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.
Glen Doherty was a Winchester native working as a CIA contractor when he was among four Americans killed in Benghazi, Libya in 2012. Glen was a former Navy Seal and was on his last assignment. Foundation Treasurer Tom Donahue, one of Glen's longtime friends, says Glen had wanted to get back into civilian life but couldn't make it financially and went back overseas.
“He ended up graduating from college, you know, going to school at nights, but it was very difficult for him to get to the next stage and find a successful civilian career. So he continued to deploy overseas and in harm’s way which ended up taking his life. So it was directly correlated with his experience and our experience watching him do that,” Donahue stated.
Donahue says Glen may have lived if an organization like the Doherty Foundation had existed, “That is absolutely what our take away is, or in what we’re trying to solve for. Please don’t take that last assignment if there’s a gap in your funding, you know, we’ll solve for that so you can stay here.”
Donahue says Glen's death inspired him and others to act.
“We wanted to find a way to create some goodness out of a pretty painful moment, and so that’s when we started to do the fundraisers and focus on sourcing folks candidates and helping them,” says Donahue.
So now they provide scholarships to help fund educational costs for Special Operations members.
WBZ NewsRadio1030's Doug Cope Reports