“This should have been done 50 years ago,” Brig. Gen Edward M. Reeder, Jr. told an applauding audience at the first Green Beret Foundation gala fundraiser in San Antonio, Texas during the summer.
As the guest speaker, the U.S. Army Special Forces Commanding General told stunning stories of incredible valor by today’s Green Berets, the first U.S. soldiers to engage the Taliban and al Qaeda troops in Afghanistan one month after 9/11 in 2001.
He also spoke of the horrific wounds and dismemberment incurred by some of those Green Beret soldiers, due to the weapon of choice used by the terrorist cowards, the improvised explosive device.
As a result, today there are more than 900 wounded-in-action Green Berets since 9/11. As BG Reeder pointed out, some of those SF WIA men have faced major costs and hidden cracks in services that some can’t afford. Then, he thanked the Green Beret Foundation for rising to the challenge in 2009 by forming a non-profit organization designed strictly to help those WIA soldiers.
A week later, at the Special Forces Association Reunion in Orlando, Florida, Lt. Gen. David P. Fridovich, Deputy Commander, U.S. Special Operations Command, MacDill Air Force Base, Fla. echoed Reeder’s message: “I wholeheartedly support the Green Beret Foundation’s admirable efforts to assist our wounded Special Forces soldiers.”
Lt. Gen. John F. Mulholland Jr., Commanding General of the U.S. Army Special Operations Command, flew to the Los Angeles area in early August for a joint fundraiser that raised $350,000 for the GBF and the Medal of Honor Society, where he urged “everyone to
do all they can to support the Green Beret Foundation’s efforts to help our wounded warriors.
The Green Berets are America’s elite unconventional warriors, and to think that if only one wounded Green Beret didn’t get the medical attention or have the means to purchase esoteric physical therapy equipment and expensive drugs, is an utter outrage.
That there are more dozens of such sad stories compounds the tragic necessity that brought about the need for the Green Beret Foundation.”
-John “Tilt” Meyer, President of the Special Operations Association
The Green Beret Foundation provides unconventional resources to facilitate the special needs of our wounded, ill and injured and imparts unique support to the Special Forces community in order to strengthen readiness and uphold Green Beret traditions and values. Get involved!