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Review for Navy SEAL Foundation, Virginia Beach, VA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I have a long history with the Navy SEAL Foundation (NSF). Since 2008, when I was a young enlisted member of the Navy Special Warfare (NSW) Community, NSF has operated quietly in the background, supporting all current and past NSW service members and their families. I have long benefited from their hard work and support. Now, I would like to tell you 3 short stories of my longer story with the NSF:

1. My first experience with the NSF was in 2008, before the NSF and the NSW Foundations merged to form the NSF as we know it, today. While attending a fundraising event as a guest, I was placed next to an NSF donor/ambassador, named Michael F. We connected almost immediately over our love of history and strategy. Michael and I kept in touch and he eventually became a mentor and dear friend. I still speak with him several times a year. He has made a huge impact on my life, and helped guide me in business, now that I have transitioned to civilian life.

2. In 2012 – after being shot in the upper arm, in the line of duty – I was unable to type with my right hand (my dominant hand). The issue: I was in my last semester of my bachelor’s degree, and was pressing to continue on, somehow, even if I had to type my final capstone projects with one hand! Again, always quietly watching, I was informed that the NSF had offered to pay for dictation software for my computer, alleviating most of the work of manually typing, allowing me to speak into my computer and the words to be typed. With the help of that software, I finished my last semester and went straight into a master’s degree after that. These degrees were critical for my current position in life and my success, here in the civilian world.

3. In 2017, when I made the decision to transition out of the military into the civilian world, but I was totally lost on how to go about it. Lucky for me, NSF had begun building a robust team and network for we transitioning NSW members. I was given a counselor, and began processing all my options and details for exiting the military. This counselor, Mike, was critical for giving me perspective and connecting me with the right people for me to succeed in the next 12-18 months, when my end of service came. He met with me anytime I needed him! In 2019, just after my transition, I was contracting in Saudi Arabia, which provided a living, but was not what I wanted to make a career. Through the NSF, I was made aware of a partner group, Elite Meet, which NSF helps support. Elite Meet specializes in helping educated Special Operators and military pilots to network and find opportunities in numerous industries in business. NSF sponsored my travel and lodging to attend a fantastic 3-day event in fall of 2019, in Dallas, TX. As a result, I found a temporary job to keep me sustained, and eventually led to my move to Houston, TX, and my current job as a banker at J.P. Morgan Private Bank – a true future!

Now that I am on this side of the foundation, everyone should know about all the good NSF does for NSW service members and their families, just like they did for me and mine. I cannot say enough about how critical their help was in my success, over the last 12 years.

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