We are so incredibly thankful for the Freedom Alliance and the Presents for Patriots program. My husband was injured during his second tour of Iraq, and since then it has been a struggle to provide for our family while fighting for his benefits. Thanks to the Freedom Alliance, we are able to make the holidays a little bit brighter. Thank you will never be enough.
A review from my husband who attended the Rogue River fishing trip this year-
I have never been on any fishing or hunting trips. This trip that you gentlemen set up was perfect. After being told by my doctor I couldn't work for at least until January because of the stress, depression, anxiety and hyper vigilance, I fell into a dark place. A place I have been many many times before. And spent a very long time crawling out of. Thanks to you gentleman this pulled me out quick fast and in a hurry. It is hard to find other warriors that you can get together and really connect with. This was a perfect moment in time for such a thing. I was able to open up and talk freely about things that others just don't understand. It was great to feel the freedom of no worries. I felt like my old self again. The fishing was outrageous. The guides were excellent men. And each place we stayed at along the way was better than the last. Although I will say they were all great places with great hosts. I have never caught so many fish before in my life. Even if they were squaw fish. I told Pepper that when you go on any kind of trip, towards the end you start to want to get back to your bed and your couch and the comforts of your home. But this was not one of those trips. I wanted to continue down the river. No matter where it led.
I can not thank you enough for such a great opportunity. I also can not thank you enough for your great hospitality. I hope we are able to meet again in the future.
I think everything about this organization is wonderful. It's nice to see people helping people. My family is extremely thankful for Freedom Alliance and look forward to them helping others in the future.
Freedom Alliance has been one of our most amazing blessings besides our children. Words cannot begin to express the love and support that our family has been given. We have been beyond blessed to be a present for patriots family...knowing that all of our boys dreams are coming true this Christmas is one of the greatest feelings and we could never give enough thanks to our sponser Carol who has made that wish come true. Also Tina Wholean is unbelievable!!! Our family would not be where we are without you today...spiritually, emotionally or financially!!! Xoxo
Kathryn & Adam Ryder
Freedom Alliance is hands down the greatest organization I have ever had the opportunity to work with. My family and I are so blessed and thankful for everything you have done to help and support us. Outdoor recreational therapy, the staff members,donors and supporters are all caring and loving. I would love to have the opportunity to personally thank each and everyone from Freedom Alliance!!!! You are amazing God Bless.
My husband, Retired SSG Dennis Cline, is a combat wounded amputee, he was injured 10 years ago on September 11, 2006 in Afghanistan where he lost his left hand and forearm among other injuries relating to an RPG blast. We spent a full year at Walter Reed Army Medical Center working on his recovery before he transferred to Fort Carson to regain his active duty status and continued to serve for another 9 years post injury. During his time at Walter Reed we endured many hardships besides those related to his recovery; two of our three children required serious medical intervention. Our youngest was born with a cleft palate and developmental delays relating to Autism so we faced reconstructive surgeries, speech and occupational therapy, and hospitalizations due to other birth defects. Our middle child, was born with a heart defect which also required surgery soon after we arrived at Walter Reed. To say the least, we had our hands full with his treatment and our children’s medical issues during that time. That year at Walter Reed was kind of a blur but you can imagine a broken man whose face was burned, shrapnel damage all over his body, and a missing left hand being wheeled down to the pediatric unit to sit by the bedside of his children as they came out of surgery. But he was determined to regain his strength learn to cope with his new life and limitations. We started hearing about outdoor programs for wounded vets which would give him an opportunity to get outside again, enjoy nature, and briefly forget about the struggles he faced, it was a great motivator!
Before long, we met someone from Freedom Alliance and we immediately we felt like they cared about us, everyone was very understanding and thoughtful making sure our entire family had their needs met during our time with them. The process of recovering from a traumatic war injury is not a straight path; it is a winding and often dark and frustrating route with many setbacks but also many victories. Having the opportunity to leave our problems behind, if only for a weekend is such a psychological boost that it is hard to explain. Knowing that people out there care about his sacrifice and want to do something nice for him is such a humbling experience and we are so grateful for not only the organization but also the people who donate their time and money year after year to help all the men and women who have given so much of themselves to this country. All we can say is thank you, thank you for not forgetting those who came home broken, thank you for honoring those who serve, and thank you for creating an organization to showcase the kindness and generosity of this great country.
These folks really took the time to make sure I had a great experience. With all the issues surrounding my recent medical retirement I don't get out much. Not to mention the complications of medical concerns, finances, and numerous other variables. And Freedom Alliance really made sure that I was covered and my wife was comfortable and confident about my care while on the trip.
Since I've been back from combat I've been running a thousand miles an hour trying to find rest, to get my mind to stop spinning and find something to make me feel again. It seems contradictory, but those of you who have seen combat understand what I mean.
I've been in counseling for years, attended programs to help veterans adjust to civilian life and living outside a combat zone, but nothing compared to last weekend!
Having never hunted before and once again seeking something that I heard would give me an adrenaline rush like none other I jumped at the opportunity to attend this event.
I say all of that to say this..."I had the best Veterans Day/Marine Corps Birthday ever! Not only was I able to spend time with my brothers in arms, but I was treated like a king! The food, the accommodations, the gear they hooked me up with for the hunt, and the truly appreciative people who acted on their gratitude for my service was just the beginning! I was treated for the first time since my injuries like I wasn't broken! I felt normal, I felt a part of something, I felt proud, I felt truly appreciated, and I felt honored by everything they did for me! The key word being that i FELT again! I cannot express enough MY thanks for everything they did for me and how much this last weekend finally allowed me to find rest!
One last thing, if anyone is reading this and can relate to anything I've shared, give freedom alliance a shot, and hunting too, because what and who they introduced me to this weekend has given me an outlet finally to cope with life as a combat vet!
I'd like to thank Freedom Alliance, and specifically Ryan Behm, for a great rafting trip on the Rogue River. Though weather was a factor, Ryan was able to adapt our plans to the shifting circumstances, ensuring the trip exceeded all expectations. I can think of no better way to spend a few days than in the wilderness with the crew of veterans that were on this trip.
Amazing nonprofit that helped us when we were at our lowest point. We could never thank them or their donors enough!!
Freedom Alliance made a great hunting trip for me and the rest of the veterans that partook in the event. I have experience with other nonprofit organizations that are dedicated to helping veterans heal from injuries and wounds sustained during, or in support of, combat operations. With that said, I can wholeheartedly say that Freedom Alliance puts a tremendous amount of time and effort into helping disabled and battle worn veterans.
Personally, I can say my experience at the Cypress Creek Hunting Lodge weekend helped me more than anyone probably could tell. I don't really speak to, get along with, or like many people. But that weekend was different, I felt at home with Pepper Ailor and the rest at the lodge. I felt more like myself than I had in a very long time. I was able to get outdoors and be one with nature. I felt alive again.
I truly hope others, like myself and the other guys there, are able to feel the joy that I did because of the efforts and dedication that Freedom Alliance has to serve those who have served.