The mission of the St. Louis Military Officer Support Foundation is to provide fitness, weapons, combatives, medical, water confidence, land navigation and tactical training to those from the Greater Saint Louis area that have been accepted to, attend or serve as an active duty commissioned officer through a United States military academy (United States Military Academy-West Point, United States Naval Academy, United States Air Force Academy and United States Coast Guard Academy), R.O.T.C. or Officer Candidate School. We have also provided this training to select enlisted personnel with a combat military occupational specialty (MOS). When deployed, we organize frequent shipments of care packages filled with food, entertainment and needed supplies.
In 2004, SLMOSF President Keath Hausher was inspired after meeting an Army Cadet while on break from West Point. The Cadet’s intelligence, motivation, patriotism and eagerness to learn were extraordinary! Hausher, a long time expert in the area of fitness and shooting, began assisting his development in those areas over the course of the next year. The Cadets responsibilities expanded at West Point which soon offered the chance for the trainee to become the trainer. His leadership and ability to inspire his fellow Cadets earned him a commendation and the opportunity to lead his company’s Sandhurst Team. Hausher was asked to assist him with the development and execution of a training program for the competition. The first time Hausher passed through the gates of West Point, he quickly realized that there were four thousand other remarkable young men and women who could benefit from his experience and instruction. Word traveled quickly and soon, Hausher’s fitness programs were making an impact on the community. Through word of mouth, prospective officers from all United States military academies were taking advantage of the training. Privately funded, expenses were soaring to $25K annually and Hausher’s friends offered to help raise funds toward the endeavor which led to the 2008 start of the Saint Louis Military Officer Support Foundation, a Missouri 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
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The Saint Louis Military Officer Support Foundation was incorporated on December 29, 2008, as a Missouri not-for-profit corporation. As described in its Articles of Incorporation, the Organization is organized exclusively for charitable, scientific, literary and educational purposes within the meaning of section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Contributions are tax deductible under section 170 of the Code.