Chad Bills, the husband of Barada Business Development Manager April Bills, was a participant in the recent American Heroes Golf Classic at the Oak Glen Golf Club in Stillwater, Minn. The event, a fundraiser for the Bryan McDonough Military Heroes Foundation, is one of the ways in which Chad and April support America’s heroes—our veterans. The two are strong advocates for the foundation, which was formed after its namesake, Sergeant Bryan McDonough, was killed in 2006 when an improvised explosive device (IED) exploded near his Humvee.
Chad and April became good friends with Shannon McDonough Nelson and Katie McDonough Kending, Bryan McDonough’s sisters, and their husbands Tim and Brandon, when they lived near them in Minnesota. “Through our friendship, we were very fortunate to learn about The Bryan McDonough Military Heroes Foundation that was started in memory of Bryan,” April says. “Our family is thankful to have met the McDonough family, and we are happy to continue to support our veterans and their families.”
The McDonough family started the American Heroes Golf Classic, which this year enabled the foundation to give $50,000 to the Fisher House and $20,000 to Homes4WoundedHeroes. Fisher House Foundation’s primary mission is to operate a network of comfort homes where military and veterans’ families can stay at no cost while their loved one is receiving treatment. The non-profit currently has a capacity of 848 families and has served more than 250,000 families since its inception.
Homes4WoundedHeros, a project of the Military Warriors Support Foundation, awards 100% mortgage-free homes to combat-wounded veterans or Gold Star (unmarried) spouses of Operation Enduring Freedom and/or Operation Iraqi Freedom.