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Nashville Celebrates Veterans of Special Forces


As a nation, we ask those who protect us by serving in the military to do some of the most dangerous work imaginable. This is particularly true for special operation forces. But how do these highly trained soldiers transition to civilian life once their service is over? Enter Your Grateful Nation, a nonprofit that addresses the unique challenges faced by special forces veterans. It is the brainchild of executive director Col. Rob Kirila, a 26-year veteran of the U.S. Army. We asked Col. Kirila to share some thoughts on his organization and one of its recent events in town. It was held on July 19 at the Loveless Cafe and featured Rob O’Neill, the special forces soldier who shot Osama bin Laden.

What does your organization do?

With an ever-growing list of hiring partners, we work with each individual to curate a professional network. We believe that when business leadership has the opportunity to interact with special operators, a veteran of special forces, good things happen.

Why did you choose Nashville for one of your events?  

First, Nashville is very attractive to special operators in terms of geographic location, business climate, social climate and the proximity of Fort Campbell. Second, Nashville is known to be a highly patriotic, veteran-friendly town. Our special operators can thrive in environments like Nashville.

How did the event go?

Many of the folks expressed their appreciation. We raised in excess of $45,000, a great success that allows us to provide support services to special operators throughout the summer. We return next year and are always looking for volunteers and donors.

How can our readers help?

Visit to sign up to help our incredible special operators.