SEALs, as they call themselves, have a special kind of respect for the breast.
Their tattoos, often accompanied by their names and nicknames, are an important part of the tradition of honoring the Navy SEAL Team 16, whose members have been honored for their bravery and sacrifice in the line of duty since their debut on the front lines in Vietnam in 1967.
The tattoo is a seal-like tattoo on the breast of the SEALs’ current member, Petty Officer 2nd Class Christopher Laughlin, and the Seal Team 4 SEALs have already created a fundraising page to help raise money for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, which funds breast cancer treatment and research at universities, hospitals and other medical facilities.
The breast cancer charity has already raised nearly $200,000 in support of its Breast Cancer Survivors Foundation, the Navy Seal Team’s fundraising arm.
The two-year-old charity has also established a fund to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which ends this month.
“The Navy SEAL team has done so much to help our country and make a difference in people’s lives and I’m so proud to be a part of this group,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Laughlin.
“Our mission is to serve and protect our country with honor and integrity.
We don’t just fight, we live, and that’s why we are so grateful for the support we have been able to receive.”
The SEALs were trained to defend their nation in combat and as SEALs in the field, which is why the SEAL tattoo is so important to them.
In the last three years, the Breast Cancers Foundation has raised more than $2 million in support in support for cancer research.
This week, the SEAL Tattoo Foundation held its fifth annual Breast Cancer Support Fundraiser, which was the first time the group had raised $100,000 for the cause.
Since its inception in 2009, the Foundation has also raised more $2.5 million for the National Breast Cancer Coalition, the American Cancer Society and other organizations, including the American Heart Association, National Cancer Institute and the American Red Cross.
Last month, Navy SEAL 1st Lieutenant Ryan Neely, a Marine combat veteran who served as a SEALs sniper instructor in Iraq and Afghanistan, was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross.
The award is given to an individual who has demonstrated extraordinary service to the United States Armed Forces.
Laughlin was recently awarded a Purple Heart for his service to his country.