BEING THERE REACHING OUT INC

Rating: 4.97 stars   33 reviews

Issues: Veterans

Location: 8353 W. Watertown Plank Road % Judith Singer Wauwatosa WI 53213 USA

Mission:
Target demographics: the Families of our Fallen Military
Direct beneficiaries per year: 0ver 300 Family members who suffered from the pain of having lost a loved one in or due to war
Geographic areas served: Wisconsin
Programs: weekend retreats for all Family members and our annual "Walk for our Fallen Military"
2013 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Hello. I've been SO BLESSED to be a part of this Mission of Love!! I've lost troops in the US (CONUS - Ft Hood and to suicide) and Overseas (OCONUS). They remain in my heart and prayers as do ALL the Families of the Fallen.

Please know that the troops who have served with your loved one, grieve too. Our Fallen are our Brothers and Sisters in Arms. We loved them and we mourn with you.

Please also know, we Serve because we really, really want to! I've been blessed to have served in 3 theatres of war. I may have been scared sometimes but I was never prouder than to serve for Our Country. That is why I'm Still in after 28.5 yrs. But, I'm still not the oldest in my Unit (smile!).

May God bless you all. Thank you for your sacrifice. Freedom is not free.

With love, LTC "Marge"

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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I have been involved with BTRO for many years. I have met the most incredible families who like their loved ones are my heros. They are just like all of us but with one thing in common. They have lost a large chunk of their hearts. I only hope I have been able to give them the opportunity to know that their loved one will never be fogotten and I will do everything I can to make sure there is someone to listen to and be there for them when they least expect it. I love these families as my own with all my heart. God Bless them all. Dorothy

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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I am a volunteer board member of Being There Reaching Out. I came to this group through losing my son LCPL Travis Wichlacz in Iraq in 2005. I have watched this group grow from a fledgling group of a few families that had lost a loved one to war to a much larger group with a larger purpose. This group brings together the families of the fallen. Whether it be a death in theater or at home through accidents and even suicide. Families can find comfort and healing. The group reaches out to spouses, parents, grand parents and healing events accommodate children, grand children, nephews, nieces. All those touched by the loss are invited. Through the comfort and healing, families have gone on to do great things for others in the fallen ones name. The networking has been phenomenal for spurring ideas of scholarships, golf outings, walks and other functions raising money to benefit others in our community and state.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

My wish would be that no one else dies or suffers as the result of war.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Having lost my son from the results of Afaghinstan/Iraq war, The group has supported me and my husband with love and support!

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This group is about helping families of love ones that have been lost in the Iraq and Afghanistan War.
It is not just for the heros that died there, but for the heros here, who whether accident or self inflicted due to their PTSD.
We all need support and our group is some one who is willingly to listen and care.
We all suffer losses differently, but to know someone with similar experiences helps!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Increase the funds so we could market more to reach out to everyone who needs us, but unaware of our group.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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I lost my son from post traumatic complications r/t a medication he was taking and went into allergic respirator arrest. He spent 9'years in the Marines and 2 tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Being There Reaching Out has become like a family to me.
This is a group no one wants to share Grief with, but is glad they are there for families like mine and others to share our personal grief with for lost of loved ones from the war.
I come from a mixed family of my brother being in the Navy, my uncle in the Army, and my husband, B-I-L, and my son and nephew being in the Marines.
So, no matter what branch of service you are from, this group is there to offer support in whatever way we can.

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2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

Being There Reaching Out is a Wisconsin group formed for families of Wisconsin Fallen Heroes. This is an amazing group that no one wants to be part of. As a group we share our loss of our heroes together and no one judges us. We are all in the same boat. Its a group I am so glad I found and so glad to be a part of. I am so thankful for all of them to help us on the journey of love and loss.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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4 people found this review helpful

I am a member of Being There Reaching Out and it is the most wonderful organization. I lost my son to the war in Iraq and they have helped with the pain of losing a child. We gather to share our pain, memories, and most of all being there for each other. This is a group no one wants to be a part of but once you are they are family. The group helps everyone deal with the pain of losing a loved one to war. We are all at different stages of our grief but somehow never having met each other prior to this we have become friends. Our goal is to have our loss never be forgotten, because having paid the ultimate sacrifice is something we live with each and everyday and this organization is there for us.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

sharing my loss and everyone helping me thru the horrible pain of losing a child to war.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

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Being a member of BTRO has been a very healing time for me. To see these families connect and be able to talk to people who have been there makes all the gatherings so worth being a part of. BTRO is not just an organization it is a family in every way possible. You can just feel the love when everyone Is together. Like I said earlier we are FAMILY

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

So far I can see no changes

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Likely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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4 people found this review helpful

In all my connections with this organization I've had nothing but professional treatment from them. Before being asked to be on their board I watched them in their caring ways help the families of those service people from Wisconsin who gave of their lives for our nation. They stand on the top of my lists of people helping the veterans of the United States.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

They seem to be blessed with the ability of having people see just how important they are to those families of our departed Wisconsin servicemembers.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Help each state create an organization just like theirs.

Ways to make it better...

I lived in Wisconsin.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

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4 people found this review helpful

Loosing a child is undefinitive. Loosing a loved one while they are in the military and serving or have served is in another category. When words cannot help, being with someone who "knows" the depths of emotions is like circling the wagons. 2004 we lost our Marine hero PFC Andrew J McFall Halverson and 6 months later accidently walked into a BTRO gathering, and have been involved ever since. Through BTRO and the heartfelt effort of their founders; Our heros are honored and remembered. which is one of my concerns...I will never forget Andrew's sacrifice..but what about our Country and those he went to defend. The families are given opportunities to share the story of our hero and have someone to listen without judgement or looking at their time piece. It is nice to know that God puts people into our lives to be an extension of his arms. I Thank God for BTRO.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Family outreach.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The extension into our returning veteran and what we can do to assist them, all in honor of our fallen loved one.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

It is all about our Heros and their families. Our founders and board members prefer to be anonymous.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Maybe extend our outreach,

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

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