Welcome to our Word of Honor Fund newsletters. Within its columns we hope to educate, inspire and illustrate how we can impact the lives of families who paid the ultimate sacrifice.


2017–2018 Updates

Word of Honor FundWord of Honor Fund’s new Support Site opened its doors on February 1st of last year. Measurable changes were noted in 2017 and have continued in 2018. By reorienting its playing field, Word of Honor Fund (WoHF) was able to build on its strengths and focus on the community by having a local Support Site.
Historically, WoHF’s events were driven by family interest. Since the opening of the office, the focus has shifted toward creating activities at the local level. Families have responded favorably to the new approach and to the physical location. The steady flow in activity shows that intra-office communication and workflow boosted the number of Child-Mentor activities and events. The Support Site provides a convenient location for the WoHF team to meet with families and plan. The increase in hired staff in 2017 has contributed to the continuity and steadfast workforce.
WoHF’s events have increased not only in quantity but also in quality, as evidenced by feedback from the children, mentors, and mothers. In 2017, WoHF’s support activities increased by 435% compared to its first year of events in 2013, quadrupling its efforts to support our special operations community. By mid- June of 2018, WoHF will have reached 160% of the total number of support activities completed in the year prior to the office opening. Without a doubt, our Support Site in Virginia Beach is expanding our reach!

Download the full 2018 newsletter HERE

2016–2017 Updates

A Letter from our President

Dear Families, Teammates, and Friends,

Since our humble beginning in 2012, Word of Honor Fund has facilitated meaningful support activities for our community’s Gold Star and Surviving Youths. By Spring of 2016, we determined more could be done; not all youths experienced equal support. By that Summer, the team had developed a holistic strategy to reach the previously unregistered youths throughout the Naval Special Operations enterprise. In the fall of 2016, we launched a campaign to register all Gold Star and Surviving Families spanning the east and west coasts. Since its launch, we have seen a significant increase in registrants and their accompanying activities. This endeavor is ongoing and will continue through 2017. To achieve our stated goals and to meet this new demand, it was essential for us to establish new infrastructure and increase our support staff. In February 2017, we opened the Virginia Beach based Word of Honor Fund Support Center. This center now provides our families direct access to our team and serves as a physical location for our supported families to participate in designing activities geared around their father’s intentions, as well as their own interests. I am pleased to report that it has been an exciting and activity-filled year for Word of Honor Fund sponsored Gold Star and Surviving Youths and their Mentors. The preceding pages of this update will provide you a small glimpse into their shared experiences covering June 2016 to June 2017. We look forward to sharing many more of their experiences in subsequent volumes. On behalf of the Word of Honor Fund Team and a grateful Naval Special Operations community, thank you for your enduring friendship and support.

Very Respectfully, Louis W. Shepard

Download the full 2017 newsletter HERE

2016 Updates



Read Their Stories

World Series

Sun Valley Snowboard


Notre Dame

2015 Updates



Read Their Stories

Monster Jam

World Series with the Royals

Costa Rica Surfing

iFly—Indoor Skydiving

2014 Updates


Read Their Stories

Kansas Youth Hunt

Surf's Up in Costa Rica

Going Google!

Royal Princess & Her Frog Man

2013 Updates

Disney On Ice




Indy 500

The Turkey Hunt

Our Mission Statement

Word of Honor Fund provides a continuum of support that facilitates milestone events for the surviving children of Navy SEALs and Special Operations personnel who die while assigned or attached to select Naval Special Operations Groups.

Our word is our bond and it is the purest form of trust. The most sacred of all is a father's promise to his children. Word of Honor Fund is committed to fulfilling the intentions of our fallen heroes by ensuring his children experience life as he had planned before his sacrifice. His untimely passing challenges his promise.

Who will honor his word? We will.

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