Recap of 2020 SEAL Swim
Navy SEAL Hudson River Swim and Run 2020
On August 8, 2020, a team of over 60 Navy SEALs swam across the Hudson River from Jersey City to the 9/11 Memorial in New York City to raise over $225,000 for GI Go Fund to help in its efforts to end veteran homelessness and provide veterans with job training assistance.
The swim also was dedicated to support the thousands of military veterans and their loved ones who were negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic that wrecked havoc on the lives of so many of our former military personnel.
Thank You Ceremony for Police Officers and Firefighters
Honoring all the Police Officers and Firefighters who helped make the our second annual Navy SEAL Swim on 8/8/2020 a success. GI Go Fund presented members of the Port Authority Police Department, NYPD, FDNY, and NJ State Police with flags worn by the SEALs during the event, thanking them for everything they did to make it possible.
Group also presented NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea with a special award for his tremendous support and leadership throughout the event. Afterwards, the SEALs challenged the Commissioner to a round of push ups in his office!
GI Go Fund Stand Down for Homeless Veteran Deliveries 2020/2021
We were not able to host our annual Stand Down for Homeless Veterans this year due to COVID-19 restrictions, but the need for support from our veterans has never been greater. This is why we were proud to bring the Stand Down directly to our veterans in need instead!
Working with our partners at Soldier On and Community Hope, we were able to provide dozens of veterans throughout the NY/NJ area who are staying in motels until they can be set up in permanent housing with emergency items such as clothing, jackets, toiletries, and PPE, as well as support from our trained staff, to help them find employment and get the care they deserve.
Also, in partnership with the Bob Woodruff Foundation and Soldier On, we provided hundreds of $100 gift cards to local Shoprite Supermarkets to needy veterans living in temporary housing. The veterans we served are homeless or at risk of homelessness, and these funds go a long way to provide them with groceries at a time when it is challenging to get support from food banks and soup kitchens.