The true K-selected warrior is loyal to his own, and driven to help. For that reason, we include here some charities that take care of our own.
1LT Michael Behenna Legal Defense Fund
c/o Jack Dawson, co-trustee
100 Park Avenue, Second Floor
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73102-8099
Website : http://defendmichael.wordpress.com/
Here is a mailing address to send letters of encouragement to Michael, who by all accounts is definitely one of the good guys :
Michael Behenna #87503
1300 N. Warehouse Road
Fort Leavenworth, KS 66027-2304
From their website, “All donations to this fund will be used exclusively for attorney fees and expenses associated with this legal defense and will be maintained in an independently administered trust account. Funds will not be distributed directly to 1LT Behenna. The Fund is not connected with or recognized by the United States Army and is not a 501 © (3) registered tax exempt organization. As a result, donations are not tax exempt. Donors are advised to consult with their tax advisors regarding state or federal tax implications. This is a beneficial trust for LT. Behenna’s legal defense only and does not create a trust relationship with any donor or third party. The Fund will not disclose the name of any donor to the public or to any third party unless specifically required by law. The Fund will disclose general information such as number of donors and the amount contributed to the Fund.”
An absolutely egregious case. Army Ranger 1st Lieutenant Michael Behenna was attacked by a known Al Qaida terrorist in Iraq during an interrogation, and shot the terrorist to defend himself. The prosecution’s own Forensics Expert concluded that Behenna was telling the truth, and informed the prosecutors he was likely innocent. Prosecutors buried the conclusion, violating court procedures which demanded such exculpatory evidence be provided to the defense team. The jury, unaware that even the prosecution’s expert said Behenna was telling the truth, convicted Michael. This patriotic soldier sits in jail this very day, serving 15 years. The prosecutors should be ashamed of themselves, as should any higher-ups in their Chains of Command. We are in a war, not just with terrorists, but a war between the Warriors and Appeasers in our own country. When we fail to acknowledge this war, the Appeasers win, and our brothers like Michael pay the price. This would never have happened in WWII, as traitors within the military midst would have been dealt with by superiors in some fashion, and been made to serve as examples to others of their kind. Very quickly their kind would have come to fear engaging in such actions as this wrongful prosecution.
Navy SEALs Fund
P.O. Box 89
Mason, OH 45040
From their Website,”Navy SEALs Fund is a non-profit organization established by the Founders of Maritime Tactical Security, Inc., former Navy SEALs themselves. Our mission is to raise funds to assist Navy SEALs with legal fees as related to military duties, provide support to wounded, disabled Navy SEALs, and families of Navy SEALs killed while serving our Great Country. Our first endeavor is to garner support and financial assistance for three Navy SEALs’ legal defense needs. Three Navy SEALs were accused by a terrorist of giving him a “fat lip” and are now facing court-martial.” According to the latest reports, although fully acquitted of any and all wrongdoing, these SEALs still carry about $55,000 in legal debts related to their trial, which is a large price to pay, on a Serviceman’s salary, simply for defending our country so valiantly, and successfully catching the terrorist who killed four of our nation’s Warriors in Fallujah, including three former Rangers, and a former SEAL, who were serving as security contractors.
Tremendous advances in battlefield medical technologies are bringing far more of our professional Warriors home to us from the battlefields. With two wars raging for almost a decade now, these technologies are also producing a flood of wounded veterans, who are entering a system which was often judged difficult to navigate, even before being so overburdened. These charities are designed to help wounded Warriors to find their way, and navigate the difficult path back to normalcy after sacrificing of themselves so greatly.
Disabled American Veterans Charitable Service Trust
3725 Alexandria Pike
Cold Spring, KY 41076
DAV provides a wide range of services designed to help Wounded Warriors transition to life after their service. They received Four Stars from Charity Navigator for the efficient use of their contributions.
8930 Fourwinds Drive
San Antonio, TX 78239
Operation Homefront provides a wide range of services to wounded Warriors, families who have lost Warriors, and morale-boosting care packages delivered to our troops overseas. They have received four stars for efficiency from Charity Navigator.
Homes for Our Troops
6 Main Street
Taunton, MA 02780
Homes for Our Troops acquires funds to produce homes specially designed for wounded Warriors returning from the battlefield. They have received four stars for the efficient use of their contributions from Charity Navigator.
Fisher House Foundation, Inc.
111 Rockville Pike, Suite 420
Rockville, MD 20850-5168
Fischer House Foundation provides
housing to the families of wounded veterans, who often must travel great distances as their wounded Warriors are treated at various facilities across the nation. Checks may be made out to “Fisher House™ Foundation,” or contributions may be made to their websites. Fisher House Foundation, Inc., is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. Fisher House Foundation has received four stars from Charity Navigator for the efficient use of its contributions.
Special Operations Warrior Foundation
P.O. Box 13483
Tampa, FL 33681-3483
From their Website, “The Special Operations Warrior Foundation provides full scholarship grants and educational and family counseling to the surviving children of special operations personnel who die in operational or training missions and immediate financial assistance to severely wounded special operations personnel and their families.” Also, “Making a $10 donation to the Special Operations Warrior Foundation is as easy as picking up your cell phone and texting the keyword SOWF to 85944.
Provided by MobileGive.us. A one-time donation of $10 will be added to your mobile phone bill or deducted from your pre-paid balance. Messaging & Data Rates May Apply. All charges are billed by and payable to your mobile service provider. Service is available on most carriers. Donations are Certified by MGF collected for the benefit of the “Special Operations Warrior Foundation” by the Mobile Giving Foundation and subject to the terms found at www.hmgf.org/t. You can unsubscribe at any time by replying STOP to short code 95944; Reply HELP to 85944 for help.” SOWF has received four Consecutive four star ratings from Charity Navigator, for the efficient use of its contributions.
The CIA Officers Memorial Foundation
C/O Arnold and Porter LLP
555 12th street N.W.
Washington, D.C., 20004
Thanks to President George W. Bush and the Republican Congress, the families of Military personnel killed in the line of duty now get a decent amount of financial assistance to aid them in transitioning after their loss. Not so, for the families of Intelligence Officers, who sacrifice right beside our military in our current wars. The CIA Officers Memorial Foundation attempts to aid the families of fallen Intelligence officers after their loss. It is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt charity, and a worthy cause. To my knowledge, it is the only charity serving the families of fallen Intelligence Officers, who live and work in the shadows of danger.
When a fellow Warrior in Law Enforcement or Fire/Rescue falls, their families are left behind to not only cope with the loss, but to attempt to find a way forward financially. This charity is designed to help these survivors, and thereby honor their loved one’s sacrifice in Law Enforcement and Fire/Rescue.
100 Club of Arizona
5033 North Nineteenth Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85015
From their mission Statement, “The 100 Club of Arizona is a volunteer, benevolent organization committed to standing behind the men and women who stand behind the badge. The mission of the 100 Club of Arizona is to provide financial assistance to families of public safety officers and firefighters who are seriously injured or killed in the line-of-duty, and to provide resources to enhance their safety and welfare.”
Unlike many Law Enforcement and Fire/Rescue charities, which expend much of the money they raise on more fund-raising, this organization has received four stars for efficiency from Charity Navigator, the only such charity serving the families of fallen Law Enforcement/Fire/Rescue personnel to do so. If one wishes to contribute to a Law Enforcement/Fire/Rescue charity, this is the charity to contribute to, since it is a one stop shop for all first responders, and offers the most efficient possible use of any contributed funds.
Puppy Rescue Mission
When our Warriors serve our country overseas, they will often be befriended by local stray dogs, which take up residence on their base, lighten the mood, and bond with our Soldiers. In one notable case, three such dogs encountered an Afghan suicide bomber, as he was about to enter a barracks at night, sensed he was about to attack our sleeping troops, and selflessly attacked him. These dogs caused him to detonate his bomb prematurely, and in so doing, saved numerous soldier’s lives. The Puppy Rescue Mission was originally formed to bring these wounded dogs home, to live in America with the Soldiers they had saved.
Today, when our Warriors leave such bases, these dogs must attempt to survive in a hostile land filled with people who hate dogs for religious reasons. To the dogs, this is unbearably cruel, and to the Warriors with whom they have bonded, this is horribly painful. The Puppy Rescue Mission has dedicated themselves to helping American Military personnel who have bonded to dogs overseas, bring their dogs home with them from the battlefield. The organization is still in its infancy, and thus you can only contribute online, but it is a good cause, being run by good people, and I would expect they will gradually expand.
On the broader subject of dogs in general, I would contribute to any dog charity, long before I would send my money overseas to help people I didn’t even know, in a country I had never seen. Often such foreigner charities expend much of their donations on “overhead,” and can only function in the country where they serve by paying bribes, financing corruption, and rewarding the evil in such lands.
By contrast, the average dog is the epitome of the Warrior ideal. Blindly loyal, fair, loving, courageous and selfless – perfect in every way. The exceptional dogs are even more magnificent. One could do worse than to support dogs, wherever they may fall upon hard times.
Since charitable organizations can change with their leadership, anyone who wishes to contribute to Dog Charities in general is best served visiting the following website, which ranks charities by how effective they are in using contributions. Do a search on dogs. The site will identify the most efficient charities, and their purposes, so that you may then choose among the most efficient, to find the one whose stated mission is the best fit for you.
And of course, you can always help by opening your home to a dog in need. Truth be told, you will get far more than you gave.
God bless all dogs, and their human philosophical partners – the Human Warriors.