In 2020, the Seahawks collaborated with 12 organizations across Washington that were already doing significant work for veterans. Task Force 12's mission is to "create a "family" of support for our military service members, veterans, and their families."
Mario Bailey, Seahawks Vice President of Community Engagement & Legends said, "Our Task Force 12 organizations continue to have an incredible impact on our local active-duty service members and veteran community. Life during and after military service can be extremely challenging for service members, veterans and their families. We launched Task Force 12 in 2020 to promote a culture of compassion and mutual respect to all from our U.S. Armed Forces community. Through the diverse variety of services these 12 non-profit organizations offer, we are able to come together as a support network to address a number of individual needs in the Military community."
Below are all the non-profits that are a part of Task Force 12, their missions as well as links to donate to the organizations.
To solve the tragedy of death among Veterans experiencing homelessness. To learn more, click here.
Empowering veterans to cultivate purpose and belonging by growing food, community and each other. To learn more, click here.
Honoring Heroes, Fortifying Families and Celebrating Freedom. Heroes Homestead offers wrap around services to the families of veterans and first responders to overcome the challenges of PTSD. To learn more, click here.
Minority Veterans of America
The mission of Minority Veterans of America (MVA) is to create belonging and advance equity for minority veterans. To learn more, click here.
NineLine Veteran Services
An innovative organization approaching community need through a group of like-minded Veterans and family members, that reflect the growth of a diverse military community, culture and programming. To learn more, click here.
Northwest Battle Buddies
Empowering combat Veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) by partnering them with professionally-trained, specifically matched service dogs. To learn more, click here.
Operation Military Family
Providing proven pathways for Veterans to discover and deploy their greatest gifts in family, work, and life. To learn more, click here.
Permission to Start Dreaming Foundation
We help veterans and first responders throughout the Pacific Northwest access, effective, long-term solutions to transform Post-Traumatic Stress into Post-Traumatic Growth. To learn more, click here.
Helping veterans overcome trauma by serving God & their communities. To learn more, click here.
Salmon for Soldiers
The Mission of Salmon for Soldiers is to offer a sense of normalcy and relaxation to our nation's Veterans through fishing. To learn more, click here.
Veteran Rites initiates Veterans into true identity, purpose, and belonging after military service. To learn more, click here.
Gold Star Families Washington
Finding strength in the fellowship of other Gold Star Families who strive to keep the memory of those we have lost by continuing to serve our local military community. To learn more, click here.
The Seattle Seahawks teamed up with organizations from Task Force 12, Delta Air Lines, Starbucks, and Operation Gratitude to build care packages for local military veterans and their families. The event was one of several different activities planned by the Seahawks in honor of their Salute to Service game on November 21. Read more: https://shwks.com/3ff465
Mike Schindler, CEO Operation Military Family on the importance of Task Force 12, "What the Seahawks have done with Task Force 12 is monumental. They are the first to publicly support 12 Veteran non-profits that are dedicated to improving the lives of our military and veteran community with not just financial resources but also support that is fundamentally changing the lives of thousands of veterans and their families throughout Washington State. Task Force 12 is an example of how non-profits and the NFL can work together to bring solutions to communities."
Andrew and Danielle Holstine of Homestead Heros said, "TF12 has also given a young non-profit a transfer of trust which has helped to bring greater resources to service members, veterans and their families in eastern Washington."
The Seahawks Task Force 12, VA Puget Sound Health Care System and Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs have joined together in a grassroots campaign known as #Strength2Rise to help reduce suicide in our military and Veteran communities and promote resources available to those in need. Eleven of the 17 Veterans who die by suicide each day have not recently engaged with the VA. As a community, no single agency can tackle this problem on their own.
Our Task Force 12 program brings together 12 military non-profit organizations that work together to provide support to our military communities and we are partnering with the YesVets program that recognizes employers who say "Yes" to hiring veterans to host this virtual job fair. Hire-A-Vet virtual job fair is being held on Tuesday, Nov. 7 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
The Seahawks commitment to veterans and the military goes beyond the month of November.
During training camp, the Seahawks had Military Day where active troops attended the Seahawks' Military Day, an annual training camp event in partnership with USAA, for a day of fun and support for our troops. Every season, the Seahawks celebrate the United States military community with a day of honor, as the front office, players and fans get a chance to interact and show appreciation for their service.
Earlier in the season the Seahawks recognized the Army at USAA's "Change of Command" event. The event celebrates a different military service each year: rotating through the six branches -- Army, Air Force, Navy, Coast Guard, Marines Corps and Space Force. This is the Seahawks' 11th year participating in the event.
This year for Salute to service, players and team personnel will visit Joint Base Lewis McChord to meet and learn from 1st Special Forces service members.
In addition to that, during the Seahawks' Salute To Service game on November 12 vs. the Washington Commanders, over 250 active-duty service members and veterans will be honored at the game. Also 50 Seahawks gameday employees that are veterans will be holding the American flag for the National Anthem and there will be a Navy flyover.
In partnership with Delta Airlines and Starbucks the Seahawks will host over 100 active duty and veteran families at Lumen Field for a day of play on the field full of Seahawks giveaways, activities, and engagements with Seahawks talent.
And lastly, Over 150 activity duty service members and their families from Joint Base Lewis McChord will visit the Virginia Mason Athletic Center for the turkey bowl, followed by a watch party for the Seahawks game against the Rams.
USAA's "Change of Command" event is to celebrate a different military service each year: rotating through the 5 branches -- Army, Airforce, Navy, Coast Guard, Marines. This is the Seahawks' 11th year participating in the event.