First There’s mission is to ensure current and former Combat Controllers know they have teammates ready to assist them when life becomes difficult.
We will help coordinate access to medical, mental, and substance abuse treatments. We also provide emergency financial assistance, career guidance, and help connect our families to various support services.
First There honors past, present, and future Combat Controllers by raising awareness of their vital contributions in armed conflicts and natural disasters throughout American history.
Eric served as a Combat Controller for many years. After leaving the Air Force, he found it difficult to navigate life. Through his personal ups and downs, he felt the effects of being a CCT had an impact on his abilities to perform in the civilian world. He knew others needed assistance at certain times of their life, and so, The First There Foundation was born.