The Washington Redskins and DRS Technologies will raise money at FedEx Field Sunday for a fund that provides college scholarships to the children of National Guard members killed while serving the country since Sept. 11, 2001.
More than 80 volunteers will collect donations for the DRS Guardian Scholarship fund as fans enter and exit FedEx Field Sunday, when the Redskins play the New York Jets.
Contributions can be made in cash or via text message. National guardsmen will be honored during the game, and the DRS Technologies Charitable Foundation will present a check for $200,000 to the National Guard Education Foundation at halftime.
Nearly 700 National Guardsmen have been killed in combat in the last 10 years, according to retired Maj. Gen. Gus Hargett, president of the National Guard Association of the United States (NGAUS).
“We are thrilled with the support from DRS and the Redskins,” Hargett said in a press release. “This is the first year any organization has stepped up to raise money for the children these heroes have left behind. By supporting their children with a scholarship fund, we are paying a wonderful tribute to their memory.”