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Causes: Military & Veterans Organizations, Veterans

Mission: Since our founding in 2010, the Catch A Lift Fund has helped thousands of post 9/11 combat Wounded Veterans all over the country start and maintain their healing process through physical fitness. By providing yearly gym memberships and state of the art gym equipment to these men and women, CAL is giving them a release from the stress of their physical and mental injuries, a place to connect with their mind and body, a way to better their lives and that of their families, and the financial help that so many wounded veterans need. With the development of our MAPS Program (Motivation Accountability and Peer Support), Veterans who have received grants through CAL are put into squads headed by a civilian or veteran volunteer leader where they are tracked, held accountable for their health, given motivational support, and are able to heal vet to vet within their squad. Catch A Lift Fund currently has over 2,500 Veterans in the program, 350+ of which are awaiting their memberships or gym equipment to be purchased by Catch A Lift so that they may begin their fitness regimen. With over 200 applications coming in each month, and most of our referrals coming from the VA and Caregiver outreach groups, the need for Catch A Lift is clear. 90% of all donations to CAL go directly to the Veteran fitness programs. Please consider donating here: www.catchaliftfund.org/donation

Results: As of April of 2016, CAL has over 2,500 veterans in our program, and this number is growing everyday as new applications continue to come in. When wounded veterans first apply to CAL, their overall feeling of wellness is an average of 3, and after 1 year in the program, they report an average of 7. Those who want to lose weight and decrease medications have reported a weight loss average of 40 lbs and a decrease in medications. CAL does not only pay for the yearly memberships or home gym equipment, but provides support and tracking through out the year to help the veterans stay on track and achieve wellness through vet to vet support and motivational accountability practices.

Target demographics: post 9/11 wounded veterans

Direct beneficiaries per year: In 2015, we provided gym memberships or home gym equipment to over 630 wounded Veterans and over 90 caregivers. In 2016, our goal is to put through approx. 840 new wounded Veterans and renew 360 wounded Veterans. We currently have over 2,500 in the program.

Geographic areas served: Anywhere in the United States

Programs: Gym memberships and in home gym equipment to veterans all over the country so that they can recover, rehabilitate, and reintegrate through physical fitness. CAL believes in empowering veterans to actively contribute to their health on a daily basis and by providing them with fitness programs that fit their needs, veterans are seeing and feeling results. Catch A Lift Fund (CAL) is a 501c3 non-profit dedicated to the physical and mental recovery of America's wounded veterans. Founded in memory of Army Cpl. Chris Coffland, Catch A Lift provides any gym. Anywhere. Fitness for wounded veterans.

Community Stories

165 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

JAnthony P.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

1 Jordan R.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

Sarai F.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

They have helped me keep moving forward for 3 years. My life is better because of them

Isaac Thomas G.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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

Jeremy24

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I just got exempted and should be receiving my home gym set up soon. I am exited to start out on this path for catchALiftFund has been a real support for me in getting active again.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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 ..

Robert L.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Barbara Butler D.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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 !!!!

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am very well pleased with CAL. I am a wounded Iraqi Veteran. I need to exercise daily to stay fit and keep my pain to a minimum. I was able to be blessed by CAL with a total body gym. They have great customer service! Promt delivery. It's good to see a company that cares about Veterans!

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Bryan34

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Fabian M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I would not be able to cope had it not been for this organization.

Nick79

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I'm an Air Force combat veteran, medically retired after my 9th tour when I was injured in Afghanistan. Along with a lot of physical surgeries, I racked up a lot of mental injuries that were left unchecked. After I was separated I didn't just lose my job I lost my identity, sense of purpose and motivation to keep up with my former fitness routines. The military really pushes physical fitness not simply for a physically strong fishing force but a mentally strong and healthy fighting force.

To anyone in, works for, volunteers with or supports the Catch A Lift Fund, I can never express how grateful we are for this program. Without a doubt, I know Catch A Lift enhances our veterans quality of life and has made a difference to reduce the disturbing suicide epidemic our combat veterans face.

Raising a family of six, a gym membership is an intangible luxury expense our family simple cannot afford. Catch A Lift is supporting more than our veterans, it goes deeper than the veteran; since I've been able to return to the gym, my family has a happy, healthier father and our community has better member of society who now has the energy to volunteer with a couple organizations.

I take great pride being a member of the Catch A Lift program.

Joseph62

Client Served

Rating: 5

Because of CAL I was able to not only work on fitness goals but also build relationships/ friendships again. I pretty much cut the world off, but going in and being held accountable for my training forced me to engage. Thank you CAL

Michael421

Client Served

Rating: 5

Catch A lift has helped me carve out my recovery over the last year with a purely holistic, self reliant approch that stands unchanged in their dedication. Going into my second year I have the highest of goals for my own health and a proven faith in their service.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Very thankful for everything they do for myself and other vets.

Mattie M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Cath A Lift Fund is one of the most amazing Non-Profit organizations that I have the pleasure of volunteering for. Their cause is amazing along with the work that they do. Its amazing to see the care and compassion they have for each individual veteran, especially the president and founder Lynn Coffland. The way that she talks to the vets and listens to their stories and helps them, you can see and hear the compassion in her voice. I always look forward to my time at Catch A Lift not only to contiune to help their cause but also because all of the people that work there are truly great people you would want to be around. I am so proud to be apart of such an amazing organization. The Catch A LIft Fund inspires me everyday.

Donor

Rating: 1

These people are liars. DO NOT DO ANY WORK FOR OR WITH THEM.

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CatchALiftFund 11/02/2016

Hello Runner12- you listed yourself as a donor- may I ask when your donation was made? I'd be happy to let you know exactly how your donation was used and what veteran it helped sponsor. If you are a Disney runner who was unable to complete your contracted fundraising agreement, I'm sorry you were unable to further benefit the lives and health of America's wounded heroes. We have hundreds of wounded veterans on our wait list and every donation given and every dollar saved is incredibly important to our charity. If you have any questions, please feel free to email us: [email protected] Thank you.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Thanks to Catch A Lift, I have the gear I need to train with right in my garage. Fitness has been my truest form of therapy on many levels, and it's great to feel the support of this organization with every workout. There are opportunities to help others within the program as well, and I hope to be a part of that soon.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

As a Marine combat veteran battling PTSD, staying physically active is sometimes the only thing that holds me together. For me, exercise has been the single-most effective "treatment"--the one thing that actually helps me move forward. Catch A Lift gets this. Since I have difficulties being in crowded areas (especially ones with a lot of noise like a gym) the Catch A Lift program allowed me to receive exercise equipment for my own home gym. Not only do I have the equipment to workout at home now, but I feel the supported and encouraged through this service.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Outstanding group they really do care about helping us veterans. Not only do they provide the means to get physically fit they also provide support and follow up along the way to make sure that you stay on track. I am so glad that they take the time and provide such a great source of recovery for us veterans.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Catch A Lift has been great. The cost of a membership to a quality gym/athletic club is very expensive, which makes it tough for many veterans like myself on a limited budget. Catch a Lift provides the resources and support for this mission.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great Vet Org and really cares about the vets it helps. A lions share is the donations go back to vets!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Our family had not had much interaction with vets before Catch A Lift, but now we volunteer for every event we can in order to give back. The work they do with the vets is clear that it is making an impact every time you hear one of our heroes talk about what CAL has done for them. We will continue to do whatever we can to help this amazing non-profit.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a Viet Nam era veteran, who went to Korea instead of Viet Nam so I was spared the physical and psychological trauma suffered by many of my contemporaries. Recently retired, I have been looking for a place to give back to help those who took bigger hits and as a remembrance of my childhood friend William Van Stone who did not survive the war, and I came upon Catch-A-Lift. Their operating premise, providing gym memberships and equipment to help vets become active and strong again, struck me immediately as a very practical and immediate way to help. I volunteer and have gotten to know a group of the vets in my role as Squad Leader. I applaud their efforts and will continue to do all I can in support.

Client Served

Rating: 5

As a veteran benefiting from this organization, they understand the long term need of our wounded returning home. They have a support network in place and looking to expand in any area that will lead to recovery and reintegration for veterans.

Jay_44

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Amazed at the work this charity provides for veterans. It has been the first charity I fully stand behind and support. Plus with over 90% going back to the vets that need it speaks for the care and quality this charity provides.

Drew6

Client Served

Rating: 5

Catch a Lift has helped me find strength both physically and mentally as I use the home gym equipment they provided me. Their staff have been amazing and have inspired me to volunteer for them. Their whole goal is to get veterans to a place of healing and recovery through fitness. I'm a more functional citizen today because of CAL!
Drew Toothman, GySgt, USMC (Ret)

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Client Served

Rating: 5

A Heath and wellness coordinator from the Wounded Warrior Project sent out workouts but I had no way to complete them. I expressed my difficulties and he suggested that I contact Catch A Lift. My wife and I filled out the application and were informed promptly that they had received it. I was very excited to be accepted to the program and have a chance to get some exercise equipment for the house. It means a ton that I can workout my frustrations and clear my mind through physical exercise. This organization is helping wounded veterans to improve their physical and mental health in a sustainable way. Communication with the staff has been amazing and their genuine concern for our wellbeing is touching.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great way to help our vets get back to physical fitness.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Fantastic charity that helps a lot of wounded veterans.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Recently became a volunteer after hearing all the great work the program is doing from a friend. As a former military member (11 years) that served 7 overseas deployments, I recognize the need for personal health to the well-being of the body and mind. I look forward to partnering with the program to serve our nation's true heroes. Thank you to all that have served and to programs like this that support our troops when they return.

Cheers

Donor

Rating: 5

For such a minimal investment, Catch a Lift goes a long way to help returning injured vets get the help they need to get back into both physical and mental shape. The difference they make in the lives of our heroes is amazing!

Donor

Rating: 5

Catch-a-Lift is amazing. 100% committed to helping veterans live healthier lives, physically and emotionally. Keep up the great work CAL!

Jimmy14

Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is Jimmy Hughes
I found out about catch a lift through another veteran, i contacted them because i needed to get back into fitness. I felt horrible, my body was achy and sore all the time. I got tired quickly. Just out of shape really. But i weighed 145.

In the previous 2 years i ran 2 spartan races without training a single day so i was curious to see how i could do with training.

Since i received my gym equipment i have gained 10 pounds(yes thats my goal, i lost alot of my muscle once i got wounded.) and i have gotten most of my strenth back that i hadnt had since 2010. I now have 3 spartan races schedluled to run, alongside my brothers and fellow wounded combat vets. Some of which were in the same ied blast and gunfights as me. Lynn is amazing to work with and devotes so much time to this organization. Its a great way to give back to veterans and keep Chris' spirit alive. Im proud to be a part of this, and i hope i can find a way to give back as well.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is Shadd Hoffman, I am a 10 year US Army Veteran with two tours in Iraq. I was injured both tours in Iraq, one them with a severe back injury. I have been out of active duty for a few years now but remain very active in the gym. I have to keep my back strong otherwise I would be in very bad shape. I came across Catch A Lift Fund a few years ago I thought that's giving vets gym memberships was an awesome way to give back to the troops. It wasn't long after I signed up that they came through and took care of my LA Fitness membership. I couldn't more grateful to such an awesome organization. I am proud to represent such and amazing organization and couldn't think of a better one to be a part of.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is Jimi Mcmahon. I contacted CatchALiftFund in 2013 in regards to help with my recovery from injuries over seas. From the time I contacted them they were engaged immediately in regards to my recovery and fitness goal needs. I was on multiple medications and had weighed over 300 lbs. My PTSD was severe and Chronic. I had many medical factors also that contributed to my weight gain and loss of touch with my family and society. Thought out my journey Lynn and her organization constantly checked on me to see how my progress was going. I now am down to 215 lbs and have also dropped numerous medications for pain and phsycological issues. There program also provides veterans with many opportunities in regards to connecting with other veterans and learning how to deal with obstacles that wounded veterans face everyday. The Squad leader program monitors my weekly progress and is also a crisis intervention tool that has proven to save lives. They also will get the veteran certified as a personal trainer which in turns provides employment for the veteran and also helps the organization as the membership numbers grow. CatchALiftFund has literally saved my life as long with thousands of other veterans with out having to over medicate. It is way more then just a gym membership. It is an invaluable tool that is so reading nation wide to help deal with the suicide epidemic among veterans that certain government agencies turn a blind eye on. It is a tangible and effective concept that saves lives. Simple and plain. Thank you Lynn!!

1 Toni72

Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization has allowed me to get into a fabulous Barre Studio, rebuild my self-esteem and lose weight. I'm forever grateful for this kick in the butt and all the wonderful donors!

1 Jcgomez208

Client Served

Rating: 5

One of the best organizations I've been with! CAL has helped me in tremendous ways. I have ptsd and TBI ( traumatic brain injury) and CAL was able to help me get back in the gym in a fast way possible. Being at the gym for even an hour helps me so much by getting my motivation and spirit up and feeling useful.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am 33 years old and when I was in the marines in Iraq my vehicle was hit by an IED. My body has never felt the same since then. I was in constant pain and started losing motivation because of it. The gym prices were getting too expensive to keep up and did not have the energy to workout on my own. I was told about CAL program and I applied. The program has been a life saver for me and my family! I have been going to the gym 5 times a week for over 8 months now. I am full of energy and able to function a lot better by being healthier. The people that work for CAL are super friendly and very welcoming to new people. I have a new outlook on life and I have lost over 20 lbs.

2 okchristi

Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband is 100% for Ptsd, while we are still on the waiting list, CAL, keeps us posted with occasional emails. This is an amazing organization that is providing wonderful services and is going to benefit my housebound vet to the fullest. Thanks catch a lift!!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is an amazing organization. I have had a friend who used it and I have seen so much positive change in him. Thank you for all you do!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been a volunteer Squad Leader with Catch A Lift since the beginning of January 2016 but had been a fan of the organization for several months prior. A personal trainer for 21 years and a US Army veteran myself, I felt compelled to see how I could be of service -- again.

From the first email interaction with Katelyn to the telephone conversation with Lynn Coffland (CAL's creator) I KNEW this was going to be an amazing experience in my life.

Now, with 2 full months of volunteering with the Vets that CAL serves, my life has been undeniably changed for the better.

This is an awesome, awe-inspiring organization. I'm lucky to be part of it!!

Writer

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Catch A Lift has helped my veteran get motivated and getting into shape. I enjoyed the friendliness from Lynn and her coworkers. Thank you so much for all that you have done for us and continue to do for our veterans.

Cristy

1 Mark159

Client Served

Rating: 5

THIS CHARITY SERIOUSLY CHANGED MY LIFE FOR THE BETTER!!! I AM SO MUCH BETTER OFF NOW, THANKS TO MY GYM MEMBERSHIP SUPPLIED BY CAL FUND!!! THESE ARE TRULY REMARKABLE PEOPLE, DOING THEIR BEST TO HELP US VETERANS IMPROVE OUR LIVES. EVERY TIME I GO TO THE GYM, AND KNOWING IT'S PAID FOR, HAS ME SO MOTIVATED WITHOUT THE STRESS OF WORRYING ABOUT HOW I'M GOING TO PAY FOR IT!!! I TRULY LOVE THESE GUYS, AND I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THEM!!! THEY ARE THE "REAL DEAL"!!! I'M LIVING PROOF!!! ---HOOAH!!! GET SOME!!!

2 Joey82

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is "the" most selfless non-profit I've ever had the pleasure of being affiliated with. Ever since returning home from my service in the military in 2008, there was absolutely nothing out there for transition veterans with life skills. To add to that hardship I've been mistreated and misdiagnosed by the VA for over 6 years until they finally realized (actually just one true public servant) saw my record and years of neglect and began treating me for my TBI and the multitude of secondary injuries caused by the TBI, such as Post Concussion Syndrome, Chronic Headaches,Migraines, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, ADHD, Insomnia etc..

Now that I began to become somewhat able to function again, I was at odds with the reality that I either select the financial burden for the gym, or paying the bills. When a fellow combat wounded veteran told me about this amazing local charity that provides service connected disabled wounded veterans 100% fully funded gym memberships, I thought it was to good to be true!

I quickly researched the foundation and applied for the program. I was promptly processed and approved for the grant and placed on their waiting list. After a few months of patiently waiting, I received the awesome email for CAL that I am ready to proceed. CAL provided me a one of a kind top notch gym membership with Lifetime Fitness in Columbia, Maryland. I couldn't have been any happier. Since getting back into the gym 3 days a week, it's boosted my energy level back up, cut off 50 lbs and has made me so much happier!

The only thing that I didn't like was having to shell out the money for the new clothes because I dropped weight so fast once getting back into a rhythm!

1 Megan102

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a disabled veteran and received a home gym through CAL fund. It is going to make a big difference in my well being having access to this equipment. Everyone I talked to and corresponded with were always very friendly and very responsive. You can tell that helping veterans means a lot to them.

Client Served

Rating: 5

CAL has been very helpful. I now have a home gym thanks to them. Very responsive and great staff!

Thank you!!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a disabled veteran and cannot believe the great change in my quality of life i felt since i received the free home gym from catch a lift fund!!!! Thank you so much and god bless !!! I recommend this organization to any disabled veteran who is dealing with physical or psychological scars from war.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My wife and I are very thankful for Catch a Lift. We spend 5 days a week at the gym together and couldn't be happier to push eachother to become healthier and stronger. I have been able to do my physical therapy while recovering from surgeries. Thank you

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I had a hard time adjusting to civilian life the first 8 years after getting out of the military. I was trying to be accepted into social groups by doing drugs and drinking or partying. Although I felt some times were fun, I never really enjoyed it. I felt like I was stuck in a place I didn't belong. I was living with friends moving to someone else's house every year. Friends that were unstable and some addicts. In 2014 my doctor at the VA in Baltimore told me about Catch A Lift Fund. Once I started going to the gym I obtained a new respect for myself and a need to go back to the gym as much as I could. The new feeling of confidence pushed me to go back to college and pursue a Bachelors in Engineering. I almost turned around and went home the first day because it felt so weird. If it weren't for CAL I don't know if I would have ever gained the confidence I needed to get my life on track. For me CAL didn't just supply me with a gym membership, they gave me an opportunity for a new life. Now I live in an apartment with only my dog, attend school full time, and work part time. I have a beautiful girlfriend and life is just unexpectedly great for me. Thanks CAL fr the start.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hello I am a combat wounded veteran that struggles daily with PTSD, TBI and depression. It is difficult to find the motivation to even leave my house most days. Going to the gym and exercising fell to the wayside for me after entering a PTSD treatment program and being on so many meds that caused me to gain weight. With a wife and kids a gym membership was financially out of the question for me as well as I don't leave the house without my wife, but with the support of Catch A Lift Fund they have made it possible for my wife, who is my caregiver, and myself to get to the gym so that I can become a more healthy me again. It is still very hard to go and be around people, especially fit, healthy people but I am trying and I thank CAL for the opportunity! THANK YOU!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Catch A Lift became a motivator and encouraged me to become physically active after nearly three years of losing interests in my physical health due to several physical and mental disabilities. After returning home from combat and separating from the Marine Corps; I lost interest and did not understand the reason. Learning about Catch A Lift, and how a fellow service member had began such an amazing organization; I pushed myself to setting physical goals and get back in shape. My health has improved as well as the relationship with my children. I have become more physically active with my children, and they enjoy seeing their father join them in some physical activities. I introduce fellow veterans to Catch A Lift; and they have also benefited in abundance from this organization. Thank you Chritopher Coffland Memorial Fund for creating Catch A Lift Fund. Semper Fidelis.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I'm a combat veteran who is surviving on disability benefits. Due to a lot of the medications I'm on for PTSD and chronic pain issues I have put on a lot of weight. Catch a Lift helped me by paying for a gym membership for me and my caregiver so I can try and get back into good health.

Without the help of the Christopher Coffland Memorial Fund I would not be able to afford this luxury. I am thankful that Catch a lift was willing and able to help me.

will-martinez

Client Served

Rating: 5

Since I got injured in Afghanistan and after 7 reconstructive surgeries and a ton of medication for pain, steroids, etc. it was really hard for me to get to a gym or work out. Since Catch a Lift decided to help me with gym equipment, my health is improving, losing 21 pounds and generally feeling better about myself. I will always be grateful to them for helping me coming out of a black hole. Thanks Catch a Lift!!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Catch A Lift has renewed my trust in American Society, that there are people out there who really care about Veterans. When I was first injured in 2011, I was so dependent upon others to care for me due to the injuries sustained. Having my own In home gym. Has allowed me to regain some of my independence and getting stronger day by day. When it comes to losing your independence, that's a hard challenge for Veterans. Regaining that is the most important mission to any able Veteran. Catch A Lift Fund, I SFC(R) Smith salute you for what you do to make life challenging and better for Veterans.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great organization, helps veterans who are unable to afford a membership to a gym get into a gym to help them get in shape and be more active. Like myself, weight training helps with stress and health and overall well being for veterans.
I was injured in Iraq in 2003, and with all the things I have wrong with me it is hard to be able to do things alone. CAL, funded a one year membership to a gym for myself and my caregiver, so that I could get back in the gym and just to be more active. Thank you CAL.