Friends and Family of Fallen Special Forces Officer Run Marine Corps Marathon to Raise Money for Children of Fallen Special Operations Personnel

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Friends and family members of Capt. Jeremy Chandler will join some 34,000 runners this October 29 in the Marine Corps Marathon to run on behalf of the fallen special forces soldier the Special Operations Warrior Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides full college scholarship grants to surviving children of fallen special operations personnel.

Friends and family members of Capt. Jeremy Chandler will join some 34,000 runners this October 29 in the Marine Corps Marathon to run on behalf of the fallen special forces soldier and America Support You member, the Special Operations Warrior Foundation.

Capt. Chandler, an Army Special Forces officer with the 3rd Special Forces Group at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, was killed in Afghanistan, Aug. 2005.

Ten family members and friends joining Jeremy’s wife, Wendy Chandler, in forming the "Capt. Jeremy Chandler Team" to run the 26.2 mile marathon and also the 10K run in Chandler’s honor. The team also hopes to raise awareness and money for some very special children – surviving children of special operations personnel who died as a result of an operational mission or training accident.

The Marine Corps Marathon is sure to be a challenge for even the strongest athlete. However, the Capt. Jeremy Chandler Team possess one of the most critical elements of a strong team – motivation.

"Knowing that Jeremy and other Special Forces soldiers around the world endure through grueling training and day-into-night combat missions, is the motivation to make sure our team makes every effort to endure a five-hour run," said Chandler. "Jeremy was so proud to be a Green Beret. He also was really happy when he interacted with children."

"Not having any children, I cannot imagine how difficult it must be for widows and widowers with children financially and planning for their children’s education," she explained. "Education was important to Jeremy, so I was excited to learn the Special Operations Warrior Foundation provides children of special operations personnel killed in action with a college education."

For more than 26 years, the Special Operations Warrior Foundation, a non-profit 501 (c) (3) charity organization, has provided surviving children of special operations personnel killed in combat or training with a college education.

"The Warrior Foundation is deeply saddened by the loss of Capt. Jeremy Chandler, but also honored to be included in his family and friends' quest to run the Marine Corps marathon to raise funds for the children of fallen heroes," said John T. Carney, Jr., SOWF President.

"To have the friends and family members who have lost a loved one stand up and volunteer their time, energy and heart-felt devotion, is an incredible gift to the children who lost a parent in this global war on terror," said Carney.

"It is a gift of the highest quality to all men and women of the Special Operations community; letting them know of the caring and support for the children they leave behind," Carney explained.

In 2005, the Warrior Foundation provided more than $600,000 to some 109 students enrolled in colleges and universities across the country and coordinated with other agencies, both federal and private, to provide an additional one million dollars ensuring the children’s college educations were fully funded. The foundation also provides support and assistance to special operations personnel severely wounded in the global war on terrorism.

"Jeremy’s family, friends and I are so eager to be able to continue Jeremy’s legacy as a hero and provide for our nation’s heroes' children," said Wendy. "I know Jeremy will be running with us in spirit, and I hope he lends us some endurance."

You can support the Capt. Chandler Team by making a donation in honor of Capt. Jeremy Chandler. You can make a donation online at http://www.specialops.org – please make sure to note that it is in honor of Capt. Jeremy Chandler.

For additional information about the Foundation and its programs, contact Edie Rosenthal at 302-733-0630.

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