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Our List of Orgs Who Give Back To Those Who Gave Their All

We have received a lot of questions from customers and friends on how to give back to those who have sacrificed themselves in the defense of our nation.  Below are a few charities that we recommend for anyone looking to help out those who have given their all.

Military Charities: Wounded Warrior Project–  This is probably the largest military foundation to date.  These guys have done a great job with trying to help out wounded warriors returning back from combat.  They do everything from providing housing, jobs, entertainment, and support to those in need.  To donate go to https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org/Default.aspx?tsid=66&campaignSource=WEBSITE Fisher House Foundation– The Fisher house foundation provides affordable housing to military families whose loved ones are recovering in a hospital.  This is especially important when families are required to stay for long periods of time away from home to support their recovering service members.  To donate go to http://www.fisherhouse.org/donate/

The Semper Fi fund– These guys provide wounded Marines and their families with added income to help with the recovery process.  This organization has streamlined their donations so that the maximum amount of funds go directly to the families in need.  To donate go to https://semperfifund.org/donate Support a Soldier– SAS has taken a new approach and gives much-needed equipment to service members currently deployed.  The way it works is a service member will put in a request for the equipment they need.  SAS then finds a donor to fill the request and ships the equipment directly to the requestor.  To donate go to http://www.supportasoldier.us/donatehowtocontribute.html

Special Operations Charities: Navy SEAL Foundation– The Navy SEAL Foundation’s mission is to provide immediate and ongoing support to the NSW community.  These guys have done great things for SEALs and their families and provide great assistance to some of our nations most elite soldiers.  To donate go to http://www.nswfoundation.org/donate.htm Green Beret Foundation–  The Green Beret Foundation provides unconventional resources to facilitate the special needs of our wounded, ill and injured and imparts unique support to the Special Forces community in order to strengthen readiness and uphold Green Beret traditions and values.  To donate go to http://greenberetfoundation.org/donations.html Special Operations Warrior Foundation– The Special Operations Warrior Foundation provides full scholarship grants and education and family counseling to the surviving children of Special Operations personnel who die in operational or training missions and provide immediate financial support to severely wounded Special Operations personnel and their families.  To donate go to http://www.specialops.org/?page=Make_A_Donation Heroes of Tomorrow- Heroes of Tomorrow is a nationwide army of veterans and other experts who donate their time and share their experiences to prepare Americans who have made the heroic choice to serve our country and communities. Heroes of Tomorrow volunteers provide FREE group training and information that will enable these prospective candidates to excel in military, law enforcement, public safety, and firefighter training.  To donate go to www.heroesoftomorrow.org

Law Enforcement Charities: National Law Enforcement Memorial Foundation– Founded in 1984, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund is dedicated to honoring and remembering the service and sacrifice of law enforcement officers in the United States.  These guys do great things to help give back the LE community and to the families of those who were killed in the line of duty.  To donate go to http://www.nleomf.org No matter who you donate to you will be truly helping out those in need.  All of these charities go out of their way to help give back to the men and women who defend our nation.  For more information feel free to contact us at info@refactortactical.com.

Take Your Training to Operator Status With These Resources

In today’s battlefield, the operator is faced with the task of maintaining a level of fitness that requires strength, endurance, and flexibility. Operators must be able to scale walls, carry a 250lb casualty and run in full kit up the mountains of Afghanistan and be able to recover fast enough to engage enemy personnel and complete strenuous missions. Because of this operators must take on a new training plan to reach a new level of fitness not before seen in athletes, military and law enforcement personnel of the past. The traditional training plan of the military focuses on calisthenics, and long-distance runs mixed with poor nutrition and sleep deprivation.

What’s the Deal With the Combat Fitness Deck?

While service members of the past managed to maintain a higher level of fitness, today’s military is fatter, slower and weaker than ever before. However many individuals within the Special Operations, SWAT and combat arms community have taken on new fitness programs such as Crossfit, P90X, Insanity, and Gym Jones. Many new programs are specifically tailored to fit the needs of the operator and designed to increase strength, endurance, and fast-twitch muscles. While these programs exist, it’s tough to know which programs to follow and which programs to ditch. Through several years of service in the Special Operations

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Through several years of service in the Special Operations community, RE Factor Tactical has come across several excellent sources for operational fitness. Here are a few of our findings: Crossfit Unbroken– Crossfit Unbroken is located in Denver, CO and owned by Crossfit Athlete Matt Hathcock who is dedicated to providing law enforcement and military operators with excellent operational training. To contact Matt about more information on Tactical Performance classes email him at Matt@crossfitunbroken.com or visit their website at www.crossfitunbroken.com


Tactical Athletic Performance– Run by a Special Forces 18D, TAP provides great articles to operators about tactical fitness, shooting techniques, equipment suggestions and general information on how to be a better operator. For more details visit their website at www.tacticalathleticperformance.com

Stew Smith- Stew Smith is a long-time friend of RE Factor Tactical and has a wide background in military fitness. Stew is an ex-Navy SEAL, a graduate of Annapolis, avid writer and a philanthropist. Stew currently writes articles for www.military.com, runs a non-profit called Heroes of Tomorrow and is the author of several SEAL, Special Forces and Selection preparation books. For more information check out his website at www.stewsmith.com

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