A Message From Our CEO
Why are the SEAL Teams so good? The number one reason is its people. The people that put mission first, teammates above themselves and a work ethic that fights tirelessly to be the best for a greater cause. My first combat mission as a Frogman did not even come close to going as planned. Right out of the gate we were taking enemy fire, our imagery looked like it was from a completely different area and our primary breach point was fouled. But, we knew to anticipate these complexities and we built a system that quickly adapted to the unknowns that we knew would arise. We pivoted to the changing battlefield and quickly found mission success.
The reason the SEAL Future Foundation has become the trusted teammate of the SEAL Community is because of you, the people who support it. It’s because we use the same adaptable systems that we did on the battlefield to tackle the new enemy we call transition. It’s because we partner with each SEAL and tackle his unique journey providing the appropriate tools along the way to find mission success. No two SEALs are the same and we consider each man’s transition to be our mission, knowing that if we fail it could have the same consequences as when we were operating abroad. We have to fight for every mission and will do everything in our power to not fail!
Many of you have heard me say this but it is so true. The hardest thing I have done is not bury friends, or leave my kids for deployments, it wasn’t being in the middle of a fire fight, or receiving a body of a teammate on the back of a plane. No, the hardest thing that I have ever done in my life is transition. It is a difficult thing to comprehend but leaving the Teams, the camaraderie, the sense of purpose, the brotherhood and then trying to find how you fit in this world and doing it by yourself makes you lost and hopeless. These desperate feelings are compounded by the fact that we are no longer around our brothers, isolated in our new transitioning community, and the fact that majority of us have sustained countless injuries from combat and training to include blast trauma that has triggered brain injuries. The SEAL Future Foundation was created to be every SEAL’s swim buddy during transition, to be the answer to all of the gaps: providing camaraderie, purpose, wellness care and service and local communities, components that are necessary for a successful transition and for our survival. We stood up to be the Teams after the Teams.
I want to personally thank you for your continued support of our mission and the men and their families we support. Without your time, mentorship, and donations we would not have been able to help the now 450 SEALs transition. I can also tell you that because of you there are SEALs walking this earth who would not be here. You have saved these men’s lives and saved their families from a darkness that no one should have to experience. Thank you for being a part of this team, this family, and for being a part of something bigger than ourselves.
To my Brothers, please do not be afraid to ask for services. We meet you where you are at in your transition and will work with you to provide the appropriate resources to success, and do so for Life. Transition never ends for us post the Teams and because of that we will always be here to support. If you have found unique treatment modalities that have worked for you please reach out to us so that we can learn more and offer to the rest of the Community if it makes sense. This is our organization and all its resources are yours. We are here to serve you and your families so please to do not be afraid, ashamed or too proud to ask. I know us and know we want to help our brothers but we each need to be 100% to make that happen. So, my advice to you is the same I received from my co-founder a few years ago and that is to be selfish. For the first time in your life be selfish and take care of you. Get back to your prime and then and only then let’s take care of our brothers, our families, this Community, this country, this world.
God Bless and Long Live the Brotherhood!
For the first half of 2019 the SFF has welcomed 93 new SEALs to its family, an almost 40% increase over the same period in 2018 for a total of 445 SEALs served since inception. At this current rate, the SFF is tracking to support nearly 200 new SEALs in 2019, very close to the 250 SEALs that the SFF estimates transition from the military each year. The SFF continues to be the trusted transition partner for SEALs and we are proud to support more SEALs per year than any other organization. Each SEAL’s transition path is unique and the SFF provides a custom transition solution for each SEAL on his schedule, regardless of where he is located and his service status (we support all SEALs for life, whether active duty, former or retired). The SFF continues to support SEALs through our three pillars of support: Education, Career and Health.
Our programs continue to produce success, 100% of the SEALs we support receive admission to a school of their choice and 100% are employed in the right position, the position that enables each SEAL to fulfill his next purpose with a culture consistent with his values. Recognizing that many SEALs prefer to pursue the path of an entrepreneur rather than an employee, the SFF continues to support SEAL entrepreneurs and in the first half of 2019 we helped to accelerate 12 new SEAL owned small businesses. Our Warrior Health Program continues to provide life-enhancing and life-saving health support to our SEALs, 100% of whom have traumautic brain injury (TBI) from blast exposure sustained in training and combat. There is a growing body of scientific evidence that links TBI to chronic mental health problems and the government-provided healthcare system, which prefers to prescribe opioids and other pharmaceuticals instead of addressing underlying conditions, is failing to help SEALs recover from the injuries of the occupation. The SFF is the champion for SEALs’ health and has partnered with leading innovative, integrative medicine providers to provide vital health support to 39 SEALs during the first half of 2019. Integrative medical treatment is expensive, unfortunately, and the SFF doesn’t have the funding to support the treatment of every SEAL who needs it.
To the SFF, community is the foundation upon which all of our programs are built. Through our national network of SEALs and civilians, organized into regional SFF Forwarding Operating Bases (FOBs), the SFF continues to provide community to transitioned SEALs which is vital to the nature, success and well being of every SEAL. The SFF community allows SEALs to remain connected to each other, develop relationships with trusted friends in the private sector and have access to continue to serve their local communities. The SFF community is proud to exist in 20 FOBs across the country which can be seen on our website. The SFF is building FOBs across the country, if you would like to start a FOB please contact us.
The SFF is an organization that belongs to every SEAL it supports and the men and women who serve it through the generous contribution of their time and talents. There are many ways to become part of the SFF community by volunteering, attending an event, joining a FOB and contributing financially. We hope to see you soon and thank you for your support!