The Evan Ashcraft Foundation was established in 2003 in memory of SGT Evan Ashcraft who was killed at age 24 in Iraq on July 24, 2003. In one of the last phone calls he had with his parents, Evan expressed a desire to "just help people" when he came home from Iraq. Unfortunately, Evan was killed before he could fulfill his desire to help others. The Foundation was created to carry out Evan's wish.
The mission of the Evan Ashcraft Foundation is to help soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan adjust to civilian life. There is often a gap between the services that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is able to offer and the needs of the veterans and their families. These needs include treatment for post traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injuries. The Foundation seeks out non-government organizations that treat combat-related injuries and supports them financially with grants resulting from fundraisers and private donations. The grant recipients, and the size of the grants, have grown over the years, and it is our mission to continue to fund these amazing organizations as they help our veterans help themselves. The Evan Ashcraft Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public charity. We have no political or religious affiliation. We simply exist to help those in need and to fulfill the wishes of an extraordinary young man, Evan Ashcraft.
"Your Foundation is helping soldiers when they come home. Keep up the good work."
35 year-old Marine
"We need more people supporting our troops this way. Sometimes we don't want to talk to a military counselor because it could end our career."
27 year-old Army Sergeant
"The Foundation is doing fantastic work. Thank you for all you do."
22 year-old Army Corporal