THE FAMILY RELIEF FUND AT WORK
Rhode Island Senate President Joseph Montalbano presents SFA Chapter 48 with a check for our Family Relief Fund. On hand to recieve the legislative grant was Treasurer Bob Paquette, Fundraising Chairman Walt May and Steve Morin.
25 January 2006. Dan Ryan (c) presents a check for $5,000 to the SF Family Relief Fund on behalf of the RI Greyhound Owners Assn. Walter May(r) and Steve Morin express Chapter 48's gratitude with a Certificate of Appreciation.
3 February 2006 Terry Notarpippo (l) and Dave Anotti, the Assistant store manager in Johnston present 48 SFA a check for $1,500 from the Wal-Mart Good Works fund.
Chapter 48 Special Forces Association
The Rhode Island Chapter
PO Box 41283
Providence, RI 02940 E-mail email@example.com
SGM Dennis Gardiner, President
The Special Forces Association is a non-profit veterans' fraternal organization formed in 1964, at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. The Association has seventy-four chapters located in the Continental United States, Panama, Korea, Germany, Philippines, Okinawa, and Hawaii. It chartered Chapter 48, in Rhode Island, on 21 November 1990. Although it is open to all Special Forces soldiers, C-48 was founded and is made up in large part by current and former members of the Rhode Island National Guard.
One of our main missions is to support the soldiers of Company A, 2nd Battalion, 19th Special Forces Group (Airborne) located at the Middletown Armory and the newly formed Special Operations Detachment G located at Camp Fogarty, East Greenwich.
During a Chapter meeting last fall we were told that the family of one of Company As soldiers serving in Iraq had suffered a series of costly setbacks including having their well run dry. We immediately wrote a check from the Chapters limited funds to help the family until the larger (but slower) support groups could get involved.
That experience caused us to set up the Family Relief Fund. The purpose of the fund will be to allow us to assist the families of our deployed troops should similar circumstances arise. It is important to note, here, that the units we support are National Guard units which are activated to support the national command and, as a result, the troops leave their civilian employment to report for duty (usually at a significant reduction in pay).
In addition to providing funds as needed, our members have volunteered to provide their skills and expertise to solve the common everyday problems, flooded basements, leaky roofs, broken stairs, that become crises if the home handyman is 20,000 miles away!
We will be holding fundraising events as well as soliciting donations from our corporate neighbors in an effort to raise $100,000. That will allow us to address future family crises with more than a token response.
We see this as an ongoing commitment; since 2001 our troops have served in Afghanistan, Bosnia, Kuwait, Kosovo, the Horn of Africa and Iraq. The bulk of A Co. have just returned from Iraq but one team deployed there last week.
The Global War on Terror is a Special Forces intensive mission and our troops will be called out again and again - and when they go well have their backs!
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A Company, 2nd Battalion, 19th Special Forces Group (Airborne) traces its lineage back to the North Providence Rangers of the Rhode Island Militia. This unconventional warfare unit, (formed in 1774), saw active service in the War of Independence from December 1776 to June of 1780.