The mission of the Charles Humphrey Keating IV Foundation (C4 Foundation) is to contribute to the mental and physical health and well-being of active duty US Navy SEALs and their family members to preserve family unity. The centerpiece of this mission is a 560 acre fully improved retreat property in eastern San Diego County. The retreat will be a sanctuary for rest, regeneration and re-connection of SEAL fathers, wives and children and will offer research-backed programs to build optimistic and resilient relationship tools for individuals and SEAL families.
One can only imagine the stress of being an active duty Navy SEAL. The distance and pressure of deployments, the buildup, and workups prior to leaving, the time apart from your loved ones, the theater of war, and the ambiguity of the return home can be, at times, emotionally insurmountable. Our goal is to prepare for and minimize the consequences of those stresses in order to keep the focus of the warrior on the things that keep him focused on his job and a peaceful family life.
It is our purpose to fully understand, lengthen, and customize the decompression process for the life of Navy SEALs and their families. We challenge you to join us in our mission as this problem needs immediate attention.
Let’s create an environment where these warriors thrive on the home front – they are our best, and they deserve our best.
THERE IS NO OTHER MILITARY-SERVING CHARITY IN THE NATION THAT HAS THE SINGULAR MISSION OF KEEPING SEAL FAMILIES TOGETHER.
The Navy SEALs are the most effective fighting force in the world, but long deployments, even longer pre-deployment training cycles and the injuries suffered in combat and training place a significant strain on families and marriages.
We are customizing a program that helps alleviate stress during the transition process both into, and out of, deployment for Navy SEALs and their families. We do this by providing workshops, classes and programs, backed by scientific research, to help strengthen family unity. We are also partnering with world-class institutes and researchers to employ cutting-edge performance science-based programs.
Our dedicated team will guide families through evidence-based research programs that are designed to emphasize gratitude, optimism and effective communication. Research has shown that gratitude can greatly impact positive outcomes in psychological, social, and physical aspects of well-being.