It has been four months since the tragedy that has come to be known as the single deadliest in the history of Naval Special Warfare led to the loss of twenty-two naval special warfare operatives, but concern for the families that they left behind continues.
Among those who are engaged in efforts to support the families of the fallen SEALs is Suzanne Vogel, the wife of a former Naval special warfare member, who started a community group called NSW Kids. The group raises money for the benefit of the Naval Special Warfare Foundation by selling patriotic stickers.
The stickers were designed by Vogel’s children, who wanted to extend a helping hand to the families left behind by the tragedy. Vogel, a mother of five, shared the following on The Early Show: “They gave all of their allowance money and we went to a parking lot (and sold the stickers) and it took off from there.”
The initial money for the stickers were from Vogel’s son, Hunter, who put up $96; her daughter, Alexandra, who put up $92; and Vogel herself, who put up $140. From that first investment, the group has been able to raise more than $10,000.
Vogel shared further: “People contact us from all over and we send them stickers. We accept donations for the Navy SEAL Foundation, whose sole purpose is to help the widows and the children… I think this is how you get a military child through what a military child has to go through. I think it’s also a way for people to be invested in America and to know that these guys are doing it for them. So I wanted to encourage the families of the SEALs and the other special warfare members, as well as give the kids a sense that they belong and they are doing it for them.”