America suffered a great loss when the Taliban took out a Chinook helicopter carrying 30 people, including 22 from SEAL Team 6 on August 6 in the rugged terrain outside of Kabul, Afghanistan. In the largest loss of American life since the war began, not only did we lose those tough, brave men doing great service to their country, but we also lost all their experience and expertise, which now can’t be passed along.
As we keep them and their families in our hearts, if you’d like to pay tribute and assist them, Hugh Hewitt recommended two charities, both of which look very deserving to me:
- United Warrior Survivor Foundation, which says that they are “the only organization exclusively dedicated to serving the needs of the surviving spouses of Navy, Army, Air Force and Marine Corps Special Operations personnel killed in the line of duty since September 11, 2001.”
- The Navy SEAL Foundation, which operates a SEAL heritage center, and provides a number of services for SEALs and their families, including “funding for monuments and memorials for fallen operators,” easing the burdens “when an active-duty member of the Naval Special Warfare community is injured or killed in action,” and providing computers every three years through primary and secondary school to children of operators killed in training or combat. The foundation has set it up so that you can also donate by texting “SEAL” to 90999 to give $10.
WJLA, the ABC News television affiliate in the DC area, has published on its website the photos and brief bios of 20 of the 22 Navy SEALs who perished in the crash. Click here to view the somber tribute.