Meet Our Warriors

SpecialWarriors3The nature of Special Operations missions is that they continue even when large-scale military conflicts subside. These missions continue every day all over the world. With the current level of military activity worldwide, it is clear that Special Operations personnel will continue to assume great risks and give their lives on missions that most Americans will never even know have taken place.

The Special Operations community – headquartered under the United States Special Operations Command (SOCOM) – is comprised of the most elite personnel from the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines. These troops are the force behind many of our nation’s accomplishments, but their victories generally go unannounced in the media and often come at a tremendous personal price.

Among the members of the U.S. military, Special Operations personnel carried much of the burden placed upon U.S. forces even prior to September 11, 2001. The events of September 11, 2001 only added to the missions that Special Operations personnel were already quietly carrying out during “peacetime” activities. Special Operations units have responded by increasing their operations – continuing to carry out the missions and objectives of the United States all over the world while meeting increased obligations in the Middle East and Central Asia.

The commitment of these warriors is best expressed in their own words. Petty Officer First Class Neil Roberts, whose passing marked the beginning of our organization’s story, left his wife a letter to only be opened “if….” The following is an excerpt from that letter in which Neil describes his time on SEAL teams:
“The Navy, although I sacrificed personal freedom and many other things, I got just as much as I gave. My time in the Teams was special. For all the times I was cold, wet, tired, sore, scared, hungry, and pissed off, I had a blast. The bad was balanced equally with the good. All the times spent in the company of my teammates in the bars were when I felt the closest to the men I had the privilege to work with. I loved being a SEAL! If I died doing something for the Teams then I died doing what made me happy. Very few people have the luxury of that.”
Our commitment at Special Ops Survivors is to the members of Special Operations units and to their families – without preference to race, sex, ethnicity, religion, unit or rank.
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