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.
Click Here to Read The University of Maryland University College's letter to The Blewitt Foundation
About The Blewitt Foundation
The Blewitt Foundation's primary mission is to provide special comfort, enjoyment and enrichment opportunities for U.S. military families -- with a focus on children experiencing loss, serious injury or related anxiety or fear -- through partnerships with unique recreational and educational programs.
The Blewitt Foundation honors America’s military families by offering enjoyable and enriching experiences that clearly demonstrate the nation’s appreciation for the many sacrifices these families make every day -- on our behalf, and in defending our nation and way of life. These are not easy times for our military members and their families.
With thousands of American military personnel deployed far from home, around the globe for extended periods, their families are under duress and many face serious economic hardship. The overriding policy of The Blewitt Foundation is that every military family member who participates in a Foundation activity will do so free of charge, with all expenses paid, including travel to and from program destinations.
While many of The Blewitt Foundation efforts focus on the needs of the children, programs are designed to involve all family members and their guests. Special priority is given to families whose loved ones have been killed or seriously injured while serving their country. All military and reserve families will be eligible to participate in Foundation programs.
The Blewitt Foundation's program partners -- The Josephson Institute of Ethics and The University of Maryland University College -- play an active role in the development and implementation of the Foundation’s activities.
The Josephson Institute of Ethics (JIE) is one of the nation’s leading ethics organizations. For 20 years JIE has worked to improve the ethical quality of decision-making and behavior in American society. JIE is best known for its innovative Character Counts! programs that help young people grow up morally strong. The Character Counts! Coalition -- made up of more than 700 youth-serving organizations -- reaches millions through programs in schools, communities, and non-profit groups. Character Counts! is in wide use at U.S. Army bases throughout the world and is a hallmark of The Blewitt Foundation's programs. Information: http://www.charactercounts.org/
The University of Maryland University College (UMUC) is one of the world's leading educational institutions serving the non-traditional student. For 60 years UMUC has been the premier provider of adult education programs to the U.S. military. Close to 60,000 service members are currently enrolled in the classroom and online, worldwide. UMUC brings to the Foundation’s program military educational expertise that is second to none. Information: www.umuc.org
The National Military Family Association (NMFA) is “The Voice for Military Families,” dedicated to serving the families and survivors of the seven uniformed services through education, information and advocacy. The NMFA was first organized in 1969 as the “Military Wives Association,” and throughout the years since has achieved many successes for active duty members of the armed services, their families and retirees. The NMFA screened applications and selected participants for the wounded service members and their families who attended the first Destination R&R program. Information: www.nmfa.org
The Foundation’s Destination R&R
The Foundation’s Destination R&R program week is designed and offered as a time for enjoyment and relaxation where activities are optional but where participation is encouraged and privacy is always protected. The Foundation designs all activities in a way that stresses and emphasizes fun for all family members…a time of reunion, of healing, of spending quality time together.
The first Destination R&R week was conducted in August 2007 at the Turf Valley Resort in Maryland. One hundred military personnel and family members enjoyed a full week of activities – in this Web site there are highlights of the program. We want to emphasize again that all activities were – and will be – introduced in a manner that emphasizes fun.
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"
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.
Click Here for Michael's Veterans Day commentary.