Published: Aug 21, 2014 8:54 PM EDT
Updated: Aug 21, 2014 10:43 PM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Twin daughters in Cape Coral are being rewarded for their father's sacrifice on the battlefield. Thursday night, they received a special scholarship, and say their dad's service in the military is helping their future.

19 year old twins Kira and Olivia Finan proudly accepted the Folds of Honor scholarship Thursday.

"I'm extremely excited this is such an honor, it's amazing," said Kira.
"This scholarship will really help with college because both of us are going," said Olivia.

Suncoast Beverage Sales in Fort Myers partnered with Folds of Honor, an Oklahoma based organization that provides scholarships and assistance to children and spouses of military service members killed or disabled while serving.

"It's giving back to people who fight for our freedom on a daily basis and allow us to be successful because of what they've done with the military," said Tim Mitchell, President and Chief Operating Officer, Suncoast Beverage Sales.

Dad Jerry Finan served 22 years in the US Army broke his neck and suffered a stroke, but today, the smile on his face says it all.

"I am very proud of them, especially their commitment to give back," said Finan.

"Growing up, we always went to the Army bases and different countries and immersed around the world, without this I don't think I'd major in international relations, he's the open door we saw everything thru," said Olivia.

The pair have spent the last year traveling to Costa Rica, China and Germany. They plan to study international relations at Simmons College in Boston, and are leaving Saturday.