You never need a good reason to support our troops. The sacrifices that they make allow us to enjoy the comforts that we almost constantly take for granted. It is these unsung sacrifices that give us a society predominantly free from violence and oppression.
However, it is those closest to a fallen soldier who bear the heaviest burden of this. A fallen soldier leaving behind a family is nothing short of a tragedy. I cannot imagine what it must be like for their sons and daughters to be deprived of a lifelong relationship with one of their parents. Although we will never truly be able to recoup these costs, I'm running the Newport Marathon this October in benefit of the Special Operations Warrior Foundation. I want to show my gratitude and appreciation for the men and women who put their lives on the line for the rest of us. Please consider donating a few dollars to show your appreciation as well.
Below is their mission statement:
The Special Operations Warrior Foundation's enduring promise to America's Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps Special Operations personnel is to:
(1) Ensure full financial assistance for post-secondary education from an accredited two or four-year college, university, technical or trade school, as well as educational counseling, preschool grants, private tutoring, college planning and career transition programs to the surviving children of Special Operations personnel who lose their lives in the line-of-duty and the children of all Medal of Honor recipients.
(2) Provide immediate financial grants to severely wounded, ill, and injured Special Operations personnel who require hospitalization.