HONOR THEIR SACRIFICE. EDUCATE THEIR LEGACY.
Of the one million-plus dependents adversely affected by deployments, nearly nine out of 10 do not qualify for federal scholarship assistance. Since 2007, the Folds of Honor has carried forth this singular, noble mission. To close the gap, providing educational support to spouses and children of America’s fallen and wounded soldiers.
Lieutenant Colonel Dan Rooney
Founder, Folds of Honor Foundation
Lt Col Dan Rooney is the founder of the Folds of Honor, an F-16 Fighter Pilot with 3 combat tours in Iraq, and a PGA Golf Professional. He founded The Patriot Golf Club, American Dunes Golf Club, and is the author of A Patriot’s Calling—Living Life between Fear and Faith. He was the motivational team speaker for two US Ryder Cup teams; this is an honor often reserved for U.S. Presidents. Lt Col Rooney is a professional speaker represented exclusively by Washington Speakers Bureau.
From humble beginnings above his garage, Lt Col Rooney started the non-profit Folds of Honor. Its singular mission is to provide educational scholarships to the spouses and children of wounded or killed military service members. In 12 years, Folds of Honor has provided 25,000 life changing scholarships totaling over $125 million dollars.
A Lt Col in the Air Force Reserve and a decorated military aviator, he is a two-time recipient of the Top Gun award and was honored with the Spirit of Attack award as a top graduate of F-16 training. He has received many decorations to include the Air Force Commendation Medal, Air Medal, Anti-terrorism Medal, Combat Readiness Medal and Air Expeditionary Medal. Lt Col Rooney continues to fly fighters as an aggressor pilot in the 301st Fighter Squadron at Eglin AFB in Destin Florida.
For his service and patriotism—Rooney was presented the White House’s “Presidential Volunteer Service Award” by President George W. Bush, the Air National Guard’s “Distinguished Service Medal”, the Air National Guard’s “Directors Service Award” and the Ellis Island “Medal of Honor”. Lt Col Rooney is a Kansas University Distinguished Alumni, Significant Sigma Chi, and recipient of the Oklahoma Medal of Freedom. He was honored at The Masters Invitational with the “William D. Richardson Award” for his outstanding contributions to golf and received the PGA of America’s first-ever “Patriot Award”. He has been recognized as one of People Magazine‘s “Heroes of the Year”, Money Magazine’s “Hero of the Year” and ABC World News Tonight‘s “Persons of the Year.”