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Walk for the Wounded

Thursday, July 9th, 2020

Walk for the Wounded is a fundraiser for Wounded Warriors Canada which is an organization founded to honor and support Canada’s ill and injured Canadian Armed Forces members, Veterans, First Responders and their families.

The walk will be completed by a team of four, consisting of either veteran or active duty members of the Canadian Infantry.

On August 8th, they will begin their trek from CFB Petawawa, to Parliament Hill in Ottawa, then finishing at the National War Memorial which is a distance of roughly 168 km. It will be accomplished in one continuous walk. In addition, every hour on the hour, the team will do 22 push-ups in honour of project22.

Their goal is to raise $22,000 as well as awareness for WWC. To donate, click here.

Brownells Casting For Cash Benefits Special Operations Wounded Warriors

Wednesday, July 8th, 2020

GRINNELL, Iowa – Brownells operation “Casting For Cash” will be seeking donations throughout July to benefit Special Operations Wounded Warriors, and one lucky winner will be chosen for a Florida deep-sea fishing experience with a wounded Special Operator.

All month long during July, Brownells customers and website visitors can enter SKU #080-001-378 into their shopping cart to donate any amount of cash they’d like to SOWW, a 501c3 charity providing outdoor experiences and other kinds of support to wounded members of the US Special Operations community.

At the end of July, Brownells will choose one lucky winner to receive an 8-hour fishing charter with a Special Operator guided by Captain Tim Peterson, plus airfare and accommodations – a prize package valued at over $3,600.

“SOWW is a special organization that Brownells is very proud to support,” said Brownells Director of Content, Communiations and Public Relations Ryan Repp. “Not only can you help a great cause, you just might win a true adventure of a lifetime.”

For details, see the Brownells Casting For Cash web page.

Mel Terkla, Behind The Lines In The Ville

Sunday, June 21st, 2020

My longtime friend Mel Terkla recently shared this photo and story from his time serving as a US Navy radio operator in Vietnam.

The photo is from 1969 at the Nautique Hotel in Nha Trang, Vietnam! I’m wearing a set of locally made Tigerstripe fatigues that were sterile without name tag, rank, or unit patches. I was a Navy Radioman doing a tour at the Naval Support Facility on the Cam Ranh Bay peninsula. There was our base, an Army base, and an Air Force base on the peninsula. When we were off duty, we could go anywhere on the peninsula, but couldn’t leave it without travel orders! I worked at the Navcommsta on the base, and had everything I needed to cut my own travel orders, right down to the big red ORIGINAL stamp?! The nearest city was Nha Trang to the north about 40 miles away, and the go to spot for the guys, with a beautiful beach and plenty of bars! You had to put in for travel orders to go there, but they rarely got approved for us lowly enlisted guys! Luckily I didn’t have that problem, and could go anytime I was off duty…I was kind of a rebel back then?! It’s kind of hard to understand now, but it was a whole different scenario 50 years ago in Vietnam, especially in the relatively safer zones and in the cities! There were 3 branches of the military on our peninsula, and even more than that up in Nha Trang with different ARVN units also?! So with that said, you could move pretty freely, because the different branches didn’t really know what the others were supposed to be doing! Up in Nha Trang, the Army MP’s we’re in charge of security for all the US military, and the South Vietnamese Police (White Mice) were in charge of all the Vietnamese population…civilian and military! The Army had an alert system in Nha Trang, which was…White where you could move freely in the city…Gray where you could still move around the city but supposed to be on alert…Yellow which was a possible impending attack and you could not be hanging around in the city at all…Red which was an attack in progress! The Tigerstripe fatigues helped when I was walking around downtown on Yellow alert, because a lot of the ARVN military guys wore Tigerstripes, and I was a little guy and dark complected! Whenever I spotted any MP’s in their Jeeps, I would just turn my back and I looked like any other ARVN guy?! Also, when cruising around downtown during White or Gray, if any MP’s stopped to question me, I would just whip out my travel orders! The WTF looks they would give me with no markings on my Tigerstripe uniform and official Navy travel orders was hilarious lol?! I could write a book with all the stories I have from traveling to and from Nha Trang, and the downtown life?!

22 A Day Morale Patch Fundraiser by Tactical Tailor

Thursday, June 18th, 2020

We wanted to raise funds to help raise awareness for Vets in need, as well as support one of our favorite non-profits MISSION OUTDOORS. We had a limited run of these 22 A Day Flag Patches made from high quality PVC Vinyl. A great looking patch for a great cause!

Get your patch at www.tacticaltailor.com/22adaypatch.

Mission Outdoors is is a 501(c)(3) non-profit which is committed to serve the ones who served for us. Their focus is on the camaraderie and community with like minded individuals. They find it just as important for our veterans and active duty to not financially worry for these events and opportunities.

They do this through presenting outdoor experiences to offer hope.

Task Force Dagger Foundation and Cubic Raise Awareness For Special Operations Forces Families

Thursday, June 18th, 2020

Task Force Dagger Foundation (TFDF) will be the beneficiary of the SOF Online Auction presented by Cubic, opening June 15 at 8AM EDT and closing June 19 at 5PM EDT.

Auction items include an OMEGA “James Bond” watch, Daniel Defense Experience, 75th Anniversary D-Day Flag shadow box, Argentina 4 person Dove Hunt, Maxim Defense Pistol Kit, Custom Bourbon Barrel Table, Tickets to 2021 PGA Championship, Weapons from Benelli, SigSauer, Glock, S&W and an Adams Arms TFD rifle, Plus additional items from Under Armour, Aimpoint, Magpul, FirstSpear and many more.

Funds raised though the auction will directly impact families of the Special Operations Community and will be applied to TFDF’s three core programs: Immediate Needs, Rehabilitative Events, and the SOF Health Initiatives Program.

To bid on an item or learn more about this fundraising event, please visit: bit.ly/SOFAuction

Task Force Dagger Foundation provides assistance to wounded, ill, or injured United States Special Operations Command members and their families. We respond to immediate needs, conduct Rehabilitative Therapy Events, and provide next-generation health solutions for issues facing our service members. Our cohesive programs improve the quality of life for Special Operations Families.  To learn more about Task Force Dagger Foundation, visit our website at www.taskforcedagger.org.

 

 

Gray Bearded Green Beret – E&E Kit

Friday, May 29th, 2020

Contents:

-6 piece Titanium Lock Pick Set
-6?, 200lb. break strength kevlar escape cordage
-Covert handcuff key made of plastic
-Micro-clip handcuff key, plastic
-Escape Capsule – Size: 0.76” length x 0.26“ diameter. Weight: 0.01 oz.
-Bypass Knife Tool – Works on most file cabinet locks, many basic padlocks, and even Darby style handcuffs
-Mini Shim Decoder – Works on some padlocks, handcuffs and zip-ties
-Handcuff Shim

graybeardedgreenberet.com/product/escape-and-evasion-kit

Calling Veteran SOF Medical Personnel To Staff Field Hospital in New York City

Monday, April 6th, 2020

Dic Roush from the Guardian Angel community has put out a call for 300 SOF Medical Providers and LE Tactical /civilian NREMTs to come to New York City and man a 200 bed field hospital which will be under the auspices of NY Presbyterian Hospital named the Ryan Larkin NY Presbyterian Field Hospital in memory of USN SEAL Ryan Larkin.

REQUEST FOR SOF MEDICAL PROVIDERS

SOF Friends and Other Military and Civilian Medical Providers and Medics,

New York City is past the breaking point. The hospitals are truly overwhelmed. Besides the 5,000 beds or so being put in and around the city as field hospitals in field conditions, the major hospitals themselves are understaffed. At this point we are putting together teams of docs, other providers, Nurses and SOF medics.

Our first mission is to staff a 200 bed field hospital which will be under the auspices of NY Presbyterian Hospital which is comprised of Columbia University Irving Medical Center and Weill Cornell Medical Center. COL (Ret) Melissa Givens, M.D. will be the Medical Director. After that we will support other hospitals in need of help of which there are several.

The hospital will be named the Ryan Larkin NY Presbyterian Field Hospital in memory of USN SEAL Ryan Larkin.

Please be healthy and have no underlying medical conditions that put you at high risk.

Please fill out this form.

Also email Bryan Walsh at [email protected] with your name, contact info, credentials, and what role you can play. He will begin to put together info on travel and lodging.

Please share this widely. We welcome civilian colleagues who are capable medical professionals and willing to work in field condition.

Thanks for your service and consideration,
That Others May Live

SOC-F Ice Climbing Experience

Tuesday, March 17th, 2020

Late last month I had the opportunity to participate in an extraordinary event near Bozeman, Montana.

With the help of Arc’teryx LEAF, Special Operations Care Fund gathered together veterans from each of the US military’s special operations components for a weekend of ice climbing.

Before we go any further, I’ve got give a plug for SOC-F and the wonderful work they do day-in and day-out for our warriors and their families. This non-profit is fighting way above its weight. They do so much…Medical/TBI (Magnetic Electro Resonance Therapy- MeRT) and Other Cutting-Edge Medical Treatments, Intensive Marriage Counseling, Gold Star Kids Camp and so much more. Not a one of the founders is a military veteran, but they have recently added a Veteran to their board to help round out the team. They’re just great Americans who saw a need and banded together to fill it.

The LEAF division of Arc’teryx is well known for making gear built for the most demanding Mil / LE endusers operating and training, in the harshest of environments. Inspired by the incredible work accomplished by SOC-F, Arc’teryx has seen the support they bring to the selfless individuals who need it, but often don’t ask for it.

SOC-F and Arc’teryx LEAF had been discussing ways to provide some outdoor therapy and The Station Foundation came up which provides specialized services to current and former SOF members as well as their families. Programs include:

-Family Foundation
-Spouse Performance
-Restore
-Transition Azimuth Check (TrAC)

The Station’s works with SOC-F to provide the summer program for Gold Star children, those young people who’ve lost a loved one in combat, to find themselves and flourish in the face of life’s challenges. A most worthy pursuit.

These connections led to the creation of the SOC-F Ice Climbing Experience.

We all arrived Friday afternoon courtesy of Arc’teryx and their able planner, Rebecca Faherty who also organizes the annual SOF Select pavilion at Special Operations Forces Industry Conference. While many of us came from across the country, it was amazing how many SOF veterans have settled in Montana.

Accommodations, local transportation, meals and activity planning were provided by The Station Foundation.

The meals were fantastic with hot breakfast and dinner each day at The Inn on the Gallitin. Home cooking and lots of it. I was always stuffed.

Between veterans and members of industry, there were 17 of us on the expedition. Some of us knew each other, but we were provided ample time to get to know one another during meals, free time in the evenings, and out on the ice. Turns out, we all had a lot of common friends and experiences. Naturally, we were also all Arc’teryx customers. In fact, they have each of us a LEAF Cold CW LT Jacket to use during the event. Magpul also provided us with their new eyewear to protect our site while climbing.

Some of the climbing equipment such as helmets and ice tools was provided by Petzl, while other items were supplied by the very capable guide service for this event, Montana Alpine Guides like boots and crampons. The MAG team was friendly, knowledgeable and provided training at both the basic and advanced level. Everyone came out of there a better climber.

The crew brought a mixture of experience from first time ice climbers to very experienced climbers who brought a lifetime of alpine know-how. We had a blast.

The most amazing thing I witnessed all weekend was the indomitable spirit of a Marine Veteran I’ll refer to as CT. He served as an inspiration to all of us.

A bear of a man who lost both legs last year during a battle in the Middle East, CT had never ice climbed before in his life. No matter, he was going to give it a go. But first, he had to get to the ice ,which was located a kilometer or so from the parking area. As you can imagine, it was icy. He strapped crampons to his shoes and off he went, supported as many of us were, with trekking poles to help negotiate deep pockets of snow encountered occasionally along the trail.

He made it about three quarters of the way, but one of the things CT realized was that the cold and his particular prosthetics weren’t well suited for hiking up snowy trails.

A plan was quickly set into motion to fetch a sled to bring him the rest of the way to the climbing site. The crew immediately built a fire to keep him warm while we waited for the sled. Others headed the rest of the way to the site to begin climbing. About an hour later, CT and the team who helped him up that last bit of trail, linked up with the rest of us.

We spent the day climbing a couple of different faces and then made our way back down the trail, CT at the lead atop his sled, accompanied by his new teammates.

We repeated the event the next day with even more ice faces to negotiate. Once again, CT assaulted the ice and came out on top.

There were several guys out there with various wounds, but seeing CT go at it with everything he had, working through the pain he obviously felt, no one was going to complain. He was an inspiration to us all.

I had a great time chatting with him. Aside from some great was stories, he is very in tune with the latest in prosthetic technology and is working to bring newer designs out of the lab and unto those who need them. CT tells me he is going to keep ice climbing and already has some ideas about how to build a better prosthetic for climbing. I can’t wait to see what he comes up with.

On Monday morning we returned to the airport to make our way home, but all of us left with some new friends and some great memories.

Once again, this event wouldn’t have been possible without SOC-F and Arc’teryx LEAF. While this was the first event of its kind for Arc’teryx, they plan to hold more of these outdoor-oriented events around the world for other allied veterans.