Special Ops Survivors offers a unique opportunity for volunteer board members to serve military Special Operations surviving spouses in a dynamic growing organization.

San Diego, California – Special Ops Survivors, a nonprofit serving the surviving spouses of Special Operations military personnel, is looking to add new board members to its growing board of directors. The organization has a few board positions and fundraising committee positions available at this time. Initially founded in 2002 to serve those who lost their Special Operations spouses during combat or training following the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, the organization recently expanded its outreach to include those who suffered this tragic loss on or after January 1, 1980 – when the Special Operations Command was formed.

Special Ops Survivors is the only nonprofit organization that focuses specifically on the unique challenges faced by the surviving spouses of Special Operations personnel from all branches of the military – Army (USASOC), Air Force (AFSOC), Navy (NSWC) and Marine Corps (MARSOC). Over the past 14 years, Special Ops Survivors has grown from a small annual gathering of survivors to an established organization actively serving more than 200 surviving spouses across 37 states and in four countries.

The organization offers an Annual Survivor’s Conference, emergency financial assistance, education and childcare grants as well as provides the connection to other surviving spouses who are dealing with the same tragic loss. One of the most important aspects of Special Ops Survivors programs is providing access to a community of survivors that is welcoming, nurturing and supportive. From surviving spouses who may only be weeks or months from the loss to spouses who are years out, Special Ops Survivors works with survivors wherever they may be in their grief journey.

Because of the national scope of the Special Ops Survivors’ mission, the organization operates in a virtual environment with staff who do not work in a centralized office but rather from their individual home offices and board members who are located in several states. Board meetings are held via video and conference calls with an annual retreat that provides the time to facilitate team building and strategic planning.

“The board of directors plays a critical role in the oversight, strategic planning, governance and fundraising for the organization,” says Cathryn Spetter, board president. “We are honored to serve these amazing survivors. Our mission requires a strong, dedicated and talented board. We encourage those who are passionate about our mission to inquire about our board member application process.”

Those with expertise in nonprofit law, human resources and fundraising are of particular interest to the board at this time. To inquire about the board application process, please contact Sara Wingerath-Schlanger, executive director of Special Ops Survivors at sara@specialopssurvivors.org.

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