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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

20 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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 ....

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.

Donor

Rating: 5

One of the only nonprofits I will give my money to. I have seen first hand that the donations are given to those that need it most.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a great organization and I feel blessed to have been part of volunteering to help with the golf tournaments and welcoming home the troops at the airport. Donna has a huge heart for our troops and it shows in her hard work and dedication. This organization does so much to support and honor our heroes.

2 Linda316

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It has been a special privilege and pleasure to volunteer with Donna Cranston and her Defenders of Freedom program. They help our troops in so many different ways. Donna is passionate about our troops and she inspires others. I love the troops and will continue to support them through Defenders of Freedom and Donna Cranston; they have branched out and help in so many different areas from deployed troops to wounded warriors and their family. If you can support only one organization, make it Defenders of Freedom. Thanks.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Members of my unit, 2nd Battlaion, 8th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division (Mechanized) met Donna Cranston in the DFW Airport rotating through on environmental leave back in 2006. We immediately connected with Donna and Defenders of Freedom and enjoyed their support throughout our 12 month deployment and upon return. Many of us remained in contact with Donna, not just for the support DoF provided, but because of hers and other volunteers' genuine dedication to Soldiers and units, deployed or otherwise. They never asked, "how did we do?", only "do you know another unit we can support?" During a second deployment, DoF was with us and much appreciated. DoF is a collection of wonderful people doing great things for Soldiers, deployed and at home, and especially those injured and or struggling. I don't know if they can help everyone, but I bet they try. COL (Ret) James A. Howard.

1 Shauna6

Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband and I were helped out by this great organization. There was a point in time where we might have been homeless if it was not for Donna Cranston and all of the wonderful people who have donated and volunteered. Not only have they helped us monetarily but they have also introduced us to a wonderful network of veterans who have become life long friends and family. I am very grateful to all that they have done to keep my husband and I from becoming one of a growing statistic of veterans who are being failed by the system. DoF is worth any time and effort that you have to give. Please help support them so they can continue to make a difference.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Being involved with Defenders of Freedom has been such a rewarding experience. I've had the honor of meeting some true American heroes! I know that the funds donated go directly to paying for the critical care needs of our wounded veterans and deployed Troops. It is truly a pleasure to be able to give back through a non-profit like Defenders of Freedom!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Having the chance to meet Donna and the great people with DOF is one of the best things that has ever happen tome, I am a wounded warrior and the love they show, along with the help in anyway possible supercedes any other organization. Thanks so much for all your help I think of you often. SGT(Ret) Marshall

1 Jody21

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. The hard work of this orginization helps current and past service members in many endevours. I was invited to tee it up for troops in Dallas. The time to reconnect with service members with similar disabilities and many far worse than myself. We were offered a great time with so many great an cheerful people. No matter how down I was when I arrived, I truly had so much fun and took me away from my daily fights in my own life. I can say what I feel about the DOF org. because my keyboard would fall short of the mark. Thank you all

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Speaking with members of our military that have been helped by DOF they are very grateful for the support from and the positive change in their lives. I volunteer at the golf tournaments and the positive testimony from our troops is the reason I'll keep volunteering

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Donor

Rating: 5

There was a surgical nurse who had problems when she returned from Iraq. She had not been given the opportunity to meet any soldiers after they went through rehab and therefore thought her part in cutting their limbs off was a terrible thing. When Defenders found out about this situation they brought the nurse to their golf tournament to spend the day with some of the amputees. Her life changed that day, she is now a mother and has a happy life because someone took the time to do one small thing that made a difference to her. When you make a donation to an organization it helps to know how your money is being spent and this organization has changed alot of soldiers lives starting with one small thing.

Stephanie41

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

i actually send letters to the troops thru DOF. i am extremly thankful they include my letters in their care packages. i love getting responses back from the troops. i try to use bright and cheerful paper to brighten their day just a little. i am extremly proud of the work these great people at DOF do and hope they continue on. i now have several people i know personally serving and i am proud to say no one will ever forget the service and sacrifice of all even if they aren't serving directly. i like to think my bright colored letters give even a crack of a smile to our guys and gals serving and i am greatful beyond belief that DOF helps me spread that little bit of happiness. GOD Bless DOF and GOD BLESS our troops and their families

Kelli B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with DOF for the past few years, first as an intern, then as a volunteer. I have witnessed the great things that DOF has done over the years for so many Troops, both deployed and wounded. I appreciate all that they do for our men and women in uniform and know that they are passionate for the cause!