About Us

“He told me ‘I married you because I think you are strong enough to handle it’ And I think withthis organization I can”

-Surviving Spouse of a special operations Army Personnel

OUR STORY:

Now after over a decade of service to the Special Operations community, Special Ops Survivors has touched the lives of over 200 surviving spouses and their families.

In early 2002, word came that a Navy SEAL, Neil Roberts, had died in combat in the mountains of Afghanistan. Nick Rocha, a fellow Navy SEAL, felt compelled to do something to take care of the family Neil had left behind. Nick cut out a picture of Neil, made up a flyer and asked the owner of McP’s (a local Coronado, California bar) if he would agree to host a fundraiser in Neil’s honor. The owner agreed and the makeshift fundraiser yielded nearly $1,100. Even though no further solicitations were made, donations kept coming in. Shortly thereafter, a toal of $2,900 had been raised for Neil’s wife and child.

Eric Knirk, a businessman from Los Angeles, heard about the fundraiser and felt there was a need to do something more – much more. Eric wanted to assure that not only Neil’s family but all surviving spouses of Special Operations personnel would be helped. Eric contacted Nick. The result of that conversation, and the meetings and conversations that followed, served as the driving force behind the establishment of “Frog Friends” in 2002.

Initially focused on helping the surviving spouses of fallen Navy SEALS, Frog Friends eventually expanded its focus to include serving the surviving spouses of all Special Operations personnel and became the United Warrior Survivor Foundation (UWSF).

In 2012, UWSF became “Special Ops Survivors,” to better reflect who we are as an organization. Developed through a strategic process that included input from our survivors, the new name and logo represents our mission and our vision for the future, and underscores our commitment to those we serve. Our Organization continues to help survivors of: USASOC, MARSOC, NSWC & AFSOC.

Service Philosophy

At Special Ops Survivors, we are committed to providing unparalleled support to our survivors. We ensure the quality of our support by adhering to the following organizational values.

Respect

Seeing survivors as people and not statistics.

Access

Making our services available to All Who Qualify

Sanctuary

Supporting an environment where survivors can grieve and heal without judgment.

Teamwork

Complementing the aid provided by other benevolent groups while focusing on the surviving spouse.
In addition to providing services to families of fallen Special Operations personnel, we also strive to assist living Special Operations personnel by providing reassurance that their families will be cared for should the worst occur.

Accountability Standards

At Special Ops Survivors, we strive to make the best use of the resources that our donors share with us. We do this by adhering to our service philosophy, which leverages our relationships with other organizations, and by holding ourselves to rigorous financial standards. We undergo voluntary financial audits each year to ensure that we are maintaining our accountability standards.

Contact Us in

San Diego Area Office
PMB 4049 3111 Camino Del Rio N., Suite 400
San Diego, CA 92108

Phone
(619) 437-1137

Fax
(413) 677-1143

ALL RIGHTS RESERVED SPECIAL OPS SURVIVORS (FORMERLY UNITED WARRIOR SURVIVOR FOUNDATION) IS A 501(C)(3) TAX-EXEMPT NON-PROFIT CORPORATION WITH FEDERAL TAX IDENTIFICATION NUMBER 81-0567790. DONATIONS ARE ELIGIBLE FOR TAX DEDUCTIONS.”

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