OUR BRAVE WARRIORS ARE STILL DEPLOYING DESPITE COVID-19. THEREFORE, OUR MISSION NEVER STOPS. WE NEED YOUR HELP NOW MORE THAN EVER. WE ARE SO GRATEFUL TO THOSE WHO CONTINUE TO SUPPORT THESE FAMILIES.
Foundation News
Wreaths Across America
Sponsor A Wreath Through The C4 Foundation
Wreaths Across America sets an ambitious goal each year to place a wreath on each hero's grave on National Wreaths Across America Day - December 19, 2020.

Each December they carry out their mission to Remember, Honor, and Teach. They coordinate wreath-laying ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery, in addition to 1,600 other locations in all 50 states at sea and abroad.

*Purchase a wreath for ONLY $15.00.
$5.00 will go back to the
C4 Foundation!
How to sponsor Wreaths Across America through The C4 Foundation:
  1. Order online through the direct link
  2. Click "Sponsor Wreaths"
  3. Select the number of wreaths to sponsor AND the location you want them to be sent
  4. Add other options (gravesite specifics, etc.) as desired
  5. Complete checkout process with credit/debit card or Paypal
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FOLLOW our Instagram and Facebook Page to Learn About Your Opportunity to Win Cool Gifts From Us & Our Partner Companies!
Our October Giveaway for one of our lucky subscribers will be an exclusive set of our custom Yeti X C4 Foundation drinkware!!!

The set will include:
C4 Wine Tumbler
C4 10oz Tumbler
C4 14oz Coffee Mug
C4 Colster (Bud Heavy Size)

We will have more giveaways with our partner sponsors throughout the year. There are only 3 rules to be eligible to win

  1. Follow C4 Foundation on Instagram & Facebook.
  2. Become a monthly subscriber to the C4 Foundation (just $4/mo).
  3. Live in the USA

*WINNER WILL BE ANNOUNCED ON OCTOBER 23RD ON INSTAGRAM AND FACEBOOK!
Upcoming Events
David Wells - Perfect 33 Foundation
2020 Golf Tournament
Join us on Friday October 23, 2020 for dinner, an auction, and live entertainment at Sycuan Casino Resort. On Saturday, October 24, 2020 join us for a Golf Tournament at the Singing Hills Golf Resort at Sycuan Casino Resort. Special room rates are available at Sycuan Casino Resort (619)445-6002. Tickets and rooms will sell out, so make your reservations early! Questions? Call Perfect33 Foundation at (619) 341-2904.
Thank You
Thank You to David & Nina Wells
The C4 Foundation would like to give a special THANK YOU to David & Nina Wells. These amazing people are the founders of the Perfect 33 Foundation, which aims to provide preventative and post-service treatment for Navy SEALs experiencing the effects of combat related injuries and TBI’s. Each year, The Perfect 33 Foundation hosts an amazing auction and golf event at Sycuan Casino Resort, and the proceeds directly benefit the C4 Foundation and C4 Ranch programs. It has been an honor getting to know this incredible family and their team, and a privilege to call them a part of the C4 Family.
Lessons From The C4 Ranch
Something Good Could Happen: The True Definition of Optimism
By Dr. Glenn Fox, C4 Foundation Chief Science Officer
What comes to mind when you think about the word, ‘optimism?’ For many, it conjures up the association with a ‘glass half full’ mentality, or someone who sees the world through ‘rose colored glasses.’ Optimism is often used as a dirty word to mean that someone who is optimistic is positive all the time and does not engage with life’s difficulties. 

In research, however, optimism has a different, and much more powerful meaning. Research has actually shown that optimistic people show lower levels of denial, higher mental toughness, and better physical health. So, what has research shown that optimistic people actually do differently? As it happens, optimism is not believing things are great when they are not. Optimism is the belief that what we do today can make tomorrow better, even if today is particularly difficult. Optimism is taking stock of whatever resources we have, and realizing that we usually have more choices than we think we do to make things work, such that things can improve over time. 

Optimism is a central tenet of the C4’s FROG program (Families Reconnecting through Optimism and Gratitude). We embrace optimism by showcasing the true difficulty of a life of service in the NSW community. And in so doing, provide respite through programs that help families enjoy today, and remind themselves that with some work, tomorrow will be a bit better, or at the very least we will have a little more room to cope and enjoy the moments we can spend with our family, the memories of great times together, and the good things to come. 

We can also practice optimism right now. Sit with a pen and paper for five minutes and write three things you’re looking forward to in the next days, weeks, months, or year. Now, look at each of those things and focus on the small steps necessary to make them a reality. Rather than saying, 'I’m looking forward to the end of the school year', or the 'end of a deployment', focus on saying, 'I’m looking forward to submitting my grades at the end of the semester', or 'I’m looking forward to showing my partner the new plants I planted while he was away', or to 'showing pictures of the people that I met overseas.’ 

By focusing on the things that we can do at any given time to make those moments a reality, we nudge ourselves to take control of the narrative, see problems more clearly, and we make tomorrow a little more manageable and give ourselves something to look forward to. That is optimism.

Written By: Glenn R. Fox, PhD
SEAL Family Testimonial
Fall is a beautiful time in the backcountry. We are so excited to continue hosting SEALs and their families at the C4 Ranch. Although 2020 has been challenging, we are so blessed to continue serving them. Below is a testimonial from one of our SEAL families.
This deployment was especially hard since it was in the middle of... well, 2020! Amidst all of that, though, the ranch was a much-needed getaway. Gorgeous scenery and amazing experiences made it something to look forward to, and something to remember for a long, long time. It gave my family, and especially my mom, downtime take a breath and relax for two days, not feeling the burden of deployment. I’m forever grateful for our time spent at the ranch and for the C4 Foundation. 

C4 Foundation Leadership
The C4 Foundation is a 501C3 national non-profit charitable organization. Tax-ID: 82-2075362. It is a non-federal entity and is not party of the Department of Defense or any of its components.