If you went to the very edges of Fort Bragg July 12, past Pope Army Airfield, past Green Ramp, into the trees of Pike Field, you would find corporate leaders from all across the United States.

All day, the Patriot Foundation hosted 31 corporate partners and volunteers on a tour of Fort Bragg.

If you went to the very edges of Fort Bragg July 12, past Pope Army Airfield, past Green Ramp, into the trees of Pike Field, you would find corporate leaders from all across the United States.

All day, the Patriot Foundation hosted 31 corporate partners and volunteers on a tour of Fort Bragg.

First, they were greeted in the morning by Lt. Gen. Paul J. LaCamera, commanding general, XVIII Airborne Corps and Fort Bragg, and Maj. Gen. Brian McKiernan, deputy commanding general, XVIII Abn. Corps and Fort Bragg, at Corps Headquarters.

After a group photo at the iconic Iron Mike statue, the group headed over to Survivor Outreach Services. Gold Star Family members Wesley Bauguess and Brittany Harris spoke with the group about their experiences.

Jim Farrell, director of an investment bank in Raleigh, N.C., attended the day’s events and was moved by Harris’ story.

“You really get emotional just listening to her story. It’s very impactful. Very empowering,” said Farrell.

The group arrived at Pike Field where they were greeted by 82nd Airborne Division Soldiers and a display of various U.S. Army vehicles and equipment. Members of the party were able to test out and ask questions about the UH-60 Blackhawk Helicopter, as well as infantry, sniper and medical static displays.

Jeffrey Cain was another guest at the foundation’s tour. He owns a helicopter company out of Minden, Nevada that conducts worldwide energy exploration.

“These young kids and (what’s) in the back of the head behind them financially, you always worry about it with these kids and the wives,” said Cain. “This is what it’s always about. It’s a great honor to be here, for me.”

The foundation is an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization that raises money for college scholarships to children of servicemen and women who have been killed, wounded or injured.

The event is a way for the foundation’s partners to witness the kind of work Soldiers do on Fort Bragg and also the indelible human cost of the global war on terror.

“The (Department of) Veteran Affairs acknowledged that there have been over a million service connective disabilities since 9/11,” said retired U.S. Navy Capt. Chuck Deleot, president of the Patriot Foundation. “We’re here trying to show that we care, and then we do a scholarship conveyance at the end of the year to a number of military charities.”

In the past, the Patriot Foundation has raised more than $4.5 million to benefit the 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg Survivor Outreach Services, Fort Bragg Warrior Transition Battalion, XVIII Airborne Corps, Special Operations Command and Joint Special Operations Command.

It has also assisted Fort Campbell, Kentucky and Fort Carson, Colorado. The number of scholarships awarded by the foundation exceeds 1,600.

The Patriot Foundation concluded the day with lunch at the U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School, a visit at the U.S. Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command, the Joint Special Operations Command memorial, as well as a social at Smoke Bomb Grille.