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July 2017 Update

Semi-Formal Ball

Thanks to donations to our Family and Community Support Program Area, Special Forces Charitable Trust was able to fund a Semi-Formal Ball for couples in the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne).

This wonderful evening date-night took place at the James E. Bruce Convention Center in Hopkinsville, Kentucky. These couples had a lovely meal accompanied by an evening full of dancing and socializing. With frequent long deployments, date nights for Special Forces couples are rare and few between. We were so honored to be able to hold this event for these incredibly selfless couples. Thank you to our donors for making this very meaningful night happen.


Support in Okinawa, Japan

The 1st Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne) is stationed in Okinawa, Japan. Special Forces Charitable Trust was recently able to host an event for single Soldiers and an event for couples with donations made to our Family and Community Support Program Area.

We funded a Single Soldier Battle of Okinawa Tour Warrior Paintball event, where Soldiers enjoyed a great meal and a fun paintball excursion. We also paid for a date night cruise event for SF couples, where these couples could relax and have a much needed romantic getaway.

These meaningful events took place because of donations made to support the Special Forces Community through Special Forces Charitable Trust. We sincerely thank our donors for answering the call to help us fulfill our mission and support this incredible Community!


Lakeside Family Fun Day

Last month, Special Forces Charitable Trust was able to support an Organizational Day for members of the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) and their Families at Smith Lake in Fort Bragg, NC.

This day of interactive family activities, food, and lakeside bonding was made possible because of our generous donors.

Thank you!


June 2017 Newsletter

Thrive On Program

Special Forces Charitable Trust supports Special Forces Spouses through our bi-weekly Thrive On Program at the 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne). Thrive On allows for Spouses of deployed Soldiers to come together and enjoy a meal while forming strong bonds and building increased resiliency.

“I came across your group while my husband was deployed last year. As a military wife and mother of three, your group allowed me security, peace and friendships while my husband was away.

“Thank you again, for your time and dedication to spouses of deployed soldiers. It’s not always easy standing in the shadows of our soldiers, but your group made me realize we have not been forgotten.” – 3rd SFG(A) Spouse

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Organizational Family Fun Day

SFCT will support the Organizational Day for the 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne) in late June thanks to generous donations made to our Family and Community Support Program Area. This family fun day and picnic for the entire 1st SFG(A) will create lasting happy memories for all those in attendance, as well as provide excellent family bonding opportunities. This was made possible through YOUR support of the Special Forces Community through SFCT. Thank YOU!


Leadership Workshop led by Renowned Speaker David Covington

The leadership workshop, which is funded by SFCT, is open to the entire Special Forces Group (Airborne), and it will be held on the 28th of June.

David Covington, an expert behavioral health management, is the President of the American Association of Suicidology, the Chair of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline SAMHSA Steering Committee, and Executive Committee member of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention. Covington’s focused his expertise on providing ways for organizations to form leadership driven cultures of suicide prevention.

In this workshop, Covington will discuss organizational cultures in order to drive thoughts and conversations towards professional and well-trained suicide prevention. He will address the steps those in leadership and care-giving roles need to take in order to properly educate and train individuals and teams. Covington will also elaborate on how those in leadership roles can effectively foster and build resilience. We want to extend our deepest thanks to our incredible donors for making this happen!


The Special Forces Community

There are currently seven Special Forces Groups, two of which are National Guard Special Forces, which are headquartered in seven states: Washington, North Carolina, Kentucky, Florida, Colorado, Utah, and Alabama. The National Guard Special Forces Groups also have subordinate units in 17 states. Special Forces Soldiers are also headquartered in Okinawa, Japan and Stuttgart, Germany.

Special Forces Soldiers’ missions involve: Counterterrorism, Direct Action, Foreign Internal Defense, Special Reconnaissance, and Unconventional Warfare. The global security environment remains one of uncertain and persistent conflicts, wherein our nation’s Special Forces will continue to play a leading role in waging unconventional warfare and building partner nation capacity.

The Green Berets motto, “De Oppresso Liber”, means “To Free the Oppressed”; that motto reminds us all that freedom is not free. These “Quiet Professionals” represent 50% of the casualties in the Special Operations Community since 9/11, and the need for their special brand of military expertise has never been greater.

An unknown future awaits every Special Forces Soldier, as it does for his Family back at home. Spouses and children are never far from their Soldier’s next deployment or extensive training, and often the Families are not told where their Soldier is going, what he is doing, or when he’ll be home. In the general “Big Army,” deployments usually are at a ratio of one day overseas, two days at home; however, the Special Forces deployment rotation is one day deployed, 0.69 days home. This means that a Green Beret Soldier with a 15-year-old child has been home for only five years of that child’s life.

Special Forces Spouses and children face a unique hardship. A wife is proud of her Soldier’s service to his country, and she understands what it takes to be a military wife. But the uncertainty and fear can be overwhelming, and Families rely on the camaraderie and support of other Special Forces Families.

Children do not have the choice that their parents did; children do not sign up for a military family life. Their father’s absence weighs heavily on them, and each transition is difficult. A returning Special Forces Soldier comes home to a Family needing a husband and father, and while the joy of a reunion is real, it has to be approached with care. These pressures, at home or downrange, increase as deployment rotations tighten.

When Green Berets are asked to answer the call, they do not hesitate. They protect us, and our freedom, whenever they are called to do so: anywhere, anytime, anyplace. When Special Forces Soldiers and their Families call upon us, SFCT, for support, we need to be able to consistently answer that call – as they never cease doing so for our nation.

The need to answer the call has never been greater, and we ask each and every one of you to answer the call too by helping SFCT provide meaningful and sustainable support to these Soldiers and their Families. When these men carry out their missions, they know that SFCT supports their Families back at home.

SFCT was created to help the entire Special Forces Community. YOUR support of the Special Forces Community through SFCT directly supports our nation’s most elite Amy Soldiers and their Families as they honorably serve our nation and protect our freedom. Thank YOU for strengthening the SFCT Community!

Answer the Call


MSG Gary Gordon, Medal of Honor

When a Black Hawk helicopter was shot down by enemy fire during Operation Gothic Serpent, and there were no ground forces nearby to secure the crash site, Master Sergeant Gary Gordon and Sergeant First Class Randy Shughart volunteered to be sent to the crash site to protect the four critically wounded men from oncoming Somali militants. Equipped with only a sniper rifle each and a pistol, these men fought their way to the injured men and valiantly protected them.

When SFC Shughart had been fatally wounded, and MSG Gordon’s rifle ammunition had been entirely depleted, MSG Gordon returned to the helicopter wreckage to recover a rifle with the last five rounds of ammunition. Then, he selflessly handed the rifle to the injured pilot with the words “Good luck”, and he continued to defend using his pistol until he was fatally wounded. The actions of these extraordinary men saved the pilot’s life.

We are keeping the legacy of MSG Gary Gordon and his team alive by building a statue of Gary atop a pedestal. The Memorial will include plaques, which will list the names and units of all the men who made the ultimate sacrifice during Operation Gothic Serpent in Somalia. The Memorial will reside in Veteran’s Park in Gary’s hometown of Lincoln, Maine.

Register for the 5K

You can participate in person in the 5K Fun Walk/Run virtually from anywhere in the world if you cannot make it to Lincoln for the race in person. Virtual participants will also receive the event T-shirt, a commemorative medal, and a racer’s bib in the mail. Whether you are in Lincoln or are a virtual participant, the event is going to be really fun and memorable! We hope that you will participate in this event no matter where you are in the world.


May 2017 Update

Date Night at 1st Group

Thank YOU for supporting our nation’s Special Forces Community.  Your donations to our Family and Community Support Program Area have allowed us to hold a Couples Resiliency Date Night for Special Forces couples of 1 BN-1st SFG(A) on the 20th of May.  This date night was a relaxing dinner in a formal hall with a guest speaker who aimed at entertaining and supporting these couples through the specific challenges they face.  This meaningful experience for all who attended was made possible because you have given back to those who protect our country’s liberties.


yogaYoga Classes for 3rd Group Wives

Throughout the month of May, wives of 3 BN-3rd SFG have enjoyed four yoga classes with professional instructors.  These women are incredible, and they very rarely get a break or any time for themselves.  Their lives are highly stressful, as one can only imagine.  We were able to fund these classes, as well as childcare during the classes, because of YOU.  Thank you!


Pre-Deployment Family Readiness at 7th Group

Because of YOU, SFCT was able to pay for a Pre-Deployment Family Readiness Brief for members of 2 BN-7th SFG(A) at Liberty Chapel on the 11th of May.  Food, as well as entertainment and activities for SF Children, for all in attendance was provided by SFCT because of your donations to our Family and Community Support Program Area.


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The 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne) celebrated its Anniversary Ball at the Antlers Hotel on the 25th of May.  YOU made it possible for these Special Forces couples to have a wonderful evening and a very rare date night!  Your donations to SFCT have enabled us to support this Anniversary Ball.  Thank you for your generosity and your patriotism!


April 2017 Update

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Because of YOUR generosity, SFCT was recently able to support an incredibly successful nine-week program called Financial Peace University, which gave these Families the opportunity to greatly improve their family finances.

This Biblically-based program helped these 1st Special Forces Command Families re-finance.  In just the first 90 days, as a direct result of this program, these Families have been able to have a collective financial gain of $250,587.00!

These 18 Families were able to receive skills and learning tools vital in decreasing their non-mortgage debt (aka credit card loans, etc.), which was over $1 million collectively.  These Families now have the financial knowledge necessary to continue to pay off their debt and utilize their assets moving forward.


To our generous donors, these meaningful experiences and programs for our nation’s Special Forces Families, who give selflessly to protect the freedoms that we all enjoy, are made possible because of YOU.

Thank YOU!

CHANGE LIVES!


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Thank YOU for enabling SFCT to fund a Parent-Child Dance for all of the 1st Special Forces Command!

The evening of April 13th was a wonderful experience for these Families, who enjoyed a meal and dancing.  This support was made possible through your donations to our Family and Community Support program area.  Thank YOU for making this wonderful evening possible for these parents and children!


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Special Forces Charitable Trust was able to sponsor Red Empire Week family-friendly activities, and the Red Empire Week formal Ball, for the entire 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) because of donors like YOU!

Red Empire Week took place from April 3rd – 7th.  Soldiers, Spouses, and Children all had a fantastic time during this week of festivities!  Thank YOU for making this possible for HUNDREDS of Special Forces Families!


4 BN-1st SFG(A)

Single Special Forces Soldiers in 4 BN-1st SFG(A) had a blast at the Rock Climbing and Resiliency Training event that we hosted at Edgeworks Climbing Gym in Tacoma, WA on March 10th.

Never forget, this ability to give back to our nation’s heroes as they take a day away from defending the freedoms we all enjoy, is because of YOU, your patriotism, and your generosity!


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Thanks to YOU, SFCT was able to pay for a fun Warrior Paintball event for Single Soldiers in 1 BN-1st SFG(A) on March 11th.  We want to let you know that they had a great time!


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YOU made it possible for members of the 10th SFG(A) Group Support Battalion to attend a Prom at the beautiful Ivywild School in Colorado!  This took place on March 11th, and it allowed for couples to have a romantic date night, which is a very rare occasion for these couples!  Thank YOU!


March 2017 Newsletter

Testimonials

Soldier/Spouse Testimonials

This is What Happens When SFCT Donors Answer the Call!

  • Fantastic experience, these events are usually our only date nights of the year.
  • The SF Charitable Trust went above and beyond…. The material covered was carefully thought out and coordinated.  All material covered is invaluable information that my wife and I will benefit from.  The guest speakers exceeded the standard in delivering the topics.
  • This retreat was an amazing experience. I feel so blessed for all the thought and heart that was obviously put into it.  The staff was incredibly warm, helpful and accommodating and the speakers were phenomenal…. Thank you so much from the bottom of my heart.  We appreciate this more than we will ever be able to express.
  • Wonderful event that was/is very beneficial for me and my family. Will strongly recommend to my fellow Soldiers.  Thank you for the opportunity!
  • The session really reflected a lot of what I’ve gone through and continue to go through. I feel I have learned to better cope and help others with Operation Stress.  Thank you.
  • The effort SFCT put into organizing this! The speakers, like Bob Delaney, are ones with Credibility, Experience and Empathy/Sympathy that resounds with the Soldiers and Families.  This event as a whole touches on needs within our ranks that are hard to get at the heart of; conversations that need to happen.  These speakers are reaching to the point of the things across the ciu/mil chasm with skill.  Well done.  Thank you for the comprehensive approach to this.
  • The retreat was the most rewarding and beneficial that my family has ever attended, both for my spouse and I and our children. The speakers were extremely qualified, knowledgeable, and professional.  The hotel and facilities were extraordinary.  The staff was extremely polite and thoughtful.  Overall, this was the best retreat and associated events that my family has attended in my 15 year Army career.
  • This is hands down and far away the best retreat we have attended!!!
  • This was an amazing experience for our family. The childcare was awesome!
  • Best retreat I’ve ever been to. Relevant, real, raw and informative!
  • Great accommodations, great choice of speakers. Recommend this Family retreat for all military retreats.
  • Overall the caliber of this event has far surpassed anything I’ve done/attended before. The holistic approach from sign-in, to arrival, the printed brochures to childcare teams made the depth; quality do much more.  The speakers were ALL able to connect with an audience that can be hard to relate to.  That in itself is a tremendous objective accomplished.  Thank you.
  • I am so happy we were invited to come. My husband deploys an awful lot and all of the information was informative and useful to us.  This was an amazing event.  Even our daughter looked forward to childcare each day.  Thank you!
  • Amazing! I never sat through such a great, informative, emotional session…EVER!  So much resonated with my husband and I.
  • This was a great way to re-connect and re-charge. Overall, such an amazing experience.  Thank you so much!
  • Thank you! These events are so important, so appreciated and so valued by our family.  This was the most well-run event we have attended and my husband has been active 11 years….  I just can’t thank the SF Charitable Trust enough.  You have fostered in me the desire to do more for wives in same position when or however I can.
  • From the moment we pulled up to check into the hotel this has been a fabulous experience! My family and I have felt special and cared for.  This has been a wonderful escape from day-to-day life in order to reconnect!  Words really cannot express how grateful I am for this opportunity and how thankful I am to all those who made this a possibility!  Thank you all from the bottom of my heart.
  • Fantastic information that was highly relevant to both me, my children, and my husband. I feel empowered to make better choices with our sleep and helping our children make better choices.
  • I’m blown away by this retreat. The hotel itself, the nice rooms, great food, childcare, speakers, everything.  Wow!  This has been such a blessing for our family and it’s been an honor to attend.  We’ve learned so much valuable information that is highly relevant to our life.  Thank you!
  • Please keep doing these. We absolutely loved it.

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Donor Testimonials

Thank You to our Donors Who have Shared with Us Why they Answered the Call!

“We are so pleased to help support the Special Forces Charitable Trust.  We like that the Trust is 100% focused on making sure our contributions serve the Green Berets and their Families in such meaningful ways.”

“I never served in the military, which only adds to the gratitude I feel for all of America’s fighting forces.  I am proud to be a supporter of the Special Forces Charitable Trust and am a firm believer in the good work they do.”

“I remain committed to supporting America’s military men and women, and I know the kind of support the Trust provides to Green Berets and their families.  I ask that everyone join me and others in contributing to the Special Forces Charitable Trust.”

“The Special Forces Charitable Trust is very near and dear to my heart, and it raises much needed funds that support the heroes who serve in the Special Forces.”

“Donating to the Trust is a great way to say a big “Thank You” to our special military warriors and their families.  I am happy to contribute and grateful to see my donations put to such good use for such a worthy cause.”

Donors, let us know why you answered the call!
Email: Info@SpecialForcesCharitableTrust.org.

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Family Resiliency Retreat

Special Forces Charitable Trust planned, implemented, and hosted large Resiliency Retreats in conjunction with the Center for Military Relationships and Families, through a program we developed within our Family and Community Support Program. This event was uniquely and specifically designed to provide service members and their Families opportunities to learn skills and strategies to help increase their overall individual and Family resilience.

Thus far, we have successfully hosted this program for members of the 1st SFG(A), the 3rd SFG(A), and the 5th SFG(A).  We hope to host this type of encompassing resiliency event for members of the 7th SFG(A) and the 10th SFG(A) later this year.

These retreats provide new concepts and skills that these Families can now readily implement in their personal and professional lives, celebrated all that they have accomplished out in the field and at home, and provided an opportunity to connect with friends, family, and loved ones in a location away from everyday stressors.

Special Forces Charitable Trust brings in leading experts to speak to and work with these Families via multiple sessions.  These sessions center upon the physical, emotional, and mental challenges that these Families encounter in their daily lives, and the experts actively worked with these Families to promote healthy helpful strategies.

These retreats also aim to facilitate situations apart from educational sessions to strengthen relationships within each Family, and as a member of this community.  Families are able to spend much needed time with one another while receiving multiple types of support.  Children are able to receive mentorship, as well as make new friends, while participating in numerous activities throughout the weekend. These Family Resiliency Retreats are an incredible success that have helped numerous Soldiers and their Families.

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3rd SFG(A) Wife Shares the Importance of Spousal Scholarships

Special Forces Charitable Trust grants multiple scholarships to Special Forces Spouses every year.  We received this essay from an SF Wife from the 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) that outlines the reason why we find these scholarships so important and meaningful.

“This last year, our team family experienced a tragedy.  A dear friend and fellow spouse lost her husband.  Immediately following the news, our team wives did an incredible job in providing for the family.  Fast-forward a few months, and the newly appointed Gold Star Wife is struggling to plan her future.  She has mentioned that she wants to go back to school and obtain a degree.  In doing so, she’ll be able to get a higher paying job when the need arises.

I make mention of this to bring attention to the following:

We, as military wives, are often putting our lives on hold.  We carry the role of single parent more often than not, and it’s a struggle to manage the day-to-day chaos.  However, I feel it’s important to provide a good example for our children, as well as ease the financial burden on our husband’s that work so tirelessly.  I’m always encouraging spouses to further their education, which will, in turn, allow for better opportunities and higher paying jobs.  For those that choose to work, a college education is a worthwhile investment.  For those that would rather not work, a degree provides a sense of financial peace in the event they’re needed to return to work.

A few years ago, my husband taught me the importance of forward progression, and it’s something I will always carry with me.  Daily, we need to make an effort to better ourselves in one way or another.  No better way than continuing our education.” – 3rd SFG(A) Wife


Giving Ladder Info Graphic version 7-1-1Because of YOU, we are able to…

Provide programs and services through our three program areas:

  1. Family and Community Support
  2. Education and Motivation
  3. Veterans and Heritage

February 2017 Update

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Single Soldier Excursion

Special Forces Charitable Trust was happy to fund a day on the slopes for Single Soldiers in the 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne) at Crystal Mountain in Washington.

This morale-building trip, which took place on the 9th of February, was open to all Single Soldiers in the 1st SFG(A).  We were able to provide the transportation, lift tickets, ski rentals, and food for the retreat thanks to donations from generous patriotic Americans.


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Family Resiliency Retreat

Special Forces Charitable Trust planned, implemented, and hosted a large Resiliency Retreat in conjunction with the Center for Military Relationships and Families, through a program we developed within our Family and Community Support Program. This event was uniquely and specifically designed to provide service members and their Families opportunities to learn skills and strategies to help increase their overall individual and Family resilience.

After successfully hosting this program for members of the 1st SFG(A) and the 3rd SFG(A), we were very pleased to be able to offer this program for members of the 5th SFG(A).  We hope to host this type of encompassing resiliency event for members of the 7th SFG(A) and the 10th SFG(A) later this year.

This retreat, which was in Nashville, TN, provided new concepts and skills that these Families can now readily implement in their personal and professional lives, celebrated all that they have accomplished out in the field and at home, and provided an opportunity to connect with friends, family, and loved ones in a location away from everyday stressors.

Special Forces Charitable Trust brought in leading experts to speak to and work with these Families via multiple sessions.  These sessions centered upon the physical, emotional, and mental challenges that these Families encounter in their daily lives, and the experts actively worked with these Families to promote healthy helpful strategies.

The retreat also aimed to facilitate situations apart from educational sessions to strengthen relationships within each Family, and as a member of this community.  Families were able to spend much needed time with one another while receiving multiple types of support.  Children were able to receive mentorship, as well as make new friends, while participating in numerous activities throughout the weekend. This Family Resiliency Retreat was an incredible success that helped numerous Soldiers and their Families.

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Family Fun Program

sf5Special Forces Charitable Trust supported an event for the 7th SFG(A), called the ProKids Show with Scott Humston, on the 4th of February.  This live-action motivational character education-based program allowed for SF Families to focus on the importance of honesty, respect, cooperation, and responsibility via music, magic, comedy, and active involvement.  About 250 people attended this acclaimed program, which was open to all members of the 7th SFG(A). The funding for this incredible program, and a meal for all those who attended, was made possible through altruistic donations to our Family and Community Support program area.


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Couples Retreat

Special Forces Charitable Trust paid for a large Couples Retreat, which was open to all members of the 1st Special Forces Command (Airborne), at the Embassy Suites in Fayetteville, NC on the 17th of February.  This retreat hosted speaker and author Gary Chapman.  Chapman is well-known for his concept of “Five Love Languages”, which he has written several books about, including: The Five Love Languages: Military Edition.  Thank you to our generous donors for making this possible.


January 2017 Update

Spousal Scholarships

Special Forces Charitable Trust grants multiple scholarships to Special Forces Spouses every year.  Earlier this month, we received an essay from an SF wife from the 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) that outlines the reaon why we find these scholarships so important and meaningful.

Excerpt:

“We, as military wives, are often putting our lives on hold.  We carry the role of single parent more often than not, and it’s a struggle to manage the day-to-day chaos.  However, I feel it’s important to provide a good example for our children, as well as ease the financial burden on our husband’s that work so tirelessly.  I’m always encouraging spouses to further their education, which will, in turn, allow for better opportunities and higher paying jobs.  For those that choose to work, a college education is a worthwhile investment.  For those that would rather not work, a degree provides a sense of financial peace in the event they’re needed to return to work.” – 3rd SFG(A) Wife

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The Bushman Challenge

The Special Forces Charitable Trust (SFCT) recently supported the Bushman Challenge for 3rd Battalion, the 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne), Commanded by Kent Solheim, in North Carolina.  This four-day extreme military sporting event included various exercise challenges, such as a night hike, land navigation, and a ruck march.  The Bushman Challenge, a well-known military sporting challenge, increases morale and teamwork. It focuses on overcoming physical and mental obstacles in order to accomplish a mission.  The SFCT was able to provide lunch for the Soldiers, as well as funding for the event, because of donations received from generous patriotic Americans.

To our generous donors, these meaningful experiences and programs for our nation’s Special Forces Families, who give selflessly to protect the freedoms that we all enjoy, are made possible because of you.

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December Newsletter

Because of YOU, we are able to…

Provide programs and services through our three program areas:

  • Family and Community Support
  • Education and Motivation
  • Veterans and Heritage

Such as:

  • Award more spousal scholarships in 2016 and 2017
  • Host more Family resiliency retreats
  • Provide more events for our single Soldiers
  • Offer emergency tragedy assistance to the Families of fallen Special Forces Soldiers
  • Give support to our nation’s Special Forces Veterans

unnamedFamily Resiliency Retreat

Special Forces Charitable Trust planned, implemented, and hosted a large Resiliency Retreat in conjunction with the Center for Military Relationships and Families, through a program we developed within our Family and Community Support Program. This event was uniquely and specifically designed to provide service members and their Families opportunities to learn skills and strategies to help increase their overall individual and Family resilience.

After successfully hosting this program for members of the 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne), we were very pleased to be able to offer this program for members of the 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne).  We hope to host this type of encompassing resiliency event for members of the 5th SFG(A), the 7th SFG(A), and the 10th SFG(A) in 2017.

This retreat, which was in Charlotte, NC, provided new concepts and skills that these Families can now readily implement in their personal and professional lives, celebrated all that they have accomplished out in the field and at home, and provided an opportunity to connect with friends, family, and loved ones in a location away from everyday stressors.

Special Forces Charitable Trust brought in leading experts to speak to and work with these Families via multiple sessions.  These sessions centered upon the physical, emotional, and mental challenges that these Families encounter in their daily lives, and the experts actively worked with these Families to promote healthy helpful strategies.

Internationally acclaimed marriage expert Mark Gungor spoke about resilient communication and connection between couples. Mr. Gungor is Senior Pastor of Celebration Church, the CEO of Laugh Your Way America, and the host of The Mark Gungor Show; he used these life experiences to connect with and motivate attending couples while narrowing in on the specific struggles that these couples may be facing.

Highly decorated former State Trooper Bob Delaney told about his own experience with Post-Traumatic Stress (PTS) (a result of being deep undercover for three years for an organized crime investigation), so that others were better equipped to recognize the signs of PTS and manage it moving forward in a happy and healthy way.  Mr. Delaney has also written two books on his experiences, and has since had a successful career as an NBA Referee.

Rebecca Bockart, certified Family Life Coach and corporate trainer for Family Color Works, LLC, conducted a session on parenting and personality types, which focused on determining and understanding both one’s own personality type as a parent, and the personality types of one’s children, in order to develop personalized strategies for effective communication.

Dr. Christopher Winter led a session on sleep strategies.  Well practiced in sleep medicine and neurology, Dr. Winter elaborated on how to identify a sleeping disorder, as well as how to treat such disorders, so that healthy quality sleeping and living can be facilitated.  Dr. Winter is the personal sleep medicine specialist and consultant for MLB, NBA, NHL, and NFL teams.

Dr. Jesse Payne has dedicated his career to teaching, teacher preparation, and educating others about the developing brain.  His Brain Health session focused on the importance of understanding and taking care of the brain at various stages of development in all aspects of life.

Kristina Koltai, professional Vinyasa Yoga instructor, demonstrated the differences in restorative, intermediate, and advanced yoga. She revealed how incorporating these helpful maneuvers into daily life can be done individually and as a couple. These healthy techniques decrease stress while promoting strength, self-awareness, empowerment, and inner peace.

The retreat also aimed to facilitate situations apart from educational sessions to strengthen relationships within each Family, and as a member of this community.  Families were able to spend much needed time with one another while receiving multiple types of support.  Children were able to receive mentorship, as well as make new friends, while participating in numerous activities throughout the weekend.  This Family Resiliency Retreat was an incredible success that helped numerous Soldiers and their Families.


fallen-soldiersOur Fallen Soldiers

Special Forces Charitable Trust joined the entire nation in mourning the loss of our fallen Special Forces Soldiers.  We funded the receptions for the Families of Staff Sergeant Kevin J. McEroe from the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Staff Sergeant James F. Moriarty from the 5th SFG(A), and Sergeant First Class Ryan A. Gloyer from the 10th SFG(A) following their interments at Arlington National Cemetery.

SSG Moriarty of Kerrville, TX and SSG McEnroe of Tucson, AZ were killed on the 4th of November in Jordan with SSG Matthew C. Lewellen of Lawrence, KS.  SFC Gloyer of Greenville, PA was killed on the 3rd of November in Kunduz, Afghanistan with Captain Andrew D. Byers of Rolesville, NC.  These brave Soldiers made the ultimate sacrifice while serving our country, and we are proud and grateful to honor them and their Families through the help of our generous donors.


Scholarships

We are proud to say that we were able to award over $125,000.00 in scholarships in 2016.  These scholarships included spousal scholarships for Special Forces Soldiers’ spouses and merit-based scholarships for children of Special Forces Soldiers and Special Forces Veterans.  This was made possible through generous donations made to our Education and Motivation Programs.


Annual Holiday Ball Celebrations

holiday-ballSpecial Forces Charitable Trust sponsored five annual Holiday Ball celebrations: the 1st Special Forces Command Holiday Ball on December 15th in North Carolina, the 1st Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne) Ball on December 1st in Okinawa, Japan, the 3rd SFG(A) Ball on December 16th in Fayetteville, NC, the 1st SFG(A) Ball on December 9th during Menton week in Washington, and the 1 BN-10th SFG(A) Ball on December 16th in Stuttgart, Germany.  These five holiday celebrations provided an opportunity for Soldiers and their spouses to have a formal and fun night out to eat, dance, socialize, and enjoy the holiday season.


Memorial Wall

The Special Forces Charitable Trust paid for the construction of a Group Support Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) Memorial Wall.  The Memorial Wall honors all of those from Group Support Battalion, the 5th SFG(A) that have fallen since September 11, 2001.  The Memorial Wall is on Gabriel Field at Fort Campbell.  The construction of this Memorial was made possible because of donations made to our Veterans and Heritage Programs.


Book Launch for Ivan Castro

november3On November 15th, Special Forces Charitable Trust funded a Book Launch in New York City for Ivan Castro.  The book, Fighting Blind, is about Ivan’s inspirational life.  The book was co-authored with Jim DeFelice, the author of American SniperSpecial Forces Charitable Trust is happy to support a Green Beret with his new career.

Fighting Blind will make an incredible gift this holiday season!  Click below to order your copy.

Click here to order in time for the holidays!


NHL All-Star Raises Awareness for SFCT

nhlAn online NHL auction of the goaltender mask worn by Los Angeles Kings All-Star Jonathan Quick during the recently completed World Cup of Hockey has raised funds and awareness to benefit Special Forces Charitable Trust.  Quick decided before last month’s World Cup of Hockey to dedicate his Team USA mask for the tournament to Special Forces Charitable Trust as a way to show his appreciation for the United States Army Special Forces.  Quick, along with fellow LA Kings team members, attended an SFCT program, called SF Experience Week, earlier this year, where he was able to become better acquainted with what it means to be a Green Beret.


Ron Farkas Challenge Fundraiser

Pick up the challenge and join our friend, Mr. Ron Farkas, as he hikes 300 miles on the Pacific Crest Trail from Campo, California to the 300 mile mark near San Bernardino, California. The journey begins on December 1, 2016 and completion of the 300 mile trek will be on, or about, December 31, 2016.

Ron’s challenge to all is to contribute $1.00 per mile achieved. 100% of the funding will go directly to The Special Forces Charitable Trust.

You will be able to track Ron’s progress on his fundraising mission as well as encourage him along the way. Don’t wait; accept the challenge!

If you have any questions, or you would like to pledge per mile, please contact Michael Mika, Secretary on the Board of the Special Forces Charitable Trust at scsfceo@gmail.com or email the Special Forces Charitable Trust at info@SpecialForcesCharitableTrust.org.  Thank you!

November Update

november1Menton Week

Special Forces Charitable Trust is supporting Menton Week and the Menton Ball for the 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne).  Menton Week takes place from December 5th through December 9th.  Members of the 1st SFG(A) and their Families will be able to enjoy a week of fun alongside the Canadian Special Operations Forces at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in this annual tradition where they can acknowledge their units’ shared history.


november2Family Resiliency Retreat

Special Forces Charitable Trust funded a four-day deer hunting resiliency retreat for the 3rd SFG(A) Special Forces Soldiers and their Families.  This retreat also included other ranching activities for these families to enjoy.


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Special Forces Charitable Trust provided the Thanksgiving Day meal for single Soldiers of the 4th Battalion 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne).


Couples Resiliency Retreat

This month, Special Forces Charitable Trust paid for a Couples Resiliency Retreat for members of the 1BN-1st SFG(A).  These couples are stationed in Okinawa, Japan.  During this retreat, couples were able to relax and spend valuable quality time together.


november3Book Launch for Ivan Castro

On November 15th, Special Forces Charitable Trust funded a Book Launch in New York City for Ivan Castro.  The book, Fighting Blind, is about Ivan’s inspirational life.  The book was co-authored with Jim DeFelice, the author of American Sniper.  Special Forces Charitable Trust is happy to support a Green Beret with his new career.

Click here to purchase book.


Happy Thanksgiving

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We ask that while you celebrate Thanksgiving at home with your family, you remember to give thanks for those who are not able to come home, or be with their families, on Thanksgiving.  They protect our freedoms, and free the oppressed, so that we may live and give thanks together, in safety and peace.

Remember to give thanks for their families – their children, spouses, and parents – who sacrifice daily so that other families can celebrate Thanksgiving all together.

Ivan Castro – Book Launch

Book Launch: Fighting Blind

Bobby Van’s on Broad Street
The 15th of November, 2016 • 5:00-7:30 PM

Join the Special Forces Charitable Trust in celebrating the November 15th book launch for Ivan Castro’s memoir, Fighting Blind, co-authored by Ivan Castro and best-selling author of American Sniper, Jim DeFelice.

Meet the authors, enjoy hors d’oeuvres with drinks in New York City, and bring home a signed copy of Fighting Blind.

Be sure to sign in to Amazon Smile so that a portion of the money is donated to SFCT.

Click here to purchase Fighting Blind

Happy Veterans’ Day

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Half-IRONMAN Triathlon

ironmanWHERE: Morning View Beach (Zuma Beach) in Malibu, CA
WHEN: 6:30AM The 22nd of OCTOBER

Let’s have some fun for a great cause!  Are you up for the challenge?

Everyone who can beat the race’s patriotic benefactor, Jeff Barton of Malibu Funding, Inc., will get $100 from Barton, and Barton will give $100 dollars to Special Forces Charitable Trust for everyone who comes out in any part of the race.

“I love to race and I really love those who serve.  Why not do both?” – Jeff Barton, race benefactor

1.25 mi swim; 10 min rest; 56 mi bike; 10 min rest; 13.2 mi run; end.

For more information, or to participate, contact Special Forces Charitable Trust at: 860-767-1510 or Rachel@SpecialForcesCharitableTrust.org.

October Update

Family and Community Support

crestChallenge Fundraiser

Pick up the challenge and join our friend, Mr. Ron Farkas, as he hikes 300 miles on the Pacific Crest Trail from Campo, California to the 300 mile mark near San Bernardino, California. The journey begins on December 1, 2016 and completion of the 300 mile trek will be on, or about, December 31, 2016.

Ron’s challenge to all is to contribute $1.00 per mile achieved. 100% of the funding will go directly to The Special Forces Charitable Trust.

You will be able to track Ron’s progress on his fundraising mission as well as encourage him along the way. Don’t wait; accept the challenge!

If you have any questions, or you would like to pledge per mile, please contact Michael Mika, Secretary on the Board of the Special Forces Charitable Trust at scsfceo@gmail.com or email the Special Forces Charitable Trust at info@SpecialForcesCharitableTrust.org.  Thank you!


Fall Festival

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On October 6th, the 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) had a day of fun and relaxation with their families while enjoying the Fall season.  The Special Forces Charitable Trust was happy to sponsor the event through our Family and Community Support program area.  Children and adults made wonderful memories on hayrides, as well as through other fun bonding activities, at the festival.


fall2Father Daughter Dance

The Special Forces Charitable Trust will support the Father Daughter Dance for the 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) on October 28th.  These fathers and daughters will have a professional dance instructor as well as a photographer to capture the occasion.  We are sure that it will be a fantastic night to remember!

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Education and Motivation

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Spouse Mentorship Program

On October 14th, the Special Forces Charitable Trust was able to fund a Spouse Mentorship Program for wives of soldiers in the 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne) through our Education and Motivation program area.  This event, which was designed as an interactive scavenger hunt, was beneficial in giving these women the support that they deserve.


Veterans and Heritage

Memorial Wall

The Special Forces Charitable Trust paid for the construction of a Group Support Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) Memorial Wall.  The Memorial Wall honors all of those from Group Support Battalion, the 5th SFG(A) that have fallen since September 11, 2001.  The Memorial Wall is on Gabriel Field at Fort Campbell.


Celebrating The Green Beret Family Reception

fall4On October 18th, The Special Forces Charitable Trust hosted its Celebrating The Green Beret Family Reception in Washington DC, where we recognized this year’s incredible Martha Raye award recipients.

These extraordinary women have gone above and beyond, making incredible sacrifices in order to support their Soldiers, their Families, and the Regiment.


Celebrating The Green Beret Family Reception

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TGAS Update

tgas2To our Donors, Captains, and Participants of The Great Americans Shoot 2016!

The Special Forces Charitable Trust would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to each of you for your support!

When our nation’s heroes are asked if they can answer the call, they do not hesitate.  They protect us, and our freedom, whenever and wherever they are called to do so.  When these same men and women ask us for support, we, as patriotic Americans, need to be able to answer that call.  It is our duty and our privilege to assist them.

The Great Americans Shoot is just that – a shoot by Great American civilians to support the Great Americans, and their Families, who serve, and have served, in our nation’s Special Operations Forces. The Great Americans Shoot successfully raised over 1.2 million dollars this year, and that is because of you!  The nonprofit organizations that benefitted from the Shoot this year are:

The funds raised from this meaningful event make such a difference in the lives of so many of our nation’s heroes and their families.  Although they ask for nothing in return for their service, there are many ways in which we can all give them support in thanks for how they have been selflessly serving our country every single day.  You have helped to ensure that The Special Forces Charitable Trust, and these other worthy nonprofits, will be able to answer the call when they need our assistance.

Again, I sincerely thank you for your support in making The Great Americans Shoot such a success.

All the best,
David T. Guernsey, Jr.
Executive Director

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Autumn 2016 Newsletter

Because of YOU, we are able to…
Provide programs and services through our three program areas:

  1. Family and Community Support
  2. Education and Motivation
  3. Veterans and Heritage

Such as:

  • Award more spousal scholarships in 2016 and 2017
  • Host more Family resiliency retreats
  • Provide more events for our single Soldiers
  • Give support to our nation’s Special Forces Veterans

beikirchSergeant Gary Beikirch, Medal of Honor

Sergeant Gary Beikirch was awarded the Medal of Honor in 1973 for his service above and beyond the call of duty during the Vietnam War, when he selflessly continued to administer emergency medical treatment to the wounded, despite suffering from severe injuries himself, until he fell unconscious.

We ask that you keep Sgt. Beikirch and his family in your thoughts and prayers as he battles cancer.  Gary, we at The Special Forces Charitable Trust are all thinking of you.


shotlogoThe Great Americans Shoot 2016

The Special Forces Charitable Trust held The 3rd Annual Great Americans Shoot in September at the Oak Tree Gun Club in Newhall, California.

Patriotic Americans came together to raise funds for The Great Americans (the men and women who are serving, and who have served, in the United States Military Special Operations) and their Families. These are the people who defend our freedom daily. The Shoot raised over $1.25 million dollars for our nation’s Special Forces and Special Operations Forces.

This weekend-long fundraising event was an impactful way to say “thank you” to the Special Forces, Special Operations Forces, and their Families, who give so much to this country.


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The Special Forces Charitable Trust hosted Camp NASH in Nashville, TN, on Memorial Day.  This day-long concert was free for all Special Forces Soldiers, past and present, and their Families.

We invited our nation’s Special Forces Medal of Honor Recipients to participate in the event as well. Sergeant Gary B. Beikirch and Colonel Roger H. C. Donlon attended the event and brought additional inspiration to all those around them.

This gathering was an incredible way to spend Memorial Day with some of our country’s heroes and their Families.  Families were able to spend time together and relax at Camp NASH.  This event also provided an opportunity to raise awareness and funds in the Nashville community to support our nation’s Special Forces Families.


5kMSG Gary Gordon Medal of Honor Memorial 5K

The Special Forces Charitable Trust and the MSG Gary Gordon MOH Memorial Fund hosted a 5K Fun Run/Walk in Lincoln, ME this August.
Many people in MSG Gordon’s hometown of Lincoln, as well as many virtual participants across the nation and abroad, participated in this 5K event.  Funds raised will go towards the construction of a memorial for MSG Gordon, SFC Randy Shughart, and the team members who made the ultimate sacrifice during Operation Gothic Serpent in Somalia.  Participants had a beautiful day and they are already saying how excited they are to participate again next year.


receptionCelebrating The Green Beret Family Reception

On October 18th, The Special Forces Charitable Trust will be hosting its Celebrating The Green Beret Family Reception in Washington DC, where we will recognize this year’s incredible Martha Raye award recipients.

These extraordinary women have gone above and beyond, making incredible sacrifices in order to support their Soldiers, their Families, and the Regiment.

 


September 2016 Update

sfctsept1Family Resiliency Retreat

The Special Forces Charitable Trust supported a Family Retreat event for the members of 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) thanks to donations made to our Family Support Programs. Participating Families were able to ride horses and enjoy relaxing quality time with their loved ones while their Soldiers were home.

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Organizational Day

Families of 1st SFG(A) had a day of fun at their Foundation Day, which was supported by The Special Forces Charitable Trust through our Community Support Programs.  In addition to a barbecue picnic and other festivities, the children were able to participate in a Junior Nasty Nick obstacle course.  Everyone who participated in the Junior Nasty Nick was awarded with a certificate of participation to commemorate the achievement.

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Spousal Scholarships

In the past two months, The Special Forces Charitable Trust has been able to grant seven Spousal Scholarships through generous donations made to our Education and Motivation Programs. These scholarships help to fund continuing education for spouses of Special Forces Soldiers.


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SFC Alan L. Boyer

The Special Forces Charitable Trust (SFCT) hosted a reception for the Family, friends, and comrades in arms of Sergeant First Class Alan Lee Boyer (MIA Laos) following the recovery of his remains by the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) and his interment at Arlington National Cemetery. SFC Boyer went missing during the Vietnam War; he was missing for nearly 50 years.  Under our Veterans and Heritage Programs, The SFCT assists in funding the recovery of MIA’s from all wars.  We further assist by helping the Families with the interment when their loved ones come home.
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To our generous donors, these meaningful experiences and programs for our nation’s Special Forces Families, who give selflessly to protect the freedoms that we all enjoy, are made possible because of you.

5K Online Silent Auction

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Online Silent Auction

The MSG Gary Gordon MOH Memorial 5K Fun Run/Walk is having an online silent auction now through August 27th!

Items:

  • Boston Red Sox, Dustin Pedroia signed photograph!
  • New England Patriots, Malcom Brown autographed football!

If you would like to bid on one or both of these items, please email:

Rachel@SpecialForcesCharitableTrust.org with your name and your bid amount.

To see the current highest bids for these items, click below:

Check the Highest Bids

Be sure to check back frequently on the event page as the 5K gets closer to see if you have been outbid.  Bidding ends on August 27th at 12:00PM (noon) EST.
All funds raised from this silent auction will go towards the MSG Gary Gordon MOH Memorial Fund, which works towards the construction of a statue of MSG Gordon atop a piece of marble, accompanied by plaques with the names and units of the men who made the ultimate sacrifice during Operation Gothic Serpent in Somalia.

The Memorial will reside in Veteran’s Park in MSG Gordon’s hometown of Lincoln, ME.  The Special Forces Charitable Trust, a certified nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, is accepting donations for the MSG Gary Gordon MOH Memorial Fund.


Important Note for Bids Made on the Day of the 5K

If you are placing a bid on the day of the 5K Run/Walk (August 27th), please include a maximum bid along with your next bid amount, if applicable.  In case a surplus of email bids arrive in the final moments before the auction concludes, including a maximum bid note will ensure that you are able to receive the item if you are the highest bidder.

The maximum bid will also be used to determine the winner in the case of a tie bid.

Please know that the winners of the items will not be held to their maximum bid amount if their incremental bid amount was high enough to win the item, but they will be held to their maximum bid amount if their previous bid was not high enough to win the item.

All email bids sent by 12:00PM (noon) EST on August 27th will be in seen and applied, even if there is a delay in the updating of the current highest bid due to a surplus of new bids.

Furthermore, bids made in-person at the 5K will also be in effect, and will be shown here under the current highest bid section.

Saturday August 27th at 9:00AM EST

Participation can be in-person or virtual.

Register for the 5K

Master Sergeant Gary Gordon Medal of Honor Memorial Fund

gordon2nd Annual Gary Gordon MOH Memorial 5K Fun Run/Walk

Saturday August 27th at 9:00AM EST
Participation can be in-person or virtual.

Gary Gordon was born in Lincoln, ME in the year 1960.  At the age of 18, he joined the United States Army. On October 3rd, 1993, while serving as Sniper Team Leader during the Battle of Mogadishu, MSG Gordon distinguished himself by actions far beyond the call of duty.

When a Black Hawk helicopter was shot down by enemy fire, and there were no ground forces nearby to secure the crash site, Master Sergeant Gary Gordon and Sergeant First Class Randy Shughart volunteered to be sent to the crash site to protect the four critically wounded men from oncoming Somali militants. Equipped with only a sniper rifle each and a pistol, these men fought their way to the injured men and valiantly protected them.

When SFC Shughart had been fatally wounded, and MSG Gordon’s rifle ammunition had been entirely depleted, MSG Gordon returned to the helicopter wreckage to recover a rifle with the last five rounds of ammunition.  Then, he selflessly handed the rifle to the injured pilot with the words “Good luck”, and he continued to defend using his pistol until he was fatally wounded.  The actions of these extraordinary men saved the pilot’s life.
MSG Gary Gordon and SFC Randy Shughart were each posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor on May 23rd, 1994 for their heroic service above and beyond the call of duty.

The Event

You can participate in person in the 5K Fun Walk/Run virtually from anywhere in the world if you cannot make it to Lincoln for the race in person.

Virtual participants will also receive the event T-shirt, a commemorative medal, and a racer’s bib in the mail.

Whether you are in Lincoln or are a virtual participant, the event is going to be really fun and memorable!  We hope that you will participate in this event no matter where you are in the world.

Register for the 5K

The Memorial

We are keeping the legacy of MSG Gary Gordon and his team alive by building a six-foot tall statue of Gary atop a piece of marble.  The Memorial will include plaques, which will list the names and units of all the men who made the ultimate sacrifice during Operation Gothic Serpent in Somalia.  The Memorial will reside in Veteran’s Park in Gary’s hometown of Lincoln.

The Funds

The Special Forces Charitable Trust (SFCT), a certified nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, is accepting donations for the Gary Gordon MOH Memorial Fund.  All net proceeds from the race will go to the Gary Gordon Medal of Honor Memorial Fund, which goes toward erecting a statue Memorial with plaques for MOH recipient MSG Gary Gordon and his team.

March 2016 Newsletter

The Special Forces Charitable Trust thanks you for your continued support, and we want to take this opportunity to share with you how much we have done to honor the U.S. Army Special Forces. In a generation where less than 1% of our nation will serve in the Armed Forces, your support shows a gratefulness that goes beyond words. It shows a commitment to America’s best, The Green Berets. Here are just some of the highlights of the last quarter that, with your help, we were able to accomplish!

The first part of 2016 has been busy for the Special Forces Charitable Trust. We have taken part in some wonderful activities, made new friends and shared exciting news for things to come. None of this would be possible without your continued support.

Below are some of things we have been up to.

  • Randolph Engineering, Inc.- Massachusetts’ premiere eyewear manufacturer – is proud to support The Special Forces Charitable Trust (SFCT) – a nonprofit that provides a network of meaningful and sustainable services, support and advocacy to US Army Special Forces soldiers and their families. On Thursday, March 3, Randolph Engineering presented SFCT with a donation of almost $3,000. Over the holiday season, Randolph offered consumers a chance to purchase a limited edition collection that previously was only made for military personnel.
  • Love’s Travel Stops presents Camp NASH to benefit the Special Forces Charitable Trust sponsored by Nationwide Express. Camp NASH, scheduled for Memorial Day  May 30th from 2 PM until 9 PM – will be a family friendly country music lifestyle event utilizing multiple stages for performances, as well as activities for the whole family. Doors open at 11:00 AM, with full concert performances at the Carl Black Chevy Woods Amphitheater by country superstars Big & Rich, Thompson Square, Parmalee, Chuck Wicks (Co-host of America’s Morning Show and MC of Camp NASH), RaeLynn, and Breaking Southwest . from 2:00 PM until 9:00 PM. Tickets are low dough and family friendly at $29 general admission and $39 reserved, with 100% of all ticket proceeds going directly to The Special Forces Charitable Trust. Tickets go on sale Saturday, March 19th at 12:00 PM via Ticketmaster.com or charge by phone at (800) 745-3000. We hope you will join us this Memorial Day at Camp NASH to honoring the service and sacrifices of the U.S. Army Special Forces and their Families.
  • This year the Special Forces Charitable Trust has agreed to support the efforts of Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agencies (DPAA) whose mission it is to provide the fullest possible accounting for our missing personnel to their families and the nation. The origination focuses a great amount of its time and resources in recovering and identifying those who are missing/killed in aaction (MIA/KIA) from past conflicts.
  • The Special Forces Charitable Trust (SFCT) continues to strive to provide meaningful and sustainable programs and program services to the U. S. Army Special Forces Community, Special Forces National Guard and their Families. Here are a few examples of our support over the last 90 days.
  • Awarded over 30 Spousal Scholarships to support continuing education and career development to the spouses of Special Forces Soldiers.
    Provided Tragedy Assistance to several families attending funerals or a burial for a loved one in the past few months.
  • Provided support for three MaxTrax off-road racing events in which Active Duty Single Soldiers participated as Support Crew and Navigators during the race.
  • Held a Father and Child Dance for the members of the 7th Special Forces Groups.
  • Supported several receptions to honor the service of fallen Green Berets and provide an opportunity for family, friends and colleagues to pay their respects.
  • Sponsored a Skiing Trip for Single Soldiers from the 1st Special Forces Group.
  • Supported several Retreats/Programs for the spouses of deployed soldiers at the 1st, 5th and 3rd Special Forces Groups.
  • Sponsored A Family Bowling Party for the at 4th Battalion -1st Special Forces Group.

SFCT Hosts Kids’ Q-Course

On July 22nd, the SFCT hosted a Kids’ Q-Course and Barbecue on the 2BN Footprint for 2BN-1st SFG.  Over 200 families and over 500 children participated in this fun event.  Stay on the lookout for anyone wearing the event T-shirt!  These kids know their stuff!


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On June 23rd, the SFCT supported a program called Thrive on Water, which was a joint family resiliency event in Colorado.

Members of 4BN-10th SFG and 4BN-3rd SFG came together and participated in the event, while utilizing resiliency training through fly fishing with professional instructors in a tranquil environment.  Participants not only pursued resiliency through training on reading water, selecting flies, and fly casting, but they also spent time discussing reintigration after deployment.


loveCharlie Mike’s Fundraiser

On July 26th, Charlie Mike’s Pub hosted the Brothers for Brothers Bike Run to honor one of their fallen SF Brothers, Master Sergeant Mitch Young, who was killed in Afghanistan in July 2008 serving during Operation Enduring Freedom.  The funds raised by this fundraiser went to support the SFCT.

Pictured, in Charlie Mike’s Pub, is the hood of the Love’s Travel Stops car that raced in the July 2nd Coke Zero 400 at Daytona.  Love’s showed its support for the Special Forces Community by wrapping their car with the SFCT logo.


reunion5th Group’s 55th Annual Reunion Picnic

The SFCT has made a large contribution in support of 5th Group’s 55th Annual Reunion Picnic, which will be taking place on Saturday September 24th at Gabriel Field at Fort Campbell.  The Reunion will take place the week of September 19th.  Active-duty and Veteran Special Forces Soldiers and their Families will be in attendance at this special event.


December 2015 Newsletter

In a Military Family we ALL serve

December 2015

Dear Friends,

The Special Forces Charitable Trust thanks you for your continued support for our organization and our mission. As our nation pauses to celebrate this Holiday Season, we wanted to take this opportunity to share with you how much we have done to honor the U.S. Army Special Forces. In a generation where less than 1% of our nation will serve in the Armed Forces, your support shows a gratefulness that goes beyond words. It shows a commitment to America’s best, The Green Berets. Here are just some of the highlights of the last quarter that, with your help, we were able to accomplish!


Remington Great American Shoot 2015

This year’s Remington Great American Shoot was the most successful to date! Held at Providence Plantation in Rosharon, Texas this shoot surpassed all goals raising an astonishing $1.4 million for the Special Forces Charitable Trust and other military non-profits that support active service members and veterans.

Special Forces Association Parachute Team helping to celebrate the opening ceremonies at this years event.

“Once again the Remington Great Americans Shoot, under the leadership of Mike Reynolds, was a tremendous success,” said David T. Guernsey, Jr., Executive Director of Special Forces Charitable Trust. “We had more than 115 participants this year from New York to California supporting the Special Forces Charitable Trust and Special Operations Community. We thank everyone of them for their support.”

In addition to the 115 people participating, Special Forces Charitable Trust would like to thank the more than 2,000 donors who supported the participants . Without each one of them, the shoot would not have been such a success . We hope to see everyone next year! Look for new and exciting announcements as we finalize the plans for the 2016 event!


4th Quarter 2015 Programs and Support

The Special Forces Charitable Trust (SFCT) continues to strive to provide meaningful and sustainable programs and services to the United States Army Special Forces Community, National Guard and their Families. Here are a few examples of our support over the last 90 days:

  • Invited each Group’s Martha Raye Award Recipient to Washington D.C. to be recognized at our annual Celebrating the Green Beret Family Reception.
  • Organized and executed our annual Wounded Warrior Hunt where, this year, 7 wounded warriors were given an opportunity to hunt deer outside of San Antonio, Texas.
  • Provided a three-day Family Resiliency Retreat for 120 families from the 1st Special Forces Group. These Families received professional assistance on how to best cope with deployment and spent quality time together.
  • Awarded over 30 Spousal Scholarships to support continuing education and career development to the spouses of Special Forces Soldiers.
  • Provided financial assistance to support the Holiday Formals for 1-1st SFG, 1-10th SFG, and 1st Special Forces Command.
  • Sponsored 1st SFG Menton Days Dinner.
  • Provided $5,000 in Gift Cards to each group for our Secret Santa program, which provides gifts and needed goods for the Holiday Season.

STAY AT HOME SOLDIER

Adley Stump has become a great friend and supporter of Special Forces Charitable Trust. Recently, she helped entertain a group of Special Forces Families at our Family Resiliency Retreat, in Seattle, Washington. While there she announced a new partnership with SFCT were the proceeds of her Stay at Home Soldier clothing line will be donated to the Special Forces Charitable Trust. Adley and Stay At Home Soldier’s (SAHS) goal is to work hand in hand with its valued partners to provide entertainment and services geared towards heroes behind the curtain. For more info please visit SAHS website by (Clicking Here)

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We are excited for what 2016 has in store for Special Forces Charitable Trust. We look forward to sharing with you in the New Year all we have planned. However,we can only do so with your continued participation. Without your help, and that of other grateful Americans, we would not be able to provide the necessary programming and support to meet the changing and demanding needs of the Special Forces Community.

With your help, we can do more

Donate today!

Please Click Here to make an online donation or send a check to:
SFCT, P.O. Box 53, Essex, CT  06426.
Your gift makes a difference in the lives of the
Special Forces Soldiers (past & present) and their families.
or
Support SFCT in the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC)
#60000 

Thank you!

Board of Directors

Terry English – President
Richard Steiner- Vice President
Wade Owens – Secretary
Paul Theofanous -Treasurer
Oz Barrett
Allison Barrie
David M. Burner
David Coffey
Fred Dummar
Chad Faulkner
Michael J. Mika
Dodie McCracken
Sassy Riley
Marsha Four – Honorary
Sidney Shachnow – Honorary

 All gave some, some gave all

Special Forces Charitable Trust | info@specialforcescharitabletrust.org | P.O. Box 53 Essex, CT 06426
Copyright © 2015. All Rights Reserved.


Catch Big & Rich, Chuck Wicks, RaeLynn and More at Camp NASH Music Festival

TAKING PLACE MEMORIAL DAY 2016, 100 PERCENT OF PROCEEDS WILL BE DONATED TO THE SPECIAL FORCES CHARITABLE TRUST.

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Loves Travel Stops Presents: CAMP NASH

Get out of town this Memorial Day Weekend and head to the Music City for a big outdoor music festival on the beautiful Fontanel Estate and check out Big & Rich, Thompson Square, Parmalee, Chuck Wicks, Raelynn, and Breaking Southwest!”

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September 2015 Newsletter

In a Military Family we ALL serve

September 2015 

Dear Friends,

Special Forces Charitable Trust has had a very busy summer and we are looking forward to a fall jammed packed with activities! We hope to see you at one of our many events so you can experience first-hand how your contribution benefits the Special Forces Community.


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Special Forces Charitable Trust is proud to announce that it has been named one of the Best In America Charities by Independent Charities of America. The seal is given to charities who upon rigorous independent review can certify, document, and demonstrate on an annual basis that they meet the highest standards of public accountability, program effectiveness, and cost effectiveness in the United State. It is estimated that of the 1,000,000 charities operating in the United States today fewer than 50,000, or 5%, meet or exceed these standards. Of those fewer than 2,000 have been award this seal! We hope you will celebrate with us in receiving this award in acknowledgment of the outstanding work done by SFCT! Without your support the work we do would not possible.


RemingtonRemington Great Americans Shoot 

The Remington Great Americans Shoot will take place September 26th at Providence Plantation in Rosharon, TX! Participants come from across the country to compete in this shooting competition. Each shooter gets the opportunity to shoot 50 sporting clays and raise funds based on their success.  The event is unique, in the fact that each team gets a special 6th man, a Special Forces shooter to participate on their team. The entire event is organized and run by several extraordinary Special Forces Charitable Trust volunteers who are grateful to find a way to say Thank You and share in a one of a kind experience. Mike Reynolds, Chairman of Remington Great Americans Shoot, says it best:

“It’s my fervent belief that pretty much all Americans would like the opportunity to say “Thank You” to those who “go to battle” on their behalf. More than the casual “thank you for your service.” But a more sincere thank you “Thank you for the safe street I live on, the incredible education my kids get, my right to worship as I choose, to watch bad TV and shoot sporting clays today with you.” It feels good to do that!”

If you would like more information about this event or how you can support one of these great Americans please visit the shoot’s website  at: www.remingtongreatamericansshoot.org


Celebrating the Green Beret Family Reception 

Each October Special Forces Charitable Trust hosts the Celebrating the Green Beret Family Reception, in which we honor the winners of the Martha “Maggie” Raye award and the recipient of The Ross Perot award for Military Philanthropic Leadership. This year’s event will be on October 19th at the Ritz Carlton, 1150 22nd St NW, Washington, DC from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.  With your help we are able to bring the recipients and their spouse to Washington D.C. to participate in the celebration as our guest and enjoy sometime in our nation’s capital. If you would like to attend the event or make a contribution to support our programming please Click Here.


Wreath Laying to Honor President John F. Kennedy

On October 20th the 1st Special Forces Command will be hosting a special Wreath Laying at the grave site of President John F. Kennedy at Arlington National Cemetery. President Kennedy was responsible for authorizing the Green Beret as the official head gear of the Special Forces and giving them the unofficial nickname. In a official White House Memorandum to the Army, he put into words his ongoing support of the Special Forces, “The Green Beret is again becoming a symbol of excellence, a badge of courage, a mark of distinction in the fight for freedom.” 


3rd Quarter 2015

THANK YOU…..because of your ongoing support our mission to provide meaningful and sustainable programming and services to the Special Forces Community and their Families continues!
Here are some highlights from the past quarter:

Family & Command Support

  • Kids Day – SFCT hosted the 2nd Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group Kids Q-Course. The Kids Q-Course is an opportunity for the children of soldiers in the Group to come out and test their fitness. In addition to the obstacle course, the day included a visit from Marvel Super Hero’s, a D.J. and other entertainment.
  • Program “Back to School” – SFCT provided each Group with gift cards to support the purchase of back to school supplies for the families.
  • SFCT purchased recreational equipment for the barracks at 5th Special Forces Group
  • SFCT hosted 1st Special Forces Group Organizational Day (Org Day). Org day is a celebration of the founding of the Group and is an opportunity for the members of the Group to come together as a community and celebrate.
  • Tragedy Assistance – the 3rd quarter was no different than previous quarters when it comes to tragedy assistance. SFCT provided travel and lodging for several families who lost a loved one.

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A picture of the participants of the Kids Q-Course and their Super Hero friends!


EDUCATION AND MOTIVATION

The SFCT handed out more than 23 spousal scholarships this quarter helping many return to school, continue their education and obtain specialized career licensing.


VETERANS, HERITAGE, AND ADVOCACY

The SFCT sponsored the first annual Gary Gordon MOH memorial run on July 22nd in Lincoln, ME. SFCT is working with the Gary Gordon MOH memorial committee to have a statute built in Lincoln, ME to honor Gary Gordon and all those who served during the battle of Mogadishu. If you would like more information on how to support the memorial please visit their Facebook page, Click Here.


SFCT Upcoming Events

September 26, 2015: Remington Great Americans Shoot (RGAS), Austin, TX Visit the RGAS Website
October 19, 2015: Celebrating the Green Beret Family, Washington, D.C.
October 20, 2015: JFK Wreath Laying Ceremony, Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA
November 7, 2015: Andrew Pedersen-Keel 5K Run, Madison, CT
November 15, 2015: Wounded Warrior Hunt, San Antonio, TX
December 8-11, 2015: Menton Days, Fort Lewis, WA

With your help, we can do more

Donate today!

Please Click Here to make an online donation or send a check to:
SFCT, P.O. Box 53, Essex, CT  06426.
Your gift makes a difference in the lives of the
Special Forces Soldiers (past & present) and their families.
or
Support SFCT in the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC)
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Thank you!

Board of Directors

Terry English – President
Rick Steiner – Vice President
Paul Theofanous – Treasurer
Wade Owens – Secretary
Oz Barrett
Allison Barrie
David M. Bruner
Chad Faulkner
Dodie McCracken
Michael J. Mika
Sassy Riley
Sidney Shachnow – Honorary
Marsha Four – Honorary


June 2015 Newsletter

June 2015

Dear Friends,

Happy Summer! As the first days of summer approach, we wanted to give you a quick update of what the Special Forces Charitable Trust (SFCT) has been up to thus far this year. Please feel free to share this newsletter with your family and friends to show what your contributions achieved.Below are several examples of programs the SFCT has supported during the first six months of 2015. Our support of the United States Army Special Forces Community and their families is directly dependent on the contributions we receive from donors like you! THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!


FAMILY & COMMUNITY

SFCT continued to support the Thrive On program at 3rd SFG. This program is offered to spouses of deployed soldiers and their children and is offered twice each month. At each meeting there is a topic of discussion dealing with such topics as Family Resiliency and Post-Deployment with a guest speaker or activities such as Zumba. Meals and childcare are provided at each meeting, funded by the SFCT.

7th SFG Easter Egg hunt was a great success! This event was attended by over 400 soldiers and family members. Below are a couple photos from the event.

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3rd SFG Memorial Week – Supported the Family Fun Run.

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EDUCATION & MOTIVATION

Provided $15,000 to The Special Forces Scholarship Fund to support merit based dependant children scholarships of Special Forces Families.
VETERANS AND HERITAGE USASOC (Unites States Army Special Operations Command) Provided funding for a new memorial stone to be placed in the USASOC Plaza to commemorate Task Force Viking.In coordination with SFA Chapter IV/XXIV and the 10th SFG Provided lunch for all participants after the Memorial Service at the 10th Mountain Division Memorial Monument at the entrance to Ski Cooper, Leadville, CO.Helped lay to rest MIA MSG Holt after 47 years. Provided airfare, lodging & shadowboxes for the Holt family and held a reception after interment at Arlington National Cemetery.

STILL TO COME IN 2015…

Remington

We are gearing up for Remington Great Americans Shoot 2015! This is our biggest event of the year. It is an amazing showing of what a few proud Americans can do when we get together. Last year the funds raised provided us with the sustainability needed to continue our established programs.

Go to our RGAS 2015 fundraising Dojiggy website and learn more about this amazing event and support your favorite team or participant! We are looking to meet and exceed last years amount raised. The Special Forces Charitable Trust will give one of these challenge coins to any donor who gives $100 or more to the Remington Great Americans Shoot.

Keep an eye and an ear open for SFCT events in your community. We are dedicated to making our presence known throughout the country. This is done through our amazing network of people, including you.


flag-poleHAPPY FOURTH OF JULY!

Celebrate the freedoms you enjoy by thanking the servicemen and women in your life. Share this email with your friends and family so they can see how you are helping the Special Forces Community who help us.


January 2015 Newsletter

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL!!
WE WISH YOU THE BEST IN 2015!

As the Special Forces Charitable Trust (SFCT) begins a New Year, we are thankful and honored for the support shown from everyone around this country in support of our mission during 2014. Below are just a few examples of programs and support we provided the United States Army Special Forces Community and their Families in 2014 with the funds provided by our generous and loyal donors. THANK YOU!

FAMILY & COMMAND SUPPORT:

Tragedy Assistance: Unfortunately the Special Forces community faced multiple tragedies throughout the year. These not only included soldiers killed in combat but numerous family tragedies. The SFCT helped cover extra expenses such as emergency cash needs, transportation, lodging, memorial items (flags, shadow boxes, etc), receptions and other support not provided by the federal government or other agencies.

Chaplain Directed Programs: In close coordination with unit chaplains, SFCT sponsored programs such as “Thrive On” which empowers the spouses of deployed soldiers and professional programs focused on family resiliency.

Unit Level Family Functions: SFCT helps sponsor and fund formal unit family events, “fun days” for children and teens, and events for single soldiers.

Babysitting Services: The SFCT in emergencies and in support of some of the above programs paid for babysitting services. (For the wives of deployed soldiers, this is a much appreciated service!)


EDUCATION & MOTIVATION:

Merit Based Scholarships: In collaboration with the Special Forces Scholarship Fund, SFCT helped fund merit based scholarships for dependent children in all SF Groups.

Spousal Education Grants: SFCT provided grants to the wives of SF soldiers enrolled in formal education programs helping to pay for incidentals such as books, parking and babysitting.

Training Incentive Awards: In coordination with SF command’s “Top warrior Competition” the SFCT provided incentive awards to the competitors.

Gun Safety: Together with Remington Outdoor, the SFCT sponsored gun safety classes for the wives of deployed soldiers.


VETERANS & HERITAGE:

SF Medal of Honor Receptions: In 2014, the SFCT hosted receptions for three new SF MOH recipients and their family, friends and comrades in arms.

SF Medal of Honor Arlington Post Internment Reception: Together with other SF fraternal organizations the SFCT hosted a post interment reception for the family and friends of MOH recipient and POW SMG Jon Cavaiani.

Memorial Stones: The SFCT helped co-fund numerous memorial stones honoring SF KIA and MOH recipients.

VA Claims: On an ongoing basis SFCT sponsored professional counseling and assistance in filing and managing VA claims.


Great Americans Shoot

In September the SFCT, together with our sponsor Remington, invited twenty 5-man teams to compete in an event designed to raise funds for the SFCT and other charities which support the Special Operations community. The event, designated “THE Remington GREAT AMERICANS SHOOT”, required participating teams to commit to raising a minimum of $50,000 each and Remington Outdoor agreed to provide over 31 prizes for the event. Seventeen teams accepted the invitation and, along with a 6th man (from within the Special Operations Community) added to each team at the event, resulted in the SFCT setting an unofficial record for the most money raised ever in a sporting clay event. Approximately $1.1 million in donor dollars was collected to benefit five charities who serve our Special Operations Forces community. SFCT was the primary beneficiary, thereby providing us with the sustainability needed to continue our established programs (Family and Command Support, Veterans and Heritage, Education and Motivation) and to develop new ones. Other charities that benefited from the event were Gold Star Teen Adventures, That Others May Live, Military Warriors Support Foundation and Special Operators Care Fund.


The Great Americans Shoot – 2015

Plans are currently underway for a second Great Americans Shoot to be held in September 2015. If you want to be a part of history, please contact the SFCT office as soon as possible. Teams are filling up fast. Don’t be left out!


SFCT Spotlighted at NHL Winter Classic
Launches Text to Donate Program

During the NHL 2015 Bridgestone Winter Classic held in Washington, DC on January 1, 2015, the SFCT was spotlighted between the second and third period of the game with a video about the SFCT and the community we serve. Right after the video, we launched our new text a $10 donation program.

YOU CAN NOW TEXT FORCE TO 50555 AND $10 WILL BE DONATED TO THE SFCT THOUGH YOUR CELL PHONE BILL!!


Last But Not Least…

As we continue to develop a sustainable nonprofit military organization in support of the United States Army Special Forces Community and their families, there are three major components and organization needs. They are:

A relevant and meaningful mission.
Loyal donors from around the country who believe in our mission.
A dedicated Board of Directors.

To the last point on the list above. Over the past year the SFCT Board of Directors have provided their time, talent and treasures to insure the sustainability of our organization. Every board member has contributed financially to the annual operation of the organization as well as provided countless volunteer hours of work in developing and implementing our programs. If you see a director over the coming year, please thank them for their hard work!


Looking Forward in 2015

The SFCT is involved with the following upcoming events:

International Sniper Competition, Fayetteville, NC -March 2105
Steeple Chase: Carolina Horse Park, Southern Pines, NC – April 2015
SWCS Spring Formal: Fayetteville, NC – May 2015
Charlie Mike’s Poker Run: Fayetteville, NC – May 2015
SFA Reunion: Portland, Oregon – June 2015
The SFCT Great Americans Shoot: September 2015
Celebrating the Green Beret Family: October 2015
Wounded Warrior Hunt: San Antonio, TX – Early November 2015
Gun Safety Courses: 3 events – Dates TBA