Family & Community Support

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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.


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.


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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 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.


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.


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Family 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.


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Fall Festival

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.


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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!

 

 


Family Resiliency Retreat

sfctsept1The 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.

Organizational Day

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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.