KIA Project – Honoring Massachusetts’ Post 9/11 Fallen Heroes

The LCpl Matthew R. Rodriguez Memorial Foundation was founded after Fairhaven Marine, LCpl Matthew R. Rodriguez, was killed in action in Now Zad, Afghanistan on 12-11-13.  The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that awards scholarships to graduating students from Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School; assists disabled veterans; participates in numerous community endeavors; and maintains the LCpl Matthew R. Rodriguez Playground at the New Bedford Regional Airport.

The KIA Project began as part of an enhancement to Matt’s playground.  We added colorful tables and Adirondack chairs with plaques honoring local fallen servicemen.  The families of the honorees were invited to attach the plaque bearing the name of their loved one at a special ceremony.  After seeing how meaningful this was, we decided to expand our efforts.

Now, our mission is to honor the sacrifice of all Massachusetts’ service men and women that fell in combat operations and training incidents.  The goal is to do this with picnic tables and Adirondack chairs with plaques remembering them by name, hometown, and date of death.

Our hope is that this project will ensure the sacrifice of these brave men & women is never forgotten and is honored daily by their communities.


How Can I Help?

We are currently seeking sponsors for the tables and chairs.  Please see “How to Donate” for specifics.

Event supporters are always welcome. We work with the Patriot Guard Riders; local police and fire departments; The Veterans Transition House in New Bedford, MA; the Marine Corps League; as well as many other patriotic groups to make dedication day a memorable event.

Please contact us if your group would be interested in participating.


How to Donate:

General donations may be made that benefit all of our endeavors.  For donations to this specific project, type “KIA Project” in the Special Instructions field or notate “KIA Project” on donations made via check.


Donation Levels:

Gold – $250
Silver – $150
Bronze – $100

Donations of any amount are always welcome.


Picnic Table
$500 with sponsorship plaque

Adirondack Chair
$350 with sponsorship plaque

Thank You For Your Support

The LCpl Matthew R. Rodriguez Memorial Foundation extends our thanks for your support in all our ventures.  Because of your generosity we can honor the sacrifices of so many and ensure they are not forgotten.  We, and all the Gold Star Families, are forever grateful.