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After 15 years in a brotherhood where community, team and service meant everything, I found myself at an incredibly successful investment banking firm where profit trumped purpose.

I found myself at an incredibly successful investment banking firm where profit trumped purpose. The culture was completely different, but had every intention of being a success. That’s not what happened. I was lost and faced failure. My employer was sympathetic, my family supportive, but I just didn’t belong and couldn’t articulate the challenges. No one could help me. My only option was reenlistment. I was happy and content back in the Teams, until I wasn’t. It wasn’t sustainable. I needed my family and I needed that family to co-exist with a community that could support me the way the brotherhood had.

That’s how we founded the SEAL Future Foundation (SFF)—based on a desire for inclusiveness I’d only found in the brotherhood. We wanted to be the go-to for personal and professional development for former SEALs, but we wanted them to live a life of purpose and fulfillment within their communities, too. Our pilars include health, community, education and employment—an all-encompassing approach striving to create fulfillment for SEALs in all areas, from people who have experienced similar challenges. Now SEALs can continue to serve our new communities, families and employers with the same passion we had in the teams.

Jonny Wilson
BUD/S Class 252