One of the great things about having SOFREP.com is that the editors and I have a chance to archive and share some amazing stories about SOF Operators that would otherwise go untold. We have also created a great community in SOFREP.com itself that includes intelligent, hardworking people from all different racial, religious, and political backgrounds. If there is one common bond we all share, it’s that we care about this country and the men and women who serve. Occasionally, we also get to help out a family, cause, or brother in need. Now is one of those times.

I want to introduce Gary Welt. As a 30-year Master Chief, he spent the better part of his life serving his country at the tip of the spear. Gary is a renowned SEAL operator – as well-known and well-respected amongst his peers as any man who has ever served in the SEAL Teams. Everybody knows “Doc” Welt.

Gary recently developed Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also referred to as motor neuron disease and commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease in the United States. It is a debilitating disease with varied etiology characterized by rapidly progressive weakness, muscle atrophy and fasciculations, muscle spasticity, difficulty speaking (dysarthria), difficulty swallowing (dysphagia), and difficulty breathing (dyspnea). ALS is the most common of the five motor neuron diseases.

Gary’s not the type of guy to brag, but I feel it is important to share just a snapshot of his qualifications with you from over his thirty years of service: