On June 2nd, I will participate in the Boston Frogman Swim. It is a 5k open water swim and fundraiser that supports the Navy SEAL Foundation, a 501(c)(3) with a coveted four-star rating by Charity Navigator.
Please consider making a tax deductible donation; any amount is appreciated.
Since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, there has been an unprecedented demand for our Special Operations Forces. Never before has so much been asked of so few, from so many, for so long. The Navy SEAL Foundation provides a comprehensive set of programs specifically designed to improve health and welfare, build and enhance resiliency, empower and educate families and provide critical support during times of illness, injury, loss and transition.
I am swimming to honor the memory of a relative, Chief Special Warfare Operator (SEAL) Brian R. Bill, his teammates and all Gold Star Families. On August 6, 2011, a Chinook helicopter, call sign Extortion 17, was shot down by enemy fire in Afghanistan taking the lives of 38 people on board, the single greatest loss of American life in the Afghan war. Brian was one of 17 SEALs aboard that helicopter. He was a highly decorated combat veteran with numerous awards, including the Bronze Star Medal with Valor (4), including one for extraordinary heroism, Purple Heart Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal with Valor, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Combat Action Ribbon (2), Presidential Unit Citation (2), Navy Unit Commendation, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and numerous other personal and unit decorations.