James M. Sweeney Golf Classic

The International Union of Operational Engineers 150 President James M. Sweeney, his staff and community hosted the James M. Sweeney Golf Classic in support of our foundation. As you can see, they don’t mess around in Chicago. THANK YOU Mr. Sweeney! We’ll put these valuable resources to work taking care of the U.S. Navy SEAL’s families. We were honored and humbled by the overwhelming amount of support.

Drew VachalJames M. Sweeney Golf Classic
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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]
Drew Vachal10 Tips for Building Your Family’s Resilience
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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]

Drew VachalA former Navy SEAL shares the No. 1 leadership lesson he learned in military training
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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.

Drew VachalSan Diego Sisterhood
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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.

Drew VachalCongratulations SQT Class 319!
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