AER Spotlights: “Green Beret Foundation,” for the U.S. Army Special Forces Family

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The Green Beret Foundation (GBF) 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 and invested 84 cents of every dollar into its programs and services, which has totaled over $16 million that has directly supported 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 September 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. We realize this and provide advocacy, strength, and a sense of direction through the services we offer to meet the needs of the entire family. We award, on average, 9 scholarships per year to children of Green Berets, and 6 to Special Forces spouses. Our Steel Mags Sisterhood Community impacts their local communities through backpack and food programs, private Facebook groups, and supporting small local businesses. With our 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 that they can live the highest quality of life.

We realize that 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. We take this very seriously by focusing on our three pillars: Resiliency, Redirection, and Reintegration. Within each of those pillars, we provide trust, strength, and direction. We fully understand that there are many organizations out there. This can make it hard to know which ones to trust. We organize and present this information to help reduce ambiguity in understanding how these organizations can help you. Lastly, we provide both in-house GBF support and external resources advocacy, consultancy, and community connection to support the Green Beret’s transition. We focus on connecting Green Berets with the mentors, programs, and advocates needed to make their next mission a success.

If you’d like to learn more about the Green Beret Foundation or request support, please visit greenberetfoundation.org.

 

Guest post written by Green Beret Foundation.

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