This month twenty-two Navy SEALs died in Afghanistan when their CH-47 Chinook helicopter was shot down. The group was attempting to help Army Rangers pinned down in a firefight. This is a deep loss to the military, but a far more tragic one to the families and friends of these mighty soldiers of SEAL Team 6.
This may seem off topic for the San Francisco Plastic Surgery Blog; however, I have had the honor and privilege of working with many hard working military men and women and their families. My office in the San Francisco Bay Area city of Walnut Creek, California is near Travis Air Force Base. Travis Air Force base is home to the 60th Air Mobility Wing, the largest wing in the Air Force’s Air Mobility Command. The base is named Brigadier General Robert F. Travis, who also died in and aircraft crash.
In this time of loss, I would ask you to consider joining our practice in making a donation to the Navy SEAL Foundation.
There are many ways to help the families of our fallen Navy SEALs, please consider:
- Texting “SEAL” to 90999 to donate $10 to the Navy SEAL Foundation
- Donate over the phone by calling 757-763-5501
- Making an online gift under program area, there is a drop down bar, so you can direct your giving if you choose: To support the families of the fallen Navy SEALS – Afghanistan 8/5/11
- Joining the Navy SEAL Foundation Facebook page
- Other options for contributing can be found on the Navy SEAL Foundation donation page
The Navy SEAL Foundation gives 95% of donations to the families of SEALs killed in action. The funds cover memorial services (the military covers funerals only), travel expenses for the families of SEALs to attend funerals, child care expenses for widows, and other necessities for these families. The SEAL fund is a 501c3 non-profit, so your donation is tax deductible.
The average salary of a military service member is $38k per year. The families of these SEALs killed in action need our help. The Naval SEAL foundation estimates that nearly $1M is needed to help these families with memorial services and other necessities to adjust to life without their hero. Please consider making a donation today.