I admit it, I am a follower of SOFREP.com and I am not a veteran. HOWEVER, I was the wife of a veteran and have a Facebook page, which is called, For the Love our Our Veterans which is dedicated to helping veterans and their families. And it is through my daily search for veteran-based helpful information that I discovered, SOFREP.
SOFREP is where, according to the website, you can get – “… insider perspective(s) from the former special operations and intelligence professionals that mainstream news media can’t access.”
Not only that, but Brandon Webb, one of the founders of SOFREP is a former Navy Seal, and co-author of “The Red Circle: My Life in the Nave SEAL, Sniper Corps and How I Trained American’s Deadliest Marksmen,” and several other books as well.
All of which is rather a long way down the rabbit trail, from what I wanted tell you about, which is Brandon’s terrific non-profit, The Red Circle Foundation, a Federal 501(c) Non-Profit dedicated to “helping Special Operations Families by providing with the immediate financial assistance which they need to move forward.” And, 100% of all donations go directly to families in need. I can’t explain their goal better than Brandon can, so click HERE and check out his video explaining what the Red Circle Foundation does and how it helps Special Ops families in need.
The marriage vow “…to love, honor and obey…”, is not exactly easy for us to obey. Especially when our very loved military/former military spouse comes home with a TBI or PTSD. That threw my starry-eye vision of love/laughter/rainbows and joy into a bit of confusion and martial turmoil. But, you know, knowledge is power and understanding what has happened to change the love-of-my-life can make a big difference in the re-building a marriage.
Here is a link to an article entitled, Marriage Tips for PTSD $ TBI Families, which gives some very good suggestions to help bridge that gap of “what the heck happened to my husband” to “this will take awhile to get it right, but we can make this marriage work!”
Ever on the lookout for ways to help our warriors/husbands/wives/veterans/active military, etc., I recently popped on the website of the Special Operations Warrior Foundation and thought I would share it with you as it’s goal is to – > ” support(s) the military’s Special Operations Forces and their families through three programs:
- College scholarships for the surviving children of fallen Special Operations Forces
- Educational & family counseling, and advocacy support
- Immediate $3,000 financial grants to severely-wounded Special Operations Forces service members
Does this interest you or spouse? If so, please log onto http://www.specialops.org/ for more information.
Having a husband leave once again for deployment is tough. However, as Ellie Kay writes in her July 2014 blog entitled, Deployments and Random Acts of Emotion, having your son or daughter enlisting and being deployed sets off an avalanche of emotion and sometimes heartache. Ellie writes, “… sending a family member away to a deployment is a different situation entirely and even though I may not sob buckets of tears, these deep seeded emotions have a way of bubbling to the surface like the tar in the La Brea Tar Pits.” Click here to read more from Ellie’s blog.
Four good men died on that fateful day, on September 11th, 2012, Ambassador Rick Stevens; Sean Smith, U.S. Foreign Service Information Management Officer; and former Navy SEALs, Glen Doherty, and Tyrone S. Woods. Former Navy Seals Brandon Web and Jack Murphy wrote a terrific Kindle book, entitled Benghazi, the Definitive Report, that tells of the events prior to, during and after the attack.(Another question to ask the powers that be is why these men’s families have yet to receive any compensation from our government for their loved ones ultimate sacrifice. The answer to that might be most interesting to all of us.)
And yet, many people my wonder why what happened in Benghazi matters. today. If you too wonder, I suggest reading an excellent article written by Reporter, John Kass, of the Chicago Tribune, entitled , “Benghazi Email Coverup,” explaining why we need to hold our powers that be accountable can be reached at this link: http://tinyurl.com/kg2eqg4
ones ultimate sacrifice.