Honoring the Service and Sacrifice of the Navy SEALs
With their roots in World War II, the United States Navy Sea, Air, and Land Teams—more commonly known as SEALs—are the naval service’s most elite special operations force. Officially formed by President John F. Kennedy in 1962, the Navy SEALs have been on the frontlines of every major American conflict since the Vietnam War, undertaking many of the nation’s most dangerous missions, including the nighttime raid that led to the death of Osama Bin Laden in 2011.
Known within the U.S. military as the “true tip of the spear,” Navy SEALs’ service and sacrifice in some of the world’s most hostile environments demonstrate the highest commitment to defending American freedoms. SEALs complete the military’s most grueling training, preparing them to conduct covert operations, collect crucial intelligence, rescue hostages, and capture terrorist leaders around the world. This “special breed of warriors” continues to answer the call of duty in service to their fellow Americans, choosing to place their own lives on the line to protect the American people and the American way of life.
WHO WE’RE SUPPORTING
Established in 2000, the Navy SEAL Foundation is a national nonprofit organization providing more than 30 programs for current and former members of the Navy SEALs and their families.
Its support falls under five pillars: Strength programs provide resources to assist Navy SEALs and their families as they transition out of the military; Resilience programs help Gold Star Families with assistance to cover the dignified transfer of remains, memorial services, and travel expenses; Health programs provide financial and logistical support for the healing of injured or critically ill service members and those dealing with the chronic effects of sustained combat; Education programs provide scholarships and support quality educational options for service members’ children in geographically separated duty locations. Community programs remember and recognize the feats of its warriors through legacy preservation and national memorials and monuments to preserve the rich history of its veterans and families.
WHY IT MATTERS
For generations, U.S. Navy SEALs have exemplified quiet service and sacrifice to the nation, executing high-risk, no-fail operations in some of the most dangerous places in the world. “A few have been publicized, but the vast majority remain unknown to the public,” the Foundation itself notes. “Through these clandestine missions, SEALs continue to sacrifice for our nation, maintaining their global presence and remaining ready. They are on the front line; right now, and always.” The SEALs’ proud tradition of service continues to defend American freedom, democracy, and opportunity.
For his support of these elite service members, the Navy SEAL Foundation honored Ken Griffin with the Navy SEAL Patriot Award in 2017. “For nearly sixty years, the Navy SEALs and their families have made valiant sacrifices to protect our nation and defend our values,” Griffin observed at that time. “I am proud to continue to support the Navy SEAL Foundation in its mission to care for these heroic men and women and their dedicated loved ones who put their country before all else.”
WHAT’S THE IMPACT?
Building on its previous support, Griffin Catalyst’s transformative $10 million gift—the largest the Navy SEAL Foundation has ever received—allows the organization to dramatically expand its health, educational, financial, and community programs for the SEALs and their families, with a special focus on children’s resiliency programs and a scholarship program providing tuition assistance to SEAL members seeking higher education.
Beyond the direct support for current and former SEALs and their families, the Foundation’s efforts serve a wider mission, demonstrating America’s deep and sustained commitment to its Armed servicemen and women and encouraging future generations to join the military and help defend the nation and its values.