Message from Gary W. Swanson, President of the SSG Christopher W. Swanson
Support Charity for Veterans and their Families, Inc.
To our Veterans:
As we embark on this important mission, always
remember that this is for you and your families. It is because of you and
our son that we enjoy the freedoms that sometimes people take for
granted. Sons, Daughters, Brothers and Sisters from all walks of life
have served this Great Country to protect our Freedoms and our way of
Life. We thank you and your families for the sacrifices you have made.
Have no doubt that our son, Staff Sergeant Christopher
William Swanson was doing just what he wanted to do - Serving this Great
Country and Leading his Men! Please continue to pray for us as we take on
this new adventure that has a passion burning in our soul.
After 25 years on the police department in Washington, D.C. I have retired, leaving a career that I have thoroughly enjoyed. I have
fought my battles on the streets of Washington,
D.C., and now will fight my
battles to ensure that you, our Veterans, will never be forgotten. This
foundation is a work in progress. I have sought out the input from
countless individuals and have met with elected officials and business
leaders. I have sought out the needs of those that mean the most to me
and our family, our Military.
As you read through the pages of this website and
future literature that you will receive, this is something that we as an
organization will make happen. The board of directors and advisors are
current and past members of our military along with individuals that have
a passion and a commitment to give back to those that have given so much
In closing, all of us have experienced adversity and
tragedy; it's what we do with those adversities and tragedies that define
us from that moment on. One message I make loud and clear every time I
have the opportunity to speak in public is that, "It's ok to hate
war, but you have got to love the warrior!" If you should have
any questions and/or comments regarding this foundation, please do not
hesitate to contact me or a member of the board of directors. Your input
is highly regarded, and greatly appreciated.
Proud Father of an American Soldier and Hero, Gary W. Swanson
SSG Christopher W. Swanson Support Charity for Veterans and their Families,
1. We do not want replace anything
that the great organizations like Malone House or Fisher Houses are doing
for our troops in WashingtonDC. This will be another
resource that will allow soldiers or their family to have a place just to
unwind and exhale.
2. Develop a strategy to go after funding for this
project. There are private individuals and corporations just waiting for
“that” worthwhile project to contribute to. I will work to establish a
continuing source of funding for this project.
3. The home that we envision will be set up so that
several families could be using it at the same time.( Something like the
Fisher Houses) It will be for wounded soldiers and their families to come
for a weekend or for a period of 1 week at a time to unwind and enjoy
life here on the bay. It will be approx. 30-35 miles from Walter Reed so
that they can still make their appointments or if they just want to visit
the Nations Capitol. It will also be available for all Veterans that have
served this Great Country and want to visit the many sites in the area.
And of course it will be used by families to include parents of soldiers
that have paid the ultimate sacrifice.
4. To have counseling sessions with each other because we
are the ones that know how you and yours feel. We are walking through
SSGChristopher W. Swanson
Support Charity for Veterans and their Families INC