Most of the regulars, and Team Room members know that I started RCF last year just before losing my close friend Glen Doherty in Benghazi. I started the foundation as a way for me to personally give back to the Special Operations community. Our niche is Gap funding, and was shaped by my experience with the passing of my friend Glen, and how slow the government was to act in support of his family with regards to monetary assistance. Note: The CIA has paid out zero dollars, and the US government has paid the estate a few thousand dollars. This is what we, those of us who served in the military, call UNSAT. RCF, other charities, and his friends stepped up to cover over 40k in memorial expenses.
RCF’s main focus is on GAP funding. Helping families with financial assistance immediately, larger charities take time, and the government slower. Our other initiative is enrichment programs for kids called the John M. Zinn scholarship & enrichment program. This program got it’s kick start from Clifford Turk, and his generous donation, special thank you to the Turk’s.
John was a friend, and teammate of mine, and we’re honored to name this after him. The Zinn’s and his beautiful wife Jackie have been a big help in shaping this program. Jackie gave an amazing talk at the Gala. The program is meant to help foster the father within these children. If dad is on deployment, or no longer here, then we have enrichment programs for kids to participate in activities that dad would want them in (Sports camp, surfing, language immersion, and others).