What We Do
I was taught from a young age to always help others, even if it was something small like helping an elderly lady load her groceries into her car or giving a sandwich to a homeless person. It was instilled in us that “it’s better to give, than to receive”.
As an Airborne Pathfinder Sergeant in the US Army, this philosophy became even more deeply ingrained as the core mission of our special unit was helping and assisting others.
At Patona Equity, one of our greatest joys is being in a position to make a lasting impact and positively change the lives of those around us that need help. We believe that success is only enjoyable when it is shared.
We also believe that with our success, we have a responsibility to support people and organizations that are in line with our core values. Here are some of the organizations we actively support.
John Steinbaugh, Founder
(Former Pathfinder, Special Forces Medic (18D) & Tier 1 Special Operations Medic for the United States Army Special Operations Command (USASOC) with 14 combat tours from 1991 to 2010)
Founded by combat-injured Veterans and patriots to serve fellow Veterans, First Responders, and their families.
It is our duty to assist our country’s heroes in finding their purpose and moving forward into the next chapter of their lives. We accomplish this by quietly addressing specific needs and coordinating events which are tailored to the individual or group. These events include anything from outdoor adventures, to activities focused on building relationships and outreach, as well assistance with navigating through government bureaucracies; such as the VA.
We have found that Veterans in the Northwest suffer from a myriad of issues due to a lack of local military bases and resources, thereby leaving them feeling helpless and isolated. Forward Assist steps in where others have failed our heroes; Forward Assist leaves nobody behind.
Gold Star Children
This is a documentary feature film that takes an intimate look at American children who’ve lost a parent to war.
The film follows the parallel journeys of two generations of grieving children; recent war orphans who’ve lost military parents serving in Iraq, Afghanistan, Bosnia and here at home, learn to heal alongside the now adult-child survivors of the Vietnam War.
The film brings together voices of today with historical context, giving meaning and shape to how America understands those who sacrifice in service to their country and the children and families they leave behind.
Unit Scholarship Fund
Mission: To Provide Merit Based Scholarships And Educational Enrichment Opportunities To The Families Of Current And Veteran Unit Members.
We are an ALL-VOLUNTEER, non-profit, tax-exempt 501 (c)(3) organization, and since our establishment in 1993 we have honored our Fallen Special Operations Soldiers by awarding merit based post-secondary educational memorial scholarships to the Daughters, Sons and Spouses of America’s most elite Fighting Force.
Remembering America’s Heroes
Remembering America’s Heroes (RAH) provides education to youth and the community so they can understand and appreciate the value of freedom and its cost.
For the past twenty years, R.A.H. was originally known for Milwaukie High School’s Annual Living History Day, which for 15 years was the biggest and most comprehensive school program honoring Veterans in the United States. Since 2001 we have taken the Living History Day concept to 40 different schools in Oregon and consulted to many more all over the U.S. Living History Day includes speaker sessions, where Veterans speak to students in classrooms about their experiences; a luncheon hosted by the students: and the day culminates in the Assembly of Honor. Special recognition of our Veterans occurs during the assembly.
In addition, R.A.H. has produced “Tribute to Veterans Shows” at the Oregon State Fair, The Veterans Memorial Coliseum, The Rose Garden, and The Arlene Schnitzer Hall in Portland. R.A.H. is also the official host of the Oregon Military Hall of Fame in 2007, 2008, and 2009
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