why special Operators

American Special Operations Forces are increasingly being called upon to conduct crucial missions in the face of overwhelming odds. As our armed forces adjust to the new face of unconventional warfare, it is inevitable that the families of Special Operators will be touched by tragedy. Unfortunately, although the government and other foundations provide some relief to these families, it is often delayed by months or even years, when what they need is immediate relief. Red Circle Foundation’s gap funding covers memorial services, emergency travel, household expenses, home modifications, alternative treatment and recreational rehabilitation programs.

Photo by Josh Ives

a family in crisis

The likely scenario of a Special Operations family struck by tragedy.

Tragedy strikes

441 Special Operators have been KIA and 2000 have been wounded since September 11, 2001. In addition, the number of non-physical medical conditions such as behavioral problems, substance abuse, self-medication issues, post-traumatic stress and suicide have grown considerably.

Help is postponed

Families of service members report long delays or issues with receiving reimbursements due to lost paperwork, verification processes, incorrect paperwork and slow response times.

Costs add up

Funeral costs in 2012 averaged $8,565 with many families spending over $10,000. Emergency travel is often necessary and housing expenses may go unpaid. In other circumstances medical costs can skyrocket.

Families lose out

Due to delays, inefficiency, reimbursement policies and stipulations; families often have to forgo military burials and opt to pay for their own private ceremonies and burial sites. If the death did not occur in active duty, all eligible expenses can only be reimbursed. And, if the cause of death is not service-related, they may be denied any allowances at all.

When tragedy strikes our Special Operators,
their families need immediate assistance

RisingNeeds

As government’s needs for Special Operations Forces increase, so do the needs of their families. In 2012 U.S. Special Operations Command reported the military maintains 57,053 Special Operators with 60,215 planned for 2013. At a time when the number of deployed forces is being reduced, the number of Special Operations Forces is increasing.

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