AER Spotlights: Green Beret Foundation for the Army Special Forces Family

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The Green Beret Foundation provides all generations of U.S. Army Special Forces Soldiers and their families with emergency, immediate, and ongoing support. Since its inception in October 2009, GBF has provided programs and services in support of the Special Forces Regiment on a daily basis. It has invested 84 cents of every dollar into its programs and services, which has totaled over $16 million to directly support the regiment and its families.

GBF is the only nonprofit solely dedicated to supporting Green Berets and their families that have achieved a 4-Star Rating with Charity Navigator. Also, GBF is the sole special operations nonprofit that is accredited by the Department of Veterans Affairs for the purpose of preparing, filing,= and appealing disability claims.

Since Sept. 11, 2001, the U.S. Army Special Forces have sustained over 60 percent of all casualties and injuries endured by all the Special Operations Forces. GBF assists over 5,000 families each year through direct support and advocacy. A Special Forces soldier’s family is their first and most important support. The foundation realizes this and provides advocacy, strength and a sense of direction through the services it offers to meet the needs of the entire family.

The foundation awards, on average, nine scholarships per year to children of Green Berets and six to Special Forces spouses. The Steel Mags Sisterhood Community impacts local communities through backpack and food programs, private Facebook groups and supporting small local businesses. With the foundation’s assistance, a Special Forces Soldier and their family can get the most from the military benefits available and access every proven therapy or opportunity available so they can live the highest quality of life.

GBF realizes a Special Forces Soldier’s transition out of the military is one of the most critical and sometimes the most difficult times in their life. GBF takes this seriously by focusing on three pillars: resiliency, redirection and reintegration. Within each of those pillars, GBF provides trust, strength and direction.

The foundation fully understands there are many organizations out there. This can make it hard to know which ones to trust. GBF organizes and presents this information to help reduce ambiguity in understanding how these organizations can help. GBF also provide in-house and external resources, advocacy, consultancy and community connection to support the Green Berets’ transition. GBF focus on connecting Green Berets with the mentors, programs and advocates needed to make their next mission a success.

To learn more about the Green Beret Foundation or request support, please visit

Guest post written by Green Beret Foundation.