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Explosive Ordnance Disposal Warrior Foundation supports the most dangerous job in the military

EOD members have an organization looking out for their interests ??" the EOD Warrior Foundation. U.S. Army photo

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Working in one of the most dangerous occupations in the military is probably an accolade that most servicemembers would want to state, but may not want to actually commit a career towards.

That's the life of an Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) technician.

Out of the estimated 1.4 million members serving in the military, only 7,000 specialists can claim having the most dangerous occupation.

"EOD is a job that most of us can only imagine taking place in an action movie," explained Nicole Motsek, the executive director of the EOD Warrior Foundation, a nonprofit organization that helps EOD veterans and their families. "Their work is extremely dangerous, critical and lifesaving.  EOD personnel sustain some of the most severe and often life-changing injuries."

"The EOD community has suffered great loss over the last fourteen years during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and there's an organization committed to supporting them on their journey of healing, back here at home," said Motsek.

That's where the Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Warrior Foundation steps in.

The EOD Warrior Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization established through the March 1, 2013 merger of the EOD Memorial Foundation and the Wounded EOD Warrior Foundation to streamline and increase the capacity to support the EOD community.

"We now have a great understanding of the types of assistance EOD warriors and their family members need," added Motsek. "Our mission is to provide them this support and also to highlight the importance of the very elite and humble group of warriors."

The EOD Warrior Foundation inhibits a continuous supporting family environment of "EOD family is for life."

With an ongoing mission to disarm challenges of the EOD family, the EOD Warrior Foundation provides support with characteristics that embody compassion and caring for every individual they serve.

"I remain honored and committed to continuing to grow our organization," explained Ken Falke, who was an EOD specialist and founded the organization. "We cannot do this alone and know that our EOD family is there for us like we are there for them."

There shouldn't be any doubt to requiring some experience with the physical demands and unique lifestyle needs of being involved with disarming explosives as a profession.

The EOD Warrior Foundation (EODWF) typically serves the EOD community by providing additional support, emergency assistance and financial assistance to servicemembers and veterans wounded, injured or now ill EOD warriors, families of our wounded and fallen EOD warriors, and by maintaining the EOD Memorial.

The foundation offers four pillars of support:

I.    Emergency Financial Relief
II.   Education
III.  Hope and Wellness
IV.  EOD Memorial Care

When one's profession includes positive accolades of dismantling and destroying tens of thousands of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) over just the last 14 years, then the draw of Hollywood and the general population is understandable.

The negative? IEDs are responsible for the majority of fatalities and severe injuries to U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.

That makes the impact of EOD supporting organizations even more detrimental to the EOD community.

The EOD Warrior Foundation support includes financial assistance and additional services such as morale events, peer-to-peer support, educational programs, connections to resources, and sustained contact with our EOD warriors and their families.

To learn more about the EOD Warrior Foundation, visit their site at:

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