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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Military & Veterans Organizations, Veterans

Mission: Defenders of Freedom provides donors with the organization they need to support post 9/11 Veterans in their transition to civilian life through emergency financial assistance, morale building programs, and traumatic brain injury treatment.

Results: Our donors allow for us to spend $350,000 to treat Veterans with a TBI in 2020.

Target demographics: Troops who are deployed, Wounded and transitioning Veterans

Direct beneficiaries per year: 47 Veterans by sending them to treatment for their TBI. 47 Veterans whose lives have been changed by our donors.

Geographic areas served: Texas, but served Veterans nation wide

Programs: Emergency Financial Assistance to wounded and transitioning Veterans Provide alternative brain treatment for Veterans with traumatci brain injury.

Community Stories

81 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

Life changing! It’s help giving me a second chance at life!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I served from 2004-2008 with the Marine Corps and the US Army from 2011-2015 both as an Infantryman. After two deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan I thought I was fine, but after I got out I dealt with severe Depression, Anxiety,anger, a divorce, and loss of purpose. I tried college, got a CDL, got a welding certificate, worked multiple welding and driving jobs and tried what seemed like every career I could think of, but I kept failing at certain tasks which frustrated me. I felt like a failure. I reached out to the VA for help, but all they did was medicate me and made me feel like a "Malingerer" this could be a cognitive distortion, but they just seem like they don't care. I did three years of counseling, tried legal and illegal drugs to cope. Stopped talking to family and friends, people just didn't understand what I was feeling.
I ended up in a mental health facility funded by another non-profit for 6 months and received quality counseling far better then anything the VA had to offer. That helped me connect the dots that I could have a TBI. That's when I heard about "Defenders of freedom" from another resident at the facility. I contacted Donna and she was so kind to me like my own mother. She understood my struggle and got me up to Dallas as soon as she could. I arrived and I felt like I was greeted like a long lost friend and brother from the Doctors and assistants there. They not only treated me for my TBI but explained how to fight the "Ghost." Amazing how a Non-profit can provide treatment that is leaps and bounds far better then the VA. I have hope again, my mood has improved, my aches and pains have been reduced, and they've given me the tools to continue to get better.
Defenders of freedom are living gods purpose helping people. They made me so loved it was overwhelming.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My experience has been unbelievably Amazing!

Ive never allowed myself to admit how much pain/issues I’m actually dealing with. To say the least, I was reluctant to take knee and accept any help. “Suffer in silence”…. I’m pretty good at putting on costume and face of a “once Green Beret” at my local TBI/wounded warrior clinic. It’s been working for a couple years…. But the cracks are starting to show through. I can no longer remember when to go to my appointments or care…
Thankfully I was given a push (DOF/CxC) to try some treatments outside the government programs. Donna at DOF had the fitting personality, and patience to get through to me. I needed the constant communication due to my forgetfulness.
Once there, the atmosphere was unlike anything I’ve been accustomed to. Dr. Gaudet/Staff let me acclimate at my pace, I was comfortable enough by day 2, that I was able to be myself, and speak Army. I didn’t have to think if I was offending anyone, or being labeled. The “NOT flexing my muscles”to keep from shaking was a huge huge weight lifted. I never felt obligated to assure anyone with my “I’m a solid operator” expectations. I was comfortable being a reduced man in pain, coupled with memory and balance issues.
My deficiencies identified, treatments began immediately with little to no time wasted for the entire duration. Additionally, the pharmacy visit, and 1 on 1 brief regarding my blood results was stunning. Now that my hormones, and some other issues are being addressed, I can’t wait to see how I’m feeling in the near future.
The most rewarding part thus far, has been the vast improvement to my migraines, and sleep cycle. Typically I have debilitating migraines 1-2 days a week, and head pain at least 5 days a week. I’m up for 2 days straight, and sleep every 3rd day.
At this point, I had a string of 5 consecutive days of sleep, and haven’t had a migraine in 14 days! I feel like I’m finely on the road to recovery! I’m excited to work towards a much better quality of life.
Ive been contacted multiple times already to ensure I’m still okay, and following my homework. I hate leaning on others for help, but I know have significant memory issues. I couldn’t do this with out them! I’m leaning!
The continued aftercare has been exceptional, I’m truly saying THANK YOU!

Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization saved my sanity. The compassion and professionalism exemplified by Donna and her associates is second to none. This is what is to be expected when it comes to treating our men and women who have given their all to this country with no expectations of help in return. Please contribute to Defenders of freedom. They are changing lives for the better. Please find out more about what this organization does. It is money well spent and managed.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Defenders of Freedom (DOF) is an amazing organization, they've provided me with a Network of people that I can rely on, friendships that will last forever and with TBI and PTS, treatments that there's no way I could have afforded to have done. After going to the Resiliency Brain Health treatment facility in Dallas Texas for 2 weeks, I've noticed a lot of my cognitive functions have improved my emotions are better in my family is much happier in my presence. The Defenders of Freedom organization is a blessing for veterans like myself. The Defenders of Freedom organization picks up a lot of slack from where the VA system fails to meet our needs, there's so many amazing people within the DOF organization that generally care for our veteran community. All I can say is thank you to the men and women of Defenders of Freedom for giving me a gift in which I could never repay nor would they ever ask me to repay it.

Client Served

Rating: 5

When I found Defenders of Freedom, I honestly thought I was losing my mind but consciously aware it. I had tried everything, so I thought. I reached out to Donna and she responded almost immediately. A few conversations and a short time later, I was in treatment for combat related TBI and PTSD. The treatment outcome was beyond any expectations. DoF, the treatment, and these amazing people not only changed my life, they saved it.

Chris M.22

Client Served

Rating: 5

Defenders of freedom helped me get into a better place. They set me up with wonderful drs that literally changed my life. Helped me with medications to complete the circle of care and even flew me there. Its a shame that i can only give 5 stars.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Went above and beyond with my TBI treatments! Great Americans going out of their way to help combat veterans.

Client Served

Rating: 5

DOF is hands down one of the best veteran non profits I've had the pleasure of knowing. They brought me together with other veterans with similar injuries/issues. Which has helped my overall quality if life. Also the opportunity to medically treat an injury I've dealt with for 14 years. What they're doing for veterans if life-changing!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I've been a veteran for over 10 years. Defenders of Freedom was the first to invite me to any sort of event for veterans. The annual DOF golf tournament was fantastic. Met so many other veterans and supporters that had nothing but great things to say about this organization. They truly do care and are giving back to the veteran community in so many ways. A huge thanks to all involved with Defenders of Freedom!

Donor

Rating: 5

I was the President of the Frisco Lakes Veterans group for 10 years. We held charity golf tournament yearly since 2010. The DOF was the primary beneficiary because of the work they do and the assistance of Gulf War veterans. The willingness of a generation to go to war is directly related to how the current generation treats their veterans . They have done a outstanding job of helping current veterans. About 90% of their funds go directly to veterans.

Charlie Bird J.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Defenders of Freedom has been an exceptional nonprofit. Especially in the veteran community. They have not only helped out financially for myself and others in times of struggle. They also have a huge passion for the well being of each of us who have become a part of their family. By doing so they have given those of us with TBI's the opportunity to get top notch care. Care that gets the cylinders (parts of the brain) firing again. Most of all they stay connected with each of us on a personal level. Every year at the Man Cave and the annual Golf outing we get to meet new brothers and sisters as well as see old friends. Being around many other nonprofit organizations in the veteran community. For me Defenders of Freedom stands at the forefront in what they do and having a safe family environment for each of us who took the oath. Donna Cranston has been amazing in the things she does for us and for many has been a 2nd mother to us. Her and her team have such a passion to be there for us and help us get back to living and enjoying life again. I know had it not been for Donna, other members of DOF or the family I have made through DOF I would not be where or who I am today.
I love them and their hard work
Charlie Bird

Tyler M.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

They are great and very understanding, I would highly recommend getting involved or donating so others have the opportunity to utilize this great non-profit.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This was my second year to participate in the Annual Golf Outing. It was amazing to meet fellow veterans and reconnect with those I went to war with. My first time to participate was in 2019 and the overall experience was healing from within. It was the first time I had seen my brothers in nine years. Reconnecting with them has provided internal healing and ability for me to not feel alone. Defenders of Freedom helped me find myself again and I am forever thankful.

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Donor

Rating: 5

This is a tremendous nonprofit doing amazing work with Veterans who have suffered brain injuries. Its programs are changing and saving lives. It helps with family reintegration and strengthing the family unit.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Defenders of Freedom and the many Donors that help, gave me the ultimate gift with the ability to attend a state of the art traumatic brain injury clinic. Attending the clinic, the staff there were able to control, correct and give me the tools to better my injury. They did more for me in a few weeks then the VA has helped since 2014. I am eternally grateful to Defenders of Freedom , Donna Cranston, and all the staff that helps make this all a possibility. More importantly a thank you to all the donors. The support you provide Defenders of Freedom is CHANGING LIVES FOREVER.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Hello. My name is Matt Bertron. I went through the brain treatment at Synapse human performance center funded by defenders of freedom. When I first started the treatment for TBI, my neurological scores were substandard. When I left I saw a great improvement in me. I recommend all veterans with TBI to go through this treatment. It is life changing.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

An amazing organization that truly gives back to Veterans, past and present!!!! DOF’s work with TBI is absolute top notch!!!!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The heart, soul, and breath that Donna and the team puts into Defenders of Freedom is unmatched. DOF is truly saving lives!!!

1 Leon N.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Words can not simply express the gratitude not only I have, but my family and friends (other veterans included) are for Defenders of Freedom and legitimately all that they do. They service in more then just finances. They're friends and there is so much comradery.
Thank you DoF. Absolutely amazing. Please do not hesitate to donate or reach out to this organization. I was and now my only regret is honestly not reaching out or finding them earlier! I wish more then anything to be able to pay it forward. But that is only possible with donations. Your donations helped save my life more then once literal and figuratively.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Committed to EXCELLENCE in all they do! Defenders of Freedom continues to fulfill the obligation of the government and every citizen of the United States as President Abraham Lincoln stated in his second inaugural address, "to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow, and his orphan"
EXCELLENCE in care for our wounded
EXCELLENCE in support for veterans and their families
EXCELLENCE in stewardship of donor's dollars
EXCELLENCE in compassion and commitment to TBI diagnosis and treatment
A board of directors who take no compensation so the money raised goes directly to those most in need
Defenders of Freedom is the real deal

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Board Member

Rating: 5

This world doesn't make too many Donna Cranston's. Her passion, work-ethic and genuine heart for veterans has driven DOF to become the most incredible non-profit I've ever been around. DOF has always remained focused on their mission to help our warriors. I can't thank this organization enough for what they've done for me and my family. I'm happy to connect with anyone who would like to learn more about how impactful Donna and her team are to this community.

1 military1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As a Commander/Staff Officer during multiple deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, it is amazing the level of care provided by Defenders of Freedom affiliates (above and beyond the military and VA care) for unseen/undiagnosed injuries! I have personally witnessed my own Soldiers suffering from combat fatigue, TBI, PTS, over medication and lack of accurate diagnosis personally benefit from the unique and scientifically proven methods for treating these ailments. DoF has "stepped up" and filled a much needed gap in medical care for those that have departed Service life and are left alone to deal with their challenges. I highly recommend supporting this non-profit and its successes to date in treating the Whole person. Hats off to DoF!! Former Army Colonel who served 30 years.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Unlike like some non-profits who state their purpose it to help veterans, DoF is an honest and reliable organization that truly puts the needs of Service-members and their families first. DoF provides a unique interlocutor service for current and alternative means of medical assistance to veterans who are frustrated with the medical systems available.

DoF receives my highest vote of confidence ( I am a veteran myself and senior leader in DoD).

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was introduced to Defenders of Freedom in 2012. My family & I had been homeless for almost a year when another veteran centric organization donated a home to us. This is where DOF stepped in. We had a new house but I didn’t have a job or any means to feed my family. Donna stepped up and shouldered that burden until I had an income a few months later. But that was not the only thing, she introduced me to a group that has become family & been a positive force in my life ever since.

Jesus H.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Remarkable organization that went above and beyond to not only make me feel welcome, but to provide resources for medical care and advice for my upcoming transition to civilian life. I am truly blessed to have the Defenders of Freedom in my corner. God bless all these amazing people who make this happen!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Absolutely one of the best organizations helping Servicemembers and Veterans. I have personally witnessed the benefits of the incredible treatment funded by Defenders of Freedom. This organization literally SAVES lives every single day.

1 Ryan W.4

Client Served

Rating: 5

I had an amazing experience with this organization. It was truly a life changing one. Everyone involved are wonderful people. Even though I had never met them, they made me feel like I was home and with family. I can not say enough great things about Defenders of freedom!!!

1 mwygal

Client Served

Rating: 5

Donna,

If it wasnt for your organization, my family and myself would have slept on the streets. I cannot thank you guys enough. I appreciate everything you'll do for Veterans. A God sent.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am an 8 year Army veteran who separated from service at the end of 2013. I have several issues that came with my service, which make social situations very difficult for me. The Defenders of Freedom began reaching out to me, through a few of my fellow Veterans that I served with, to attend the 2019 Defenders of Freedom Golf Outing. I can say with complete honesty that it was one of the best experiences of my life. Being able to reconnect with men and women who served was amazing. DOF made sure that each of us felt welcome, comfortable, and most importantly, appreciated. I can't stress enough how much this organization cares about Veterans and is willing to do whatever is necessary to help. There are many organizations out there who claim to care about Veterans, but fail to deliver on any significant help. Defenders of Freedom isn't one of those. Each and every person involved cares about us and wants to make sure we are taken care of in any way they can help. Thank you, DOF.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Apart from the great people like Donna and her husband, what struck me about Defenders of Freedom (DoF) was their willingness to look hard at the uncomfortable parts of veteran to civilian transition. Like life in general, there are no easy answers, but with hard work you can make it. DoF will put in the hard work to help people, but they emphasize personal responsibility as well. I think that makes them stand apart from similar organizations, and makes their programs effective. Great organization.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Defenders of Freedom is an amazing organization that has really helped me get through my transition from the military into civilian life. Donna Cranston and her team are all amazing people that truly care about veterans and it shows in every interaction I've had with them. This year, Defenders of Freedom put me in touch with a family that i still talk to on a weekly basis and i will be visiting again in November which means the world to me. I would highly recommend Defenders of Freedom to any veteran who would benefit from their services.

VJW

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Defenders of Freedom is an outstanding organization that reunited me with my brothers in the summer of 2018. The golf outing arranged was on the nicest course I've ever been able to play on, and I probably wouldn't have been able to play there in this lifetime if it weren't for them. Everyone involved in this organization is incredibly thoughtful and truly caring. I 100% fully support Defenders of Freedom!

VW

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first learned of the Defenders of Freedom in 2012, when the company I work for with my husband began to donate and attend the fund raising golf outings and various other fundraisers. I have since become a volunteer at these outing both in Texas and Pittsburgh. I have spent time with some of the Veterans, just by hanging out and listening to them tell of their experiences and concerns. Several have told me that if it wasn't for the Defenders of Freedom, they would have been homeless or still struggling with various illnesses associated with the time they spent defending our country for all of our freedoms! I have always felt heavy-hearted after listening to these stories and our Veterans are on our minds often. They need our assistance in getting treatment desperately needed for PTSD and for Traumatic Brain Injuries, as well as other issues. They and their families have made so many sacrifices. I believe that much more help, both financially and supportive, is needed. The Defenders of Freedom is a wonderful organization that I am proud to be a part of (even if it is a small roll). Donna Cranston and Jodi Sorenson and the entire board have dedicated so much of their lives over these years to supporting and assisting our post 911 Veterans. It is an honor to know them and an honor to meet the veterans who reach out to them!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I attended my first event with the DOF this Summer, a golf outing in the Dallas area. It was an amazing experience! The staff for the DOF truly care about the promise made to our nation's veterans, never once did I feel like the event was for "show". Unfortunately, I have participated in those type of events and they are disheartening to the veteran community. I cannot recommend this organization enough!

Ted M.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Thank you Defenders of freedom for a great golf outing and experience. I also want to thank you for the reunion with my brother. We went over 15 years with out being able to be in the same room and you help make that happen. Thank you so much for everything

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Having served on the Boards of Soldiers Angels and Team Rubicon, among others, I have experience with non-profit organizations that serve the veteran community and Defenders of Freedom is one of the BEST! Well run, fiscally responsible, meeting veterans needs whatever they may be (medical, monetary, re-integration, etc), DOF is one of the most effective non-profits, and your donation will absolutely make a difference in the lives of a post 9/11 veteran!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Defenders of Freedom is by far the most helpful nonprofit organization out there for disabled Veterans. Defenders of Freedom may not be as well known as some of the other bigger organizations, but they have the biggest heart. Donna, Jodi, and everyone else associated with Defenders of Freedom truly care about Veterans and make a lasting impact on lives. My family and I were in a financial crisis after transitioning back to civilian life in Houston. Hurricane Harvey hit and we needed a deposit for a new house. Donna and Defenders of Freedom paid or deposit no questions asked. They simply verified some information and took care of us, unlike a lot of bureaucracy associated with other organizations. Defenders of Freedom care about Veterans and their families and build relationships that last a lifetime!

Curtis Z.

Client Served

Rating: 5

After many years of seclusion, Donna Cranston, the founder brought me to a golf tournament. Little did I know but two things that day would change my life. I found a love for a sport that not only gets me out of the house, but gives me goals to work for like when I was still in the Infantry. The other thing was a non-profit that would be by myside as an individual nearly 10 years later. Every veteran the Donna helps ends up calling her "mom", which I believe speaks more than any words a person can come up with. This non-profit is above and beyond what is expected and beyond the call of duty. Donna serves the people that served, and with the same determination and discipline as those she serves.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Greatest experience one vet can have is healing with another vet or hearing that it is ok to feel how you feel! Great organization that is truly committed to helping reduce 22 a day! Very welcoming and very family vibe within the organization!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I retired from serving 28 1/2 years in the Marine Corps. After retirement, I still wanted a way to give back serving Veterans. It is beyond a privilege to be a part of this organization filled with some of the most dedicated and honorable patriots I have ever met in my life. Anyone looking to do some good in this world can be rest assured all monetary donations will go to supporting a deserving Veteran(s) 100%. I cannot give a higher endorsement to an organization!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I very happily do volunteer work with this organization. Donna and her team are consummate professionals driven to support disabled Veterans. Their work is critical to "filling in the gaps" left between government care and the civilian sector for our bravest men and women who bear the scars (internal and external) of war. One of the purest non-profits I've ever seen. Love them all!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Defenders of freedom helped me during a mental health decline. I was invited to a golf outting and ended up seeing brothers I served with I had not seen in 9 years. Life had gotten in the way, this organization brought us back together and now I feel my mental heath has increased since this event. I met several new friends who were also veterans. They explained many different things and told stories I thought I was alone in my own thoughts. This has helped me tremendously with my mental health recovery.

Logan B.3

Client Served

Rating: 5

Defenders of Freedom reminds us veterans, that we still matter, and have help to restore my belief that some veteran nonprofits will do whatever it takes to truly help us. Donna and all at DOF thank you for helping me so many times when I've needed it and showing me I'm still valuable at the same time.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have gone to quite a few Vetetans events over the last 5 years. This trip was by far the most heartfelt that I have been on. At no point did I feel like I was being paraded around like with many of these events. I would reccomend this nonprofit to any veteran looking for an event that will make them feel normal, and respected.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I'm a 10th Mountain Devision veteran and haven't seen many of my platoon mates in almost 10 years. Everyone is so spread out, and it's been difficult to make reunions, being that most of them are all the way in New York. A friend of mine reached out to me and told me about Defenders Of Freedom and what they do for veterans nation wide. I honestly couldn't believe what I was hearing and thought it must be some kind of scam, until later verified as a successful and very reputable non-profit that has been helping veterans for many, many years. They go out of their way to provide a way for us veterans to get together and experience the camaraderie that we all miss and love. My experience on this years outing in Dallas is not one I'll soon forget, and I had the time of my life! They handled everything, including food, air fair, hotel accommodations, entertainment, and surrounded us with veterans from all eras. I finally felt like I was a part of something again, and met many veterans who I still keep in touch with to this day. What's more, I whole heartedly believe that this organization saves lives, and very well may have saved lives during this years outing. We lose too many veterans to post-combat suicide, and this organization has provided a way for us to all get together, and to feel the brotherhood bond that some of us don't really have anymore. I fully endorse Defenders Of Freedom and recommend this experience to any combat veteran. What they have done goes beyond achievement and accomplishment. What they've done is a labor of love. Thank you for everything y'all have done and continue to do.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I attended a Defenders of Freedom event this year in Dallas Tx. I was apprehensive at first due to other Veteran Recognition events previously attended. Most events are more about sponsors and self promoting Glory Hounds that have never stood on the Yellow Footprints. I have NEVER been to an event that was so relaxed and non-formal and strictly focused on simply recognizing a Veteran. From the moment I arrived until the last night at the hotel it was a pleasure and warm welcome and reception. I would definitely attend again if invited and recommend this event. If you do attend, stick around in the hotel bar for the last night. They have a tradition that I'll never forget. Thanks again to Patrick, Donna and ALL DOF Volunteers. I have not stopped talking about this event and never will. You are all true Patriots and Thank You again.
Doug M.
SSG TXARNG Retired

Client Served

Rating: 5

Just a great group of people with a great mission and honestly the most comforting people around. I went to one of their golf tournaments for veterans and it really made me feel welcome and safe when I was around people who had experienced the same thing as me.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I was introduced to Donna Cranston and the DOF in 2012 through a friend who knows the family and organization well. I have been fortunate enough to be apart of 3 different DOF events and these events have helped to heal, educate, move on and provide comfort in knowing that veterans in need have a valuable and reliable source of help for various circumstances. I personally know many of the veterans who support or have been supported by this great organization and it means so much to me. Donna has the very best in mind and heart for every veteran that passes through. Her staff has the same heart and are always quick to offer words of encouragement or a hug in addition to the many services that they provide.

Client Served

Rating: 5

An organization truly dedicating to making a difference for veterans.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Defenders of Freedom is an incredible organization that truly cares and provides the best support for veterans. The DOF staff has such a passion for veterans and it shows in all the work they do.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Amazing org that is truly dedicated to serving Veterans and helping them through transitions and troubles.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Defenders of Freedom, the name says it all. Freedom is not free and what Donna Cranston and her team has been able to accomplish for veterans is absolutely remarkable. The impact and care to just one veteran that truly needs assistance would be amazing enough; however, DOF has impacted so many veterans time and time again over the years. Regardless if it has been reaching out to assist with medical, emotional, psychological, reintegration, monetary assistance, or whatever the needs may be, DOF has been and will continue to lead and assist veterans in need. What an amazing organization, led by Donna and her amazing team. Please continue to help DOF, so that they may continue to help impact so many veterans where it is most needed.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Defenders of Freedom is that lighthouse in the middle of a storm. They are truly committed in helping veterans get the help the need. Donna, Jody and all the staff are always ready to lend a ear or a shoulder to veterans in need. They helped me when things were getting dark. Thank you so much for being there and being my bright light..

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This is a great organization that not only helps veterans with the issues they may be encountering but also cares and loves what they do for the veterans even well after the transition back into civilian life. The events they have are also great ways to be around other veterans that have been through similar events and can relate to one another and build bonds that are for life.

1 Joe S.5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Fast service in the process of helping veterans. Truly passionate about the mission in veteran services.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

There are not enough stars to give Defenders of Freedom on this survey. They have saved so many lives including mine. Defenders of Freedom and their board continue to make a effort to support so many that have no where to go are feel completely at a loss. It is my pleasure to say I know this nonprofit.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Exemplary organization! Meaningful and genuine from the top down! The mission is noble....good people helping those that were willing to sacrifice everything.....
Thank You!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was in the army, and deployed to Iraq with the founder’s son in 2004-2005. Since then, I have helped support Defenders of Freedom ever chance I had (still on active duty). Upon retirement, I will continue to support and hope to grow this organization.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Hands down one of the best veteran organizations out there!! As a veteran I have been to a few of their events and the compassion they show for veterans is out of this world! Words cannot express how thankful I am that DoF is there to help us veterans!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

You will not find an organization that cares more about our veterans and their families than Defenders of Freedom.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hands down an amazing organization! Donna has been an incredible relief when there was none in sight. Not only do they assist veterans but they create a network that can be utilized whenever the need arises.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Defenders of Freedom, headed by Donna Cranston, is one of the few non-profits in existence that fulfills it's mission. Whether it's caring for veterans in need or simply bringing them together, this organization goes the whole 9 yards. Countless veterans have had their lives positively impacted by the love and care this organization provides its clientele. Donna personally has touched the lives of thousands of veterans and her reflection continues through Defenders of Freedom. Thank you DoF, from the bottom of my heart, thank you!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Donna Cranston and the Defenders of Freedom personnel genuinly care for the welfare of service members in need of support, not only financially at times, but more so emotionally. Their continued efforts to raise awareness about issues that plague many service members, i.e. PTSD, TBI and many other diagnosis, have gone above and beyond. I have been priveleged to take part in some of the events conducted by this organization and I leave feeling rejuvenated and forever connected to my fellow service members! They will always have a place in my heart as they continually look to embrace more and more service members and bring them together for brotherhood and unity. Thank you Defenders of Freedom for your many years of successfully helping service members around the country.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Being one of the individuals touched by Donna Craston and the Defenders of Freedom organization, all I can say is God Blessed . I was going through a financial crisis I meet DOF and Donna through my VA it was a blessing thanks to her my family and my kids still have a place to live .. Donna thank you for everything you do for all the veterans god bless you and god bless the DOF sincerely DUBERNEY ZUNIGA CUERO .......

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Client Served

Rating: 5

words can describe how great this nonprofit organization is and the care for the veterans and their families .. I meet DOF through my VA I was going through a financial crisis and DOF and Dona help me and my family if it wasn't for DOF and Dona I will have been homeless she has help me and my family through the year I'm very thankful for DOF and Dona and the great people who donate to this great nonprofit charity to help veterans and their families and soldiers who are still serving and being deploy thank you and god bless everyone in DOF and Dona thank you for all you do for the veterans god bless always ....

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Client Served

Rating: 5

As a veteran who has been supported by DoF since its inception, I cannot think of an organization that works as hard to meet the needs of veterans as this one does. From my first deployment to OIF in 2004, DoF has made sure that I am not forgotten, I am appreciated, and I am loved every time I deploy.
I have seen first hand the focus and attention to detail that DoF puts into each veteran that they help and support. Whether it is a Marine private adjusting to a new baby after a deployment or senior Army NCO struggling with a TBI, DoF treats each veteran as an individual and supports them for the long haul.
DoF's affection for veterans is a brilliant example of what a veteran support organization should be.

Client Served

Rating: 5

DoF put together a tremendous event that allowed veterans spanning 5 conflicts and 4 nations to gather in friendship and fellowship! I will never forget the weekend in Dallas and cherish the opportunity DoF gave me to reconnect and reflect.

Joey Comley

Client Served

Rating: 5

10 years is Spec Ops just to end with severe PTSD and a TBI. The states court marked me 100% disabled and unemploy-able. My income from social security and the VA is less than 40% than my previous job in the Army. With bills and child support I had no food, letters that warned me my vehicle and my house would be taken away. Defenders of Freedom came to me like a God Send. They have helped me keep my truck, house and have put food on my table for my daughters and I. Even better Donna Cranton became more than just a hero. She became a friend and ever since she has been the mother I've always wanted, a mother and someone I can vent to. I will spend the rest of my life not cursing the swift boot from a medical discharge but paying back the favor Defenders of Freedom had given to me.