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Serving all post 9/11 Veterans

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To empower warriors to find purpose and be resilient.


To reduce warrior suicide. We provide premier whole health programs to “at risk” veterans and first responders; changing lives and building strong families. To date we have a 100% success rate.


To address psychological, physical, spiritual, and social wellness. Care is provided through our Be Resilient Program, which consists of clinics, retreats, and education.


The Be Resilient Program (BRC) is a four-pillar program that addresses the areas of psychological, physical, spiritual, and social wellness. We bring together health care providers from multiple medical specialties to provide intradisciplinary care that is patient centered solving a wide spectrum of issues in an efficient and cost-effective manner.


Addressing the suicide epidemic within our veteran and active-duty community requires a team with a whole health approach to effectively treat the challenges of military service and combat. SOF Missions is proud to offer the BRC free of charge to applicants that qualify, regardless of branch, MOS, or discharge status.


Not just any ordinary belt, the red belt will symbolize a shared dedication – of people from all walks of life – to speak up, shine the spotlight on veteran and first responder suicide, and do what it takes to end this epidemic.



8th Annual

SOF Missions

Emerald Coast Gala

Sept 13, 2024

United States military award presented by the Department of Defense based on the contributions of entertainer Bob Hope to members of the military. Annually awarded to individuals or organizations whose work benefits the quality of life of service members and their families.

Community award presented by the Lightning Foundation based on the rich history of volunteerism and good works to members of the Tampa Bay community. Awardees are presented with a $50,000 grant designated to the charity of their choice.


Kirk Cousins / Professional NFL Quarterback

Gen. Stanley McChrystal (ret)

SOF Missions is vital. We need more people behind it, we need more organizations like it. I think we’ve got to do everything we can to get word out to the people we’re doing this and how much its needed for these American great men and women who never get their name in the paper, and yet they have laid their life on the line. I really appreciate what SOF Missions is doing and if there’s any way I can help, I will.

General Stanley McChrystal

Former Commander US Forces Afghanistan

I’m really impressed with the SOF Missions approach to dealing with our veterans. SOF Missions has a holistic way to helping our veterans when they come back and I like this because not only does it address the physical and psychological needs but also the spiritual needs. Man is a spiritual being, so to me what’s really, really important is helping veterans spiritually because you’re introducing them to the same thing that healed my father (Louis Zamperini), that was the one thing that put him over the top. That’s what redeemed him from his PTSD, was that relationship with the Creator of the Universe. I’m so impressed because this goes beyond the normal veteran help groups that you hear about, so hats off to SOF Missions.

Luke Zamperini
Executive Producer Unbroken: Path to Redemption

By enabling strong relationships, Shield of Faith Missions helps Warriors and their families reinvigorate hope and a sense of purpose. The organization affords a holistic path toward psychological, physical, and spiritual resiliency through nationally recognized partnerships and a growing number of hometown operating locations. Shield of Faith Missions is building a credible network that is strengthening our Warriors and those who support them.

General Stanley McChrystal
Former Commander US Forces Afghanistan

Damon Friedman is a true warrior. He has personally experienced combat as a special tactics officer in the Air Force and he also knows the battles that our nation’s service men and women face when they return home. Damon has taken on a new mission of combatting the suicide epidemic in our military community by offering hope to those who are contemplating that route. I encourage you to support Damon and SOF Missions.

Chad Hennings

President – Hennings Management Corporation

Our audience at the Alabama Police Chiefs Association 2017 Summer Conference was beyond impressed with Damon. There were over 300 police chiefs in attendance and Damon’s military and personal experiences connected well with the group. I had heard from a veteran Air Force officer that Damon was a compelling speaker and at the Chiefs conference I got to witness this first hand. Damon has a great ability to relate to audiences and move people to action. Also, his presentation style is superb – engaging and energetic. He is definitely a speaker to have again in the future.

Terry Sanders

Retired Chief of Police – Police Safety Consultant AMIC/MWCF

SOF Missions is doing an excellent job taking care of our warriors. We could not speak freely, worship freely, and live freely here in America if it was not for our military.

Coach Bobby Bowden

Florida State University Football Coach

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BRC Clinics create a safe environment. Overall, it works.


This was awesome and there is an emphasis on me for selfcare! Understanding invest in yourself.


Despite my MOS, I never felt left out.

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I want to be a part of this as a mentor. This experience had enriched me.



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