from Headquarters Pacific Air Forces Public Affairs
3/18/2015 - JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii -- In a military community, support and encouragement can offer the foundation for success and accomplishment.
Military children are often caught in the crossfire of a lifestyle marked by instability and unpredictability.
Sydnie Rouleau, 15, and her younger brother Lance, 12, have learned this
concept first hand. In an effort to give back to a community that has
offered support, guidance and a home away from home, Sydnie and Lance,
launched an initiative to offer financial support to members of their
military community. Their efforts have culminated in the formation of a
non-profit organization, suitably named the Rouleau Foundation.
Inspired by their parents, Lt Col. Nelson Rouleau, Pacific Air Forces
Strategy and Campaigns Branch chief and Dr. Lisa Rouleau, to do
something profound for the military community, Sydnie and Lance came up
with four areas to focus their efforts. Sydnie laid out a plan for
"The foundation focuses on four strategic areas: education
opportunities, military veteran advocacy, military children issues and
advocacy for military families," she said.
Lance is currently raising funds to offer scholarships that would cover
school books for Air Force members enrolled in four-year academic
programs, while Sydnie has invested her time in raising awareness,
specifically for issues affecting military women.
When asked about her motivation for investing her time and energy in her
community, Sydnie offered a quote from businessman Lindsay Fox, "If you
believe you can make a difference, then you will make a difference.
Believe in yourself, your family and your community and you will win."
Sydnie went on to highlight her personal investment in gender equality,
which led her to focus on issues effecting military women and girls.
Specifically, she hopes to raise awareness and offer support to female
Airmen balancing motherhood, a professional career and education.
Lance, motivated by his parents' pursuit of higher education, found an
interest in helping Air Force members offset some of the financial cost
of higher education.
"My mom and dad always taught me education is the most important goal I
can strive for," he went on to share. "I grew up listening to my dad and
mom tell stories about how financially challenging it was for them to
raise my sister and I while saving for the future and paying for their
education on my father's senior airman's salary. I knew one day, I would
find a way to help other families."
Together, Sydnie and Lance have filed the necessary paperwork
establishing their non-profit, enlisted donors and support from
businesses, created a webpage and established a social media presence.
For more information about Sydnie and Lance's adventures in service,
check out their foundation website at www.rouleaufoundation.org.