2nd Dragoons Foundation

Helping the soldiers and families of the cavalry, present and past

Ten Years – Brian Freeman Scholarship & EEM2DF

The Second Dragoons Foundation (EEM2DF) is proud to have made another contribution to the SSG Brian Freeman scholarship fund in 2019. This marks the 10th anniversary of our association with the Freeman scholarship. We could not be prouder of providing a small part of the Freeman family’s contribution to our country’s freedom and continuing commitment after paying the ultimate price for that freedom

U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Brian L. Freeman was killed in combat in Iraq on 7 November 2005 while serving with the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment. The SSG Freeman scholarship was established by Freeman’s family to provide college funding for one student per year who graduates from Freeman’s former high school and writes the best essay concerning what our country or military means to them. This year, two winners were chosen, so EEM2DF doubled our contribution. The two winning essays are attached.

SSG Freeman’s memory lives on through his family’s dedication to this scholarship and we are proud to be associated with this effort.

God bless the SSG Brian Freeman family and those they support.

If you support the work of The Second Dragoons Foundation, please consider making a donation .

Cavalry Veteran Helping Marine Veteran

Wesley Wilson served in the 2nd Squadron, 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment during the late 1980s with the founders of the E.E. Mixon Second Dragoons Foundation.  He was an outstanding non-commissioned officer and the Foundation is pleased to offer its support to SSG Wilson and his family. He sent the following details to the Foundation following our contributions:

Relando Kirk served in the Marines during the Vietnam era and was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer in November, 2018.  Relando had no support network, so my wife and I offered him a room in our home and with my wife’s background in the medical profession we were able to schedule appointments with the best doctors in the area.   We are glad to report that Relando is now back at his fighting weight of 179 lbs. (after shriveling to under 150 pounds) and the treatments being used on him, in addition to the radiation, have been successful.   When we heard that the 2nd Dragoons Foundation had decided to assist in offsetting some of the costs (medical and prescription co-pays, fuel, special diet items) associated with taking in a veteran we were extremely humbled.   Having served in 2/2 ACR in the 80s, I was aware of the good works that the Foundation was doing and we are beyond thankful that they selected us. Relando Kirk is a quiet and humble man and he would tell you, “The Good Lord and the Wilson family saved me, of that I have no doubt. I was dying when I reached out to them, and am alive because of them.”  Relando’s strong spiritual faith coupled with a warrior spirit has hastened his recovery, and those qualities serve us all on our journey. Godspeed and many thanks to the 2nd Dragoons Foundation.

Helping Veterans Who Are Helping Veterans

Our foundation recently sent financial support to the family of a former cavalry scout non-commissioned officer who had served with us in Germany.  This NCO and his family had identified an elderly veteran neighbor living alone and in need of support in various ways, and responded by taking this veteran into their home and providing him with a second family.  Our contribution to the family will help to defray some of the expenses they have voluntarily incurred and improve the quality of life for all concerned.

About Wreaths Across America

Our mission, Remember, Honor, Teach, is carried out in part by coordinating wreath laying ceremonies a specified Saturday in December at Arlington, as well as veterans’ cemeteries and other locations in all 50 states and beyond. We also organize a week of events including international veteran’s tributes, ceremonies at State Houses and a week-long “Veteran’s Parade” between Maine and Virginia where we stop along the way to spread our message about the importance of remembering our fallen heroes, honoring those who serve, and teaching our children about the sacrifices made by veterans and their families to preserve our freedoms.

Helping Cavalrymen and Their Families

In 2016 the Foundation was able to assist a former cavalryman who had been stricken with ALS. The cavalryman and his family were renovating their house to make it wheelchair accessible so that the entire family could remain in their house. While the VA assisted with some of the construction work, our Foundation was able to cover some of the additional costs that the family was facing.

SSG Brian Freeman Scholarship Fund Contribution 2016

The Second Dragoons Foundation is proud to have made another contribution to the SSG Brian Freeman scholarship fund in 2016. This marks the 8th annual contribution by the Second Dragoons Foundation.

SSG Brian Freeman was killed in combat in Iraq in November of 2005 while on duty with the 3rd Squadron of the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment. SSG Freeman was killed when a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device detonated near his dismounted patrol in Baghdad. Also killed were 1LT Justin S. Smith, SPC Robert C. Pope II, and PFC Mario A. Reyes.

The SSG Freeman scholarship was established by SSG Freeman’s family to provide college funding for one student per year who graduates from SSG Freeman’s former high school, Caledonia High School. Students compete for the scholarship by writing essays concerning what our country or military means to them.

SSG Freeman’s memory lives on through his family’s dedication to this scholarship and we are proud to be associated with this effort.

If you support the work of The Second Dragoons Foundation, please consider making a donation .

Helped a Cold War era trooper’s family to get back on their feet

The EE Mixon Second Dragoon Foundation recently provided funds to helped a Cold War era trooper and his family get back on their feet in the midwest. The family, who have teenage children, were evicted from their home and needed a little help to get back to normal life. We are proud to help those who served in the cavalry, no matter the era.

SSG Brian Freemen Scholarship Fund 2014

The Second Dragoons Foundation is proud to have made another contribution to the SSG Brian Freeman scholarship fund in 2014.

SSG Freeman was killed in combat in Iraq with the 3rd ACR. The SSG Freeman scholarship was established by SSG Freeman’s family to provide college funding for one student per year who graduates from Freeman’s former high school and writes the best essay concerning what our country or military means to them.

SSG Freeman’s memory lives on through his family’s dedication to this scholarship and we are proud to be associated with this effort.

If you support the work of The Second Dragoons Foundation, please consider making a donation .

Supported an Cavalry Iraqi Interpreter

The EE Mixon Second Dragoons Foundation has provided funds to a heroic Iraqi interpreter who moved with his family to the USA.

This interpreter provided mission critical support to Cavalry troopers in Iraq. Later this interpreter and his family were threatened by Iraqi insurgents for his connection to the US Cavalry.

Once he moved to the USA with his family, we have helped him find work and set up a home.

We are proud to have provided help to this Cavalry hero.

Houston Students Send Care Package to Troops in Kandahar

A group of Houston students have continued their annual tradition of collecting goods to send to US troops in Afghanistan for the third year in a row. They collected ten boxes of care package goods (trail mix, socks, beef jerky, paper back books, etc.). Eight high school sophomores participated (picture of six below).

The goods were sent to a Stryker platoon at an outpost near Kandahar (part of 25th ID). The EE Mixon Second Dragoons Foundation is proud to have provided funds (~$400) to ship the boxes to Afghanistan.

Thanks go to Daniel Farley and friends for continuing their tradition. Most of all, thanks to our troops serving in Afghanistan and we hope these Care Packages make life a little more bearable for them.

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