Wyoming Fallen Heroes AssociationMegan Contreras reporting for K2 News
A hero can be defined in more than just one definition. One that distinguishes courage or ability, one who is admired for his or her brave deeds and noble qualities and one who has performed a heroic act.
Thousands of heroes are overseas fighting the global war on terrorism, but unfortunately some do not make it home.
In January of 2010, Russel and Shannon Hicks took over the Wyoming Heroes Association, an association to honor Wyoming fallen heroes who have fought in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Their son, their hero, PFC Corey Hicks was killed in combat.
"This has changed my life. This is my way of dealing with my loss. It's very important to me. Not only am I doing this to honor my son, but all these are my kids now and I'm going to let them be forgot."
This association sets up scholarships in each service members names who lost their lives.
Today there are 28 with ties to Wyoming.
"We recognize all, as long as there' s a family member here in the state, we will honor any fallen hero. It's important to us."
Once a year the scholarship is handed out and all you need is...
" You have to have a grade point average of 2.0. It doesn't matter if they are a full-time student or a part-time student. They have to write us an essay saluting a veteran, past or present."
Essays are graded on spelling , grammar and how the veteran was saluted.
Community events are what funds these scholarships.
"We put funds into them to get them up to a certain amount of $5,000. The state will match us as long as they still have the funds."
And moving forward, a goal that maybe unrealistic to some, is a dream that the Hicks see is within reach.
"We would like to see $50,000 in each one of these accounts, so that maybe we can hand out 2, 3, 4, 5, 10 scholarships a year, full ride.