Why HEROES, Inc.®?

Why HEROES, Inc.®?

As We’re Protected By Those Who Wear A Badge Of Honor, Let Us Protect Their Families

Our organization’s singular goal is to honor the supreme sacrifice made by law enforcement officers and firefighters who give their lives in the line of duty while ensuring the safety of citizens in the greater Washington area.

We honor these fallen HEROES by assisting their spouses and children, beginning within 24 hours of the tragic loss and continuing indefinitely.

How We Operate

A Hero Falls, and HEROES, Inc.® Takes Action

When a law enforcement officer or firefighter perishes in the line of duty, they are not the only one who has sacrificed. Their family has suffered an immeasurable loss as well.

HEROES, Inc.® believes that spouses and children of fallen heroes have enough urgent concerns without having to worry about financial ones. So, acting in strictest confidentiality, we offer financial assistance to ensure that housing and other basic needs are met.

HEROES, Inc.® will always be there to help.

We also offer other assistance and advice as needed. HEROES, Inc.® offers financial and legal expertise free of charge — again, in confidence — to help the spouse make smart decisions, protect against loss, and stay on solid financial ground. No case is ever closed, and HEROES, Inc.® never forgets.

Heroes Children Get The Additional Help They Deserve

We cannot fathom the loss suffered by the children of a fallen HERO. But we offer what help we can.

Twice a year, winter and summer, HEROES, Inc.® provides a cash gift to each dependent child under 21 years of age. This money helps the children do and have things they might not otherwise be able to enjoy.

Additionally, each child receives a check on his or her birthday as a reminder that the absent parent is remembered and honored. There is only one requirement for the child: to acknowledge the gift with a personal thank-you letter. This is our means of staying in touch with the families.

HEROES, Inc.® Helps The Families of Fallen Heroes From:

District of Columbia


  • Howard County
  • Montgomery County
  • Prince George’s County


  • Arlington County
  • Fairfax County
  • Loudoun County
  • Prince William County
  • Cities: Alexandria, Falls Church, Fairfax

Where The Money Comes From

HEROES, Inc.® is a nonprofit organization. We make no public solicitations of funds. Contributions come from individual citizens, corporations, trusts and other philanthropic organizations.

HEROES, Inc.® has very limited administrative costs. Contributed monies go to the families of our fallen HEROES. We are grateful for the ability to honor the sacrifice of fallen HEROES and to help their families.


  • District of Columbia Charitable Registration #6-07-398
  • Federal Tax I.D. #52-6057916 Tax Exempt 501(c)(3)
  • United Way – Designated #8360
  • CFC of the National Capital Area – Designated #81118
  • Combined Virginia Campaign – Designated #8002

Our organization is non-profit and is incorporated in the District of Columbia under Charitable Certificate No. 6-07-398 and our jurisdiction includes the District of Columbia, the adjoining Maryland counties of Montgomery and Prince George’s, Virginia counties of Arlington, Fairfax and Prince William and the cities of Alexandria, Falls Church and Fairfax. HEROES, Inc.® participates in the United Way (Designated #8360), the Combined Federal Campaign of the National Capital Area (Designated #81118) and the Combined Virginia Campaign (Designated #8002).

Section 501(c)(3) is the portion of the US Internal Revenue Code that allows for federal tax exemption of nonprofit organizations, specifically those that are considered public charities, private foundations or private operating foundations. It is regulated and administered by the US Department of the Treasury through the Internal Revenue Service.”

Scholarship Program

Scholarship Funds Are Available For Dependent Children Of Fallen HEROES

Our scholarship program provides an opportunity for the children of fallen HEROES to realize their dream of achieving an undergraduate degree. The program offers assistance with tuition, room and board, books, supplies, and many incidental costs.

Scholarship recipients may attend colleges, universities, or trade schools of their choice. We make no distinction as to the type of schooling or course of study. Our only purpose is to help our HEROES’ children pursue their dreams.

Since our founding in 1964, over 200 children of fallen first responders have received tuition assistance.