The Pararescue Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization and the only entity dedicated to exclusively support U.S. Air Force Pararescue and Combat Rescue Officer service members, veterans and their families.
As members of U. S. Air Force Special Warfare, Pararescue specialists rescue and medically treat downed military personnel all over the world. Pararescuemen, also known as “PJs,” and their Combat Rescue Officer leaders are the only U.S. force specifically trained and equipped to execute the most dangerous and technical rescue operations worldwide. Regardless of enemy threat or environmental conditions, these elite warriors stand ready to find isolated and injured people, render expert medical care, and return them safely.
Such selfless service takes a toll on military families. These warriors operate at a convergence of roles known to be high-risk for Post-Traumatic Stress: ground combat, trauma medicine, and the recovery of human remains. Also, the physical burden of carrying patients, rescue equipment, and combat loads through parachute insertions, armed conflict, open ocean swims, glacier travel and mountainous terrain routinely results in chronic physical and neurological damage.
Their mission is guided by three goals:
- Relieve the physical and psychological demands of service
- Provide tragedy, transition, and education assistance
- Honor the commitment and sacrifice of those who live by the motto: "That Others May Live"
Their programs bridge the gap between government resources and the unique needs of Pararescue service members, veterans and their families.
- Resiliency Services - For physical and psychological treatment that helps with injury prevention and rehabilitation. The Resiliency program provides relief from the physical or invisible wounds borne by service members, veterans and their families. We promote an evidence-based medical guide to our efforts to improve the long-term health and wellness of our community.
- Transition and Educational Support - For post military careers, our Transition assistance program helps service and family members realize their value in the private sector, lead prosperous lives post-service, and enjoy the freedoms they fought to protect.
- Tragedy Support - When a community member is killed or severely injured, our Tragedy assistance program provides financial and logistical support to the families of service members who are killed or severely injured.
- Legacy Preservation - For ceremonies and memorials that honor the commitment and sacrifice. Through physical memorials, recognition ceremonies, and recording of historical events, the Legacy Preservation program seeks to honor those committed to the Pararescue Code and Motto: "These Things We Do, That Others May Live."
To learn more about the Pararescue Foundation and how to get involved, visit: https://www.pararescuefoundation.org