Military Embedded Systems

Duskin & Stephens Foundation


February 24, 2020

Lisa Daigle

Assistant Managing Editor

Military Embedded Systems

Duskin & Stephens Foundation

Each issue, the editorial staff of Military Embedded Systems will highlight a different charitable organization that benefits the military, veterans, and their families. We are honored to cover the technology that protects those who protect us every day. To back that up, our parent company – OpenSystems Media – will make a donation to every group we showcase on this page.

This issue we are highlighting the Duskin & Stephens Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization run by active-duty Green Berets that supports active Special Operations soldiers, sailors, airmen, marines, and their families. The organization was formed in 2013 when members of 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, came together to honor and remember two of their former teammates, Mike Duskin and Riley Stephens, both of whom had been killed in action in Afghanistan.

With no start-up capital and little guidance on how to create such a venture, the members relied heavily on the efforts of family members and teammates to plan, organize, and execute the benefit.

Following the benefit, volunteers pledged that their newly formed organization would continue to provide direct support to families of fallen special forces operators; grant educational scholarships to children of active-duty members; run community-outreach events, interactive recreational programs, and related activities for members and families; enable access to healing programs designed to combat the effects of post-traumatic stress, traumatic brain injury, or loss of a loved one; and conduct events honoring active-duty and former special forces members.

For more information on the Duskin & Stephens Foundation, please visit



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