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Navy SEAL Foundation announces $1 million donation

By Kate Wiltrout  The Virginian-Pilot  October 11, 2011

The Navy SEAL Foundation announced Tuesday that a Virginia Beach-based business has donated $1 million to a new fund dedicated to helping the children of commandos killed or wounded in combat – and the foundation is challenging donors to give twice that amount.

ADS Inc. sells tactical and medical equipment to military and other federal agencies. The family-owned company got its start as an arm of the Lynnhaven Dive Center, which does lots of business with members of the special warfare community.

“We are blessed to serve these brave warfighters,” Luke Hillier, CEO of ADS, said in a news release. “Their sacrifices are no less than extraordinary. Supporting these special families … is both an honor and a privilege.”

Jim Smith, the foundation’s executive director, said there was an outpouring of support from individuals and companies after the death of 22 Navy special warfare personnel when a helicopter was downed in Afghanistan in August. But there also were a lot of upfront expenses to cover as families coped with loss.

The foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 2000, wants to address the ongoing needs of affected families, and it has learned they often need more assistance for a longer stretch than military benefits provide, Smith said.

For instance, he said, SEAL wives who lost husbands in recent years told him their children often needed more than two years of grief counseling. Many rely on financial counseling arranged by the foundation as they plot new futures for their families. Some, surviving spouses need help covering expenses as they prepare to sell a house or complete a home renovation that their husband intended to finish.

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