Callen Foundation Chris Callen
Chris Callen, founder of the Callen Foundation.

Life for military families is not the same as it is for everyone else — this is a concept Chris Callen understand very well.

Callen, a Vietnam War veteran, established the Callen Foundation in 2011 to assist military families in desperate financial need.

The foundation requires no monetary returns from the families it helps, just a “pass it along” type of repayment.

The Columbus Dispatch reported:

Requests for help typically originate through one of six family-assistance centers managed by the Ohio National Guard — which, to thwart scammers, review and validate an applicant’s identity and situation.

According to the Dispatch, the average gift totals $430 with a maximum award of $1,500. An average of one to two gifts are donated per week.

Roughly 66 percent of the donations come from public and private donations with the other third coming from Callen himself.

Currently, Callen is looking to pull in more corporate donors to assist with his foundation’s cause.

If you’d like to donate to the Callen Foundation and help a military family in need, please visit

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