I am swimming the 2018 Tampa Bay 5K in honor of my nephew, Special Warfare Chief (Seal) Brian R. Bill, KIA Afganistan 8/6/2011. In Memory of Brian Bill Brian was a Team DEVGRU (Seal Team 6) elite warrior whose contribution to our nation's security may be gleaned, in part, from his decorations; 4 Bronze Star with combat ‘V’ device for valor; Joint Service Commendation Medal with combat ‘V’ device for valor; Navy Marine Corps Commendation Medal; Navy-Marine Corps Achievement Medal; Combat Action Ribbon; Presidential Unit Citation; Navy Unit Citation; Good Conduct Medal; National Defense Service Medal; Afghanistan Campaign Medal; Iraq Campaign Medal; Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and more.
Brian lived and died for others. He wrote these words in a letter to a dear friend in 2008 explaining his reason for chosing his dangerous vocation: "The truth is I want you to live a life of fun and excitement. I want you to travel and to go to music festivals and art shows and all that fun stuff. I want you to live a life of freedom and spontaneity. That is why I work where I work. That is why I do what I do. I do it because I know that people are out there free enjoying the things they love to do."
No greater love - no better cause.
The swim provides a small reminder of the hardships endured by our elite and silent warriors while encouraging others to support and donate to the cause. The NSF benevolent organization is headquartered in Virginia Beach, VA. It is a resolute cornerstone for the Naval Special Warfare community and their families in times of adversity and triumph. Each of its specialized programs maps directly back to the U.S. Special Operations Command directive and the Naval Special Warfare’s Preservation of the Force and Family Program, a program designed to address the “fraying” of the force caused by stress of more than 15 years of sustained combat. Its programs are designed to improve health and welfare, build and enhance resiliency, empower and educate Seal families, and provide critical support during times of illness, injury, and loss.
The NSF is a Charity Navigator 4 star charity (top rating) with a perfect score of 100 out of 100 for transparancy, financials, and accountability. It is unsurpassed in integrity and ranks in the top 0.6% of all charities in the U.S. Charity Navigator.
Please consdeir a generous donation to support the NSF and its mission of dedicated service to the Navy Special Warfare Community, especially the families of the fallen.
Brian - the boy who could fly.
- Jon Soriano
- James Gelfand
- Andrea Brosnan
- Ken & Gloriana Tardie
- JUDITH GALANTE
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