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Defenders of Freedom

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Military & Veterans Organizations, Veterans

Mission: Support deployed Troops with care packages and give emergency financial assistance to wounded Troops and their families

Results: We send approximately 1400 personalized care packages per year since 2004. In the past two years we have helped wounded Troops in excess of $150,000.00 in emergency financial assistance

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

Direct beneficiaries per year: 83 wounded/transitioning Veterans as they transition to civilian life.

Geographic areas served: Texas

Programs: Emergency Financial Assistance to wounded and transitioning Veterans Job search assistance Care packages to deployed Troops

Community Stories

35 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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

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!

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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.

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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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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!!

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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.