Joe Silva was a Navy SEAL for almost 20 years. He did four tours in Vietnam, served on SEAL Team 2, and was a plank owner of SEAL Team 6. He retired as a Master Chief Petty Officer with numerous medals which included a Navy and Marine Corps Medal, two Bronze Stars, and two Purple Hearts. In December 2014, he passed away after a six-year battle with PTSD, substance abuse, and depression. As a part of his military career, Joe took on other personas. Later in life, he introduced himself to people as Joel, and the name became his artist pseudonym. In the years before his death, most people only knew him as Joel. This is why we chose to call our non-profit The Joel Fund.