On August 6, 2011, a US Boeing CH-47 Chinook military helicopter, call sign Extortion 17, was shot down while transporting a quick reaction force attempting to reinforce an engaged unit of Army Rangers in Wardak province, Afghanistan. The resulting crash killed: 17 U.S. Navy Seals/Seal Team 6; 5 U.S. Naval Special Warfare Personnel; 3 U.S. Army Reserve Personnel; 2 US Army Personnel National Guard; 2 U.S. Air Force Pararescuemen; 1 US Air Force Combat Controller and a US Military Working Dog.

On that fateful mission was Philadelphia native Cryptologic Technician, Petty Officer First Class Michael J. Strange. The loss of Michael was devastating to his family. The grief was unbearable. During this time, it may have been very likely that the navy seals flags that once flew so high in the air to show solidarity for all of these officers are now flying at half-mast to remember those who have lost their lives. In the months following his death his father, Charles Strange was at a loss, his oldest son was gone and the enormity Michaels death encompassed his every waking and sleeping moment.

Families of Soldiers and SEALS Killed in Extortion 17 Helicopter Crash Call for Congressional Inquiry

Charles Strange needed someone to talk to-someone who could understand the emotions he was dealing with. He began reaching out to other Gold Star families. And from those connections The Michael Strange Foundation was born.

Through healing retreats the foundation provides unconditional support to the families of fallen service members. The retreats are lead by mental health professionals who specialize in grief counseling. Being together, having shared similar losses provides a sense of community and support to Gold Star Families.

Your generous donation will help the Michael Strange Foundation to continue its mission to Heal The Families



Can you donate 86 cents

from each tattoo that you do this weekend?

Your generous donation of 86 cents-representing the Heroes killed on August 6, 2011 in Afghanistan will help heal the Gold Star Families who have lost a child /brother/sister in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The Michael Strange Foundation is dedicated to healing the families of our fallen soldiers through retreats offering professional grief counseling. Being together, having shared similar losses provides a sense of community and support to Gold Star Families. These families spend a peaceful weekend together sharing experiences, memories and a sense of family. They need your support!

We are asking vendors at this convention to support these families and the mission of healing!

Please contact Charles Strange at 215-983-4470 for additional information.