Thanks for visiting my page. My name is Bill Whale and I am a member of an organization called the Watertribe. I go by the tribe name of Whale. In March 2012 I will be participating in an event called the Ultimate Florida Challenge. This event is a 1200 mile paddle and a 40 mile portage around the state of Florida. Why am I attempting this event? First, I want to bring awareness to an organization called the Special Operations Warrior Foundation, and second because I enjoy a great challenge. As an Amercian, I have been blessed to live in a country that has provided me the freedom to pursue whatever goal, opinion, and lifestyle I prefer. I also know that this freedom was bought with a great amount of sacrifice from those that serve in the US Armed Forces. I have always struggled with the question, "How am I giving back to those that sacrificed for my freedom?" Prior to my retirement from the US Naval Reserve, my answer was that I serve to ensure that the relatives of those that paid the ultimate price will have the freedoms that I have enjoyed. Now that I am retired, I am helping raise funds for the Special Operations Warrior Foundation (SOWF).
Created in 1980, the SOWF is devoted to providing a college education to every child who has lost a parent serving in the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps during an operational or training mission under the U.S. Special Operations Command. This includes over 70,000 military special operations and support personnel assigned to units throughout the United States and around the world.
The SOWF is committed to providing scholarship grants to more than 900 children of the approximately 800 Special Operations personnel who have given their lives for their country since 1980, including those who died fighting our nation's war against terrorism as part of "Operation Enduring Freedom" in Afghanistan and the Philippines as well as "Operation Iraqi Freedom." Currently, 190 children of fallen special operations warriors have graduated from college.
Since 2005, the SOWF has provided immediate $2,000 cash grants to personnel seriously wounded in the line of duty. Once notified of a special operations soldier, airman, sailor or Marine hospitalized with a severe injury, the SOWF immediately sends funds to the service member (or his/her designated recipient) so family members can immediately travel to be at their loved one's bedside. Since this program began in 2005, the SOWF has provided over $1.2 million to wounded special operations personnel.
Not everyone can or should be on the front lines of today's battles but we all can do our part to help reduce the burdens on the families of those that have paid the ultimate price. I want to be able to look into the eyes of the widow of a fallen warrior and say I will do my part to help. I want to able to look into the eyes of the wounded and broken warrior and say I will do my part to help. I want to be able to look into the eyes of the children of the fallen warrior and be able to say I will do my part to help. Please join me in supporting the SOWF so that you too can look into their eyes and be able to say you will do your part to help. The warriors going off to protect our freedoms don't look away or hesitate to suffer a sacrifice to protecting our freedoms. Don't they deserve our support?
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