The foundation is named in honor of Chief Petty Officer Brian R. Bill, 31, a member of SEAL Team Six who was killed in action in Afghanistan on August 6, 2011. He lost his life along with 16 fellow SEAL’s and 13 other American special operations warriors when their helicopter was shot down in Wardak Province in the middle of the night while supporting a unit of US Army Rangers. It was the largest loss of life by special operations forces incurred in a single event.
Brian was an exceptional young man. He was an Eagle Scout, an accomplished athlete, and a mountaineer who had scaled three of the world’s highest summits. He was a triathlete, a marathoner, and also held a commercial pilot’s license. He had taught himself to play both the piano and the guitar. He had earned an electrical engineering degree from Norwich University, was fluent in French, and was working on his Master’s Degree with coursework at Columbia University, while also learning Russian, planning to become an astronaut.
Brian had enlisted in the Navy in 2001, and become a SEAL in 2003. He had been deployed to Iraq on four occasions, and to Afghanistan four times. He had been awarded Four Bronze Star’s, one for Valor, the Joint Service Commendation Medal for Valor, the Purple Heart, and 14 other decorations.
The Brian Bill Foundation was established to provide support to active-duty and former Special Operations warriors in dealing with post-traumatic stress, mild traumatic brain injury, and pain management. It is accomplished via a unique 5-day program, comprised of 8 active or former special operators that come together and are provided with professional and confidential guidance using Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART), equine assisted therapy, neurofeedback and peer support.
The therapeutic program employed by The Brian Bill Foundation is endorsed by the United States Special Operations Command “Care Coalition” based at SOCOM headquarters at MacDill AFB in Tampa, Florida.
A key to the effectiveness of the 5-day program is that it is confidential. The program also takes a “special operations” approach. It is intensive, quick-hitting, highly effective, and is composed of small teams that work together…an approach that fits the mindset of special operators. Follow-on contacts for continuing support near the attendee’s home, are provided to all participants.
The Brian Bill Foundation covers all expenses of the program for each participant, including airfare, food, lodging, and the costs of all the therapies employed. The foundation is a 501-c-3 non-profit.