My name is Connor Thomas and I have served as the CEO of The My GI Foundation the past three years. I have been in philanthropy since I started a military club as a freshman and now spend my days serving Cincinnati veterans and their families; with all public, personal, and financial resources I can. I have received high honors from the Association of Fundraising Professionals as their Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy and more praise from Philanthropy Ohio as their Emerging Youth in Philanthropy. I have two Army citations from the Army Chief of Staff and the Commander's Public Service Medal from The Air Force Chief of Staff. Both grandfathers are retired military and I will be a scholarship cadet at The Citadel in 2017. I work very closely with veterans and veteran organizations and if you go to www.mygivets.com, you'll see the tip of the Iceberg.
My GI will keep 50% of every dollar for upcoming events and give 25% to the VA Hospital Homeless Veterans fund, and will donate the remaining 25% to the 37th Wheelchair Games, hosted in Cincinnati this year. My GI has brought thousands to the VA Homeless Fund and as an accomplished athlete, I know how important it is for the Wheelchair Games participants to overcome adversity and experience success. My GI is behind these wonderful individuals 100%
The flag in my picture was the burial flag of Eugene Winston Turner, my great grandfather. He served with both the Marine Corps and The Navy enduring both WWII and Korea. It was folded and sealed in pristine condition for nineteen years and bequeathed to me in 2017. I earmark most money raised for the Cincinnati VA for the treatment of homeless veterans. My GI gets an itch and loves to scratch it with funds for these broken service men and women who have lost their way. My great grandfather was a generous man serving both the Masonic Order and the Order of The Eastern Star. When I was two-years-old Eugene Winston Turner passed away at the Cincinnati VA. My GI, with the financial help of Full Throttle Karting, established and awarded the first Eugene Winston Turner Memorial Scholarship in April of 2017.