ATFA Foundation: Helping Our ATF Family

Dear ATF Colleagues and Members and Supporters of the ATF Association,

We are writing today on behalf of The ATF Association Foundation (The Foundation). We have great concern over the rising levels of need within the ATF Family this year and our ability to respond to future needs.
 
Some basic facts in round numbers: 

  • 2018 – Total grant disbursement over the 12-month period was $34,000.
  • 2019 – Starting balance was $27,000 increased by $14,000 in donations by mid-year.
  • 2019 – In the first six months, we disbursed $30,000 in grants and incurred $2,000 in expenses. 
  • 2019 – Six month summary: $41,000 in and $32,000 out leaves a balance of $9,000 for the remaining six months of 2019 – and beyond!.
We maintain an honorable commitment to award the annual LeBleu, McKeehan, Williams and Willis Scholarship to college bound children and grandchildren of ATF employees and retirees. This is in spite of the fact that this year has been especially hard on members of our ATF Family:
  • There have been five sudden and unexpected deaths. In their wake are grieving survivors struggling to deal with funeral expenses and the realities of moving on as single parents and single earners to care for children.
  • We have a member of the ATF family dealing with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease. It causes the death of neurons controlling voluntary muscles. There is no cure and as the disease progresses the needs of the patient increase accordingly.
  • We have members of the ATF family fighting cancers related to their heroic response to the 9/11 attack on America, its aftermath and cleanup.

All of these life-threatening illnesses require long-term treatment and medical care. They involve travel to see specialists and temporary lodging for the patient and care-giving family members. Their worry and stress only increase with the financial impact of expensive testing, co-payments, deductibles and uncovered services.  

When the longest government “shutdown” rolled in like a fog this year, it brought with it the very stark realization that “saving for a rainy day” may play well on the Turner Classic Movie channel, but not on today’s reality TV. The Foundation stepped up to help SEVENTY government workers put food on their tables, gas in their cars and medicine in their bodies.

In times of need, whether from death, sickness, or some natural or man-made storm causing financial hardship, the ATF Association’s Foundation can help. We try to lift some of the burden and worry these things dump on the shoulders of our friends and colleagues so as to make dealing with their ordeals a little bit easier and let them know that we are ATF and we are with them.  

The Foundation cannot operate without OUR donations, and as you see by the numbers, it needs OUR help and needs it now. Donating is easy: just visit the website at www.atfafoundation.org and hit the “Donate” button half way down the home page. You can even sign up to donate monthly!

Donations for our family by our family  – if not for our family  – then who?

The ATF Association Foundation Board

 

ATFA Foundation

The ATF Association (ATFA) created The Foundation in 2012 to provide aid and financial assistance to ATFA members in need, as well as survivors of members in times of stress, financial difficulty or impoverishment.  For more information go to:  http://www.atfafoundation.org

 

ABOUT THE ATF ASSOCIATION FOUNDATION: [http://www.atfafoundation.org]

What is the ATF Association Foundation?

The ATF Association Foundation is a tax-exempt IRS 501 (c) (3), charitable organization. As a public charity, it can accept donations from individuals and/or corporations.

Who established the ATF Association Foundation?

The foundation was established by the ATF Association (ATFA), a non-profit corporation organized under the laws of Iowa, consisting of former and current employees of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) in 2012. [www.atfassociation.org].

Why does the ATF Association Foundation exist?

The Foundation was established to provide aid and financial assistance to ATFA members in need, as well as survivors of members in times of stress, financial difficulty or impoverishment. The Foundation also aids dependents of deceased law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the enforcement of federal, state or local laws.  In addition, scholarships may be offered to members and the children and grandchildren of members based on financial need, academic achievement and leadership qualities, however, none of the criteria is weighed more than another by the Foundation’s board members in determining grants.

How can YOU help the ATF Association Foundation?

Contributions and donations are the keys to its mission and continued success. Funds are needed to respond to a need which may arise suddenly without warning and to sustain the Foundation’s scholarship program.

 

ATF Foundation assists Pittsburgh Special Agent

On Saturday, October 7, 2017, ATF Special Agent Mike Namey of ATF Pittsburgh Group I, was involved in a serious accident in Altoona, PA.   Mike was flown by Life Flight twice, first from the crash site to Altoona Hospital, and then again to Alleghany County General Hospital (AGH) in Pittsburgh, PA.  An AGH trauma surgeon conducted an initial assessment of Mike's injuries and determined he has a traumatic brain injury, fractured ribs, fractured clavicle and scapula, pneumothorax and hemothorax.  AGH neurosurgeons took aggressive measures to stabilize his broken bones and reduce his fever.   The neurosurgeons are closely monitoring his intracranial pressure every hour.   At this time, his intracranial pressure is stable and his temperature is being maintained by a cooling blanket.  Mike is currently intubated and doctors anticipate a long road to recovery. Doctors remain hopeful for a full recovery.  

Mike and his wife Brittani have two little girls, Ebbie and Addie, ages 4 and 6. Mike has only been in the field for approximately two years.  Due to his amount of time on the job, he does not have a significant amount of sick or annual leave built up.  Mike is being enrolled for leave donations but he will likely have to exhaust his sick and annual leave first.

Whenever someone in our Federal Law Enforcement family needs help, there has always been an overwhelming response to contribute somehow.  In lieu of collecting donations for flowers or a gift, a GoFundMe page has been created for Mike and his family.  The GoFundMe page contains a photo of Mike and his family.  Mike is a very proactive agent and has a long career ahead of him.  The first names of Mike, his wife and their children were intentionally kept out of the GoFundMe story in an effort not to compromise the safety of Mike or his family with that type of digital footprint.  All contributions will be sent directly to the Namey Family.  I encourage you to share this email and the attached link with your fellow agents and our local, state and federal partners.

https://www.gofundme.com/nameyfamilyfundraiser