About Help the Good Guys
To honor and support injured fire fighters, law enforcement officers and paramedics.
To raise awareness and financial aid for America's First Responders who are experiencing financial crisis due to service related illness or injury.
How We Serve
Help the Good Guys is a nonprofit organization that organizes benefits and makes direct finanicial contributions to aid severely injured Firefighters, Law Enforcement Officers and EMT’s.
In an emergency, we dial 911 and are confident a First Responder will be there in minutes to help. If that First Responder dies in the line of duty, there are Federal programs that provide financial assistance to his/her family. However, if a First Responder is severely injured on the job, very little government assistance is available.
The families of injured First Responders suffer a devastating loss of income. Most cities and counties have limited funds to continue injured-on-duty pay and the First Responder is forced into long term disability usually at 50% or less of his/her salary. They are unable to work the second jobs that most First Reposnders relay on to supplement their income. Their spouse many times becomes a full time caregiver further reducing the family’s income. A cycle begins that often leads to poverty. Medical bills mount, the family can no longer afford to pay their house note or car note. Families may be forced to move their children out of their homes and school districts. Because the First Responder did the right thing trying to help someone, their family will now be the victims of poverty in America.
Help the Good Guys' goal is to provide short term financial assistance to families in need to help stablize the family's financial situation in hopes of avoiding this cycle.
Since it's creation in 2008, Help the Good Guys has been fortunate to have had support from some of the biggest names in country music including Ronnie Milsap, Vince Gill, George Strait, Alabama's Randy Owen, John Michael Montgomery, Bucky Covington, Darryl Worley, Exile, and others.
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Help the Good Guys was founded by Mickey Milam, a medically retired Metro Nashville police officer who knows firsthand the emotional and financial toll a work-related injury can cause. Milam, a police officer with over twenty five years experience, was injured when he fell responding to a home invasion call in Nashville, Tennessee in late 2004.
Forced into early medical retirement, Milam was himself faced with losing his home and standard of living. "I'll admit, I struggled emotionally with the loss of my career. It was hard to find meaning when your whole way of life was changed in one night. You feel isolated and powerless - a difficult feeling for a man who was used to protecting other people. Overcoming this was the most difficult thing I have ever experinced, not just the physical pain of injury, but the uncertainity and fear of not being able to provide for my family. That is what lead me to start Help the Good Guys.... I want to be a part of the healing for these families, both emotionally and financially."
In 2008, I was severely injured in an In Line of Duty gun battle…. The Gunshot wound to my left arm caused permanent nerve and structural damage forcing my medical disability/retirement. Help the Good Guys selflessly came to Atlanta and worked with my FOP Lodge to provide financial assistance. My life changed the day I was shot….But when Help the Good Guys got involved it was worth more than money; they reminded me the Brotherhood STILL exists. That has helped me recover who I AM, though I will never be able to serve others in the same way. Lt. Paul Phillips (Ret.), Fulton Co. Police Dept.
On November 18, 2011 I was severely burned while fighting a house fire, suffering second and third degree burns over my body. Unable to work my part time job due to the injury, my family’s financial future drastically changed. That is when Help the Good Guys stepped in to help. Everyone involved unselfishly gave of themselves to alleviate my family’s financial stress. My family and I are forever grateful to this wonderful organization for the work they do. Brad Dean, Birmingham Fire and Rescue Service
Help the Good Guys is officially endorsed by the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) and the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP).