Many forget that the “homeland security” community entered the picture only a decade ago. After the tragic events of September 11th, our nation had to transform how we approach defense, offense and the definition of our enemies. It simply was not so black and white anymore and everyone understood that a new level of information sharing, cross disciplinary and multi jurisdictional coordination was necessary for us to protect the nation and our citizens. Understanding that, the Government Technology & Services Coalition is committed to supporting, honoring and building our homeland and defense community. Each year, we select a charity that gives back to the communities that defend and protect us every day — to show our appreciation, but also to recognize the constant, vigilant, exceptional forces that live and work behind the scenes. Read more about the charities we have supported and get engaged with one with GTSC or on your own.
2013-2014 Charitable Organization: Border Patrol Foundation
Fundraising events and activities during 2013 will be donated to the Border Patrol Foundation (www.borderpatrolfoundation.org).
The Border Patrol Foundation provides resources to the families of the fallen and creates awareness of the escalating risk of those who keep America’s borders safe. These services create a financial bridge through the turbulent time following a family’s loss. The Foundation supports programs improving awareness of United States border security and recognizes community leaders supporting the families of the U.S. Border Patrol. The Foundation’s volunteers have served with the U.S. Border Patrol or are professionals, friends and family committed to the importance of securing America’s borders and dedicate their lives to the same.
2012-2013 Charitable Organization: Coast Guard Enlisted Memorial Foundation
Proceeds from the Government Technology & Services Coalition’s receptions and holiday event were donated to the Coast Guard Enlisted Memorial Foundation (www.cgemf.org).
The non-profit organization was founded late last year (2011) to honor the fallen enlisted Coast Guard who lost their lives in the line of duty. Ultimately, the memorial will be located at Coast Guard Training Center Cape May, the Coast Guard’s sole accession point for the enlisted corps. It will provide a place for enlisted Coast Guard cadets to learn about the sacrifice of those who came before and provide the public a place to pay respect to those that gave the ultimate sacrifice for their service and country.