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Causes: Military & Veterans Organizations, Veterans

Mission: The Warrior Bonfire Program is committed to providing opportunities that improve the lives of Purple Heart recipients on their life long journey of recovery and healing, with focus on creating activity based, stress free environments that promote camaraderie and therapeutic healing. We place warriors, wounded in combat with others of a similar experience, in a stress free, safe and secure setting which promotes wellness and health. We are committed to providing an atmosphere in a simple and straightforward manner by allowing our excursions the freedom to be shaped and changed by the participants to be exactly what they need it to be.

Results: All of our trip attendees provide very positive feedback. Many of them go on to work for veteran organizations in their own area as they found that helping their military brothers provided a sense of purpose and effectiveness. Many have also gone on to be speakers or continue to push the edge of the physical limits.

Target demographics: Purple Hearts heal through building camraderie and brotherhood at the bonfire

Direct beneficiaries per year: More than 50 veterans and their wives through a multitude of trips and small events. Our goal this year is 24 trips. Although the groups are small the quality and results are far beyond measure. Because the groups are small they feel safe in sharing things they have help deep inside for years.

Geographic areas served: areas all across the United States

Programs: We take groups of 6 on weekend trips full of adventure and activities for the purpose of pulling together a safe and secure environment of vetted Purple Hearts to promote conversation and healing from the mental and physical injuries incurred in combat.

Community Stories

22 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have avoided becoming involved with any entities proporting to aid wounded veterans for many years. I was physically injured in 25 Jun 1996 by an IED in Saudi Arabia and developed PTSD as a further result. I did my best to stuff all that into a mental "box" and leave it alone until I was put in contact with the Warrior Bonfire team. I am so glad I became involved with the Warrior Bonfire organization. The emotional and mental turmoil I had tried to deal with alone has become far easier to deal with now that I've spent time with others dealing with similar issues in an environment where all are equal and open to sharing. It's a blessing.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Excellent organization for purple heart vets. Some of the nicest, caring people that you will ever meet. I have formed great friendships with organizers of Warrior Bonfire as well as other purple heart veterans that in will keep the rest of my life. Thank you Warrior Bonfire for all that you do for veterans.

Tim Bell
Mississippi

Steven61

Client Served

Rating: 5

Outstanding program that is definitely there for the veterans! I loved my experience with Warrior Bonfire Program. They took me and 4 or 5 other veterans on a 3 day pig hunt as well as a get together full of skeet shooting and other events that helped raise the morale and welfare of us all. I found a lot of fellowship and healing during this trip. It was very rewarding as well as therapeutic. The people that run this program definitely have their hearts in the right place. I had such a wonderful time and made some great friends that would last a lifetime! Outstanding organization!! Probably the best I've ever known!

Writer

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

What this organization did for my husband is amazing! He got
to spend the week with like minded veterans, who have endured loss. The loss most of us will never know. The confidence that radiated off Jesse when he came home was infectious. I could never thank WArrior Bonfire enough.

cibsoldier327

Client Served

Rating: 5

Warrior Bonfire Program is an Awesome program that allows Purple Heart recipients to get together and enjoy each others company. Whether it be hunting, fishing, skiing or just skeet shooting, it has been an awesome experience. I have made so many friends and experienced things that I probably would have never experienced. Flying in a P51 Mustang is one of those experiences and it is definitely one I will never forget. Anyone who has the opportunity to take part in one of those functions should jump on it because you won't regret it one bit. Can't ask for a better group of people either, friendly, caring and AWESOME.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Warrior Bonfire Program is an excellent organization who showed a true, meaningful purpose in helping our purple heart veterans. Great leadership and a solid mission really push this program to the top. The positive impact this organization has on the lives of our purple heart Veterans is profound. As a veteran and volunteer myself, I was honored to be able to help and support such a well run, professional Organization. The Warrior Bonfire Program truly cares about those they are helping.

Client Served

Rating: 5

It is great meeting other Wounded Soldiers that have the same problems and see how each handles it.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I had a great time with the Warrior Bonfire Program. I met some great guys that all bonded.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I just spent a weekend with this organization and I am quite impressed. They are addressing a much needed gap that no other group has addressed. Vietnam veterans suffer from many of the same debilitating afflictions that affect the younger veterans.
The way that they were treated after returning from Vietnam was disgraceful and many have had to suffer it in silence. Nowadays, there are many organizations that offer therapeutic services to the current generation of veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, but sadly ignore the baby boomers. This organization is deserving of everyone's support.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a Vietnam veteran. I was put in contact with Warrior Bonfire Program as I was notable to make a trip earlier.
I contacted Mike Foss on Tuesday before the trip, and wow things were moving fast for me. Next thing I new I was eating dinner with some 3 Iraq veterans. They were some great guys, was a little apprehensive at first as to age difference and experience. They quickly made feeling disappear and the host Jim, made me feel comfortable. We gelled together like we were unit buddies.
I can explain the weekend in one word AWESOME. Those guys helped me a lot and looked out for me , they were great. I met some great guys and made new friends. The Capt of the Brian Song and his son could have not been nicer. The host Jim and Kim his wife open their home to us.
We were well feed and the transporter Bob was outstanding.

I had a great experience that will stay with me for a long time.

Thank You Warrior Bonfire Program Mike and Helen Phillips the brought this all together for us 4 veterans

One Awesome weekend it is one of the nicest thing done for my service as a Vietnam veteran since I came home from Asia.
GOD BLESS THESE FOLKS