Georgia Magazine - July 2012 - (Page 24)

A soldier’s wish A world away, children are receiving school supplies, thanks to the help of caring Georgians BY JOHN BRUCE • PHOTOS COURTESY OF THE MATTHEW FREEMAN PROJECT T he legacy of a compelling and uplifting story of triumph from tragedy continues today, thanks to a grassroots effort that followed the last wish of a fallen hero. The Matthew Freeman Project: Pens & Paper for Peace is a charity that distributes exactly what its name implies. Capt. Matthew Freeman, 29, was a Marine pilot from Richmond Hill who was killed Aug. 7, 2009, while fighting in Afghanistan. On what was his last phone call home, Freeman told his mother, Lisa, how the children of Afghanistan were “so wonderful,” and that they would rather have pens and paper than food and water. He asked her Afghan boys who received supplies from the Matthew Freeman Project express thanks. Capt. Matthew Freeman to start a collection. Then, two days later, her son was tragically killed in action. All of the community lined the streets to watch as his body was returned home. Within weeks, the local Boy Scout troop had filled a shipping container with school supplies and sent it to Freeman’s unit. Lisa Freeman has made fulfilling GEORGIA MAGAZINE 24 More online at

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Georgia Magazine - July 2012

Georgia Magazine - July 2012
Liberty Notes
Picture This?
Georgia News
Calendar of Events
Georgia’s Energy Outlook
Unveiling a Healthier Georgia
A Soldier’s Wish
Around Georgia
My Georgia
Georgia Gardens
Georgia Cooks

Georgia Magazine - July 2012