I am Jose A Pagan and I have been a member of the Catch A Lift Fund for 3 years. It took me a while to come up with the right words to express my gratitude for this organization, but there are no words but to to say that they are amazing, amazing, amazing. Lynn Coffland which is the founder and CEO of the organization is actively involved in the veterans experience. Iv'e participated in many other organizations and I have never met, talked and ate lunch with the CEO. Lynn is always always available to listen to us and is always willing to to anything under the sun to make sure that we are okay. Her team is beyond amazing, they are family. They email, call and text me almost everyday just to say hello. Also, the opportunity to join a gym and focus on my well being is something that has helped me transition after serving in the Army. Catch A Lift Fund has been there with me and it has been a wonderful journey. Such a great organization, Thank You.
I’ve lost 20 lbs. with the programming and motivation provided by these folks; this weight loss has provided me more energy throughout the day and I get my negative energy out during the workouts, affording me a bit more patience when dealing with stressful situations. Also being in touch with other wounded/disabled vets and seeing their progress is motivating in itself!
Helped me get back to keeping me moving, help keep me motivated, great communication, great community, the list goes on. What they do for us vets and continue to do for us is simply amazing. They give us hope and show they truly care
CatchALift nonprofit organization is a great way to keep in shape and keep in touch with other fellow veterans out there across the country. For so long I felt alone after getting out like the rest of the world was against me then I found out about CatchALift through my veteran buddy at my college and signed up and got a ton of support from the whole CatchALift family and friends along with other male and female combat veterans out there. They keep us all motivated on what is important, and what works for us because they take the time to listen to us all individually. I was not welcome at my local Crossfit boxes because of my PTSD so CatchALift set me up with a Home gym and that works for me. Keep it real. Sincerely Jeremy Meyer!
Not only have they helped my husband get back on track after being not as active as he'd of liked because of injury, but they also give caregivers a chance to support our husbands as well. We've both lost weight and began a healthier life ..
Lonely. Depressed. Dark. Suicidal. Homicidal. Violent outburst. Scaring my family and kids. No motivation. No outlet.
That was my life before I was told about CatchALiftFund. I immediately applied, when I heard about their mission and reasoning. I felt this as a chance for possible change.
CatchALiftFund got me in a gym of my own choice. I started running on a treadmill. Started doing some weights and incorporated abs and core as well. I was a hefty 252lbs. I was unhealthy. After several months and 2 years I was running upwards of 6miles at a time depending on the day.
Weight started dropping, healthy eating habits followed. I was socializing at the gym. I never socialize. This was a game changers for me.
I lost over 52lbs during that time. My anger was more under control. My self worth and happiness had increased. My family, especially my wife noticed a huge difference in me.
CatchALiftFund has given me the chance work through my issues using physical fitness. Any donation made will change a veterans life.
Thank you CatchALiftFund. Thank you CPL. Coffland for the ultimate sacrifice. Every workout I keep you in mind.
I have been a Catch a Lift Fund veteran athlete for 2 years. Catch a Lift has made a tremendous impact on my life by providing gym equipment I need to train at home. Catch a Lift has also provided online programming and coaching as well as constant support to help me reach my goals.
A tremendous group of highly dedicated volunteers. The program has great follow through and really makes a difference. Not only do they provide a gym membership or home equipment, they have several layers of communication and follow up and offer help with workout plans nutrition and more!
They do a great job helping veterans find inner strength, health and quality of life. They have personally impacted my life by giving me the resources and tools to get stronger and promote rehabilitation after a serious injury I obtained in the military that left me wheelchair bound for years. I am grateful that organizations like this exist and continue serving the needs of a community that are still growing.
this foundation is awesome. It gives back so much to veterans through gym memberships and equipment. These soldiers need this it gives them reasons,build them up mentally and physically. I am honored to have seen how this works and to help with a fundraiser that has this awesome foundation as one of our beneficiaries. Please support and go to the site and see what they are all about !!!!
This is an excellent nonprofit that has a clear understanding of purpose and how to execute a successful support system to its members. I am proud to be a donor to this organization.
If this memorial fund is dedicated to the same Coffland I new in AIT, I am so happy to see this. I knew him there and he was a great guy. I was sad to find out about his death while I was in Iraq. Thanks to whoever organized this memorial fund. Whoever receives this grant, just know Coffland would have fully supported you.
There is not enough I can say about CAL. The equipment that I received is amazing and it has helped me tremendously. Due to PTSD and a TBI I'm not very comfortable in a gym setting unless I go early in the morning when its empty. With the equipment at my home I no excuses and I'm in a comfortable environment. I get in the garage and workout for an hour daily without any problem. I've able to drop the weight and maintain my physique in the comfort of my own home.
After getting out of the Marine corps it was hard trying to find a gym or equipment that I could afford. Thanks to this awesome non profit I now keep my strength and flexibility because of the equipment that was given to me. Thanks!
Catch a Lift Fund is an awesome nonprofit organization for disabled veterans!
I am an Iraqi Freedom Army vet who struggles day to day due to PTSD. I shared my story with Catch a Lift, and they were very quick to respond. Since I struggle with being it in large and unknown crowds, Catch a Lift funded me my own personal home gym! The process was very easy! They send me daily motivation quotes, and check on me often.
Thanks to Catch a Lift, I am slowly building my confidence level while getting fit all at the same time!
I would absolutely recommend Catch a Lift as a go to company for all disabled veterans such as myself.
I'm a disabled combat veteran. I served two deployments to Iraq where k was injured both times. After being medically retired after my second deployment, I returned to my hometown. I withdrew myself from the world around me and let the VA feed me pills for my issues. After 4 years i got up to almost 300lbs. Living on VA disability isn't easy. Catch a Lift helped me get into a gym and gave me the tools to get back into the shape I should be in... well at least I'm getting there. And it seems as if Catch a Lift is adding something new for its members every month. And I'm very excited to get the opportunity to take advantage of the great programs and training they have to offer. I hope o way I can make an impact on the veteran community as they have made an impact in my life.
I was injured in Afghanistan in 2011. Medically retired and 6 years later, I was fat, out of shape and having health issues. Catch A Lift Fund has enabled me to regain control of my life and fitness. In 2 months, I've seen amazing results in my strength, endurance, and overall well being. I've become a certified CrossFit Judge, and am on my way to becoming a CrossFit Level 1 Certified trainer. They absolutely rock, and I couldn't have done it without them.
Great organization with a great mission.
I am a combat-wounded, medically retired OIF Veteran, who was notified of Catch A Lift by a fellow wounded Veteran. The application process was simple and straight forward, and after a few months I was notified that I would receive a one-year gym membership grant. I am now going on my second year as a Catch A Lift Veteran, and decided to volunteer as Squad Leader to provide support/mentorship to new Catch A Lift Veterans.
Their mission is very logical: basically, provide gym memberships and/or at-home gym equipment to wounded Veterans, with the resulting goal being mental/physical healing. And, it makes sense. The benefits of exercise and social activity decrease anything from weight gain to symptoms of depression. Sleep improves, medications decrease, etc., and the Veteran is improving his/her health.
One of my favorite aspects of Catch A Lift, is that there is an accountability factor to their grants. A recipient is expected to exercise at least three times per week. Progress is monitored, and each Veteran is assigned to a Squad Leader who is required to have monthly phone contacts with the Veteran. These contacts are charted by the Squad Leader, which include how the Veteran is doing, their progress, challenges, a review of their goals, etc. The Catch A Lift Veteran is not just issued a grant, they are issued a grant but are also provided actual support and encouragement during the entire time of their grant.
Receiving a Catch A Lift grant has been one of the best things that has happened to me. The organization is great, and very helping. You feel like you are part of something larger than yourself. But getting back in the gym has been the most beneficial for me. I have found that same kind of camaraderie, sense of accomplishment, support, physical activity, and sense of belonging at my gym, which I have yet to experience since leaving the military.