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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... 

 

DECOMPRESSION

To feel human again and foster freedom of thought

Value of adrenaline and therapeutic recreational activities

ENGAGEMENT

Activities that require execution

Discussions that warrant ideas, implementation and meaningful conversations 

Proficiency in skills that promote teaching to future generations and opportunities

BROTHERHOOD

A lifelong pledge to the recipient of friendship, mentoring and guidance 

 

TRUST

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 

 

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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?

128

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.

 

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TESTIMONIALS FROM SOF RECIPIENTS

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TESTIMONIALS FROM SOF RECIPIENTS’ WIVES

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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.