Captain Joseph House Foundation Endorsements

Kenneth R. Dahl

US Army, LTG (Retired)
I wholeheartedly endorse Captain Joseph House Foundation as the non-profit organization with the single greatest potential to provide long term assistance to Gold Star Families, those who have lost a loved one in combat. The philosophy and approach at Captain Joseph House is unlike any other designed to provide family members the opportunity to accept their loss, get back on their feet and be a strong, thriving survivor. With this approach there is no doubt many will move beyond just being a survivor but will continue on that trajectory to lead and assist others in similar circumstances. This is a very powerful initiative that will produce long-term positive outcomes.

Fortunately, there are a plethora of quality organizations to meet the needs of our wounded warriors.Unfortunately, as a Nation we are falling short assisting the families whose warrior died. We can do better, and your support of Captain Joseph House Foundation can make a difference.

(These views are my own and do not represent the views of the Department of Defense or the Army)

R. D. Hearney

General USMC (ret.)
February 19, 2019

To a Grateful Nation —

My purpose in writing is to applaud the efforts of Betsy Schultz to provide respite and a healing experience to Gold Star Families, declare my full support and encourage anyone who reads this note to search for ways they might get onboard and lend their support.

Betsy created the Captain Joseph House Foundation in the months following the death of her son, Army Captain Joseph Schultz in Afghanistan Memorial Day Weekend 2011. She donated her B&B in Port Angeles, Washington to provide a home away from home experience where families who lost a loved one in combat can meet, establish new friendships and where healing and strength can be drawn from sharing their common experiences. The 1910 Home has been under remodel with the help of more than 21,000 volunteer hours in addition to support from local businesses and contractors. Generous donations have also been received along with a state grant. Gold Star Families will be welcomed for the first time this year.

I lost a son (Marine Captain Brenden Hearney) in an aviation accident in 1994 and know first hand the emotional strain and long, difficult healing process a family goes through when losing a son, daughter or spouse who was serving our country in uniform. I am convinced Betsy’s initiative is one that will make a real difference and ease that pain and help families get to what I call ‘turning the corner’ — being able to look back on memories with fondness and a smile rather than a flood of tears.

Betsy deserves our support. Please take time to see how you might help.

Colonel David W. Sutherland

US Army (Retired)
August 26, 2014

To A Grateful Nation:

In my former position as Special Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff – Warrior and Family Support at the Pentagon, I met with Betsy Reed Schultz on March 20, 2012 at the suggestion of Admiral Michael Mullen. Betsy compassionately presented the vision and mission of the Captain Joseph House Foundation (CJHF) from the perspective of a Gold Star family.

Sue Roberts, Director

City of Port Angeles
Dept. of Community & Economic Development
PO Box 1150
Port Angeles WA 98362
October 31, 2012

Dear Sue:

Peninsula Behavioral Health (PHB) is pleased to support Ms. Betsy Schultz’s application for an extension of a Conditional use Permit to operate a respite program in the RS-7 Residential Single Family zone.

Converting the Tudor Inn into a program that would assist with the healing of families who have lost a loved one in the armed services would be a worthwhile asset for our community, as well as an invaluable resource for our country’s military families. In addition to reflecting positively on our town, and perhaps even increasing tourism and helping local businesses, it would be a good way to appreciate and honor the many veterans who reside in our area of the country.

Brent Cooper

Executive Director
Green Beret Foundation
Nov. 3, 2020

To Whom It May Concern:

Our greatest privilege and most sacred duty at the Green Beret Foundation is to serve the families and loved ones of our Gold Star and Surviving Family members. The final sacrifice of their Green Berets causes us to pause, reflect, and give thanks for the freedoms we hold so dear. Our mission is to help the family navigate their difficult journey, give them the tools they need and empower them to take control of their future. In the immediate wake of the Green Beret’s death we offer financial assistance to help ease the burden of the expenses the family may incur during this time. Long-term, we strive to maintain relationships with the family and communicate with the Special Forces Groups to identify any gaps we may be able to fill.

Michael Gregoire

First Gentleman
State of Washington

John E. Lee
Washington State Dept. of Veterans Affairs

January 26, 2012

We recently had the opportunity to speak with Betsy Reed Schultz, mother of decorated Green Beret Captain Joseph William Schultz, who died in Wardak Province, Afghanistan on May 29, 2011. During our conversation, she shared with us the plans she has made to honor her son and those families who have also paid the ultimate sacrifice. Betsy plans to renovate her former bed and breakfast to accommodate families of the Fallen for an expense-paid respite on the beautiful Olympic Peninsula.

The Captain Joseph House Foundation (Foundation) was incorporated on August 11, 2011; its application for 501(c)(3) tax exempt status is pending with the IRS. Individuals from around the country with a cross section of interests, varied backgrounds, real world knowledge and expertise in the areas of government, military, finance, corporate planning, marketing, fundraising, non-profits, medical, advertising make up the 15 member Board of Directors. These individuals knew Captain Schultz personally and professionally and have committed their time and energy to make this Foundation happen.

Mary Laureana Aguirre-Garza

Gold Star Mother
Cpl Nathaniel Arron Aguirre
KIA October 22, 2006

On my grief journey I met a most remarkable woman with a vision like no other. She dedicates her time to the Captain Joseph House Foundation which will provide a continuum of healing and respite to Gold Star Families whose loved one died in combat. Betsy Schultz, a Gold Star Mother, is that person with this vision to support other Gold Star Families. I vow to support her in her endeavors to make this a realization.

I got a taste of what will come with a respite stay at the Captain Joseph House in Port Angeles, Washington and the healing it will provide during my stay at her home. She embraced me and respected me with where I was at in my grief. Once all renovation is completed a family can stay for 6 days at no cost in the Captain Joseph House. Airfare will also be taken care of for the immediate family of up to 8. This respite house is located at the foot of the majestic Olympic National Park.