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 killed in the terror attack in Benghazi, Libya in 2012. The former Navy Seal was a CIA contractor who had wanted to return to civilian life but finances prevented that. Dave Nicastro, now a state trooper, had served as a marine and a security contractor overseas. He was in a similar situation, which he says really affected his family.
“It really hit me hard when Skype Christmas’ and Skype birthday parties, I’m missing so much, but when my four-year-old son at the time had cried to me over Skype, which was the first time he ever did that, he said ‘Daddy come home’ it’s like my heart was ripped out of my chest. I knew it was kinda time to try to make that transition and try to make it happen,” said Nicastro.
So he got a scholarship from the Doherty Foundation, which enabled him to attend the police academy.
“You know, I mean, I had a little bit of a kitty saved up in the bank, but it depleted because I literary took off almost a year just to train for the academy, to get myself ready mentally and physically, in all aspects to go back to another boot camp. And it’s a live-in boot camp, you go there Monday through Friday. It was really hard. Especially with a wife and three kids. So financially the Foundation helped tremendously, there’s no way I would have been able to do it without them,” Nicastro stated.
Nicastro says there are others in similar situations who could use the foundation’s help, “When you kind of look at the bigger picture, it’s like you know, it’s really about my family at this point. I gave so much to my country, I gave so much to those guys, but what did I give to my family? You kinda want to come home and give back to that. So those guys overseas, they feel it, they need to know there are people who want then home if they want to come home, umm, if they want to start families, they want to kinda re-introduce themselves to their families, The Glen Doherty Foundation is there for them.”
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