On January 12, 2020, I will attempt to swim across Tampa Bay!
My goal is to raise awareness of the sacrifices made (and ongoing) by the Naval Special Warfare community and their families.
Most of my years in the Navy were spent in the relative safety of fighter jets. There were challenges - combat deployments, family separation and the loss of too many friends. But during those years, I knew that others had it worse.
The last nearly two decades of war have been incredibly difficult for the Navy SEALs and their families. US Special Forces have a deployment rate that far exceeds those of regular units, and the casualty rates are higher too. These warriors have faced far tougher times than most, and if there's any way to lessen the burden on them and their families, I want to help out.
There are many ways to thank our Armed Forces, but I am focused on one:
Rated as one of the top 1% of charities in the US, the Navy SEAL Foundation provides immediate and ongoing support and assistance to the Naval Special Warfare community and its families. By providing educational opportunities, transition support, tragedy assistance / survivor support, and other services, the Navy SEAL Foundation gives a little extra help to this group from whom this country has asked so much.
This January, I’ll be supporting these warriors by swimming across Tampa Bay. Today, you can show your support by following, donating, or sharing my fund-raising efforts with someone else. Together we can give back to those who have given so much, while asking for so little in return!
I thank you for your support.
CAPT, U.S. Navy (Retired)
U.S. Naval Academy, Class of 1993