In 1998 two HH-60G Rescue helicopters experienced a tragic mid-air collision during a night training mission on the Nellis AFB, NV range complex. This catastrophic accident caused the deaths of 12 Airmen leaving 8 children behind. In the aftermath of this tragedy a fund was started at a local Las Vegas bank to accept donations for the children of these brave Airmen. Not long afterwards in 1999 another Nellis AFB Rescue Airman was killed in the line of duty while on deployment to Operation Southern Watch and another fund was started to assist his two young sons.
The founders of these two independent assistance funds soon realized that they could be more effective if they combined their efforts. In that process they also realized that there is a much greater need than those few children and decided to pool their resources and expand their efforts to provide for the children of any Air Force Rescue Airmen who was killed executing the Air Force Rescue mission from the Kobar Towers terrorist attack in 1996 and forward. In May 2002 That Others May Live Foundation was officially founded and has continued to support the families of USAF Rescue Heroes since.
Over time the number of beneficiary children has grown from the original 8 to a current roll of 21 known children in need of college funding. Following the tragic shoot down of an HH-60G in Afghanistan in June 2010 TOML-F decided to expand its mission again and provide immediate tragedy assistance for the families of USAF Rescue Airmen who are killed or severely injured in combat. To date, That Others May Live Foundation has provided college assistance for nine children, provided immediate tragedy assistance funds for eleven families of killed or injured Airmen and continues holding Warfighter appreciation events at Air Force bases with Rescue personnel.
That Others May Live Foundation mission is to provide a college education for every child who has lost a parent during an operational or training Air Force Rescue mission.