It's a sad day for my community but I am satisfied with the thought that my teammates went out of this world doing what they loved and serving with men they cared about and respected deeply. No matter what service or country, the bond of Special Operations personnel is a rare one, and only the men who endure the punishing training and intensity of combat will ever know this experience.
There's another side to this equation that is lost on most people outside of the military. While the media is busy hyping up recent events to drive ratings, the seriousness of the situation is weighing heavy on the hearts and minds of hundreds of family members. These stoic mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, sons and daughters are left behind to pick up the pieces. Their tremendous sacrifice and the support they have given to this nation should not be forgotten.
The Navy SEAL Foundation is a great charity. Please get the word out and pass on this blog and link. These families will thank you for it when they lie awake in the middle of the night with one less thing to worry about. I would also like to thank the good people at Military.com and my friend Christian Lowe for their ongoing support.
The Navy SEAL Foundation's mission is to provide immediate and ongoing support and assistance to the Naval Special Warfare community and their families.
Family Services Show Compassion and Build Morale
We support families by easing their burden when an active-duty member of the NSW community is injure or killed in action. We help with memorial services and defray the financial costs for travel for immediate family members who live far away. We also assist families in maintaining a sense of normalcy during deployments by funding holiday celebrations, children's sports days and campouts, and partnering with YMCAs to offer fitness memberships and childcare services.
Educational Programs Encourage Life-long Learning
Active-duty NSW personnel, their spouses and their children benefit from scholarship programs and other educational assistance provided by the Navy SEAL Foundation. In cases where the Navy provides only tuition funds, we step up to help cover the cost of educational expenses such as books and lab fees. Our program for children of NSW operators killed in training or combat provides new computers every three years through the completion of their secondary education.
Legacy Activities Ensure That Service is Always Honored
The Navy SEAL Foundation is strongly committed to making sure that the extraordinary contributions made in defense of our freedoms by members of the NSW community are remembered. We provide funding for monuments and memorials to fallen operators across the country.