News Release

WoodmenLife Partners with Snowball Express to Honor Military Families

November 27, 2018

In just a few short weeks, hundreds of children and surviving spouses in military families will descend upon Walt Disney's Coronado Resort to take part in Snowball Express. This national event, a program of the Gary Sinise Foundation, was created in 2006 in Texas to provide hope and new happy memories to the children of the military fallen heroes who have died while on active duty since September 11, 2001.

This year, WoodmenLife is proud to enter into a multi-year partnership with Snowball Express, to provide more than 800 3-by-5 foot flags and eight-foot flag poles and bases for the event’s Memorial Heroes Garden during the event taking place December 8-13, 2018. WoodmenLife members will join more than 1,500 Snowball Express volunteers as they help set up the Garden and serve as guides during the event to help families find their loved one’s memorial.

"This event changes the lives of young people, and we were grateful for the opportunity to help," said Patrick L. Dees, WoodmenLife President & CEO.  "It's a natural fit for our organization’s commitment to family, community and country."

WoodmenLife is the second-largest purveyor of United States flags in this country, second only to the United States government. In the past 65 years, WoodmenLife has presented more than three million American flags to communities, schools, churches, parks, and other non-profit organizations.

About the Gary Sinise Foundation

Gary Sinise Foundation honors America’s defenders, veterans, first responders, their families and those in need. Soaring Valor is bringing WWII veterans to the museum built in their honor. The program also sponsors a historian to help capture our WWII veteran’s first-hand accounts of the war. R.I.S.E.  (Restoring Independence Supporting Empowerment), specially adapted smart homes are being constructed for severely wounded veterans and first responders nationwide. Other programs include Relief & Resiliency OutreachInvincible Spirit FestivalsGary Sinise & the Lt. Dan BandArts & Entertainment OutreachServing Heroes, and First Responders Outreach. Its latest program, Snowball Express, serves the children of our fallen military heroes, surviving spouses, guardians and Gold Star families. For more information, please visit

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