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FORT PIERCE -- The National Navy SEAL Museum has officially opened Trident House, a residential home located directly on the water, for use by U.S. Navy SEALs and their families.
Trident House serves to augment the preservation of the Force and Families program initiated by United States Operations Command. This initiative recognizes the stress and strains that Special Operations Forces, as well as their families, feel after 10 years of combat deployments in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Many are deployed more than they're home leaving for six or seven months at a time with shorter periods between tours. Trident House supports this mission by providing U.S. Navy SEALs and their families a place for rest and relaxation free of charge.
"The importance of Special Operations is manifested by the fact that, since Sept. 11, it has doubled in size, its budget has tripled, and the number of deployed special operations forces has quadrupled. Therefore, the strains on Special Operations members and their families has also increased exponentially," said Rick Kaiser, the museum's executive director.
"By providing an outlet for these guys and their families to 'recharge their batteries,' we are helping to sustain the resilience of the Special Operations community."
In addition to helping sustain the Special Operations forces, Trident House is open to the families of U.S. Navy SEALs who have sacrificed their lives in the line of duty.
"This is the least we can do for those families who are grieving the loss of a loved one who has made the ultimate sacrifice," said Mr. Kasier.
"Sometimes, the family just needs a break and a chance to focus on themselves. The Trident House allows them this."
Trident House was made possible via a generous donation from Terese and William Novak of Sebastian.
"It is amazing to see this kind of generosity and support of Naval special warfare" said David Godshall, museum vice president.
"Because we don't receive federal funding we must rely exclusively on the philanthropy and good will of the public, which makes this donation that much more meaningful. People such as the Novak's are truly a rare breed: only once or twice in a lifetime to you come across people of this caliber. I feel blessed to have met them," he said.
Trident House is open to all U.S. Navy SEALs and their families free of charge.
For more information about availability and details, call (913) 244-4782 or email Rolf@NavySEALmuseum.com.