Tampa, FL (PRWEB) June 16, 2006
The Special Operations Warrior Foundation recently held two fundraising events that raised $1.3 million for the children of fallen special operations personnel.
The money raised will provide tuition, books, fees, room and board to more than 600 surviving children of Special Operations personnel who lost their life in combat or training mission.
On May 9th, at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, DC, the Warrior Foundation paid tribute to those who gave all in a battle with al-Qaeda and the Taliban on Takur Ghar, Afghanistan, March 2002. Seven men died in that battle.
General Dynamics donated $500,000 to underwrite the event and was joined by Cochise Consultancy, Pinch A Penny, Lockheed Martin, and a host of other corporate sponsors to raise over $1 million for the Foundation. Congressman Bill Young was the honorary chair, and guest speakers included Vice Adm. Eric Olson, Deputy Commander, U.S. Special Operations Command, and Capt. Nathan Self, Army Ranger who was in charge of the rapid response team that went to rescue fallen Navy SEAL, Neil Roberts.
“It was an evening of remembrance and paying tribute to the seven men who paid the ultimate sacrifice in the name of freedom,” said the foundation’s President, John T. Carney, Jr. “It was also a night of commitment,” he said, “a pledge to provide a college education to all surviving children of fallen special operations personnel.”
On May 17th in Tampa, the Warrior Foundation hosted a “Salute to Special Operations Forces.” With Governor Jeb Bush and nearly 400 guests, including mostly special operations personnel, the evening raised $300,000.
“It is important to remind our military that their community supports their efforts,” said Carney. “And in the case of the special operations community, if they lose their lives fighting for our freedom, they know the Warrior Foundation is here to provide for their children’s education.”
For more than 26 years, the Special Operations Warrior Foundation has served members of the Special Operations community, which includes members of the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps. The foundation provides college scholarship grants, not loans, as well as educational counseling to the children of fallen warriors.
The Special Operations Warrior Foundation currently has more than 100 students enrolled in colleges and universities across the country.
If you’d like to learn more about the Special Operations Warrior Foundation or make a donation, please visit their website at http://www.specialops.org.