I spent 10 years in the Marine Corps and left as a SSgt in late 2012. I received my PH from a mortar blast in Iraq in 2006. Back in 2010 I came across www.wwiaf.org and it literally changed my life. I grew up hunting and fishing but hadn't done much of either for close to a decade while I served. The founder of WWIA himself (Mr. John McDaniel) called invited me on a musky fly fishing trip in the northwoods of Wisconsin in 2010. To be honest at first I thought it was a scam but I gave it a shot and had the trip of a lifetime! Fast forward a few years and now I'm blessed to be able to help share more of these events with my brothers. True healing occurs on these trips and finding an awesome organization like Wounded Warrior's in Action has been one of the biggest blessings in my life. I'd be willing to bet money that hundreds of PH veterans would agree with me 110%. I'm a better man today because of John McDaniel and the many WWIA Associates I've been able to sit around a camp fire in the woods with.
I've been a part of WWIA since 2008. A great organization and teammates who provide world class sportsmen opportunities to our nation's Purple Heart Medal Heroes in the USA and Canada. I've been a part of many hunts with WWIA in California, Florida and Alabama. I'm also a lead associate with WWIA and have been selected to lead future hunts nationally/internationally. I was also selected to attend the inaugural Guide School in Maine this May 2016. WWIA has afforded me the opportunities to grow as a true professional sportsmen and leader within the organization. They continue to empower me to be the best that I can be, in and out of the field. I owe them a tremendous Thank You and debt of gratitude! Thank you for such awesome opportunities!! Thanks John, WWIA teammates and fellow warriors/Heroes!
WWIAF Is amazing! It is amazing to see Combat Wounded Veterans do the things the love and enjoy! Being on these events gives you a sense of brotherhood after the Military. Top notch organization!
I'm so glad that my son found WWIA and could go on the hunting trip. He's been through so much and the friendships he made through WWIA has really changed his life. I hope all our brave veterans get to have experiences like this with folks like WWIA.
What Wounded Warriors in Action does for our veterans is absolutely fantastic. I'm so proud to volunteer with this organization and be a part of providing such amazing outdoor experiences for heroes. They're by far one of the best veteran's organizations out there!
I was wounded twice in Iraq in 2004. From 2004 until 2013 I found ways to help with the healing process. On numerous occasions I was afforded the opportunity to go out with organizations for hunts,fishing trips, biking trips, camping etc. each time I refused. I consider myself lucky to be alive and always thought there were more in need that these organizations were designed for. My wife sent in an application for WWIA. I received a phone call from the foundation to go on a duck hunt in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. I was very hesitant, but my wife was very persistent! It was one of the best decisions I ever made! I spent a weekend doing something that I love, surrounded by a group of wounded veterans from the Vietnam War, Iraq War and the Afghan War and most importantly great Americans who volunteered their time and resources to just say thank you with no strings attached. The cadre of the Wounded Warriors in Action Foundation is top notch!! All are volunteers, most were wounded themselves and never once did they ask for anything in return! I left a new man, a better person and most importantly a better husband and father. I told my buddies about the foundation and every single one of them, that has done an event with another organization, was envious of my experience. Thank you Wounded Warriors in Action.
My name is Doug Alderton, while in service in Afghanistan doing rout clearance missions we came under heavy attack which ended in losing our truck commander Sgt Ryan Adams and severely injuring my self and many others in our convoy. After being medically retired from the military I like many others felt lost. I had lost not only my position with the military but also the brotherhood. This built onto the already many physical and mental injuries and made the depression a constant in my life. With the invite of a close friend Matt Tennessen to attend a WWIA event and just try and be around others who were dealing with the same issues my eyes were opened and I was now recharged knowing I wasn't alone in this battle in life. The men and women if WWIA are truly giving vets a chance to be part of a new brother/sister hood of peers who know what you are dealing with and giving us the opportunity to recover spending time together and doing events that show we can still do and enjoy life events. Thank you WWIA!
I can literally say that the Wounded Warriors in action saved my life and gave me opportunities I could never have outside the military, but the pure pleasure of outdoor activities. I can see the benefits that wounded warriors in action give the regular military veteran. This organization gives the chance for veterans to find the ability to reconnect with their fellow veteran and the world around them.
After my deployment to Iraq in 2005, I was desperately searching for that brotherhood I had for the past year. And I found that with WWIA, to be with fellow combat wounded veterans again was simply amazing. The simplicity of WWIA and how they coordinate and operate should be a prime example of how a nonprofit (veteran) organization should be managed. To have a organization spend more on the care for the veterans it serves and less on promotional waste is wonderful to see. I feel honored to be a member and associate with WWIA.
I was in a very tough place upon my return from Afghanistan. I went on a turkey hunt in Wausau Wisconsin. They teamed me up with another combat wounded veteran who had already experienced healing and was trained as a peer mentorer by the organization. That was the first time that I felt comfortable talking to anyone. Needless to say the hunt was a success but the weekend turned my life around. If it was not wounded warriors in action I don't know where my life would be at. I know it would be in a very different place that it is now. Thank you wounded warriors in action.
This organization turned my post deployment life around. Matching Purple Heart Veterans with other Purple Heart Veterans in nature is the best way to heal. Peer to peer therapy has the highest rate of success for treatment of physical and mental wounds. You can open up to a mentor who has gone through the same things as you. Puts the Va and WWP to shame.
Review from Guidestar