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The launch of the 2016 Special Ops Silverado coincides with National Military Appreciation Month (military members can take advantage of Chevrolet’s Military Discount Program) and serves as a tribute to all Special Operations in the U.S. military. For every Special Ops edition sold, Chevrolet will make a donation to the Navy SEAL Museum and its affiliated Trident House Charities program, which aids in helping the families of fallen, injured and active duty military.

The production model (which is different than the original concept model unveiled at the 2015 Army-Navy football game in Philadelphia) is based on the Z71 off-road Silverado 1500 WT Double Cab model—not intended for everyday pampering—and was kept at a price point most military members can afford, while still offering unique features not found on the standard models, such as deep-tinted windows, black bowties, naval-inspired graphics, a bed-mounted sport bar with Special Ops signature and more. You can see all the specificiations here.

And while the truck—with its bold, imposing exterior—represents an outward tribute to those who have served at the most challenging and critical levels of military service, the Navy SEAL Museum, which will benefit from the sales of the vehicles, offers a permanent place in history for the heroes who have made the ultimate sacrifice to keep America free, and for the families who fight to keep their memories alive.

Navy SEAL Museum Executive Director Rick Kaiser, who is no stranger to the horrors of war, is a former Navy SEAL who specialized in winter warfare, combat diving and sniping. In 1993 he received the Silver Star Medal for Valor during the Battle of Mogadishu (Black Hawk Down). Now, in admittedly a less perilous role but one also of great magnitude, he is dedicated to carrying out the mission of the museum, which is to honor and support the SEALs and their predecessors for their contributions to U.S. national security:

The National Navy UDT-SEAL Museum is the only museum dedicated solely to preserving the history of the U.S. Navy SEALs and their predecessors, including the Underwater Demolition Teams, Naval Combat Demolition Units, Office of Strategic Services Maritime Units and Amphibious Scouts and Raiders. The museum promotes public education by providing the opportunity to explore the history of the Navy SEALs while honoring the fallen at the SEAL Memorial, and caring for those warriors’ families through the Trident House Charities, a tranquil waterfront residence located along the Indian River in Sebastian, Fla. The home serves as a critical and complimentary respite for the families of U.S. Navy SEALs and all Special Operations Forces who need a break from the longest war in U.S. history.
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