SEAL Family Foundation, Navy SEAL Foundation, SEAL Legacy Foundation, & SEALKIDS Announce New Partnership

Historic Agreement Outlines Funding and Collaboration Effort to Provide Academic Support for Children of Active Duty NSW Families

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va., Feb. 18, 2019

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va., Feb. 18, 2019 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — Four of the country’s most effective non-profit organizations that support the Naval Special Warfare community have announced a historic funding and collaboration partnership designed to help the children of NSW families.

SEALKIDS, the SEAL Family Foundation (SFF), the Navy SEAL Foundation (NSF), and the SEAL Legacy Foundation (SLF) each serve the Navy Special Warfare community but have distinct missions and areas of expertise. One common area where all four agencies overlap involves fostering the academic success and well-being of children of NSW operators. On January 1 of this year, the four groups began a collaboration agreement to better achieve that common goal.

Under the new partnership, Mooresville, N.C.-based SEALKIDS will continue its primary mission to provide testing and evaluation, advocacy, academic, and specialized needs support to children of NSW families. As of January 1, SEALKIDS will act as the conduit through which all NSW children’s academic support flows for the SFF, the NSF, and the SLF.

Those three organizations will provide financial support for SEALKIDS program services in the form of a grant that will provide operational stability and increase the reach of SEALKIDS in their efforts through an encompassing approach of academic testing, tutoring, therapy, advocacy, and enrichment to assist NSW children.

“By working together, our four organizations will grow the impact and reach of the SEALKIDS programs over the next 12 months and potentially longer,” according to Dr. Gretchen McIntosh, Executive Director of SEALKIDS. “Ultimately, the goal is to keep today’s Navy SEAL in the fight,” she said.

“We’ve joined forces in a way that focuses additional resources on this one aspect of NSW family life,” said retired Navy Captain William R. Fenick, the Executive Director of the SEAL Family Foundation. “As the Founding Partner with SEALKIDS, we hope this combined effort achieves much more than what we have done in the past and could do separately.”

Robin King, CEO of the Virginia Beach-based Navy SEAL Foundation echoed those sentiments. “We feel that leveraging our individual resources to tackle this common mission makes a lot of sense. It also demonstrates our collective responsibility to be good stewards of the donations we receive.”

“Each partner in this effort is excited to combine their impact in fundamentally transforming the SEALKIDS experience for the NSW Community,” said Mark McGinnis, managing director of SEAL Legacy Foundation which is located in Austin, Texas. “None of this is possible without the unique partnership that we hope continues to grow and strengthen over the years to come.”

About the Partners:

SEALKIDS, through its programs, supports the children of Naval Special Warfare—everyday kids living in extraordinary circumstances. This encompassing approach of academic testing, tutoring, therapy, advocacy, and enrichment fosters the success and well-being of the child, critically reducing family stresses and ultimately keeping today’s Navy SEAL in the fight. SEALKIDS is dedicated to supporting the academic success of children in the Naval Special Warfare community. We work as a partner with schools, parents, and the NSW community to provide services not readily available. We fill the gap.

SEAL Family Foundation — SFF supports individual and family readiness through an array of programs specifically targeted to assist the Naval Special Warfare community in maintaining a resilient, sustainable, and healthy force in this era of persistent conflict and frequent deployments. SFF collaborates with the leaders in Family Support to better understand the effects of deployment; by frequent analysis to ensure they are meeting current needs; by the delivery of exceptional programs; and by educating and involving the civilian population in support of these elite warriors.

Navy SEAL Foundation — NSF provides immediate and ongoing support and assistance to the Naval Special Warfare community and its families. NSF is a resolute cornerstone for the Naval Special Warfare community and their families in times of adversity and triumph. Each of its specialized programs maps directly back to the U.S. Special Operations Command directive and the Naval Special Warfare’s Preservation of the Force and Family Program, a program designed to address the “fraying” of the force caused by the stress of more than 17 years of sustained combat. NSF’s programs are designed to improve health and welfare, build and enhance resiliency, empower and educate their families, and provide critical support during times of illness, injury, and loss.

SEAL Legacy Foundation — SLF is dedicated to providing support to families of wounded and fallen United States Navy SEALs, educational assistance for SEALs and their families, and other charitable causes benefiting the SEAL community. SLF was established to preserve the Navy SEAL legacy of no one left behind.

SOURCE Navy SEAL Foundation

Drew VachalSEAL Family Foundation, Navy SEAL Foundation, SEAL Legacy Foundation, & SEALKIDS Announce New Partnership
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10 Tips for Building Your Family’s Resilience

Via Military One Source:

Long deployment separations, difficult post-deployment adjustments, frequent moves and major life changes can make navigating military life difficult. While most families are able to manage the unique demands of military life, some families seem to handle the challenges with more ease.

As parents, we do all we can to prevent our children from feeling stress, but we cannot control everything, especially when living the military life. Stress is not all bad. In fact, it can give your children and family a chance to develop something we call resilience, or the ability to recover in the face of stress. Resilient families are flexible, connected and great at using their resources to solve problems.

If your children or your family are struggling, you’re not alone. There is a lot you can do to build your family’s resilience. The American Psychological Association, in its publication, “The Road to Resilience,” recommends 10 ways to become more resilient when dealing with stress or adversity:

  1. Make connections. Accepting help and support from those who care about you will help strengthen your resilience. Likewise, assisting others in their time of need can have a positive impact on you and your family. Connect with others through support groups or other organizations, either on your installation or in the local community. [FULL REPORT]
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A former Navy SEAL shares the No. 1 leadership lesson he learned in military training

Via Business Insider:

Commander Rorke T. Denver knows something about leadership.

In a keynote address at the 2015 Lacrosse Convention in Baltimore, the former All-American defenseman at Syracuse and 13-year Navy SEAL said the best leadership lesson learned in military training was simple: “Calm is contagious.” [FULL REPORT]

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San Diego Sisterhood

Last night’s Sisterhood engagement brought together 80 Naval Special Warfare Spouses to share a meal and discuss issues of mutual interest, in a venue that fostered an atmosphere for meaningful connections.

The SEAL Family Foundation is honored to host the Naval Special Warfare spouse functions in support of the Sisterhood community. We believe it is important to keep the community close and these opportunities bring spouses together result in a more resilient force.

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Congratulations SQT Class 319!

Naval Special Warfare welcomed 200 family members to include the new operators, spouses, instructors and their leadership during an intimate pre-graduation dinner on the BUD/S Grinder.  It was a perfect evening as we celebrated the accomplishments of these determined young men with the support of their loving families.

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