Washington DC Event Announced

We are thrilled to announce that SOWW will be hosting a very special event in Washington DC on May 14th and 15th, 2015. This event is designed to increase awareness of SOWW and its mission to serve our injured Special Operations Forces. Check out the information below, and if you are in and around the DC area, we would love to see you there!

Matt Axelson Tribute Rifle Winner Announced

Congratulations to John O. of Ohio for being the winner of the beautiful Matt Axelson Tribute Rifle and Matt Axelson Tribute Knife!

We are also thrilled to announce that SOWW now holds the record holder for the largest amount of charitable funds generated by an Axelson Rifle. With your generous donation, we were able to raise over $30,000 in funds that will support the mission of SOWW during 2015.

Thank you to the hundreds of supporters that purchased a chance to win this beautiful rifle and knife.

Many thanks and appreciation go to Axelson Tactical who made all of this possible with their generous donation of the rifle. We were honored to help project the memory of Matt Axelson and his sacrifice for our Country. We are eternally grateful.

Retired Navy SEAL LT. Jason Redman to Highlight SOWW Dinner & Charity Auction as Guest Speaker

SOWW is happy to announce that retired Navy SEAL, Lt. Jason Redman, will be serving as our guest speaker at our upcoming Wild Game Dinner and Fundraiser on February 7th, 2015. The event will be held at The Crown Reef Conference Center in Myrtle Beach, SC from 5:30pm – 10:00pm.

REDMAN BIOGRAPHY

Jason Redman was born in a small town in southern central Ohio and attended schools in Ohio, North Carolina, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Florida before graduating from Lumberton High School in Southern North Carolina.  He joined the Navy on September 11, 1992 and began his naval career at boot camp in Orlando, Florida.

Jason spent his first two years in the Navy working as an Intelligence Specialist working for and around Naval Special Warfare.  During Boot Camp he tried out and was accepted for Basic Underwater Demolition SEAL training (BUD/S) and he reported to BUD/S in January of 1995.  He enjoyed a full year of friendly instructors, relaxing times on the beach, and endless nights under the Coronado moon before graduating with BUD/S class 202 in December of 1995.

Jason set off on a whirlwind career, completing three deployments to South America where he conducted numerous Counter Drug missions throughout Colombia and Peru. He returned in December of 2000 to become an instructor for his SEAL Team’s Basic Land Warfare block of training.  He spent the next year and a half teaching Marksmanship, Reconnaissance and Surveillance operations, and advanced communications.

In August of 2000, Petty Officer 1st Class Redman was one of fifty naval enlisted members selected for the prestigious Seaman to Admiral Program.  He began school at Old Dominion University in August of 2001 and became a member of the Old Dominion University Navy ROTC working his way up to the become the Student Battalion Commander in charge of the largest NROTC Battalion on the East Coast. During his final semester Jason decided to create the Run for Freedom.  On April 3rd , 2004, Navy and Army ROTC Officer Candidates, Midshipmen, and Cadets, along with other ODU students, faculty and staff, joined community and military members in running the American flag nonstop on a one-mile course around the campus. Each mile, completed by a solo runner, was in honor of a single service man or woman killed in the War on Terror. At the completion of each lap, a small flag bearing the service member’s name was placed in a pegboard as a visual memorial to the more than 700 troops who have been killed since September 2001.  This momentous event raised more than $27,000 for the Special Operations Warrior Foundation and Freedom Alliance, both of which provide scholarships and support for the families of the fallen troops.  It additionally received local, regional, and even national media coverage.  The success of the Run for Freedom was a direct reflection of the unification of a community behind a good idea for a great cause. Jason graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Management; Summa Cum Laude with Honors in Business Administration.  He was commissioned in May of 2004 as a Naval SEAL Officer.

Ensign Redman immediately reported to his new SEAL Team and was directly assigned as an Assistant Platoon Commander.  His platoon deployed to Afghanistan in July of 2005 and conducted numerous operations that directly contributed to the Global War on Terror.

In May of 2006, he graduated from the grueling US Army Ranger Course of Instruction to further his tactical knowledge and increase his understanding of Joint Operations and Army mission planning. In May 2007, LTJG Redman deployed to Fallujah, Iraq and served as Mobility Force Commander and Assault Force Commander for over 40 Direct Action missions throughout western Iraq.

On September 13, 2007 while acting as Assault Force Commander on an operation to capture an Al Qaeda High Value Individual LTJG Redman’s Assault Team came under heavy machine gun and small arms fire and he along with two other Teammates were wounded in the ensuing firefight.  Despite being shot twice in the arm and once in the face, as well as multiple rounds to his helmet, Night Vision Goggles, body armor, and weapon, Jason and his Team fought valiantly winning the fight, ensuring everyone came home alive.

While recovering at Bethesda Naval Medical Center, LT Redman wrote and hung a bright orange sign on his door, which became a statement and symbol for wounded warriors everywhere.  This sign gained national recognition and earned LT Redman and his family an invitation to meet President George W. Bush. The original sign on the door, signed by President Bush, now hangs in the Wounded Ward at the National Naval Medical Center Bethesda.  After 37 surgeries, he uses his experiences as a severely wounded service member and positive attitude to motivate others and to continue to raise awareness of the sacrifices of America’s courageous military forces and their families.

This drive led him to create Wounded Wear, a Non-Profit organization designed to help wounded warriors, their families, and families of the fallen rediscover the Hero Within through free clothing, clothing modifications, and empowering events and opportunities. Additionally, Wounded Wear spreads awareness throughout the country of the sacrifices that wounded service members, their families, and the families of fallen service members have made in the name of freedom.

In Jason’s spare time he speaks across the country spreading his message of life, inspiration, and shedding light on the sacrifices that enable the Freedoms of our great republic.  He has spoken to many great organizations including the Marriott Corporation, the NFL Cincinnati Bengals, ODU Monarchs Football Team, NASCAR, and even had the honor to speak to the US Men’s 2010 Olympic Hockey team prior to their first game.

In July 2010, Jason joined three other wounded service members and reached the summit of Mount Rainier as a testament to wounded warriors and all Americans that there is no obstacle that cannot be overcome if you have the drive, the determination, and the tenacity to rise above.

He was recognized in November of 2009 by his alma mater Old Dominion University with their prestigious Alumni Service Award in recognition of exemplary leadership, and significant, compassionate service to community, state, and nation and was a 2010 recipient of the Hope for the Warriors, Hope and Courage award.  The Hampton Roads community and Wendy’s recognized him with their Military Hero award in 2013.

In November of 2013, Jason with help of acclaimed writer John R. Bruning released, The Trident: The Forging and Reforging of a Navy SEAL Leader.  It is on it’s way to being a national best seller.

Jason lives in Virgina with his wife Erica and three children Phoenix, Angelica, and Mackenzie

 

SOWW sending holiday packages to special operations forces overseas

See Video here: http://www.carolinalive.com/news/story.aspx?id=1129466#.VMpQQGjF-E0

 

Special Operations Wounded Warriors organization is sending 50 holiday packages to special operations teams overseas.

This is the second year SOWW has sent holiday boxes, and they were able to double the amount of troops they reached compared to last year.

SOWW is a local organization that works with wounded warriors and troops that have received a purple heart.

Jess Aylward, a member of the board of SOWW, said they received a lot of feedback from soldiers about the boxes last year.

He said there was one thing they asked for in this year’s packages.

“They wanted more candy, more calories.  They loved it,” said Aylward.

The boxes are filled with Snickers, Hershey bars, KitKats, and all kinds of candy.

Pine Lakes Tavern hosted the packaging event and also donated shot glasses, t-shirts and koozies.

Nick’s Cigar World in North Myrtle Beach also donated cigars and had a handwritten note with them that read, ‘Enjoy a small treat from home and get home soon.’

The boxes are going to two special operations teams in Afghanistan, just in time for the holidays.

“It’s just a friendly reminder that we are thinking about them and that it means something that they are over there,” said Aylward.

Close to a dozen volunteers gathered at pine lakes tavern in myrtle beach to divvy up donated items into each soldiers’ unexpected box.

“We try to do as much as we can. Sometimes we don’t do as much as we want to but just doing these little things, just coming out to Pine Lakes Tavern and having everybody to help these guys was a treat,” said Mike Lubas, the bar manager at Pine Lake Tavern in Myrtle Beach.

Lubas said it’s the little things in they put in the box that he hopes will make their holiday a little easier to get through because they won’t be home with their loved ones.

“For us it’s easy to run down to the corner store and just grab things that we need and want, those guys don’t have that luxury so it’s real nice to be able to supply them with just a little bit of home,” said Lubas.

If you would like to donate and help SOWW, you can log on to their website.

SOWW reunites wounded warrior with comrades who saved him. Great video documenting the event by WBTW TV-13

A great video recap of SOWW’s Veteran’s Day Event honoring Wounded Warrior Bobby Dove:

Watch Here: http://www.wbtw.com/story/27360085/myrtle-beach-group-reunites-wounded-warrior-with-comrades-who-saved-him

Special Operations Wounded Warriors Announces Veteran’s Day Celebration Charity Dinner with Special Guest Speaker Governor Rick Perry of Texas

Special Operations Wounded Warriors, a Myrtle Beach based charity, will be hosting a charity dinner on the evening of November 11th, 2014, featuring Governor Rick Perry of Texas as the headline Speaker for the event. The event will take place at The Dunes Golf and Beach Club starting at 7:00pm and will feature a 3 course meal. Dinner will be followed by presentations by charity representatives, a very special presentation recognizing the night’s honoree Staff Sargent Bobby Dove (A medically retired Army Green Beret and double amputee), and then comments by Governor Rick Perry.

“We are excited to be able to honor all of our Country’s Veterans during this Veteran’s Day Celebration while at the same time sharing the story and sacrifices of Staff Sergeant Bobby Dove, a medically retired Green Beret and double amputee.” Joel Pellicci Jr, SOWW Vice-President and Founder

“We are extremely thankful that Governor Perry has elected to spend the evening with our charity as we celebrate America’s Veterans. His presence will definitely add excitement to the event which is already full of memorable moments and recognition.” Eddie Friend, SOWW Treasurer and Founder.

Along with Governor Perry, several representatives of State government, Horry County Government, and local municipalities will be in attendance. A limited number of tickets and sponsorship opportunities are still available for the event. Tickets cost $150.00 per person and include a three course plated meal and all refreshments. All proceeds of the evening’s event go directly to support the mission of SOWW (Special Operations Wounded Warriors). Tickets may be purchased by calling 843-293-3245.

SSG Bobby Dove Biography: “Retired Staff Sergeant Bobby Dove Grew up in Virginia before enlisting in the Army in 2008. In 2011, after earning his Green Beret, he was assigned to 7th Special Forces Group at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. Once assigned to an “A” team he deployed to Afghanistan in January of 2012. On June 9th 2012, while operating a dirt bike on patrol, he triggered a pressure plate Improvised Explosive Device instantly amputating his right leg and right hand along with numerous other injuries. After being stabilized in country he was then flown to Walter Reed Military Medical Center in Bethesda Maryland. Undergoing many surgeries, extensive rehab, and multiple prosthetic fits until he was able to return to duty in January of 2013. While returning to duty he was able to maintain his position as the senior medical sergeant on his original operational team and deploy, on a non-combat deployment, to South America in the summer of 2013. Once returning from deployment he then became the Wounded Warrior Liaison and aided in returning other wounded operators to duty and the fight. He then medically retired in July of 2014.”

SOWW (Special Operations Wounded Warriors), a 501(c)(3) Charity, was formed in August of 2012 for the distinct purpose of providing outdoor experiences to a select group of both active duty and veteran U.S. Military Special Operations Forces, that have received wounds in battle, and that have received our Country’s prestigious Purple Heart Medal. SOWW was founded by a small group of five individuals comprised of U.S. Military Special Forces Veterans, local businessmen, and avid outdoorsman. SOWW was started for the intent of offering thanks and fellowship to the men and women of our Special Operation Forces who have sacrificed so greatly for our own personal freedoms and safety.

It is the belief of SOWW that we truly can make a difference in the life of a service member who has chosen to put their safety at risk while defending our freedoms and that has suffered personal injury in that endeavor. SOWW feels that there is not a more deserving group of individuals than our Special Operation Forces members that frequently stand in harm’s way for the protection of our freedoms, often with little or no recognition. These men and women pay not only a physical and mental price during their service to our Country; some have paid the ultimate price, for their fellow man. For those that return home, often with the never fading scars of their conquests, SOWW exists to demonstrate our Country’s appreciation for their efforts and contributions. It is our objective to help bridge the gap from military service to the enjoyment of the freedoms that they fought so courageously to defend.

Tidewater Tactical announces annual charitable golf tournament to support Special Operations Wounded Warriors in 2014

Tidewater Tactical has announced that Special Operations Wounded Warriors will be the beneficiary of their annual golf tournament which will be taking place on Friday, June 27th, 2014. The event, which will be in its 6th year, will take place at the Red Wing Golf Course located in Virginia Beach, Va. The event includes lunch, golf, games, raffles, prizes, and dinner with live music. Purchase a team for $400 or an individual spot for $100. To register, call 757-318-6652 or email to contact@tidewatertactical.com.

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SOWW benefits from funds raised during The Caravelle Cup Charity Golf Tournament

On May 16th and 17th, 2014, the annual charity golf tournament known as “The Caravelle Cup,” conducted by the beautiful oceanfront Caravelle Resort located in Myrtle Beach, SC, took place. Under beautiful skies and pleasant weather, the field competed in the two day format. The event was headlined with a Thursday pairings party and a Friday dinner and charity auction will all funds raised going to support the mission of SOWW.

SOWW sponsored two Special Operations Wounded Warriors to represent the charity at the event. The two honorees, both medically retired members of USASOC, represented themselves and SOWW in stellar fashion, taking an early lead after the completion of the first 18 holes of Friday’s play.  The event did an awesome job of raising funds for SOWW. We are very thankful of the support of and great association with The Caravelle Cup!

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SOWW Announces partnership with SCDNR to provide guided in-shore redfishing to 7 Special Operations Wounded Warriors

SOWW, in partnership with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, will be offering a 2 day Redfish fishing experience to 7 Special Operations Wounded Warriors in the month of June. All fishing will take place in and around Winyah Bay and will be a great event for our deserving warriors. 2014 Redfish

2014 Black Bear Hunt Announced

2014 Bear Hunt  We are thrilled to announce the second year of our partnership with Eagle Mountain Guide Service. They are providing a professionally guided black bear hunt to 3 Special Operations Wounded Warriors. Eagle Mountain Guide Service also provided a fourth spot that was auctioned to help raise funds for SOWW. Many thanks to owner Matt Whitegiver for his generous support of our SOF’s. Visit our friends at Eagle Mountain Guide Service at http://www.eaglemountainguideservice.com/ or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Eagle-Mountain-Guide-Service-LLC/123000847776559.