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April 14, 2013
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April 14, 2013
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My son was critically injured in Afghanistan November, 2009. I took a medical leave of absence from my job to be with my son as he recovered and went through rehabiliation. During my son's rehabilation stay at McGuire VA Hospital in Richmond, VA, I met Bill Haneke. He is on the Board of Directors for FOTWF. This is truely a caring and compasionate charity. Mr. Haneke truely cares for the wounded warriors and their families. The financial support was greatly appreciated; it helped with alot of our expenses and allowed me to be with my son during his long recovery.

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

November 16, 2011
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November 16, 2011
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Being affiliated with this organization is uniquely gratifying, but also instills an incredible level of responsibility to ensure our success in carrying out our mission: to help those (and their families) who have sacrificed so much in their efforts to protect us, our families and our nation. It is the distinct pleasure of each of our board members to do this. No pay. No reimbursable expenses. We don't operate that way. If you make a donation, each penny - be it part of a $5 donation or a $50,000 donation - goes into an account used only to fund checks to these families. None of us would have it any other way.

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With a wife and two young children at home, one American hero became severely injured with a traumatic brain injury from an IED blast. He received in-patient medical care from October 2006 through 2007, 2008 and most of 2009 until discharge in October 2009 – exactly three years in hospitals. Families of the Wounded Fund helped his wife at a critical time. This soldier and his family are doing well today, thanks in part to the generosity of the donors to the Families of the Wounded Fund.

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

Nothing at all.

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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

How did you learn about this organization?

As a mentor assigned to a 100% disabled veteran, I became aware of the Families of the Wounded Fund, an organization that had helped him and his family when they needed it most.

What is this organization's top short-term priority?

It is the same every week - responding quickly to the need to financially support the families of incoming severely wounded combat veterans to McGuire Hospital.

What is its top priority in the long run?

Never stop.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

September 24, 2011

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September 24, 2011

FOTWF is by far the most effective support group I have experienced. It's volunteers, many of whom served, and still serve are dedicated to the families of our brave service members who have come home injured but not broken. They and their families just need a shoulder to lean on and thank goodness these volunteers have broad ones! Thank you for all you do ---FOTWF!

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

Speaking with the families and Service Members FOTWF has supported

Ways to make it better...

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

None-they are right on track!

February 21, 2011

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February 21, 2011

Families of the Wounded Fund (FOTWF) should be an example of how other nonprofit organizations can help and support our injured military members. As a mother of a critically injured soldier in Afghanistan, I was called upon to be a caregiver for my daughter since April 2010. Without the help of FOTWF, our family would have experienced financial hardship. I took a leave of absence from my job (w/o pay) and recently found out that I was terminated from my position of 12 years. This was all due to the fact that my employer told me I had to make a choice. My daughter continues to need assistance as she recovers from her injuries. Without the kindness and generosity of this group, I hate to think what would have happened. We never anticipated a tragedy like this and mortgages, and other bills still need to be paid. Many organizations do wonderful things for our military, but FOTWF knows exactly what families need. My wish is the FOTWF could lead initiatives within the VA and DoD like this and get the message out that financial help is needed by the caregivers.

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

FOTWF has made it possible for me to be at my daughter's side to help in her rehabilitation. Every day I am thankful she is alive and that FOTWF has given me the precious gift to be at her side.

Ways to make it better...

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

Take your message to Congress and show them how to help the families of the injured.

March 19, 2010

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March 19, 2010

I have met several of the families receiving assistance and have been impressed with their stories on helping their loved ones who have been seriously injured in Iraq/Afghanistan. Thye sacrifice a great deal to help family members over the long road to recovery.The Fund was able to assist them in helping loved ones and relieve some of the financial burden imposed on them.There is no overhead and 100% of all funds raised go to the Families.

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I have observed first hand the great amount of good the Families of The Wounded does for the families of wounded veterans.Assistance has been provided to alleviate financial hardship for family members who have relocated to help their loved ones recover.

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

The dedication of the Board members and the caring nature of every volunteer at every level.The fact that there are immediate needs met for families who have no where else to turn for help at a critical time of need.

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

Very Professional and dedicated to the effort at hand.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

March 12, 2010

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March 12, 2010

I have had the honor to see first hand how the Families of the Wounded Fund INC takes care of the immediate family members of our wounded service men and women. Family member's presence with their wounded loved ones undergoing treatment at McGuire VA Hospital is essential to the healing process. Many times these families need to spend weeks and months at McGuire away from their homes and jobs. They truly need the financial support that the Families of the Wounded Fund provides them. These funds enable them to pay for travel expenses such hotel rooms, meals, rental cars, etc. Items which are essential for them in remaing close to their wounded veteran while he or she goes through the healing and rehabilitation process so critical to their future.

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

working with the families and seeing how much this charity helps them through a very emotional time in their life and the life of their wounded veteran.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

March 12, 2010

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March 12, 2010

The Families of the Wounded Fund (FOTWF) is run and administered by all volunteers; therefore, there is no overhead, there is no administrative fees. !00% of the donations are spent in direct support of the families of those wounded in combat who are being treated at the McGuire Medical Center--the Veterans Administration Hospital in Richmond, VA. The families are an essential element in the care and healing and recovery of those severely wounded. However, our Government is very restricted in the manner in which these families receive government paid financial support--it is very difficult to get and it is always insufficient. The FOTWF provides the financial resources so that these wounded troops can be cared for on-site in the hospital by their families. I've personally seen in so many instances how the FOTWF has provided the resources necessary to put these families back together to enable both physical and emotional recovery from the most severe, traumatic wounds one can possibly imagine. These troops have given so much; so should we; and supporting their families is the most rewarding, and effective means possible. May God continue to guide their recovery.

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

seeing first hand how the funds are supporting troops wounded in combat and their families.

Ways to make it better...

I could show everyone who has contributed funds just exactly how greatly needed and appreciated are the recipients.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

March 11, 2010

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March 11, 2010

This all-volunteer oranization has helped nearly 200 families of severely wounded combat veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. These familes face the daunting challenges of caring for their injured family members who are being treated for brain and spinal cord injuries at the McGuire VA Medical Center in Richmond, VA. Financial assistance from FOTWF has enabled family members to stay at the bedsides of their loved ones, a key to their successful recovery. This unique nonprofit has no overhead and commits all of its donations to these families who are sacrificing so much for our nation.

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

seeing the gratitude expressed by family members who are praying for the recovery of their loved ones.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

March 11, 2010

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March 11, 2010

My name is Bill Haneke, US Army (Ret). I was an Army Military Advisor to the South Vietnamese in 1968, when I was severely wounded in combat and evacuated to Walter Reed Army Medical Center. During my extensive treatment & rehabilitation, my wife served as my caregiver and stayed at a civilian motel near the hospital. We went through every penny of our limited savings to keep her at my bedside which was essential for my treatment and survival. The Department of Defense paid and still pays little or nothing extra to these caregivers to help offset their extra expenses for lodging, meals, medical care, child care, etc. The casualities from the current War on Terror being treated at McGuire VA Medical Center, Richmond, VA, are some of the most severely combat wounded and are all still on active duty while undergoing treatment there. There family caregivers come from all over the U.S. and the majority have given up jobs to spend time caring for their loved ones, thereby severely reducing the family income. The presence and support of these family members is vitally important to the successful treatment of these wounded heroes. Consequently, the financial assistance given by the Families of the Wounded Fund to these caregivers is badly needed and an important factor in allowing these family members to remain with their injured loved one.

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

The extensive interaction I have had with the patients and family caregivers that Families of The Wounded Fund has been able to assist.

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

We provide assistance and support for these family caregivers and their patients while also giving them hope and encouragement for their recovery and future.

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

Military Veterans, their family members, community volunteers, McGuire VA Hospital Staff & Volunteers, and the many volunteers at Village Bank in Central Virginia. They are all committed and unselfish in their efforts to provide their support.

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

Expand the level and amount of assistance that we are able to provide to our qualifying family caregivers.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

March 10, 2010

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March 10, 2010

I've been involved in many not-for-profit fund raising endeavors. Being a board member of the Families of the Wounded Fund is the most rewarding thing I've ever done since I returned from nearly seven years as a POW in Vietnam in 1973. The Families of the Wounded Fund is the only "charity" where every nickel raised goes to the beneficiaries, the families of our most critically wounded military personnel from Iraq & Afghanistan. There are no gimmicks. All work is done by volunteers. No board members are paid anything. Paul Galanti

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

delivering checks to the often very needy families of our critically wounded soldiers and Marines at McGuire VAMC in Richmond, Virginia.

Ways to make it better...

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

I don't want to change anything. This is the ultimate simple operation. We raise money and we give it to deserving people.

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

See above. Helping these families helps us board members of the organization.

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

There is no staff. All administrative chores are handled by a local bank Pro Bono.

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

Greatly increase the financial help to these families.

Ways to make it better...

there were more hours in a day. It is difficult to raise the money we need without many speaking engagements.

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

I'ld like to go out of business. But we won't until our wounded warriors storp coming home.

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

To reiterate, it's the most rewarding thing I've ever done - including flying jet airplanes off aircraft carriers. We have literally saved families from bankruptcy. They have enough to worry about. We take a big load off their mind.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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