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.
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.
Children Focused Assistance
Our partnership with SEALKIDS provides direct educational diagnostic testing services to address the complexities of a NSW child on the autism spectrum, with special needs, tutoring or struggling with behavioral/emotional difficulties.
The home environment is complex and changes during the absence of the deployed service member. The spouse Third Location Decompression (TLD) seminars provide the spouse tools to prepare for their service members’ return from deployment. Through this reintegration program, the spouse is better equipped to prepare the family for the change in the home dynamic.
The vital service of creating an effective and ongoing bond among NSW spouses is a key pillar of the Foundation’s Sisterhood support. Sisterhood meetings create opportunities for spouses to meet regularly to discuss topics of mutual interest. We facilitate these meetings to enhance resiliency in the family domain.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.