SOFREP took the time to chat with one of our best warriors:
In an exclusive interview, SOFREP sat down with Tom to talk about his career and personal life during and after military service in one of the world’s most elite units. Among the topics of discussion was his book All Secure: A Special Operations Soldier’s Fight to Survive on the Battlefield and the Homefront, his participation in the Battle of Mogadishu, the hunt for Iraq’s “deck of cards,” and the mental anguish that nearly led him to suicide.
This was a rare opportunity as soldiers in the Delta community simply don’t talk. They are the humble warriors that no one hears about. We wanted to know what it was like to finally come out about his experiences in his book. more…
Tom regularly visits Ft. Bragg to meet with the next generation of operators and give them some worldly advice. He tells SOFREP about the occasional difficulty getting through to them by reciting his usual speech, “I know you’re sitting there thinking ‘this won’t happen to me.’ I know, I [have also] sat there thinking ‘this old guy… he doesn’t know anything, what’s he talking about.’”
Tom’s goal isn’t to convince them they will experience the same difficulty. His message is more about being aware of themselves.
“So long as it’s in the back of their heads that it’s a possibility, once it starts to happen to them, they’ll recall back, ‘oh I remember that day Tom was telling me about.’” Tom said.
Jen and Tom have started All Secure Foundation a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Its mission is to “assist Special Operations active-duty and combat veterans, and their families, in recovery of Post-Traumatic Stress through education, awareness, resources for healing, workshop retreats, and PTS resilience training.”
The couple has, so far, helped over 60,000 veterans, first responders, active-duty operators, and others. They will never turn anyone away. Yet, their therapeutic programs are especially designed for the special operations community.
Tom said, “We hope to grow our staff and grow our donations to help all veterans.”
You can get more information by visiting their website, www.AllSecureFoundation.org.
Image via Tom Satterly