They also have programs aimed at aiding children through their Child Welfare Program, which began in 1923 to ease the pain and suffering of children whose fathers didn’t return from war. Today, the program has expanded to include all children with emergent needs. Sorrentino said that a member of the group will go shopping with children for immediate needs to help them pick out what is best for them.
They also have a National POW/MIA Program that raises funds in honor of servicemen or women who were prisoners of war or considered missing in action while serving. The scholarship trust fund helps aid the spouses, veterans, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
Lastly, they sponsor a flag education program where they give more than 24 presentations a year to local schools in Hendricks County to help get first-graders information on what the flag stands for.
To learn more about the 40 & 8, visit the website at www.fortyandeight.org.