BOSTON (WBZ-AM) -- Each month, “WBZ Cares” highlights a worthy non-profit organization and tells the story of what that organization does for the community. This month WBZ is profiling The Glen Doherty Memorial Foundation which provides scholarships for special operations members and helps them transition to civilian life.
Winchester native Glen Doherty, a CIA contractor and former Navy Seal, was among four Americans killed in Benghazi, Libya in 2012. His sister, Kate Quigley, is the President of the Foundation.
“Glen was a larger than life kind of guy. Anyone who knew him would describe him as his best friend. He had this ability to bring out the best and you always wanted to be your best self when you were with him. He had a crazy amount of energy, an incredible athlete, a scholar and he really stood for constantly bettering himself both professionally and personally. More than anything, he was a very loyal friend”, stated Quigley.
Quigley says Glen had wanted to leave contracting and become a civilian but could not for financial reasons.
“At 42 years old he was ready to move on. He really wanted to go back to school and the thought of taking on that financial burden at 42 was incredibly daunting for him. And he chose instead to continue contracting, even though he was really ready for that next step. But the doors weren’t opening for him like they should have, which is such a shame”, Quigley said.
So the Doherty Foundation grants scholarships to special operations members, like Glen, who want to transition out of the military.
“The federal programs don’t help these guys, so we’re really the only game in town. But those guys are amazing. They want to finish their 20 years of service and then be set up for that next phase of life”, Quigley concluded.
WBZ NewsRadio1030's Doug Cope Reports