Handmade Bears Offer Comfort to Families of Fallen Soldiers
Teddy bears are being tasked with an important mission: bring comfort to families of fallen soldiers.
Fallen Warrior Bears are handmade with the clothing of Americans who paid the ultimate sacrifice. Through the Arizona Hearts for Heroes program, the bears are given to families for free.
Today on The Real Story, Gretchen Carlson spoke to veteran Charles R. Leon, the president and CEO of Fallen Warrior Bears.
Leon said his experiences serving in the Air Force for 20 years led him to this mission.
He told Gretchen about how his mother-in-law struggled to deal with the loss of her son. “On January 25, 1945, he went on patrol and he’s still on patrol, listed as MIA. And I saw the debilitating issue with my mother-in-law in that she could never have the opportunity to bury her son.”
Leon wanted the bears to serve as a way to keep the memories of fallen soldiers alive.
Phyllis Sisson, mother of Second Lieutenant Justin Sisson who was killed nine months ago in Afghanistan, shared her experience with Fallen Warrior Bears.
“We have trunks full of his uniforms and didn’t know what to do with them,” she said.
When Sisson heard about the program, she said, “I thought it was a worthy cause and a way to have a memento of my son, rather than it just being placed in a trunk.”
Watch the Real Story segment above and visit the AZ Hearts for Heroes website to learn more about this program.