Fallen Warriors Foundation

Rating: 4.86 stars   21 reviews

Issues: Philanthropy

Location: 333 State St 241 Lake Oswego OR 97034 USA

Mission: The mission of the Fallen Warriors Foundation is to help heal the wounds of war and to honor the sacrifices of American soldiers.  Basically our dollars are spent in copying, mailing, distributing flyers, mailbox, costs associated with travel expenses of the retreat facilitator and his assistant, retreat center fees, food, transportation and scholarships for those who wish to attend but have no money.  In addition, we make an annual donation to the retreat leader for his teachings for which he does not charge as he is a mendicant monk. Please visit our website: http:/www.fallenwarriorsfoundation.com You can find videos there as well on the right side of the page. Just click Media! History: When I was 18 I carried a machine gun and fought as a Marine in the Vietnam War. When I came home the country had exploded with the anti-war movement and I was suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. I tried many things to ease this illness but healing did not come for decades. Writing helped, but traveling back to Vietnam, to my original point of pain was critically important. Thus, the Fallen Warriors Foundation grew out of a trip my wife and I and our two children made to Vietnam in 1993. My wife felt that if I carried medical and educational supplies and toys I could replace some of my muscle memories and other thoughts associated with my tour as a Marine. We carried these supplies and donations and they helped replace the thoughts of carrying a machine gun and killing enemy soldiers. I followed that trip up with several more to Vietnam. Each trip consisted of carrying medical supplies. One year we took back a group of Vietnam Veterans who also carried donations. We took them to their former battlefields on a mission of healing. Then we led a group of doctors and nurses to Vietnam to help provide care to the poorest villages. Over the years Fallen Warriors Foundations has delivered ton's of donations of medical supplies such as kidney dialyses machines and computers and other critical supplies. We built a clean water system to deliver fresh water to a village than had none. We donated funds for students to attend school and even sponsored a Vietnamese student to come to the US to study, at a time when it was very difficult to leave Vietnam. We have held annual retreats for the past fifteen years for veterans and their loved ones and have put on special events such "Feasts for Peace", where veterans and former war protesters meet to reconcile. We staged theater presentations and have written articles on remembering veterans that have been published in newspapers across the country. We have been active in working with incarcerated veterans by creating a speakers buereau, lecture on ways to deal with PTSD, such as setting up meditation programs. We have also provided small stipends for veterans when they transition out of prison back into the community. Jack Estes, President and co-founder.
Results: Helping numerous Veterans and families soothe the effects of PTSD symptoms.
Target demographics: Veterans and their family members.
Direct beneficiaries per year: Annual impact on hundreds of people.
Geographic areas served: US
Programs: Annual Fallen Warriors retreat, and hopefully more retreats in various locations throught the year if enough funding is received.
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Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

I have been involved on the periphery of the Fallen Warriors Foundation as a documentarian, studying the impact of Post Traumatic Stress and the healing modalities currently employed to help relieve PTSD sufferers from their symptoms. The work that Jack, Colleen and Claude have undertaken through the Fallen Warriors Foundation and through their annual retreats is simultaneously inspiring and down-to-earth. This is a strong organization with dedication, honor, and a deeply humanitarian mission.

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

witnessing their work at the Fallen Warrior's retreat and feeling the peaceful impact that it had on the retreat's participants. Their work offers more than a quick-fix approach - it is a way of living in fuller consciousness.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-5-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

The stories written and read aloud by the "fallen warriors" in attendance the two years I participated live in my heart forever. One year Claude Anshin Thomas, retreat leader, asked that each "write about something you've never spoken before," ~ the stories were heart shattering and the sharing was healing. The participants were lighter upon leaving. I served in the kitchen, hurrying with my work in order to witness this great process.

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

two different four day retreats.

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

Give it more funding

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

the safety created for people who sorely need it. Friendships and connections established during the retreats continue beyond the four days.

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

Exceptional! Almost all, including staff and volunteers, shared war trauma.

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

Take a deep breath and follow their larger vision. This organization has deep concern for the effects of PTSD on the children of "fallen warriors."

Ways to make it better...

the organization had been able to spend more money on the location of the retreat. Accommodations were pretty rustic (i.e. mold everywhere).

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

Funding

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

Despite huge obstacles, Jack and Colleen persevere. And the need just grows and grows with ever more good people returning from combat with PTSD and emotional scars.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2004-2-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

Helped in my understanding my personal PTSD problems and how to deal with these problems more effectively. I was more involved when I lived in Portland, Oregon. Now I live in So. California and am not as involved. This is a great organization, and needs others to understand its importance in the healing of war wounds among other things.

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

Emotional and spiritual healing as a result of my personal journey in 1995 back to Vietnam to face my personal "demons".

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

The comradeship, the closeness of the bonds of the veterans associated with Jack and Colleen and their organization.

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

All wonderful!!

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

It could do wonderful things for our veterans of all ages. It could do marvelous things for those veterans that helped the USA, in war-ravaged countries to heal their wounds both physically and mentally.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

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