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The TFDSOF Health Initiative Program provides access to and awareness of personalized functional medicine approaches that deliver lifestyle, integrative, and nutritional interventions that address root causes of dysfunction in the Special Operations Forces (SOF) community members.

in support to SOF since 2015
Families Supported Since 2015

The TFDSOF Health Initiative program was designed to work by, with, and through all existing Department of Defense and Veteran’s Affairs resources. Through strategic collaborations and partnerships, TFDF has created a network of external organizations and institutes that offer alternative wellness solutions for SOF service members, veterans and families.

The goal of the program is to provide a framework for a person-oriented approach to wellness that restores warfighters to optimal health.


Alcohol Use in the Military and Veteran Community

Common Sleep Disorders in the Veteran Community

Stress Within the Veteran Community

Toxic Exposure Within the Veteran Community

Brain Injury in the Veteran Community

Donate Now

Donate to the TFDSOF Health Initiative program and help restore wellness for a member of the Special Operations Forces community. Contributions earmarked for this program cover the expenses for medical services not covered by DoD or insurance, as well as travel and lodging for the service member so they may receive specialized care.

The Why

The increase in cancers and suicides within the special operations community is undeniable and was the impetus for the SOF Health Initiative Program. Exposures and experiences shared among the Special Operations Forces services members are a direct correlation with the health conditions they harbor.

A person-oriented approach to wellness provides a holistic view of an individual’s experience and exposure, unveiling the root cause of dysfunction.

Once dysfunction is discovered, appropriate, targeted, and effective treatments can be implemented to restore wellness.

The Special Operations Forces community is undisputed for being unconventional and taking alternative measures for problem solving. The SOF Health Initiative is no different.

In fact, the program is inspired by the first SOF truth: Humans are more important than hardware. We take a militaristic approach to our program of education and awareness, providing guiding principles for understanding one’s health and empowering service members to take ownership of their wellness.

We are operators. We understand the symptoms and struggles of the long journey to optimal health. We’ve seen how treating only the disease, and not the dysfunction, results in the opposite of wellness, often compounding the issue. This is why we are committed to providing alternative methods to improve warfighter health.

Some core program focuses include:
  • TBI treatments
  • Heavy metal treatments 
  • Functional Medicine evaluation and programs
  • Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
Program Partners and Providers:
  • Functional Medicine Clinic at the Cleveland Clinic
  • Dr Gabrielle Lyon
  • Dr Joseph Dituri, Ph.D CDR, USN (Ret)
  • CereScan
  • Regenesis Performance
  • Dr David Lemay
  • Mt Sinai Hospital
  • North Carolina Hyperbarics
  • Warriors Heart
  • Exos
  • Special Forces Foundation
  • Stella Center
  • Thorne Supplements


I would not be here today if it wasn’t for the things TFDF interjected into me.

Chuck Yerry

SOF Health Initiative Program participant

The difference that it’s made in my life and all the friends that I’ve recommended the program to is monumental.

Doug Kiesewetter

SOF Health Initiative Program participant
About Us

Since 2009, Task Force Dagger Special Operations Foundation has provided critical support to wounded, ill, or injured U.S. Special Operations Command members and their families. Task Force Dagger’s three core programs — Immediate Needs, Health Initiatives, and Rehabilitative Adaptive Events — quickly help when there’s an emergency, provide next-generation health solutions for issues, and organize events that help SOF members with recovery. As a veteran-operated nonprofit, Task Force Dagger understands the needs and experiences of the Special Operations Forces community. Each program is designed to heal, rebuild, and strengthen the service member and their family by providing mission, purpose, and focus.

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