is for you to donate $38 or
more to the organization. There will be many locals coming out to run,
and be there for support and raise awareness for the cause.

Every dollar you contribute will go directly to positive programming and
events for these widows and children.  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.

$38 for 38!! Thank you for your support!! #SOT

For more information you can view the course map HERE


Photos from last year’s run!

Ready to run!


Halfway done!



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Mrs Wippel’s fourth grade class has done it again this year! They pinched pennies to collect $115 dollars to help families of the fallen across the United States. When the children put their minds to it, they meet their goal. And this year they exceeded their goal of raising $100. The families of the fallen appreciate Mrs. Wippel’s leadership and the hard work of the fourth grade students.

Mrs Wippel's penny drive