Ledbetter Veterans Scholarship Fund

$4,952 of $100,000 goal

Raised by 20 people in 18 months



The Edwin D. Ledbetter Memorial Veteran Scholarship Fund - all donations go to help veterans and transitioning service members obtain the necessary certification to operate drones commercially and begin a rewarding career.

FAA Commercial Drone Operator Certification & Insurance Adjuster Licensing

Your donations will assist veterans with partial to full individual scholarships for tuition and/or equipment costs that will fill gaps in their existing benefits and provide them and their families a brighter future.  

The fund will be used to train veterans, disabled veterans and transitioning service members for careers in the growing new area of aviation, drones.  The training will provide graduates with a certificate as an FAA approved commercial drone operator and teach them all aspects of using their equipment for flight operations.  In most cases, the drone certification program will be combined with other training to prepare the veterans for immediate job placement in a specific industry or to run their own company as an entrepreneur.

Funds are urgently needed for the first courses that will be offered through May.  These will combine the drone operator training with Insurance claims management and adjuster licensing to provide veterans placement with leading insurance carriers and independent adjusting firms.

The fund is named for Edwin (Bud) Dwight Ledbetter, who was born on March 9, 1924 and recently passed away, October 22, 2016.  Edwin came from a military family.  His father, Arvor Ledbetter, and mother, Hildur Molander Ledbetter, both served in WWI, he in the Army and she as a Red Cross Nurse.  Later, Arvor and his three sons, Edwin, Arvor Jr., and Bill Ledbetter all served in WWII. 

During WWII, Bud was a B-17 pilot who flew several missions before he was shot down over France on March 16, 1944.  He recuperated for almost 6 months in a hospital in Rheims, France, under German occupation, before being liberated by Patton's 3rd Army.  For his service, he was awarded the Purple Heart, the European-African-Middle East Theater Ribbon and a Bronze Star.  In October 2013, the French Consul General presented him with the prestigious French Legion of Honor.

After discharge, he entered UC Berkeley, where he was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society.  He then graduated from Harvard Law School and practiced in California briefly, but decided to return to the service of his country as a diplomat for the U.S. Department of State.  During his career, he served in Frankfurt, Germany; Guayaquil, Ecuador; Athens, Greece; Nicosia, Cyprus; Tegucigalpa, Honduras; Soc Trang, Vietnam; Washington, D.C.; and Panama City, Panama, before he retired in 1976.

Fifty-three years after he crashed his B-17, he returned to the crash site in the small village of L'Huitre, France.  He and a fellow surviving crewmember were joyously greeted by the townspeople.  They had a parade for them and made speeches of gratitude for the role they played in the liberation of France.

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Raised by 20 people in 18 months
Created January 25, 2017
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