Two years ago I committed to a fundraising campaign for the families of the Navy Seals. With this commitment, I pledged to raise $1,500 and to swim a 5k across Tampa Bay in the cold January waters in an event called the Frogman Swim. This event changed my life. Although it was not the farthest I have swum in a single race, it was the most difficult and challenging swim for me to accomplish. It made me face all of my fears. It is cold. It is dark. It is deep. I swam it in honor of a man that I had never met. He gave his life for us. His name was Tyler J. Trahan (EOD) of East Freetown, MA. He lost his life at 22 while deployed with an east coast based seal team. He died on April 30, 2009, while conducting combat operations in Taqaddum, Iraq. Two marines were also killed during this operation.
I am incredibly honored to have made it into the 2020 Frogman swim. On January 12 I will be once again swimming a 5K across Tampa Bay. I have pledged to raise $2,000 to honor another Navy Seal that has given his life for us and spread of the word of his incredible sacrifice. I have yet to receive his name, but I already know that when the current of the shipping channel starts working against me, I will be asking for his strength. Please help me raise money and awareness for this incredible cause. Any amount that can get me closer to my goal is greatly appreciated.
The Navy Seal Foundation provides immediate and ongoing support and assistance to the naval special warfare community, its families, families of the fallen, wounded, and transition veterans. It also provides a comprehensive set of programs specifically designed to reduce the stressors associated with the tremendous amount of uncertainty and pressure that comes with life in Naval Special Warfare. There has been an unprecedented demand for Special Operations Forces around the globe. SEALs spend up to 270 days away from home each year in the most unforgiving environments and training at an unrelenting pace in order to maintain their ability to execute our nation’s toughest military missions. Their commitment to our country and the mission is only possible because of the significant personal sacrifices made by their families.