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Programs

Founded in 2008, the SEAL Family Foundation is a nonprofit, 501(c)3 organization that raises funds and awareness for special programs in direct support of the Naval Special Warfare (NSW) families on a local, national and global scale. More than 90 percent of all funding supports direct services, and remaining funds directly support program administration and Foundation operations.

Family

Taking care of their families while they protect ours

Freedom isn’t free. While we pursue our personal and business goals and objectives, and enjoy the fruits of our labors, thousands of families nationwide and globally are making unimaginable sacrifices on our behalf. It is not just the warriors out on the frontlines, but their spouses, children and extended families who are all making sacrifices in the name of our freedom.

These families and their support is the cornerstone of our mission and the direct services we provide.

Resiliency and Services

Resiliency does not just happen. Our community Team Building efforts focus on activities and events that promote connecting NSW Families through-out the year. Our activities include gatherings, outings, and events designed for the spouses, children and families. 

Sisterhood

The Sisterhood program creates opportunities for spouses of NSW to meet regularly to discuss issues of mutual concern. We facilitate these meetings to enhance residency in the family domain.

Special Needs Children

Our SEALKIDS program supports direct educational diagnostic testing, services and tutoring/mentoring and support to the families of active duty SEALs, SWCC and support personnel who have special needs children. To date, over 100 children and their families have received support. The average cost of care per child is $10,000 depending on the diagnosis and needed services. 

  • One in 88 military children are diagnosed with autism
  • Military kids ages 11-14 experience a 15% increase in emotional and behavioral problems than the general population (Rand Corp. Study)
  • Approximately 18% of military children are in need of counseling

Family Readiness Groups (FRG)

The Family Readiness Groups (FRG) provide an avenue for support and assistance, and a network of communications among the Family members to help create a climate of mutual support within the unit and community. The Foundation provides grants to registered FRGs to enable the execution of their tailored programs. 

Emergency Assistance

Our quick response financial assistance during times of family emergency is a critical safety net for our NSW Families. Emergencies happen and we are here to assist. Recent examples of where we’ve helped include: spouse respite, emergency home repairs for deployed service members, urgent child care and primary care individual replacement. 

Warriors

Supporting the warriors who defend our freedom.

Freedom isn’t free. While we pursue our personal and business goals and objectives, and enjoy the fruits of our labors, thousands of families nationwide and globally are making unimaginable sacrifices on our behalf. It is not just the warriors out on the frontlines, but their spouses, children and extended families who are all making sacrifices in the name of our freedom.

These families and their support is the cornerstone of our mission and the direct services we provide.

SEAL Family Foundation Dinners

Family is important. We make it a point to meet the families the night before their service member (SEAL/SWCC) graduate from their NAVSOC Basic Training Course. Our private dinner provides an opportunity for the families to meet each other prior to embarking on their own journey. Each graduation brings over 200 guests to celebrate this very special occasion. A strong family makes for an even stronger operator. This is the right way to introduce the families into this special community

Wounded Warriors

Working in support of the NSW Command and in close coordination with their Casualty Assistance Program, we bridge the gaps in Government Programs and provide additional capability during these critical times. While the Government has very specific programs to deal with these situations they might not meet all the needs. Our goal is to be with the wounded during their entire road to recovery, offering assistance as needed, including resourcing experimental treatments that the VA or other government institutions will not fund.

Fallen Heroes

Arranging and funding funeral services, moving relatives across town or around the globe, providing for the children, and whatever else is needed to provide comfort and solace to the surviving family members.

Heritage and Remembrance

We recognize the importance of heritage and place resources to support the establishment of monuments such as Extortion 17, building and classroom dedication and naming ceremonies, and local tributes for our fallen. Remembrance is important and we help to ensure the legacy of NSW’s efforts are captured appropriately.

Gold Star Families – Bereavement

Our bereavement funding supports the obvious unfortunate items: funeral receptions, uncovered family expenses, travel, home-town memorial events, VFW participation, Honor Guards, local Police and Fire support, as well as annual family visits to internment sites.

Additionally, our Gold Star Family program funds a Continuum of Care capability that focuses on transforming the lives of children who have experienced the death of a parent, sibling or primary caregiver. This specific program is designed to support NSW’s Gold Star families through a children’s grief camp, family stabilization program, and a leadership academy.

For more information about any of the above programs, please contact the Executive Director.