SOWW Partners With Baden K-9 For To Provide Service Dogs To Special Operators

SOWW is thrilled to partner with our friends in charity, Baden K-9, for the purpose of providing needed service dogs to Special Operators. Baden K-9 is a Christian family operated and owned business which was started over 40 years ago. Baden K-9 provides advanced training including but not limited to service dogs, family protection dogs, and law enforcement or military animals. Baden K-9 provides one on one training specific to each dog and its owner. This is to ensure that all clients will receive the best training from someone who has had years of hands on experience. Baden K-9 operates on a course of integrity, fortitude and dignity and has developed a sustaining training philosophy over the years. Baden K-9 is very proud to offer German, Dutch, and Belgian Shepherds. Each recipient will be paired with the best fit dog to assist with his or her needs.

SOWW, in partnership with Baden K-9 will provide the deserving recipient with the trained animal along with all of the training necessary for proper handling at no expense to the Operator. Also included will be the cost of travel related to initial training.

Click here to learn more or apply.

Quarterly PTS Retreats with The Elk Institute

SOWW partners once a quarter with Dr. Carrie Elk of the Elk Intitute to provide specialized treatment to Wounded Special Operators with specific needs in the areas related to PTSD. These week long retreats are provided at no cost to the operator and includes room and board. Each retreat is located in varying areas and geographies. Each retreat also has recreational time built around the therapy time so that it is a mix of relaxation and therapy. Participation in this treatment has proven to be extremely beneficial to those in need.

The Elk Institute for Psychological Health & Performance was established to provide individual and group education, consultation, treatment, and clinical research service to the military and veteran community locally, nationally and internationally. The Elk Institute is based in Tampa, Florida but provides remote on-site services around the globe.

The Institute specializes in psychological trauma (PTS, PTSD) in the military population. We seek to identify the issues and variables that compromise psychological health and performance and effective methods of eliminating barriers or correcting such issues. The goal is to reach, restore or surpass our patients’ optimal psychological health and wellness, contributing to the overall effectiveness of their day-to-day performance.

Dr. Elk served as a Subject Matter Expert to USSOCOM, where she has been an adjunct faculty member at the Joint Special Operations Forces Senior Enlisted Academy, provides consultation, education & treatment to USSOCOMs Care Coalition as needed, and has worked in various entities within USSOCOM in this capacity. Elk Institute for Psychological Health & Performance is a professional member of (SOMA) Special Operations Medical Association.

Axelson Tactical Freedom Tribute Rifle available now at Cabela’s and benefits SOWW

Our friends at Axelson Tactical have partnered with Cabela’s to offer this limited edition Tribute Rifle. A portion of the proceeds from each rifle sold goes to support the mission of SOWW. Check out the video below. You can only purchase this awesome rifle at

http://www.cabelas.com/browse.cmd?categoryId=734095080&CQ_search=axelson+tactical

 

Successful Takin’ Bacon 2017 Completed

After a lot of planning, a lot of work by volunteers and donors… SOWW successfully executed Takin’ Bacon 2017. For the first time in 3 years, Mother Nature finally cooperated, almost too much (too hot) and the week was event free. SOWW welcomed 11 VIPs into our newly opened EVENT CENTER for a week long low country hog hunt. In all, 28 hogs were harvested with the top weight breaking 280 pounds. Great memories were made and fun was had by all. Many thanks to our sponsors and supporters who helped make the event a success.

 

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 to be one of four beneficiaries of the Matt Axelson Tribute Rifle

SOWW is honored to announce that Axelson Tactical is donating one of their Matt Axelson Tribute Rifles. This limited edition rifle is a replica of the one carried by Navy SEAL Matt Axelson who lost his life in the initial phase of Operation Redwings, best portrayed by the book and movie Lone Survivor. SOWW has been provided the #18 rifle (out of 99) and has also received the matching #18 Matt Axelson Tribute Knife. This matching set of both rifle and knife is known to be one of 4 matched sets in existence.

SOWW will be selling raffle tickets for $50 each for this awesome rifle with all proceeds going to support the mission of SOWW. Tickets can be purchased and additional information can be received by visiting http://sowwcharity.com//2015-soww-charity-raffle/

This is your chance to own a piece of history!

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SOWW Annual Wild Game Dinner to be held at Crown Reef Conference Center in Myrtle Beach on February 7th, 2015

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Come join us for a night of food and fun while helping support the mission of SOWW. Enjoy samplings of wild game like boar, bison, venison, turkey, quail, alligator, rattle snake, and other meats while having the chance to bid on great auction items. Items such as hunting packages, pistols, rifles, shotguns, unique military artwork, American Flags flown over Forward Operating Bases in Iraq and Afghanistan, golf packages, offshore fishing, local restaurants, gift packages and more!

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.