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Green Beret Foundation

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Civil Rights, Military & Veterans Organizations, Unknown, Veterans

Mission: The Green Beret Foundation provides Special Forces Soldiers and their families with emergency, immediate, and ongoing support.

Results: Since the founding of the Green Beret Foundation in 2009, we have invested over $16 million dollars and impact the lives of over 5,000 Special Forces families each year. However, our work remains unfinished.

Target demographics: Our wounded Green Berets and their families and the families of our fallen brothers

Direct beneficiaries per year: 5,017 Green Berets and their families.

Geographic areas served: Across the globe

Programs: Casualty Support, Extended Support, Family Support, Gold Star and Surviving Families Support, and Transition Support to the Green Beret community.

Community Stories

134 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Got to meet some of the reps from GBF at an event a year ago and I got a chance to volunteer as one of their other events. I give a monthly donation to support their scholarships.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

GBF has been a great resource for me and my family. One of my teammates was supported by them and I'm happy to know that they are around.

1 Valerie T.3

Donor

Rating: 5

My son is a GB. He told me a few years ago about the GBF and that they took very good care of GBs and their families. I started donating every month at that time.

2 Candice M.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is Candice Gier (Montez) and I am a nurse furthering my education. I was awarded the Athena scholarship this year from the Green Beret Foundation and is the first scholarship I have ever received! This is going to help take a huge burden off of our family’s shoulders because school it is not cheap paying for college! I feel so honored to have been awarded this scholarship from this amazing foundation that does so much work for their Soldiers and families.

2 Denver Jim M.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 3

I don't know if my contributions actually help the way it is intended to. Many of these "non-profits" pay their employees a lot in salary and filter money through administrative costs. The research seems to indicate the GBF is legit, but who knows. I can only hope my small donation helps a soldier.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

I've been donating and supporting The Green Beret Foundation for years after 1st hearing about them from the family of a fallen friend. Their support to Green Berets and their families in times of need is absolutely amazing. They'll do what they say, and then some. Customers, donors, and supporters are also treated with professionalism, which is hard to find these days. It's one of the few organizations where I can say they really do make a difference for those they help.

Donor and proud supporter, Pete

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Green Beret Foundation is a pivotal and amazing non-profit organization. We are eternally grateful to the GBF and all the people who work there, and make miracles happen. We have been so touched by the help that we have personally received on behalf of the GBF.

1 Mark G.14

Client Served

Rating: 5

I had Cancer and had to file bankruptcy. Simultaneously I was not working and had to abandon my business.
The Green Beret Foundation provided psychological support, economic assistance, and helped with filing and attaining my 100% VA rating and pension.
Without them I and my wife would have ended up homeless at a minimum and an early death at the worst.
Thank You GBF for all you have done for me and the brotherhood.

1 Alicias S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I really like The Green Beret Foundation. It’s great organization to support the military families and community.Keep up the good work!

1 otismcgregor3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

There is no organization that is more professional. The Green Beret Foundation is a great example of the right people matched to the right mission or as Jim Collins puts the right people in the right seat on the right bus.
If you are looking for an organization that gives back to the Quiet Professionals who never ask for help, the Green Beret Foundation is that organization.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

I support the GBF, because so many people support other veteran organizations. Their mission means a lot to me and we owe it to the 18s that went into harms way.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Amazing work that this organization does for Green Berets!

2

Donor

Rating: 5

The Green Beret Foundation that is being lead by Brent Cooper (a Green Beret) is extraordinary. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting his team Frances Arias, John Armezzani, and Rhonda Marshall. The lives of the Green Beret’s and families they have made a difference too, is why my support to this organization is so important to me and my family. Thank you to each and everyone at the Green Beret Foundation. Keep up the great work.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

Green Beret Foundation has actively helped countless Green Berets and their families in our area. Their support is always ready and willing and just what we need, whether the need is big or small. Keep up the great work!

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Green Beret Foundation is a great organization run by a passionate group of individuals who care about giving back to families and their community.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have watched the Green Beret Foundation build relationships and support a dear friend's family after he was tragically KIA several years ago. The GBF has been successful in providing the Special Forces community the tools and resources it needs to succeed during and after military service. It's great to know there is an organization supporting Green Berets and their families. Due to the pandemic this organization and its dedicated staff have worked tirelessly with less resources and have amazingly continued to maintain the same quality of support to the deserving Green Berets and their families.

Client Served

Rating: 5

With my husband recently retired, I was let go from my job earlier this year due to COVID . My husband's retirement pay was not able to cover all of our monthly financial responsibilities. I reached out to the Green Beret Foundation letting them know of our financial strain and they responded quickly. They helped cover some of our immediate bills and alleviated so much stress during this difficult time. I was fortunate enough to gain employment again but am not sure what we would have done if they were not there to help us. I can't thank them enough for being there for us.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

Been donating to the Green Beret foundation for many years. They have always put their mission first and help their soldiers. They have proven to be a top tier charity and I am proud to keep them as one of the top charities I donate to.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

I'm proud to be a donor and love to see what the GBF is doing for our community. DOL brothers

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Green Beret Foundation has been there for me and my family during some of our toughest times. We tell our SF to reach out to them if they're needing help or resources. GBF is top tier.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Green Beret Foundation is a fantastic organization and has supported me and my family through some difficult times. We could not have been able to go through that time alone. Me and my family are proud to support GBF in its mission. DOL

4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 3

I have been investigating the Green Beret Foundation and many other military nonprofits. I have found that your organization does not reflect diversity racially or in regards to gender. Furthermore, I researched back a few years and found several lawsuits where gender discrimination and racisim was an issue with board leading to the departure of long time Executive Director and Director of Finance. I also noticed that the 3rd Special Forces Group flash had a swastika on it which made sense when I read about anti-Semitism allegations . I was attempting to avoid submitting this but I cannot get anyone on the phone at your organization. It looks like you have been impactful to the Special Forces in the past. My reason for researching special forces is I am gathering information to do a piece for Netflix promoting SpecialForces as racially and gender open minded but the more I research the more it looks like the opposite. You can reach me at
journalistsfreelance@yahoo.com

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 2

Over the past few months I have emailed and called no less than 7 times about support for a brother. I have also emailed. I've also asked the chairman and executive director very basic questions. I don't get anything.

Recently I saw an email where one of the board members snapped at a brother for asking basic questions. I do realize the brother,s approach was rough but I understand why it's ok to tell the brother how illiterate he is and that the board member is going to help real soldiers. That brother happens to have a pretty good knock to his head. No one can get a straight answer about really basic public info and a response to a wounded brother. I realize gbf may be going through changes but seems like they haven't focus. Even the board is unresponsive. The Trust isn't much better .

6 amoorephous

General Member of the Public

Rating: 3

Hi- I saw a review that was recently posted but now gone. It was addressing HIPAA and OPSEC at GBF. I am a former nurse and now have security clearance. My husband has served 18 years 16 of which have been in SF. I, too, have had issues with these two very sensitive topics. At a steel mags retreat just a few months ago, I walked into a conversation with the current steel mags manager, sr programs manager and ops director making fun of a spouses green beret that was struggling terribly with addiction and also talking about how they couldn't get anything done because of the dead coming in. Not sure what our fallen heroes do to hold them up from getting their jobs done but it seemed to be a problem. the ops director,FA (not supposed to use full names) who was also completely drunk at a previous steel mags event was very nasty about the sf guy that had addiction issues. This person is constantly talking about OPSEC and being disrespectful to our families and SF guys. Im sure this will get deleted too. Maybe the GBF's attorney will threaten me or any one that posts anything that isn't what they want to hear. I've earned my time in the community. some of these people at gbf aren't even sf. Makes me wonder why their opinions and unprofessionalism is chosen over community members that donate and volunteer their time. I'd like to know how the current steel mags mgr got the job. was it posted? Anyway, Im sure this will get deleted or I will get threats.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 2

I was excited to find out about this foundation starting a program to help former green berets get connected into the civilian world after leaving the military, because I could have used help with that myself. But not long after it started, I wasn't able to get in touch with anyone about the program or hear back from them. Just after that I heard that their former operations officer (Patrick was his name?) was hacking the emails of other employees and I just avoided the drama. I recently tried contacting about the transition program again but didn't hear back, so I just went about my business. This is a big disappointment since they had a great reputation for helping guys that got injured in the past. -TS

1 Jessica L.11

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’ve been affiliated with this organization as a volunteer and a beneficiary. The GBF’s level of commitment to taking care of their own is unlike anything I’ve experienced. It was a load lifted and a blessing for them to come through for us when they did. I want more of our GB families to understand what an ally they have in the GBF.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization is wonderful! They helped me at Christmas one year so that my son wouldn't go without a Christmas! I'm new to Steel Mags, however I spent a great weekend retreat at the beach! Much needed and great fellowship! Even when your a surviving spouse, you are never forgotten! Thank you GBF and Steel Mags!

2 Katie Ann S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The assistance they provide for Green Berets and their families is phenomenal!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a Steel Mag, I have seen the Green Beret Foundation serve Green Berets and their families in ways that no other organization can. Every request I have personally put in on behalf of a 5th Group Green Beret has been approved. It is an honor to volunteer for this organization.

1 April C.4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’ve seen firsthand the impact this charity has on families in my community and it’s truly inspiring!

1 Leigh Coleman H.

Donor

Rating: 5

My husband and I have been members of the US Army Special Forces (Green Beret) Family/Community for almost five decades. During that time we have rarely - if ever - seen a nonprofit step up and provide across the board assistance, programs and services with as much love, care, compassion and professionalism as the Green Beret Foundation (GBF) does. We have watched the GBF develop, grow and expand from their original mission (providing services/programs to post 9-11 wounded/injured SF Warriors, their Families and the SF Community's Gold Star Families) to an expanded mission which is now providing assistance, programs and services to the entire US Army Special Forces (Green Beret) community. When we look for organizations that best utilize our donor dollars where they will make a significant difference in the well being of our SF Community the Green Beret Foundation is at the very top of our list!

Jeff Hotujec and Leigh Coleman Hotujec

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Being part of the Steel Mags has introduced me to all the amazing things the Green Beret Foundation has to offer. Although I have only volunteered, I feel so blessed in knowing the support this outstanding organization offers to Green Berets and their families should we ever need it.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

As a volunteer, the Steel Mags have provided me with friendship and support. The GBF has also helped my husband start the long process of separating from the military. It’s so nice to have these resources in our corner!

2

Donor

Rating: 5

The charity has helped out so many families that we know personally. I’m so glad that they offer this support to our special ops community!

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

The GBF has truly changed my family's life. The support I have received, as a wife, through their Steel Mags program is paramount. Furthermore, they have supported and encouraged my husband throughout his SF career. They are truly our family.

3 Amber M.7

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Green Beret Foundation is an amazing organization who stepped in to help an active duty GF who was diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumor. All within 1 day!

6

Client Served

Rating: 2

Angie Fennen was asked for financial support from a Green Beret Gold Start family member. The family member was told on three occasions that the family member would get a specific amount of financial support. This process started back at the beginning of the year. The family member has yet to receive anything even after following up. I find it interesting that the Steel Mags was raising money for the Coast Guard. Is this even allowed under the GBF's bylaws? I know they didn't want to support this gold star family member when the family member endured the loss but the family member wanted to give them a chance. Very disappointing.

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Seeing how the GBF helped several families in our community through different situations led me to become involved as a Steel Mag. We are so thankful for this organization and all it does to help Green Berets and their families.

3 Kevin F.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

On September 25th, 2011 my life changed forever. I was shot in the abdomen during a combat operation in Afghanistan while serving as a Green Beret. My injuries were severe, fractured hip, 20% of my colon removed, partially paralyzed left leg due to nerve damage. I underwent six surgeries to repair the damage which have left me with over 40 inches of scars. From day 1 the GBF was there for my family and I. there is no doubt that there unfailing support is one of the reasons why my recovery went so well. Seven years later I am proud to give back to the Foundation and the Green Berets as a GBF Ambassador.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

One of my Special Forces teammates was severely wounded in Afghanistan during our deployment. It was a very difficult time because we had no idea if he would survive. A single phone call to the Green Beret Foundation from Afghanistan and they were able to provide money and supplies to his family in order to allow them to travel Walter Reed Hospital and help with his recovery. Our teammate survived and his family was there to see him when we woke up in the hospital. All because of one single phone call to the Green Beret Foundation. I only wish the VA system was as organized and receptive.

3 Creed M.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Most Professional Agency there is, bar-none!! You will not find an organization that is more talented, passionate, and capable than the Green Beret Foundation.....

4

Donor

Rating: 5

Very well run nonprofit that does so much good for the community. Please keep up the great works and there are no other causes I would rather donate to.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a proud supporter of GBF and lucky to be a part of the sisterhood that is the Steel Mags. These two organizations are dedicated to selflessly serving others. Proud to be a volunteer and a Steel Mag!

2

Donor

Rating: 5

I am a very proud supporter of the GBF and member of the Steel Mags! What a strong, resilient group of ladies dedicated to the care and support of our quiet professionals.

6

Donor

Rating: 5

My husband and I have been members of the US Army Special Forces (Green Beret) Family/Community for almost five decades. During that time we have rarely - if ever - seen a nonprofit step up and provide across the board assistance, programs and services with as much love, care, compassion and professionalism as the Green Beret Foundation (GBF) does. We have watched the GBF develop, grow and expand from their original mission (providing services/programs to post 9-11 wounded/injured SF Warriors, their Families and the SF Community's Gold Star Families) to an expanded mission which is now providing assistance, programs and services to the entire US Army Special Forces (Green Beret) community. When we look for organizations that best utilize our donor dollars where they will make a significant difference in the well being of our SF Community the Green Beret Foundation is at the very top of our list!

5 Justine T.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Steel Mags a program of the GBF, provides me support, knowledge and guidance

4

Donor

Rating: 5

Extremely proud supporter of The Green Beret Foundation and all that they stand for. I find it a much better use of my money than almost any bill I have. I will donate and support for as long as I’m alive!

3 Brenda B.1

Donor

Rating: 5

I am proud to be a supporter of this fantastic organization. They do their homework, and give stellar physical, emotional and financial support to wounded SF Soldiers, their families, and the families of their fallen. They try to fill in the gaps and do what other charitable organizations miss, and they do it with a sense of family, pride, and humble spirit. GBF deserves all the support that can be given, in my opinion.

5 Benaiah M.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This foundations impact has and will continue to be felt by many great men and women. The do a fantastic job!

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Green Beret Foundation is Top Notch and ALWAYS goes above & beyond to help out Soldiers and their families. I know, first hand because they helped my family out in a time of need. 5 Star Nonprofit for sure!!!!

2 Christine202

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Green Beret Foundation goes above and beyond to help Green Berets in need. Thanks for always being there to help!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Green Beret Foundation funded medical treatment for my husband, a medically retired Green Beret, that neither our insurance or the VA would cover. Thanks to their support my husband was able to make a great step towards getting better from his combat injuries. Thanks for all you do!

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

GBF has actively helped countless green berets and their families in our area. Through financial assistance during hard times to simple “we are here” calls. This Foundation is top notch- sincere and passionate in their drive for supporting our SOF community.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Green Beret Foundation has given our family a home within this community. Their support is always ready and willing and just what you need, whether the need is big or small. The folks behind the work understand what it takes to serve the SF community and they serve them with honor and dignity. Such a wonderful organization!

4 Kelly R.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Green Beret Foundation is a phenomenal organization with one mission.... caring for and suppooGreen Berets and their families through difficult times and transition. Love the GBF! They've helped my family and many others in our time of need.

3 Rocio S.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The best way I can describe GBF: unconventional assistance and aid for unconventional Soldiers. They have a way of making Soldiers and families feel like a member of their own family rather than a case file.

3 Sean A.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great organization that truly cares about our Green Berets and their families.

2 John K.1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Provides great support to the Special Forces community. Not only for the fallen and wounded, but also they provide assistance and networking for SF soldiers transitioning to civilian careers. First class organization!

Mollie P.

Donor

Rating: 5

GBF is a vital and important part of our community. They offer peace of mind and a reliable safety net in a field where few are to be found. Innaddition to their services for GBs, I follow them on FB and LinkedIn and am happy to see them consistently sharing and advocating on our behalf. The Steel Mags is a wonderful community and they are just doing so many things above and beyond. Proud to be a donor and 100% confident that my donations go to a worthy cause and a deeply responsible organization.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

Supports families of fallen green berets. Great cause and great people

David M.3

Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization stepped up and saw the difficult and daunting challenge of what it takes for a Green Beret to transition out of the military after being deployed almost every year for over a decade. The service, compassion, care and concern are above the bar for how to treat our Green Beret veterans. They are always at the ready to answer the call and do not try to profit from a tragedy. The professionalism of this organization is top notch and should be the Number 1 Non-Profit for donations in the United States

Natalie69

Client Served

Rating: 5

The level of service provided by the Green Beret Foundation is phenomenal. They see a need and step in to fill the gap, continuously serving the Green Beret community and their families. I recently received support via a Steel Mags retreat. It was a welcomed reprieve which left me feeling rested, revived, and ready to return to support my family and my community.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The camaraderie and support provided by the GBF and the Steel Mags are priceless. This lifestyle brings about so many unique challenges, so it is incredibly refreshing to have a network of supportive women who simply get it. In this sisterhood, there is an natural reciprocal understanding of uncommon situations. The Steel Mags hold each other in high regard and count on one another for encouragement - and for that - I will be forever grateful!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer medical liaison for 10th Group, I've had the privelege of working with the GBF on multiple cases over the years. They have always been one of the most responsive and accommodating organizations when it comes to helping soldiers and their families. They are staffed with knowledgeable, competent people (a rarity these days), and have never failed to impress both me and the families I serve.

After years of experiencing this organization from the outside, I decided to dive deeper and volunteer to lead a Steel Mags chapter for the GBF. Seeing it from the inside is just as impressive. An agile, quick moving system that's built to help the SF community from the ground up. I can't recommend the GBF highly enough.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been a member of the Steel Mags, the wonderful spouse support group within the Green Beret Foundation, for about a year now. As a member of the Fort Bragg chapter, we've been provided incredible support by working with other women in the chapter. The chairs, Lizzie and Sarah, have been so helpful, and we get to ban together and do things that benefit the service members we support. In addition to supporting active duty and veteran Special Forces families, we also work hard with Gold Star Families so they know that they are not alone. GBF staff is always on call, and makes a point to make themselves accessible to families.

Green Berets give up so much to make sure our great country has an equally great fighting force. That being said, these guardians deserve a quality organization to support them. This is the Green Beret Foundation.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Green Beret Foundation (GBF), lead by Jennifer Paquette, is extraordinary. They understand the lives of Green Berets and their families because the ARE all GBs and family members. When any member of the GB family is in need, the GBF is there...and it is not only monetary support that they offer. As a GB spouse I have experienced their support first hand. The foundation offers advice based on experience; this is invaluable. On the organizational side, GBF is run with transparency, honesty, and passion. I respect this foundation and would turn to them for help without hesitation.