Family & Community Support

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.


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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!


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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!


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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!


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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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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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.