Hope For The Warriors

Rating: 4.98 stars   168 reviews

Issues: Philanthropy

Location: 5101C Backlick Road Suite 200 Annandale VA 22003 USA

Mission: The mission of Hope For The Warriors® (www.hopeforthewarriors.org) is to enhance the quality of life for post-9/11 service members, their families, and families of the fallen who have sustained physical and psychological wounds in the line of duty. Hope For The Warriors® is dedicated to restoring a sense of self, restoring the family unit, and restoring hope for our service members and our military families.
Results: In 2012 alone, we will assist more than 4,500 military families.
Target demographics: Combat wounded service members and veterans, their families and families of the fallen.
Direct beneficiaries per year: The number of families has grown each year. In 2012, we will assist more than 4,500 military families through meaningful and significant programs.
Geographic areas served: Nationwide
Programs: Employment & Education, Clinical Support Services, Sports & Recreation, and Community & Military Relations.
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EIN 20-5182295
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Rating: 5 stars  

Hope. It’s only a four letter word, but it can mean all the difference in a wounded warrior’s life. As a member of Team Hope for the Warriors, and a wounded Operation Iraqi Freedom vet myself, participating in sports and athletics has been a major part of my rehabilitation and recovery, and the Team has been a big source of Hope in my own life. Driving myself to physical and mental limits, whether in a triathlon or marathon run, has given me confidence, and the knowledge that I can reach deeper and go stronger and further than I ever thought possible.

This year, thanks to Team Hope for the Warriors, I’ve run my first two half-marathons, placed first in my age division at a local triathlon, and the Team offered to sponsor my trip to compete at the National Triathlon Championships. But more than anything, being part of a team means so much to me; being inspired by teammates who have faced so much themselves on the field of battle, and to see them succeed on the field of competition.

Team Hope for the Warriors supports the wounded warrior community by helping us come together, allowing me to be with my comrades-in-arms and those who support us, giving us the opportunity to challenge ourselves in ways we never thought possible – together! Even though I’m no longer in the military, I’m still part of a team – a family: Team Hope for the Warriors.

- Adam Tanverdi, Capt, USAF (Ret)

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

Life-changing

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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I am an OIF/OEF 9 year veteran of the USAF. I was retired after suffering multiple injuries in Iraq. Due to my injuries it has always been difficult getting a good nights sleep b/c I get uncomfortable and toss and turn all night. I tried several different beds, but nothing seemed to work. Of course, everyone says go for the top of the line...try a Tempurpedic. Well who has the money to buy a $3000 bed!! I was referred to Hope for the Warriors through the WW program. They were wonderful right from the beginning! Every step of the process was made easy and I was treated with respect and dignity overall. They walked me through the process and before I knew it I was sleeping in my Tempurpedic! They are 100% focused on their goal of making the lives of our warriors a better and more comfortable place. So many of us have such different issues, but to them we all served and sacrificed. Anyone who is looking for a place to support while knowing everything they can give is going staight to the intended population....you should definately look up Hope for the Warriors!!

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

Life-changing

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Definitely

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Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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OIF VET with TBI and PTSD. I was invited to a weekend outing in Tyler Texas with Hope For The Warriors. It was one of the best times I had since my return from overseas. The staff, donors, and supporters were extremely friendly and had everything well planned out despite the turn in weather. My main purpose for going was to get myself out of isolation and play some golf to gain my confidence back. That weekend did just that! I was able to meet some new friends that shared similar injuries along with a community of people that welcomed us with open arms. We were greeted by students, bands, flags, police escorts, and much more. I am grateful that Hope For The Warriors was able to put such a great event together and I hope to participate next year!

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2012

 
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My name is John Masters, and I was wounded in Afghanistan in 2010. After being evacuated to the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington DC I spent the next several months laying in a hospital bed, thinking the usual thoughts one thinks in that situation. As Doctors informed me that the damage to my severely injured right hand was worse than initially thought and that they weren't sure how much, if any of it could be salvaged, my mind was ravaged with depression, concern, doubt and worry. Having primarily physical actives as hobbies, I foresaw my future being bleak and boring, and saw rock climbing, cycling, weight lifting, racquetball and basically everything else I enjoyed, as things of the past. This however was not the case. Through a long road of physical rehabilitation and lots of support from caring and compassionate people, I have been able to find adaptive means to still enjoy and peruse just about every interest I previously had, and no one was more instrumental in this process than my friends at Hope for the Warriors. Their comforting and encouraging staff was literally at my bedside from the earliest stages of my recovery, wishing me well and letting me know of the opportunities awaiting me in the near future. While laying in that bed thinking my physically active lifestyle was all but behind me, I had no idea that a year from then I would be crossing the finish line of my first marathon as part of Team H4W. Since that race Hope for the Warriors has continued to be an integral aspect of my recovery process. Wether it be competing with their athletic division, or participating in one of their social events, I am always surrounded by positive encouragement and friendly faces that remind me just how blessed and lucky I am. The benefit of being a member of Team H4W is two fold as it is an avenue to maintain physical fitness, but even more meaningful are the benefits to my spirit. Through this program I have made friendships that will last a life time and been granted the opportunity to interact with some of the most amazing people I've ever met, both H4W staff as well as other Vets I have met through the team. My once bleak attitude has been transformed, as H4W has filled me with a new outlook, one of excitement, friendship and hope. They truly were the silver lining to my injury's storm. No longer am I concerned with the challenges that come along with not having two fully functional hands, because I know if i ever need one, Hope for the Warriors will be there to lend me one.

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

Life-changing

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Definitely

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Very Well

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2012

 
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i am a veteran of iraq freedom. i am married with three kids. i was at the veterans hospital doing my ptsd program when all of sudden bills just started to come down on me to hard. my wife had lost her job and everything was behind. i was on the verge of getting evicted from my home an me an my family would be on the street. but thanks to amber johnson an her wonderful staff my prayer was answered. they helped me out like i have never been helped out before. i will never forget this. thank all of yall an god bless

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

Life-changing

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Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

 
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When we thought that all hope was lost here comes Hope for the Warriors (Mirka Young) what can we say but amazing amazing amazing! My husband is a wounded soldier who is terminally ill after serving 2 tours of duty in Balad, Iraq. Mirka Young went over and beyond to make my soldiers life comfortable so that he could enjoy doing what he loves best. Every time we see his wish it brings us to tears. Remember that dreams do come true because of Organizations such as Hope for the Warriors.

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

Life-changing

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Definitely

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Very Well

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2012

 
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I wanted to let everyone know about Hope for the Warriors (if you don’t know about them yet). I have had been involved with MANY Non-Profit Veteran Organizations since my discharge but I must say that I have never experienced a more personable and family oriented organization than Hope for the Warriors. I was introduced to Hope for the Warriors in their earliest days when they just started. I had noticed the above and beyond attention they gave my family and I then but I thought maybe it was because they had just started. I was wrong. Now, years later they still call me and check on my family and me, I still receive Holiday cards, and they have never forgotten me. I don’t know how they manage to remember the details of each veteran they help especially with how big they have become. I believe that they must have someone in their staff that is a great judge of character because they seem to hire people that are so selfless and caring. Thank you so much Hope for the Warriors and all the great staff! You have helped me and my family more than you can imagine.

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

Life-changing

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Definitely

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Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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A mother’s worst nightmare confronted me on June 10, 2010, when two Marines came to my door. They gave my husband and I the dreaded news: “Your son has been killed in Afghanistan.” Our son, Sgt. Brandon Bury, was on his third deployment in a combat zone, and although we knew his mission put him in danger, we believed he would return home safely. We were in shock to learn that he would not.

Soon after, one of my best friends came by, and asked, “What do you need?” At that point I didn’t know. She immediately called her daughter-in-law, Amber Johnson, a Critical Care Coordinator for Hope for the Warriors. Within minutes, the phone was ringing, and Hope for the Warriors came to my rescue.

Our family situation offered logistical challenges. I live in Texas, Brandon’s wife and two young sons in California and my extended family is scattered across Ohio. Services were going to be held in California and Texas. Without hesitation, Hope for the Warriors offered assistance with travel arrangements, sage advice and continued emotional support.

I also had the privilege of witnessing firsthand the benefits that Hope for the Warriors provides to injured veterans. The group hosted a weekend of fun in Tyler, TX, that concluded with a dinner tribute for their sacrifices. I will never forget seeing the faces of the proud young men and women as they strolled by our table. These individuals knew their sacrifices were appreciated by so many. Hope For The Warriors® understands the challenges, pride, and joy of being a military family, and it is committed to restoring a sense of self for wounded vets, fallen heroes and their families. Everyone I have met in the organization is honorable, passionate and committed about their mission.

My son’s family and friends were so moved by the organization and its commitment to help others that they searched for a way to honor our heroes and donate to this fine organization. A Golf Tournament was organized in Kingwood, Texas, www.kingwoodfallenheroes.com, by one of my son’s best friends, Scott Mitchell. Last year was the first annual tournament, and it raised $60,000 for a number of charities, including Hope For The Warriors®. The second annual tournament is scheduled for April 27, 2013. Organizers are hoping to shatter last year’s amount and donate the proceeds to this worthwhile organization.

Semper Fi,
Terri Bury, Mother of Sgt. Brandon Bury, USMC

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

Life-changing

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Definitely

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Very Well

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2012

 
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I am an Iraqi disabled veteran. "HOPE FOR THE WARRIORS" (H4W) has been instrumental in promoting my physical well being again. They donated a bike to me which I am training on in order to particpate in the "Warrior Games, 2013." "HOPE FOR THE WARRIORS" offers disabled veterans a host of opportunities for bike riding to running the Marine Corp Marathon. They are run by an exceptional group of people and the one of the greatest things about H4W is that they are family oriented. "HOPE FOR THE WARRIORS" is by far one of the "BEST" organizations I have been involverd with.

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

Life-changing

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Definitely

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Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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Our son served as a Marine in Afghanistan in 2010-2011. When he returned we knew that something had changed in him - while we expected this to some degree, we had no idea at the time how drastic the change would be. As the one year anniversary of his return approached, it was clear that he was suffering with PTSD and he was not getting better - in fact, he was getting worse. Normally outgoing, sensitive, with a great sense of humor - he was increasingly withdrawn, depressed and had started drinking heavily along with smoking pot - not normal behavior for him. Over this year we (along with our son) became increasingly frustrated with the lack of response and proper care from the Marines. As this crisis finally reached a breaking point, our son was admitted to Holliswood hospital in summer 2012. It was there that we first met a small group of people who specialized in treating PTSD in combat veterans - and we started to learn much more about PTSD. It was the first time that we became aware of Hope for the Warriors. It was also the first time in over 1 year since our son's return that we encountered people who seemed to genuinely care for our son - and whose work and purpose was to help him - and to help us as his family. It started with an offer of a hotel room and transportation - completely paid for. This extended into seemingly small things, such as offers for dinner and spa for our daughter-in-law (who of course was struggling along with us as she watched her husband - our son - suffering with PTSD). We were somewhat overwhelmed and humbled by this generosity. It is difficult to express the sense of relief that we felt as we realized that there were people (outside of our family) who cared about our son and about what we were experiencing as a family - and who were actually doing something about it - working to reach out to us, offering to pay for hotel so that we could visit our son over a number of days, offering to pay for dinners and activities during that time, providing funds to help pay transportation costs, etc. These may seem like "small" things, but they are much more than just a "free" room and meal - Hope for the Warriors conveyed a sense of genuine caring that we had not experienced before - and not just for our family - we saw them reaching out to other families who were experiencing the same struggles that we were - allowing us to realize more concretely that we were not alone in this. The impact of their efforts cannot be overstated. It really is difficult to express our gratitude for the work that Hope for the Warriors is doing -- we have experienced it first hand as a family - and we know that there are many other families who have been blessed by their work - just as we have been.

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

A lot

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

 
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