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Please read this page, select "yes" or "no" for swimming lessons, then click the "submit" button at the bottom of the page to complete registration.
We greatly appreciate the sacrifice your spouse made for our country and communities, and the sacrifice you and your children continue to make. We wish we could support you right way. We are working to increase our capacity and will contact you with updates as we make progress.
Meanwhile, while your child is waiting, we have a swimming initiative they may be able to participate in now. Lessons From Lylah was started after 2-year-old Lylah, who was on our waiting list, tragically downed. We never want to lose another child whose parent has given all, so we ask you to evaluate your child’s swimming ability. Regardless of your child’s age we want to find a solution; even the youngest children can participate in “mommy and me” lessons.
Please ask your child to select an answer for the following question: How good do you think you can swim? Good, So-so, Not good, or Can’t swim.
According to Dr. Linda Quan, of Seattle Children’s Hospital and Research Foundation, if children answer anything other than “Good”, they are likely not to be able to pass a pool swimming test. For all kids of our fallen who have never had swimming lessons, or still aren’t confident in their swimming ability, we want to provide this very important life safety skill.
Let us know if your child needs swimming lessons, and we will coordinate lessons for them at no cost to you.
Air Force Master Sergeant Josh Gavulic was assigned to Air Force Special Operations Command during the time of his death. Following his passing, MSgt Gavulic's children were added to the Angels of America's Fallen (AOAF) waiting list, where they waited for over two years because of a lack of financial resources to immediately add them to the program. Tragically, during this time, the youngest of their six children fell into the family pool and drowned. Lylah was a curly blond, blue-eyed, vivacious little 2-year-old girl. Her loss impacted the staff of AOAF so deeply that it inspired us to proactively do everything we can to prevent the loss of another precious child, like Lylah, to drowning. As a result, AOAF has created an initiative to offer every child of our Fallen swimming lessons in Lylah's honor. This effort is lovingly named "Lessons From Lylah." It is our deep hope that the tenacity and excitement that Lylah brought into the world will continue to live on through giving other children the life skill of swimming, and the protection of learning water safety in her memory.
Our “Lessons From Lylah” initiative creates the opportunity throughout the nation for children of our fallen to receive basic life-safety swimming lessons, even if they are on our waiting list. We want to ensure they learn a critical life safety skill and open a door to a lifetime of healthy swimming activity.
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