Whatit means: The design of the bowtie is representative of everyone serving in the U.S. Army, which is why the color is Army blue. The chevron represents the lowest rank of the branch, and the star represents the highest rank. The ArmedForces Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to supporting and advocating for active-duty military personnel, National Guardsmen, Reservists, military families and veterans. AFF returns 95 cents of every dollar raised to service members and their families through its programs. Since 2001, AFF has provided more than $95 million in assistance by covering travel, hotel rooms, home mortgages, car payments and everyday bills for families to be able to stay at their loved ones’ sides during treatment and recovery from wounds suffered during war. The BowTie Cause became involved with AFF through personal connections and further grew when Dhani Jones attended Armed Forces Foundation’s Eighth Annual Congressional Gala in 2012 and had a chance to meet the wounded service members and their families who AFF impacts.