Charlie Iacono, former senior executive at the United Service Organizations, is the new CEO of the Green Beret Foundation, which provides ongoing support to U.S. Soldiers from the Army Special Forces and their families.
The Green Beret Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing ongoing support to U.S. Army Special Forces soldiers and their families. The foundation recently welcomed Charlie Iacono as its new President and Chief Executive Officer. With his previous experience in senior positions with the United Service Organizations (USO), Iacono is well-equipped to continue serving the needs of service members and veterans. In an interview with Eric White, Executive Producer of the Federal Drive with Tom Temin, Iacono discussed the foundation’s mission and programs that aim to provide holistic support to Green Berets and their families.
The foundation’s programs include casualty support, health and wellness support (which includes mental health resiliency), family support, and transition support. It recognizes that the entire Green Beret community, including their families, needs to be cared for, especially during times when soldiers are deployed overseas and downrange. Family support is a crucial aspect of the foundation’s mission, as the challenges that family members of Special Forces soldiers face are unique. The foundation aims to provide comprehensive support to these families, recognizing the need to meet their current and future needs.
Transition support is also an essential part of the foundation’s mission, given the highly specialized skill set of Special Forces soldiers. The foundation aims to help Green Berets navigate the transition from active duty to civilian life, with the goal of helping them find their next great adventure. It recognizes that the transition can be a difficult chapter in a soldier’s life story and is committed to smoothing the pathway as much as possible.
The foundation’s commitment to supporting the Green Beret community is unwavering, and it recognizes the unique challenges faced by these soldiers and their families. It is dedicated to providing holistic support to the entire community, from health and wellness to transition support. With Iacono at the helm, the foundation is poised to take its programs to the next level and build partnerships with diverse organizations that can help Green Berets transition to civilian life successfully.