The decision by the Navy SEAL Foundation to reject the potential source of funding highlights the tensions within the typically tight-lipped SEAL community about a tell-all book that delivers a blow-by-blow account of the SEALs' most famous mission.
The author’s attorney responded that the book was properly vetted, and that Owen did not reveal classified information or break a non-disclosure agreement that he signed.
The author said that he is donating a majority of his book proceeds to charity.
Another charity that focuses on Navy SEALs that was listed in the book, the All in All the Time Foundation, has not yet decided how it should handle any potential funds coming from the tome, The Virginian-Pilot reported.
Christina Valentine, who founded the group after her husband died in a parachuting accident in 2008, told the Pilot, “I need to sit here and really mull it over.
"I don't want to judge anybody or make an uninformed comment,” she said. “I wonder how many people out there haven't read the book and are making a statement?"