Green Beret Foundation

Trust. Strength. Direction.

aka Green Beret Foundation   |   San Antonio, TX   |  www.greenberetfoundation.org

Mission

The Green Beret Foundation provides Special Forces Soldiers and their families with emergent, immediate, and ongoing support.

Ruling year info

2010

Executive Director

Mr. Brent Cooper

Main address

14351 Blanco Rd

San Antonio, TX 78216 USA

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EIN

27-1206961

NTEE code info

Military/Veterans" Organizations (W30)

Health - General and Rehabilitative N.E.C. (E99)

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Green Beret Foundation (GBF) serves the Army’s Special Forces, our nation’s most elite soldiers, by connecting them with the resources they need to succeed in the mission ahead. We support Green Berets throughout their military careers and beyond, through programs and services specifically designed for the Green Beret’s training and mindset. We also offer valuable assistance to Green Beret families including help with transitioning to life after service, in whatever ways are needed.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Casualty Support

This program provides immediate assistance to Special Forces soldiers when they are wounded or injured in the line of duty. This is often the first exposure that a soldier or their family has with our organization and sets the tone for us to build trust. It helps them focus on what’s most important—being together and healing while reducing the impact of the initial shock. This program includes:

• $2,500 check is issued immediately upon notification to cover unexpected expenses.
• GORUCK GR1 backpack of essential gear is sent immediately to make the hospital stay more comfortable.
• Collaboration with US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) Care Coordinators to facilitate a smooth rehabilitation process and transition back to active duty or to civilian life.
• Financial support for family members’ travel and lodging not covered by DOD, and other needs such as childcare, pet kenneling, and gasoline.
• Shipping a personal vehicle to the military treatment facility, if required.

Population(s) Served
Veterans

This program provides the strength of long-term or ongoing support for Special Forces soldiers as they manage injuries and conditions that have resulted from their service. The goal of this program is to ensure that their mind, body, and spirit are healthy by supplementing the care they receive through the Military Health System and the Veterans Health Administration. Examples include:

• Financial support for alternative treatments and therapies not covered by DOD or the VA including mental health, addiction treatment, or Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy.
• Financial support for adaptive medical equipment such as specialized wheelchairs, braces, stimulation machines, prosthetics, adaptive equipment, compression systems for injuries, chair lifts, chemotherapy treatments, or medical supplies not covered by insurance.
• Travel and lodging costs for treatments, including for family or caregivers when needed.
• Financial support for hospice care and substance abuse treatments.

Population(s) Served
Military personnel
Families

This progrEnsures that Special Forces soldiers are prepared to transition from active-duty service to civilian life and have a trusted resource for navigating the VA. The Next Ridgeline provides transitioning Special Forces soldiers direction and access to a comprehensive understanding of the Veterans Affairs Benefits & Disability claims process and internal systems to ensure a fair and thorough evaluation of VA claims. The accuracy of these claims can result in a quantifiable increase in tax-free compensation to a Special Force soldier’s entire household. This program includes:

• VA advocacy to review current military/personnel service medical records or post-service VA.
• Assess previous service documentation or records for a condition or an injury that could have potentially
led to a service-connection: the in-service injury or diagnosis.
• Access to our Accredited Veterans Service Officer (VSO) to file an original or updated VA disability
claim.

Population(s) Served
Veterans

The family of a Special Forces soldier is their first and most important support, and so it’s critical that the Green Beret Foundation provides trust, strength, and services to meet the needs of the entire family. The Family Support programs include scholarships, health and wellness programs, and access to our very own Steel Mags Sisterhood Program. These programs provide direct assistance for the spouses and children of Special Forces soldiers as they navigate the challenges of training, deployments, and life after the military that are not available by other means. These programs include:

• Healthcare and financial support for spouses and children suffering from conditions not covered by the
DOD/VA, including cancer, medical devices, childcare, therapies and retreats, and meal trains.
• The De Oppresso Liber (DOL) scholarship program, for qualified children of Special Forces soldiers.

Population(s) Served
Veterans
Families

It is our sacred duty and privilege at the Green Beret Foundation is to serve the families and loved ones who lost a Special Forces soldier. The final sacrifice of a Gold Star Special Forces soldier causes us to pause, reflect, and give thanks for the freedoms we hold so dear. For this reason, our Gold Star Program remains a critical focus of our mission. Not every loss of a Green Beret is combat related. Our Surviving Family support often begins before the Green Beret passes due to injury in training or illness. With sudden non-combat related deaths, we can react quickly and provide seamless support.

Population(s) Served
Migrant workers
Families

Where we work

Accreditations

4-Star Charity 2020

Awards

BBB Accredited Charity 2016

BBB Wise Giving Alliance

Top Rated 2018

Great Nonprofits

4-Star Charity 2020

Charity Navigator

4-Star Charity 2021

Charity Navigator

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of families who have received Family Support

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Family Support

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We have served 3,589 Special Forces families since inception.

Number of families of who have received Casualty Support

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Military personnel

Related Program

Casualty Support

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We have served 221 Special Forces families since inception.

Number of families of who have received Health & Wellness Support

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Military personnel, Veterans

Related Program

Health & Wellness Support

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We have served 1,196 Special Forces families since inception.

Number of Green Berets of who have received Transition Support

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Next Ridgeline® Transition Support

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We have served 7,906 Green Berets since inception.

Number of Green Beret families assisted since inception

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Military personnel, Veterans

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The Green Beret Foundation serves the U.S. Army's Special Forces, our nation's most elite soldiers, by connecting them with the resources they need to succeed in the mission ahead.

We believe Green Berets are our nation's greatest assets. Every day, we honor our commitment to Green Berets past and present, as well as their families, by connecting them with the right resources to prosper and thrive. When these soldiers—these powerful assets—meet powerful opportunities, our nation"s most elite soldiers become our nation's best leaders. We are trusted advocates who connect Green Berets and their families with the opportunities and resources needed for success in what"s next.

Plan for Success. Just as an operation downrange must be thought through to the smallest detail, so must the work we do to sustain and support Green Berets and their families. From understanding the context and influencers in a Green Beret’s life to building a network of
partner organizations to help us execute, we answer every phone call prepared to make a difference.

Resource Strategically. Every member of a Green Beret team understands his role, as well as the role for which he has been cross-trained. The result is a team sum stronger than the individual parts. The Green Beret Foundation team must be equally well resourced, disciplined,
focused, and adaptable.

Find a Solution. Each situation is complex. And every participant is human. From listening to the veteran who is struggling to find his footing off of the battlefield to opening doors to career opportunities for a recent retiree to researching the latest medical techniques to combat injuries that linger or may be unseen, we’re ready to spring into action.

Always Follow Through. We meet each Green Beret family with the same courage and commitment that service members showed the day they graduated from the Special Forces Qualification Course. We don’t ever give up.

Leave No One Behind. It takes perseverance and courage to start and continue difficult conversations. Not every Green Beret will ask for our support. We leverage our families, networks, partnerships, and the brotherhood of the Green Berets to identify those who may feel isolated or who are simply unable to step forward.

Since the founding of the Green Beret Foundation in 2009, we have invested over $16 million dollars and impacted the lives of more than 13,000 Special Forces families. However, our work remains unfinished. We know that in the coming months there will be renewed demand for Green Berets — from the recently announced deployments to Iraq to train native security forces to getting ahead of emerging threats to U.S. security because of ambiguous conflicts in hotspots around the globe.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Green Beret Foundation

Board of directors
as of 10/11/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

LTG(R) Ken Tovo

DOL Enterprises, Inc.

Term: 2019 -

Jason McCarthy

GORUCK

Fran Wesseling

Kevin Flike

Threat Stack

Charles Donabedian

Carlisle LLC

Krista Anderson

Andrew Bray

Vernis & Bowling

Chris Robinette

Arrowhead Venture Partners

Nathan Buelow

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/11/2021,

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Decline to state
Gender identity
Male

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data