The Blewitt Foundation
Mission Statement


The University of Maryland University College is celebrating more than 60 years of serving the U.S. military world-wide as the premier supplier of non-traditional education to our troops. UMUC is now educating 60,000 military and family members.

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The Blewitt Foundation in the News

40th Holiday Sing-A-Long Warms Hearts (Quantico, Dec 12, 2008) - The 2008 annual Wolf Trap Holiday Sing-A-Long warmed the hearts of thousands Sunday night with the Presidents Own playing and singing popular Christmas carols with the help of assorted vocal groups and crowd participation.

Destination R&R -- Giving Thanks to Military Families (Character Counts Chronicle / September 17, 2007)Parenting is a tough job. Possibly the toughest job of your life. Imagine how much harder it becomes when you return wounded from active service. Simple things like picking your children up when they fall, helping them tie their shoe-laces, or simply being there for them become tougher than you believed possible.

Free Vacation Helps Healing Process for Troops- By Zoe Schwartz - (The Houston Chronicle / September 17, 2007)
For Scott Morgan, the journey from the explosion in Iraq that shattered his legs to a luau and dolphin dance in Maryland was one very strange and bittersweet voyage.

Disabled veterans and families get in some relaxation at resort - By Bryna Zumer - (The View / August 21, 2007)
It was Feb. 18, 2006, and after being deployed in Iraq for 11 months, Army Sgt. Scott Morgan was due to come home in two days. But in Taji, north of Baghdad, he was hit by mortar fire.

Pilot Program Gives Injured Vets Chance to Get Away - By Jennifer Surface - (Howard County Times / August 9, 2007)
Sgt. George Joaquin is playfully boastful as he talks about his competitive spirit -- the spirit that attracted him to enlist in the Army National Guard.

R&R for Wounded Service Members - (WMAR-TV ABC News - August 8, 2007)
(Watch video on link above) Dozens of wounded military men and women and their families are getting a much needed break. They're enjoying an all-expense paid vacation at Turf Valley Resort in Ellicott City. As ABC2 news Linda So reports, the man behind the idea says it's all about giving back.

Turf Valley Offers Veterans, Families R&R - By Josh Kowalkowski - (The Examiner - New York, New York / August 8, 2007)
U.S. Army soldier Joshua Hays suffered leg, face and brain injuries in Iraq after an improvised explosive device explosion and vehicle collision in October 2005 and is learning new ways to cope at a retreat with his family. Destination R&R is where wounded service members and their loved ones can focus on being a family again.

Vets, Military Members Attend Relaxing Retreat - (WBAL TV (NBC) / August 7, 2007) -  Video: Armed Service Members Get Chance To Relax
Injured veterans, active-duty military members and their families from across the country are in Ellicott City this week for a unique retreat. Destination R & R is giving those who've sacrificed for the country since Sept. 11 a much-needed family vacation.

Injured Soldiers Honored At Orioles Game - By Kai Jackson - (WJZ-TV (CBS) Baltimore / August 7, 2007)
(WJZ) BALTIMORE Wounded war veterans were recognized at a special ceremony before the Orioles played, as part of a bigger thank you to soldiers and their families.  Kai Jackson was at Camden Yards Tuesday night when the soldiers were honored.

UMUC Partners With Blewitt Foundation To Serve America's Military Families - By Chip Cassano - (Achiever Magazine - University of Maryland University College / Summer 2007 Issue)

Rich, Elizabeth and Shane Blewitt at their home on Tail Race Road.

Veterans and Families Are Set to Benefit From Local Initiative - By Audrey Bergner - (Middleburg Life / June 13, 2007)
There are some memories - if you're a soldier at war - that you never forget. The sound of mortars piercing the silence of the night; bullets whizzing by you, only to hit a fellow soldier next to you; dodging IEDs on a deserted road, then reeling as one explodes under your vehicle, flames soaring into the sky, engulfing everything around you.

Excerpts from Destination R&R attendees:

"......You have sought out the disabled service members, including their families, recognized and honored them in a way that is unheard of in today's society.....My favorite part of the trip only last 20 seconds. It occurred when our son looked up at his Dad and for the first time, didn't see his disabled father, but he saw his hero. Thank you for that wonderful gift."

"......The trip made a profound impact on our family and we will be forever grateful......We will never forget how much you have changed our lives"

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Michael Josephson is the Founder & CEO of the Josephson Institute of Ethics and its well-known Character Counts! program. His daily commentary is heard by several million listeners on KNX Radio in Los Angeles, the Armed Forces Radio Network globally and several other U.S. radio stations, as well as printed in a number of U.S. local newspapers.

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