A Dallas-based nonprofit organization that supports the military’s special operations forces and their families is experiencing a significant drop in donations.
Task Force Dagger Foundation has helped about 1,500 service members and more than 3,000 family members in the last three years. But donations are down about $50,000 in 2018, which means one of their most popular activities will be smaller than ever.
“I wish I could say we have money rolling in, but that’s not the case,” said Task Force Dagger Foundation co-founder and managing director Keith David, a retired green beret. “We’ve been in combat for 17 years now and it’s not in the news every day. Donations have slowed down and as a result we are short funds. We have more people who want to come on these events than we can afford to pay for.”
Task Force Dagger Foundation offers three types of support. First, it responds to immediate needs of the U.S. Special Operations Command within two hours of receiving a request. For example, if a member of a special operations force overseas experiences a loss in their family, the foundation can immediately book travel and support surviving family members. Second, the foundation gives financial backing to special operations veterans who need specialized medical treatment, including mental health support. Third, the foundation offers rehabilitative therapy events.