We formed Band of Brothers to connect the many forgotten, hungry, scared and lonely children with the heroes they desperately need and to associate with quality leaders who want to make a difference in the world.
What does the real world look like for most children? Think of these staggering facts when you tuck your children into bed tonight. According to the United Nations, 150,000,000 children live on the street, four times that number on the brink of starvation, and an additional one billion are suffering in poverty.
We believe that if the people in the US were to see first hand how these geographically unlucky children live and had access to the opportunity to help they would. We want to provide these grass roots opportunities.
Many of you have seen movies like Schindler’s List, Hotel Rwanda, and others, and you may have said to yourself, “I wish I could do something so meaningful.” You can. Please join us today – our mission can dramatically improve lives, Including your own..
Oscar Schindler when asked why he risked his life to help those people. He stated…
“I hated the brutality, the sadism, and the insanity of Nazism. I just couldn’t stand by and see people destroyed. I did what I could, what I had to do, what my conscience told me I must do. That’s all there is to it. Really, nothing more….”
Letters from Founders:
Message from Co-Founder Troy Mikulka
As a father of two daughters, I know children start life with a fragile hope in their hearts and it is their parents’ job to protect that hope.
In the early 1980s, as a 19-year old Marine, I was introduced to the “real world”. For more than four years, helicopter missions took my squadron far away from traditional American vacation spots to places like Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lebanon, and Israel. During this time, I saw first-hand how millions of children live and grow up in poverty.
I watched children sniff gasoline in order to not feel hunger; I saw children beg with silent tears, too weak to speak. I spoke with seven-year olds armed with AK 47s. I observed a glimpse of life for the geographically unlucky, and it changed my view of the world forever.
I knew that I could not save all the children living in that sort of nightmare, but I made the decision to do my part. I figured that I could make a difference in the lives of at least 1,000 children during my lifetime…and considered the widespread impact possible if I convinced 1000 people to do the same. One Million..
I experienced incredible adventures, camaraderie, and many life lessons during my missions in the Marine Corps. My goal is to recreate such extraordinary experiences for others via pro-active, world-connecting missions specifically focused on enhancing the lives of children. That is why Eric Snyder and I formed Band of Brothers.
SGT United States Marine Corps. 1980-1984
Message from Co-Founder Eric Snyder
At some point in your life, you make the decision that you want to do your part to make the world a better place. Maybe it comes with age and maybe it comes with success, but I felt that something was missing in my life and that I was focused on the material items that identify success rather than doing the important things that can change the world. I believe that many of us are looking for ways in which we can find true inner happiness by reaching out to help those in need.
I wanted to create an organization that would help us to accomplish much more together than we ever could as individuals. The Band of Brothers is an organization that will help each one of us to create our own legacy while exhibiting the generosity and kind nature of the American people. The Band of Brothers is an organization that will allow its members to experience first hand the children’s lives that they improve and the different cultures in which they live. I wanted to begin investing in much more than my own personal financial gain by investing in the children that connect our world.
During a recent Band of Brothers trip to, I saw just how much of an impact we are having in terms of building good will amongst nations and in effect creating a safer world as American Ambassadors. I will never forget the mother and child I met who were living in a home made out of plastic without any flooring other than sand. The Band of Brothers will change their lives by building them a new home. I will forever be touched by the meeting in a cold government building in which 4 families brought their sick children praying that we would help them to pay for their child to live. We were able to raise money to pay for these children to obtain open heart surgeries giving these children the opportunity to live a full life so they can give back to our world.
In the end what matters are the investments we made in the lives of others and not the cars we drove or the homes in which we lived. I think this is referred to as moving from success to significance and leaving behind a legacy by doing something that matters for people who really need us.
I recently received a reflection letter written by Michael Josephson that highlights what I hope for all those who become part of the Band of Brothers:
What will Matter
Ready or not, some day it will all come to an end.
There will be no more sunrises, no minutes, hours or days.
All the things you collected, whether treasured or forgotten, will pass
to someone else.
Your wealth, fame and temporal power will shrivel to irrelevance.
It will not matter what you owned or what you were owed.
Your grudges, resentments, frustrations and jealousies
will finally disappear. So too, your hopes, ambitions,
plans and to-do lists will expire.
The wins and losses that once seemed so important will fade away.
It won't matter where you came from or what side of the tracks you
lived on at the end.
It won't matter whether you were beautiful or brilliant.
Even your gender and skin color will be irrelevant.
So what will matter? How will the value of your days be measured?
What will matter is not what you bought, but what you built;
not what you got, but what you gave.
What will matter is not your success, but your significance.
What will matter is not what you learned, but what you taught.
What will matter is every act of integrity, compassion, courage or
sacrifice that enriched, empowered or
encouraged others to emulate your example.
What will matter is not your competence, but your character.
What will matter is not how many people you knew, but how many
will feel a lasting loss when you're gone.
What will matter is not your memories, but the memories that live in those
who loved you.
What will matter is how long you will be remembered,
by whom and for what.
Living a life that matters doesn't happen by accident.
It's not a matter of circumstance but of choice.
Choose to live a life that matters.