I'm a Marine combat veteran and I'm a full-time student. Living on a fix budget can put a limit on some of the things you use to enjoy. For me, it was working out. When i was in the military i used the gym to help maintain my fitness level. Now i use it to help my mind and body feel strong. It helps me control some of the symptoms that comes along with PTSD. Gym memberships can be expensive, but the Catch A Lift fund made everything so easy. I am able to focus know school and still maintain my fitness level, without the financial burden. I am so thankfull for the people there who helped me. The process can take a little time, but when everything is done. It makes everything so much easier. To all of the men and women at Catch A Lift, thank you
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.
As an active duty Air Force member I have volunteered and have seen first hand the great things CAL does. They are a great charity as they continue to grow and serve more veterans.
I am a combat wounded Marine. My wife is also a medically retired Marine, which requires me to be present with her on a consistent basis for medical reasons. Since I cannot typically spend hours a day away at the gym, Catch A Lift granted me a home gym. It has made it possible for me to stay on track physically and mentally. I am able to keep up with my physical goals without compromising my ability to be present for my wife and her medical needs. The ability to have equipment to assist in keeping fit has had a very positive impact on my life and I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity CAL has given me.