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Family of Fallen Worcester Soldier Moquin Jr. Receives National Legacy Grant

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

 

PFC Brian M. Moquin Jr.

The family of fallen Worcester soldier PFC Brian M. Moquin Jr. has received a national legacy grant from the Dog Tag Brewing Foundation

The grants are awarded to families who are committed to creating a long-lasting legacy for their lost loved one by inspiring and giving back to their community. 

Moquin Jr. 

Moquin Jr., enlisted in the Army in March 2005. He attended basic training at Fort Knox, Kentucky and was assigned to the 71st Cavalry Regiment, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), Fort Drum, New York in August 2005.

In  February 2006, they were deployed to Afghanistan to support Operation Enduring Freedom. Brian was tragically killed along with nine other soldiers on May 5, 2006.

He was east of Abad, Afghanistan, in the Kunar province when their Chinook helicopter crashed while on a mission to find al-Qaida and Taliban militants who were believed to be hiding in the rugged terrain near the border with Pakistan.

2017 Grants

Overall the foundation awarded $114,700 in grants to support the legacy projects of 27 Gold Star families in 18 states. 

“Families tell us that having a dedication can in honor of their loved one and knowing that people around the country will raise a toast and be inspired to pay it forward is the most perfect way to honor the sacrifice of these brave men and women. Dog Tag Brewing and the Foundation represent so much of who these heroes were: patriotic, inspired, social, with a desire to give back to community and country,” said Seth Jordan, Founder, Dog Tag Brewing Foundation. 

The Dog Tag Brewing Foundation 

Previous Massachusetts grantees included Kyle Van De Giesen of North Attleboro and Mark Vecchione of Eastham. 

The Foundation has granted more than $238,000 to support the legacy projects of 51 families in 24 states. Dog Tag Brewing Foundation is supported by sales of Dog Tag Brewing’s Legacy Lager, now available in MA and distributed nationally by Pabst Brewing Company. Each can of Legacy Lager honors a different fallen warrior. 

Dog Tag Brewing donates 100% of its profits to the Dog Tag Brewing Foundation.

 

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