WACO, Texas (KWTX) Members of the Special Forces in the U.S. military are known as the quiet professionals, accomplishing things for our nation while working in secret.
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That explains why you may not know about a veterans group that donates thousands of dollars to Central Texas families and organizations, many times anonymously.
And while they remain modest about what they do we want you to know about Chapter 93 of the Special Forces Association
"The motto of Special Forces is De Oppresso Liber, which means to free the oppressed," said John Householder, an Army Special Forces veteran, "and we feel that motto is appropriate for us today. There are many people in the community who are oppressed economically."
And it's a motto these members of Chapter 93 of the Special Forces Association take very seriously.
"We are a bunch of former Green Berets who are dedicated to serving. We served the country in a time of war. Now we want to serve the community for the betterment of the community," said Special Forces veteran Jon Ker.
We caught them on a day they made a donation to the Veterans One Stop in Waco.
Many organizations have received their support.
But so have individual veteran and military families in need of financial help.
Many times they'll receive money never knowing where it came from.
Ker said, "we don't seek glory, we don't seek honor. We just want to give back. We stand on the shoulders of heroes and because of that, we want to be able to recognize the heroes in our community when we can."
And they've donated almost $40,000 in scholarships to children and grandchildren of service members who've been killed or disabled.
"Sometimes kids whose father or grandfather are gone," Ker said, "those kids may be in a position where a leg up, a helping hand, will help them gain a position in the community to also serve."
It's funded through an annual golf tournament and the next one is happening in 2019.
But the members find something else being a part of this group.
For 20 years after leaving active duty, Army Special forces veteran James Savell didn't have much of a connection with the military community.
"For 20 years I didn't think about it, and then I got back with everybody and that's the way it is. It's like with the American Legion, they'll tell you it's mostly the old guys," Savell said.
But now things have changed, and he's found fulfillment in seeing what he and his accomplished fellow veterans can do together.
"Every one of us are alpha males, and every one of stand on our own feet, they can do it on their own, and it's a wonderful group to be with," Savell said.
And Householder said, "It's about giving back to the community and part of that is giving thanks for surviving what we survived in times of conflict."