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 Special Operations Forces, active duty, veterans and their spouses who have been deployed since 911 and as a result have mild traumatic brain injuries, combat post traumatic stress and chronic pain. Our Warrior Healing Program includes the opportunity to learn about and try cutting edge therapeutic modalities such as Equine Assisted Learning, Accelerated Resolution Therapy, yoga, meditation, breathing techniques, iRest, nutrition and team building. Our Warrior Healing Program begins with four day retreats that are for eight warriors or six couples focused on a team-centric approach, made up of those who share common backgrounds and experiences.
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 four 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 up, individual therapy is provided for 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.