Teammates and friends-
As this very challenging year draws to a close, I’d like to share with you positive thoughts on 2020 and our vision for the future.
Throughout history we have seen this statement ring true time and time and time again. Today is no different. Amidst the confusion, fear, hatred and anger is a light, a beacon that always shines. We may not be able to see it in the fog which surrounds us but it is there, it is always there. That beacon is love. It’s compassion. It’s understanding. It’s service. It has and always will guide us, showing us how to put our differences aside, how to come together, how to love one another for a bigger cause, for our purpose. We will not only overcome but conquer these difficult times but to do so we need to put our collective needs above our own. We need to unite and we need to find that light.
NEW YORK, NY – The SEAL Future Foundation (SFF), the premiere military transition partner for U.S. Navy SEALs, has accepted a $1 Million donation from the Arizona based company, Verano Learning Partners (VLP). This is the largest donation received by SFF, the rapidly growing non-profit foundation whose mission is to provide tools and resources to the Nation’s most elite military group through health, career, education, and community support.
I hope this letter finds you and those that you love doing well. We are facing uncertain and daunting times, times like we have never seen before but we are a resilient people and together we will prevail, we always do. Let me start with how honored and humbled I am to be a part of such an amazing community, a community that has and is volunteering to act during these unprecedented times.
526. Five Hundred Twenty Six SEALs that this nonprofit has supported with their transition. What does that mean? It means that we have:
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.
Since the first of January we have partnered with 53 new SEALs, bringing the total number to 405 men that this community, this SFF family, has supported since our founding. None of this would be possible without the commitment and service that you have provided and continue to provide. The SFF was built to tackle the unknowns that arise from the SEAL transition experience and we have and will continue to stay flexible to provide resources as various needs arise. Many of the resource gaps required time to manifest and as an organization, we too required time to better understand the issues and address the gaps through resources developed internally or through partnerships with best-of-breed providers. Realizing the battlefield has shifted, we too have decided to shift so that we can broaden our efforts and mission. Our previous mission was to prepare transitioning Navy SEALs for a civilian life of purpose. Over time, we realized that we need to better prepare SEALs around well-being and create strong localized communities to help them thrive in their new roles at work, at home and in society. The new mission of the SFF is to provide Navy SEALs with a foundation that supports their well-being, education and career to continue a life of service within their communities. The three pillars of well-being, education and career, all rooted in service, will provide the veteran with the best resources for success and the ability to continue to serve in his community and with an enduring family of supporters. Along with a new mission, we are pleased to announce that we have officially changed our name to the SEAL Future Foundation to better describe what the SFF represents.
300! Two weeks ago, we partnered with our 300th SEAL as he began the endless journey of transitioning from the SEAL Teams. Reaching that milestone is no small feat and it would have been impossible without the support of you – our network, our mentors, our family. So, on behalf of the Brotherhood, their families and the Seal Future Foundation, thank you. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!