Wounded Warriors In Action Foundation Inc
Rating: 4.9 stars 20 20 reviews 2,766
6516 Dolphin Cove Dr Apollo Beach FL 33572 USA
The Wounded Warriors in Action Foundation Inc. (WWIA) serves our Nation’s combat wounded Purple Heart recipients by providing world-class outdoor sporting activities as a means to recognize and honor their sacrifice, encourage independence and connections with communities, and promote healing and wellness through camaraderie and a shared passion for the outdoors.
To date we have assisted hundreds of Wounded Warriors on their path to healing. There is no way to quantitatively measure those results, but qualitative results can be seen on our website under "testimonials" where Heroes and American Sportsmen share their stories on what being a part of a WWIA event meant to them.
Combat-Wounded Purple Heart Veterans
Direct beneficiaries per year:
Over 100 Purple Heart Recipients served each year.
World -class outdoor sporting events in small groups with peer-to-peer interaction and support by connecting these Heroes to the communities who support them.
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In 2012 I proposed that our hunting club host a weekend for Wounded Warriors. Being new to the field, I contacted another group. The event went OK, but totally due to OUR efforts. I did some research and found WWIA. We hosted our third event with WWIA last October. Dates for this year have been set and we plan on having a five year reunion event in 2017! Two hunting clubs participate and the Warriors get to hunt birds on Saturday and fish for MONSTER trout on Sunday. Food is amazing and the interaction between the Warriors is priceless. We have even introduced live music by a 15 year Army vet, at Saturday dinner. It just keeps getting better. And, WWIA has been great to work with. And the Warriors are the best!
I attended my first WWIA event in Fall 2012. It was a hunting and fishing trip in the northwoods of Wisconsin at WWIA's beautiful Camp Hackett. I met the founder John McDaniel and other Purple Hearty veterans. I was in kind of a bad place not too long before this event but was beginning to find my way. WWIA has been a part of helping me find a network of fellow combat wounded veterans to rely upon and help in my healing. I am so grateful to WWIA for helping me that I have become approved by the headquarters to be the "lead associate" on numerous events. Which means I now am helping my fellow brothers and sisters re-adjust and feel the magical healing powers of the great outdoors in their own lives. And not just the outdoors, but the camaraderie and feeling of "belonging" that attending an event provides. WWIA is truly one of the best organizations in the country helping veterans right now and I sincerely hope it is around for decades to come.
WWIA is a great non-profit organization! I have volunteered on several occasions and have been impressed with both the quality of events offered to the Medal of Honor recipients and the care in helping them adjust to their new normal. The volunteers teach the Warriors how to fish or hunt using adaptive equipment based on their needs. The comradely between the men/women is healing and allows them to be more at ease.
I recently attended a fishing event sponsored and hosted by the Wounded Warrior In Action Foundation. They are 110% for assisting Veterans and making their event a top notch world class experience for the Purple Heart recipient. It is often hard for Veterans to talk to friends and family about their military experience. At these WWIA events the Veteran has the opportunity to talk freely and privately to those who may have had a similar experience or tragedy. I will always be in debt to the WWIA for the event they made possible for me to attend. Thank You
I have been involved with the Wounded Warriors In Action Foundation for several years in a few different technical capacities. John and the staff have always been highly dedicated to their mission and I have not once witnessed anything but a deep sense of service to the heroes that they serve.
My involvement and "story" with this organization is two-fold. Initially, I was a "client served" and that first experience was literally life changing. Not only did I get to spend some incredible time with other men that have similar (if not worse) experiences as myself, but I couldn't believe how received I was in this little community in Northern WI. These people welcomed me into their homes and businesses as if I were family, and I do consider myself to this day extended family of Phelps, WI.
But it was that experience that led me to volunteering for this organization and now into my 4th year I can say that I truly get so much more out of my time and effort that I volunteer than what is seen by the eye! The amount of wonderful people I now call friends from coast to coast, from other Purple Hearters to Patriotic Americans I am blessed with their friendship! I literally "recharge" myself on each event I volunteer on and I know that these serene moments I get in our great outdoors with like minded Americans is priceless!
It a place where veterans can escape there day and find true happiness. They have changed my life and so many others.
What sets this organization apart from the rest is the attention to the individual - the amazing amount of healing that can be accomplished by getting warriors out into nature, giving them at least a few days to get acclimated with a small number of other combat wounded, and giving them a mentor to help them along their path. Truly outstanding! Thank you for your giving and caring approach to healing.
It remains a pleasure and honor to serve the Purple Heart community! We would like to thank all our wonderful volunteers and tremendous Wounded Warriors for the great sacrifices they've made to such a noble cause!
This is our third year volunteering with WWIAF, an organization that has consistent leadership and direction. There is no question that all efforts (time, financial, etc.) are directed to meeting the mission of helping to heal our Purple Heart Heroes by connecting through outdoor sporting events. Timing is everything for these heroes and for some the atmosphere WWIAF creates at these events is the only "safe" place to tell their story.
We have been humbled by the courage and perseverance of each soldier who live their lives in a world of constant medical appointments, surgeries, and physical therapy.
WWIAF provides an opportunity to not only put their medical and emotional issues aside for a time, but provides these heroes with an opportunity to connect with the only people who can truly understand their challenges- other Purple Heart recipients. A Navy Purple Heart shared with us that although he had been out of the service for several years, he had purposely removed himself from any military connections. He had not talked about his experiences that led to his injuries for years-that is until he decided to participate in a WWIAF deer hunting event.
I have worked with and directed a non-profit in the past, and have never worked with a more mission driven organization that realizes their goals and those who give can see the benefits and end results of their work.