“I cannot thank the VTA enough. They stepped in during a difficult time in life. I was having to make multiple trips from Virginia to Oklahoma while my father was battling cancer. The VTA allowed my family to focus on the last days of my father’s life and not stress over the steadily increasing costs of travel and a funeral. Without hesitation they provided financial assistance to help with funeral expenses. Many organizations say they want to help but their process is so cumbersome and lengthy that help seems so far away. The VTA wants to help families and they prove that every day. My extended family was in awe of the thoughtfulness of the VTA and their willingness to help. The VTA is like no other organization I have been a part of and I am proud to be a member. Today, I can sit back and reflect on all the great moments I was able to spend with my father during his last days and I owe that to the VTA.”
VOLUNTEERS ARE ESSENTIAL TO THE MISSION OF VIGILANT TORCH
WE GIVE OF OURSELVES BECAUSE
THE SPECIAL OPS COMMUNITY GIVES ITS ALL.
BECAUSE THEY DESERVE IT
AND SO DO THEIR FAMILIES.
WE PROVIDE SUPPORT
SCHOLARSHIPS AWARDED TO 149 STUDENTS
AND OVER $331,000 IN THE 2017-2021 PERIOD
LET'S TAKE 2022 EVEN HIGHER!
WHO WE ARE
Founded in 2009, Vigilant Torch is a volunteer organization that provides vital financial support to the Special Operations Community in their greatest time of need.
BECOME A MEMBER
Joining Vigilant Torch brings you access to a network of extended family who will help carry the load when the burden becomes too heavy to manage alone.
Support our members and their families by donating to scholarships, emergency relief funds, and family maintenance/resilience support.
OUR FAMILY. OUR MISSION.
We provide support to Active and Former Members of the Special Operations community who may or may not be fully served by other military support organizations. To do this, we provide scholarships, emergency relief funds, family maintenance and resilience assistance, and social activity support.
HOW WE SERVE
DONATIONS ARE CRITICAL TO OUR ABILITY TO SUPPORT OUR CORE PROGRAMS.
The funds collected help us support members of the Special Operations community in a variety of ways, including funeral and memorial expenses, travel expenses for disabled and low-income veterans, support for surviving dependents and spouses, and scholarship awards.
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HOW WE HELP
“Some may say blood is thicker than water, but my husband’s unit has proven that statement wrong. They have become not only coworkers or friends, but family. My mother-in-law was in a major car accident and we needed to fly out to Florida to be by her side. We never knew there was an assistance program that would help families out in times of emergency such as this…In a matter of days we received a check to cover our flight, hotel, and a rental car. I am so appreciative to call his unit our family because they have proven to me the brotherhood does not end with the soldiers, but it ends with the families.”
“Being a part of an organization that is filled with hand-selected members was one of the highlights of my career. Unfortunately, part of the uniqueness of the Unit is that when you leave, often the information flow is shut off and it becomes harder to maintain connections. The VTA afforded an opportunity for me to regain that connection with the Unit and the FUMs. Over time, as I got older, the importance of the VTA shifted…I will forever be thankful that the VTA keeps members aware of our losses. I believe that no one should be forgotten and the VTA works hard to make sure everyone has a chance to properly honor and remembers those that have served in our unit.”