WHAT WE DO
BONDING THE TRUST BETWEEN CIVILIAN AND SOF
To help show our gratitude to the elite military members who risk their lives to protect us, our civilian-based organization is dedicated to providing post-deployment decompression programs in Montana’s restorative surroundings. Our programs are tailored to tend to the unique needs of these elite military members by building trust, brotherhood and friendships at this critical time in their lives as a means to improve their psychological and emotional wellbeing.
As a civilian based organization, we owe a "DEBT" to the SOF community. The principles below outline how we spend our week and the opportunity it creates to forge a lifelong bond with our recipients.
Our programs are not, and never will be, a vacation for America's elite...
To feel human again and foster freedom of thought
Value of adrenaline and therapeutic recreational activities
Activities that require execution
Discussions that warrant ideas, implementation and meaningful conversations
Proficiency in skills that promote teaching to future generations and opportunities
A lifelong pledge to the recipient of friendship, mentoring and guidance
The foundation of our program. Without it, we have nothing
Secrecy, minimal community knowledge of our operations
The volunteers' role, brothers, not volunteers
The importance of communication and letting your guard down
Respect. Each individual gets out of it what they put into it
Information to Know
HOW DO WE SELECT OUR RECIPIENTS?
We don't. Our mission was founded on developing long-term and trustworthy relationships with officers and senior NCO'S from various SOF units and enabling them to hand select the soldiers who they know need our program the most.
AVERAGE AGE OF EACH RECIPIENT?
35 years young with an average of 13 combat deployments.
WHICH ARMED FORCES DO WE WORK WITH?
Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines.
HOW MANY RECIPIENTS HAVE WE BROUGHT IN TO DATE?
HOW LONG DO YOUR PROGRAMS LAST AND WHERE DO YOU DO THEM?
6 nights, 5 full days of activities. All programs take place in various locations throughout Montana and Alaska.
HOW MANY PROGRAMS DO YOU RUN EACH YEAR?
In 2019, we’ll offer 11 week-long programs. Up from 9 in 2018, and 6 in 2017.
HOW MANY SOF SOLDIERS DO YOU BRING IN FOR EACH PROGRAM?
4 - 6 total recipients for each program depending on the lodging and season.
WHAT IS THE VOLUNTEER’S ROLE?
Each SOF recipient will be paired with a member of our staff/board, or one of our trusted volunteers for the entirety of the program. This promotes expert one-on-one instruction, privacy, and the opportunity for lifelong friendships.
TESTIMONIALS FROM SOF RECIPIENTS
TESTIMONIALS FROM SOF RECIPIENTS’ WIVES
TOGETHER WE CAN CHANGE LIVES
Big Sky Bravery depends on the generous support of donors who make our programs possible. By donating to Big Sky Bravery and our mission to help support the psychological and emotional well-being of our special operations forces, you agree to be a part of something much bigger.