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Mother joins Active Heroes to help military families with funeral costs

Marine Cpl. Brandon Bowles, 28, was the definition of a hero, but after surviving Iraq and Afghanistan he died in a car accident here at home. Marine Cpl. Brandon Bowles, 28, was the definition of a hero, but after surviving Iraq and Afghanistan he died in a car accident here at home.
Theresa Bowles-Schweizer Theresa Bowles-Schweizer
Troy Yokum Troy Yokum

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – First she had to face the heartbreak of losing her son, a veteran. Then she had to come up with thousands of dollars to bury him. Now Louisville mother, Theresa Bowles-Schweizer, is finally getting the help she was looking for to help other military families in similar situations.

Marine Cpl. Brandon Bowles, 28, was the definition of a hero, but after surviving Iraq and Afghanistan he died in a car accident here at home. 

"He served four years, he was honorably discharged, had two tours and that was not enough, you don't have coverage," said Bowles-Schweizer.

Because he wasn't active at the time of his death, his funeral was not covered leaving his mother to foot the bill.

"I reached out and we weren't able to find any organization that could help in that way," said Bowles-Schweizer. 

Since then Theresa and her husband, John knew they wanted to change that and before they knew it they were connected with Troy Yokum.

"I just knew that we could get involved with this family and help them," said Yokum, Active Heroes Founder. 

About two years ago Yokum, a veteran himself, started the non profit organization Active Heroes. The organization was created to raise awareness about soldier suicides and help military families financially and with home repairs. 

Yokum said after hearing Bowles-Schweizer's story, he knew there was gap was to fill. 

"To me it is sort of a tragedy that these military families don't get all of that cost taken care of, unless they are active duty or have actually served for seven years or more," said Yokum. 

So they started Heroes to Rest, an endowment fund under Active Heroes.

"I want to help others and I know that in this way it's like a part of him is going to live on that he's not gone, not completely," said Bowles-Schweizer. 

Heroes to Rest is just starting to fundraiser. To learn more click here.  

On Saturday, Active Heroes is holding a 5K run and walk.

Want to help or learn more? Click here. 

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