Parents of Marine killed create foundation
'The Heart of a Marine Foundation' was created by the parents of Lance Corporal Phillip Frank. He was killed by enemy fire in Iraq two years ago. The foundation provides aid and comfort to other military families who have lost loved ones in Iraq and Afghanistan.
By Harry Porterfield
June 23, 2006 (Last Updated: 4:42:59 PM) -
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His ambition was to become a soldier and he felt that desire could best be fulfilled in the Marine Corps. On April 8th 2004, Lance Corporal Phillip Frank lost his life in Iraq living out his dream. To his parents Roy and Georgette Frank of Elk Grove Village his dream lives on and they created the Heart of a Marine foundation in his honor.
"We had a choice to make when we lost Phil we could withdraw into our pain and our grief or we could move forward in his spirit and faith and that's what we've done," said Georgette Frank.
"He had a tremendous empathy for people who are in pain and it seemed it was never ending,"
From the time it was established the foundation was established it has donated thousands to VA hospitals to families of servicemen and to wounded veterans.
Since the first of the year nearly one thousand care packages have been shipped thru the foundation to Marines in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Officially active since last November the organization now has solid core of volunteers to help with the many projects being undertaken.
"I couldn't feel better...I know that my son is looking down and smiling...he was so proud to be associated with," said Roy Frank.
"We get so much more from it than we give we are the recipients in this foundation ...touching one life at a time," said Georgette Frank.
To learn more about the foundation and how to make a donation call 847-593-3060 or log on to the foundation's web site at: www.heartofamarine.org