Kappa Sigma raises more money for philanthropic causes than any other Greek organization. Over the past decade, a significant portion of that money raised has been to benefit one of our Fraternity’s signature programs, the Kappa Sigma Military Heroes Campaign, which was launched in 2007. It’s mission then and now remains to give back to those who serve our country.
The Military Heroes Campaign is primarily funded by Kappa Sigma undergraduate chapters and their alumni through their philanthropic fundraising efforts. The funds are aggregated through the international campaign so that significant donations can be made to charities verified to be 100% veteran-focused. As a result, 100% of funds generated by the Military Heroes Campaign go to support veterans. Chapters and individuals can make donations online at www.MilitaryHeroesCampaign.org.
The organizations supported by the Military Heroes Campaign have varied over time. The first beneficiary of the Military Heroes Campaign was the Fisher House Foundation, which builds “comfort homes” where military and veterans’ families can stay free of charge while a loved one receives care at a military or VA medical center. Funds raised by the Military Heroes Campaign supported several major Fisher House construction projects, including Fisher Houses at Fort Bragg and the Washington DC VA Medical Center, which was dedicated in 2011 by former United States Senator Brother Bob Dole (Gamma-Omicron, University of Kansas, ’42).
In recent years, the Military Heroes Campaign has established relationships with emerging veterans charities where Kappa Sigma’s generous donations can make a significant impact on the charity’s ability to support veterans and their families.
One of our notable partners and beneficiaries is Veterans Resource Success Group, run by Brother Justin Constantine (Lambda-Sigma, James Madison, ’90). Brother Constantine retired from the United States Marine Corps with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. While deployed in Iraq, Brother Constantine survived a sniper attack and gunshot wound to the head. He and other veterans later founded Veterans Success Resource Group in order to help all veterans and their families in their careers and home lives after military service.
Other current beneficiaries include Veterans Moving Forward, SEAL Legacy Foundation, Homes for Our Troops, and the Warriors & Quiet Waters Foundation. Our chapters in Canada also work to provide donations to local veterans charities in coordination with Kappa Sigma’s A Greater Cause Commission, so that the money raised by Canadian Chapters may support Canadian veterans.
Last year, Kappa Sigma established November as Military Heroes Month. In addition to the recognition of Veterans Day in the United States and Remembrance Day in Canada, Kappa Sigma will ask our chapters each November to promote awareness of the Military Heroes Campaign and Kappa Sigmas who served in the armed forces.
Over the past decade, the Kappa Sigma Military Heroes Campaign has raised more than $1.67 million to support its various beneficiaries and veterans charities. This is all part of Kappa Sigma’s culture of giving and service to others through our A Great Cause program. Over that same period, the A Greater Cause program has seen our chapters raise nearly $22 million for philanthropic causes while our members have donated more than 4.7 million hours of community service.
While chapters are not required to donate to the Kappa Sigma Military Heroes Campaign, our members’ generous support of this worthwhile effort clearly shows that the Kappa Sigma Fraternity will continue to support those who have served their country for years to come.