The Boston Globe highlights the continuous efforts of North End resident Peter Trovato who founded the Massachusetts Soldiers Legacy Fund.
“At his North End apartment, in a ritual repeated time and again over the past five years, Trovato took out a frayed, hand-written list of children of fallen service members from Massachusetts … He’s been writing the names of such children since 2004, when, at 23, he read about a soldier who died in Iraq without meeting his newborn son. Troubled by the loss and by the hardships it would inflict on the child, he decided to set up a fund to help pay for the boy’s college education.
When the next parent died in the war, he made the same pledge. Five years later, his Massachusetts Soldiers Legacy Fund has an endowment of some $3 million and has promised up to $40,000 in college grants to each of the 62 children who have lost parents in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The fund awards up to $10,000 a year for each child’s tuition, and hopes to provide more.”
For more information, visit mslfund.org.