FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, October 23, 2002
The White House - USA Freedom Corps
Contact: Kathleen Mynster
President Bush to Recognize Columbia Man for Dedication to Volunteer Service
President George W. Bush will meet Anthony Hayes when he arrives in Columbia,
South Carolina, on Thursday, October 24th. In response to the terrorist attacks
on September 11, 2001, Hayes created the Wills for Heroes program in order to
provide emergency response professionals with access to basic estate planning,
advice and services.
In his State of the Union address, President Bush called on all Americans to
dedicate at least two years over their lifetime to service to their communities,
our country and the world. President Bush is recognizing individuals around the
country who are answering the call to service and will recognize Hayes as an
example of the dedication to service he is hoping to instill in all Americans
through his USA Freedom Corps initiative.
After learning that many of the fire fighters and police officers who were
victims of the September 11 terrorist attacks did not have wills, Hayes created
the Wills for Heroes program to help provide emergency response professionals
with information and guidance for basic estate planning. With the help of his
colleagues at Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLP, Hayes began visiting fire
and police stations in his local community, providing free legal assistance to
those in need. To date, this program has provided over 260 legal wills to
emergency response professionals in the Columbia, South Carolina, area and will
soon expand to additional cities.
President Bush created the USA Freedom Corps office at the White House to
foster an American culture of service, citizenship and responsibility. Through
the USA Freedom Corps, President Bush wants to help every American answer the
call to service by strengthening and expanding service opportunities to protect
our homeland, support our communities and extend American compassion around the
world. Interested volunteers can find information on the USA Freedom Corps at
by calling 1-877-USA-Corps.