I can’t even express the amount of gratitude, happiness, Hope, Love, and Joy. In my heart at the moment. I would like to thank God, first and foremost then Diane Davie for reaching out informing me about this beautiful program because I had no idea to even know where I was going to start. I also would like to thank Travis Ratliff and his church for adopting me and my family and reaching out to me and taking the time to formerly getting to know me with welcoming ears. He and I happen to share our favorite scripture(s) and connect through the spirit of God on how good God has been to the both of us. We ended our call laughing our heads off which made me feel really great compared to the feeling I was having before calling him back. I would like to God is good and merciful and I’m very thankful and blessed to know that there are good and selfless people out there who cares about others. Travis and his church family definitely show that they truly believe in the Commandments of God. I can tell through his spirit that he does love God and love his neighbors. Thank you all I love you all and may God bless each and every one of you abundantly and graciously.
I've never had an experience like this. I wasn't sure if we were going to be able to give the kids the Christmas that they deserve; now we are, thank you!
My husband who is active duty military was injured in a motorcycle accident while heading home from a toys for tots ride. Nothing is more scary then locating your husbands phone at the ER. He was in ICU for a few days before going to a rehabilitation center for over a week. Damage to his arms are very bad and will need a couple more surgeries in the near future. It’s going to be a long and hard recovery. We are very lucky he is alive! With these injuries I’m am his caregiver and not able to work during his recovery. Once I heard I was not going to have a paycheck I thought about our 3 kids and the holidays coming up. As a parent I wanted my kids to have a good Christmas especially since now our lives have changed so much in the last couple of weeks. Thanks to Freedom Alliance for getting our kids gifts to open on Christmas morning. If you guys didn’t come to the rescue our kiddos wouldn’t have anything for Christmas. This has been such a blessing and we are so grateful for everything!
Thank you so much for the opportunity of participating in the presents for patriots program. It has been a huge help for this Christmas. My family will be forever grateful to the program and the sponsors
We are so very greatly appreciative to Patriot one and Freedom Alliance for all of your support, help, and generosity. The help received from the staff was caring, professional, and confidential to me and my family as well as the supporters. The supporters seem to be so generous and selfless. Not only did you all give monetarily but also made the time and effort to identify needs and some desires of my children. We are already starting to get the gifts. These efforts mean so much to my family and we cannot express our appreciation enough. To God be the Glory for you all! I cannot thank you enough! Please be astoundingly Blessed!
I don't know where to begin to say how grateful I am to our sponsor and to Gifts for Patriots. After my husband was injured by an IED in Afghanistan our lives were changed forever, the first few years were like living in a terrible dream, my children have been so patient and understanding an they have tried so hard to help me all they can, an not once have they complained about doing without or not having anything, so with a more than grateful heart thank you thank you thank you from the bottom of my heart!!! The Austin family
Thank you and Bless you all for helping me to make this holiday season a memorable one for my family! I am forever grateful for the blessing you have given to my family and I!
My husband is a disabled veteran, and I am a nurse. I was on a travel contract, bored at night, looking at organizations that help veterans. Anything to help him find his purpose, I was always looking for that. I stumbled across Freedom Alliance and we weren't eligible for a lot of the programs, because he was discharged in 2010. I pulled up the Heroes to Homeowners program and saved it to print the next day at work, thinking this will just be another thing we apply for and never hear back from. I submitted the application and within a few days we heard back that we were being considered if we were open to moving. The Heroes to Homeowners program offers a mortgage free home to a veteran. Within a couple of weeks we were told we had been selected and they were bringing us to Missouri to see the house. Freedom Alliance in alliance with US Bank were giving away 4 separate homes on Veterans Day. We found out that we were in fact selected for the home, and that if we wanted it, it was ours. The ceremony that they did, and all that they have done for our family far exceeds any expectations that I ever could have dreamed of. We are beyond excited to start our new journey in our new home, and become ambassadors for other Veterans, and help in any way we can. This experience has been so humbling, and has allowed my husband to have dreams, and feel things he hasn't felt before. I thank Dee, Tom, Calvin and all of the other people at Freedom Alliance who made this dream a reality for us. The thought that was put into all of this from the hotel room, to the card before we left, to the house was extravagant. We will forever be grateful. Todd has hope he hasn't had before, and that is something that is invaluable. Thank you.
On November 11, 2019, my family and I received a mortgage free home from Freedom Alliance and US bank. We do not have words that reflect our abounding gratitude. Freedom Alliance is filled with wonderful people whom are helping Veterans and active duty Soldiers in many many ways. The organization supports Soldiers and veterans in their healing process through supportive medical equipment to retreats to mortgage free homes. They make a lifetime commitment to their families. They support the Soldiers/veterans through the years. We are honored but more so they honored our service to our Nation. They gave of their time, worked on our home and then to our family by treating us to a weekend leading up to the home dedication. Your support to Freedom Alliance gives them the ability to continue to support our Soldiers and veterans that are still at war; abroad and home with their injuries they have incurred.
Untill that weekend I have never been around so many other wounded veterans. I was nervous at first as what to expect. Not for the whole thank me for my service and let you do everything for me routine. But that was not at all want happened. From the reception to the closing dinner you could tell that everyone there was genuinely committed to showing their appreciation and respect by just letting us relax and have a great stress free weekend. This was my first time deep sea fishing and the crew of the Incognito was awesome. No hand holding or coddling. They showed us how it is done and challenged us to do better. Which to me is what is missing after combat. The trill and pride of completing a challenge put in front of you.
This was one of the best experiences that I have ever had and would recommend it to fellow combat wounded veterans. Hope to return for the 2020 run.
Good people, good times, and good fishing.
I cannot begin to thank Freedom Alliance enough for the amazing trip to Idaho. It was a great way to destress, while also spending time with dedicated members and donors of the organization. The way the trip was designed and executed permitted meaningful conversation between participants and organization members, fostering a lifelong bond. I am grateful I was able to experience a Freedom Alliance trip, and I hope to be apart of this organization for years to come.
I heard about this organization from a fellow veteran. i attended the war heroes on water tournament, I was treated like family and was able to meet fellow brothers. I felt very comfortable the entire time. iI had the best time of my life and I'm not exaggerating. Thank you to everyone that made it possible for me to enjoy such a great event.
I recently returned from a trip to Wyoming with Freedom Alliance. This was my second trip with this organization and it keeps getting better. I spent 5 days with other wounded combat veterans and couldn't have had a better time. Everyone I met was incredible from the people supporting the event to the Freedom Alliance coordinators and to the other veterans. Spending time with like-minded people is probably the best therapy you can get. Freedom Alliance planned everything and ensured that everyone had options that would make the trip comfortable no matter what. The best thing about Freedom Alliance and the people that support it is their attitude. True Patriots who can't do enough to help the veterans. It was obvious that all involved didn't consider it a job but more like an honor to give something back to those who served. It couldn't have been any better.
I recently attended a trip with Freedom Alliance for disabled veterans. I'm honestly still processing all the ways in which I benefited. I know from personal experience that a lot of disabled veterans just want to survive day to day without too many challenges. Freedom Alliance showed me that there's still a lot of ways to enjoy life other than getting by. They selected a specific group of veterans that they thought would get along and they were right. We had a great time and are already keeping in contact and planning on getting together on our own. The trip was perfectly coordinated and the support from Freedom Alliance and the true patriots that sponsored the trip was amazing. I've dealt with a lot of different organizations over the years but none have come close to making real help so painless and successful. No games, no politics, just a focus on trying to help disabled veterans. With sincere thanks, Kevin Farrell, MCPO (SEAL) USN RET
This was my first event with Freedom Alliance and I am VERY impressed! I was amazed by the level of support that small town showed. I am eternally grateful to the professional anglers that gave up time and money to take us, as individuals, fishing and sharing insights and helpful tips of their profession. I considered it a privilege to be apart of that event. Again thank you to all that donated time, effort, gifts to make it a joyous occasion for me and mt fellow veterans!
I was fortunate enough to attend the 2019 War Heroes on Water event. This fishing trip was by far the most exciting and enjoyable experience I have had.
The staff at Freedom Alliance was a pleasure to work with and ensured I had everything I needed to attend this event. They were also very accommodating and made special arrangements as I had to fly in out of state.
I am originally from southern California which is where my family still resides. I hadn't been able to visit my family in years. I wanted to fly in a week prior to the event beginning so I could spend time with my family. I wasn't able to book a flight through their website for the dates I wanted. I contacted them asking if that could be arranged, although I was more than happy to pay for it myself. Freedom Alliance was gracious enough to make sure I had a flight booked for the dates I requested.
The crew of the yacht I was assigned to was outstanding and I don't think I've seen anyone work as hard as they did to make sure I felt comfortable and had a good time.
I am extremely grateful for this opportunity and having a stress free trip like this with other veterans gave me a better outlook on life.
I can only hope more veterans will be able to attend events like this through Freedom Alliance in the future. It is my firm belief that Freedom Alliance helps disabled veterans by showing us we aren't alone and people care.
- Cory Woods
Freedom Alliance is an amazing veterans organization! I have never had such a experience with pure generous people as I did with this organization. Truly words can not express the gratitude I have for FA
Freedom Alliance is the frontrunner in Wounded Warrior/Veteran outings, hands down. Each time I've been involved with this organization, every detail associated with taking care of the Veteran is met and then exceeded.
Compassionate, Professional, The Standard . . .
The fishing trip to California gave me a new family to connect with around the US and helped me to have some time to mellow out while being with other veterans. Freedom Alliance is consistently organized with their events and any adjustments to the schedule are easily adapted and information is passed quickly to all parties. It's apparent that this non-profit and its donors really are devoted to veterans and their positive reintegration into society. I would highly recommend any veteran to sign up today and if you're considering becoming a sponsor for this organization you won't regret it. Updates are posted online for families, friends, and donors to view at any time. The hosts, sponsors, and members of Freedom Alliance are now lifetime family members that I can always count on. Thank you to everyone for your time and generosity.
Freedom Alliance is a truly professional organization that cares about the veterans it serves. From the way we were interacted with from the initial correspondence, they proved time and again that they are a first class organization.
In the 22 years of my service in the Army I never felt the love and appreciation that I felt on the war hero’s on water tournament. I am so thankful for everyone that made this event possible.
It is difficult to put into words the impact Freedom Alliance has had on the lives of those who have served and sacrificed: from providing scholarships to the children of those killed or severely wounded in action to the outdoor adventures for those who were wounded in combat and struggle with civilian life. Thanks Freedom Alliance for being there for our nation's warriors and their families
This was an incredible experience to say the least. The bonding I felt with others and being able just to relax out there and talk about everything and everything was unreal. There was a sense of calm along with the excitement of the deep blue ocean. I would recommend this program to anyone who "has been there and done that"!!!!
A huge shout out and kudos to Pepper and the staff he had with him. They were so helpful in every way and made you feel extremely welcome!!
I have never felt as appreciated more in my life. Freedom alliance does so much for Combat Veterans, they give us a place to meet other Veterans in great places. We enjoy fantasic support in helping each other sharing stories and things we learned to overcome, to help each other. All expenses are paid to help Disabled and those on a fixed income to do things we could never do. I could not recommend a Charity more.
Freedom Alliance creates experiences for Soldiers that are struggling with the transition back into the civilian population. Or the battles they're still fighting inside. This Nonprofit throws in legitimate ways to help each other. I am very withdrawn and very suspicious of outsiders. Pepper Ailor understands this and doesn't push but guides us to feel more at ease. We have a chance to talk about self help books ones that work. Rules for a Knight is written by Ethan Hawke, and talks about the code that warriors live by. The trips are all first class, the places we go are amazing. Resulting in more smiles than i have in 3 years.
These trips are not about vices, and trouble makers are never invited back. So we end up with people that want to have these experiences. We receive letters hand written for us on this last trip. It shows us who feel forgotten that are sacrifices are appreciated and people really care about us.
That was such a wonderful, successful retreat, thank you for including me. I wanted to thank all of the people(especially you)who were involved in putting together the retreat. I know what a huge effort it took to make this first Dr. Tick Warrior retreat so great. I had so much fun from the beginning till the end. It was quite apparent we all had a great time. I have never been in the company of so many people that were so welcoming and anxious to nurture new friendships. That is indeed what happened; we made many new friends. It was like being with old friends, even though we had all just met. I can't say enough about the location, the atmosphere, the people involved, the daytime adventures and of course the food. What a wonderful experience!
This organization has done an awesome job of bringing students like myself together to share our experiences and fellowship with each other. Truly can't thank these guys enough for the work they are doing. - Seth Straw
The Freedom Alliance offshore fishing experience has opened my mind and heart for the future for myself and all our brothers (and sisters). Like ripples in water or the butterfly effect very simple acts have an immense impact and influence. Living with the lasting hardships of war the day to day struggle can be consuming and anti productive. Getting to a fresh, beautiful and exotic environment opens the self to receive growth and knowledge. starting down a new path of restoration and healing by getting guidance from one another has been the most beneficial part of my journey and transition back from the front of the battlefield physically, mentally, spiritually, as well as emotionally. The relationships formed are the concrete for the foundation in maintaining a life balance that have benefits beyond words i cannot convey, but only try to help others understand how much it has helped me personally. We must also keep the spear sharp for the future war fighter and this keeps readiness and the standard very high. Its an honor to represent such a caring, generous, and loving community. We are one and i extend my personal thanks to each and every contributor to Freedom Alliance.
As a combat veteran, I had the pleasure of being honored by Freedom alliance, led by Pepper Ailor. Never in my life since the military, have I felt this type of comfort by an organization. They, as well as contributors put together a trip to Costa Rica, where we shared stories, remembering the good times, as well as the toughest of our lives. During our trip, we held seminars, fished, relaxed, and looked upon amazing scenery.. With all these amazing events, the most important thing- was being together with those comrades, that knew and lived the same story.. It was weeks ago, and as I sit at work today, I still feel my heart there, and at peace.. If you can, please donate or contribute to Freedom Alliance, because it saved my soul.
Wow! Is all I can really say. Mind blowing for combat Veterans. They have a way of reaching all aspects of reuniting and reflecting with war buddies and finding healing together.
Our family were very happy with this Blessed vacation After my husband been fighting almost 3 years on cancer we found out on couple months that he is free and Freedom Alliance helps us to celebrate my husband birthday \uD83C\uDF82 and enjoyed every moment with my husband and have a chance to keep our family together. They listened our needs for our family and matches with beautiful destination that Tina Wholen helps to become a reality our family will be always grateful.
Had a wonderful time with this non-profit. Lot's of fun and was very happy by the professionalism of everyone involved.
Thank you Freedom Alliance for taking me on this Offshore Experience. So much unexpected stuff had happened. From meeting great people to reading letters that were written personally to me. Also, receiving the gifts that we got were incredible. Just seeing people that care so much for what I did in the military is unbelievable. This was the first time I had ever fished liked that. It was also my first time to do snorkeling. It was an awesome experience.
Freedom Alliance does amazing work. I was fortunate to join other wounded veterans for an Offshore Excursion trip in February. The trip was an incredible boost for my spirit and amazing experience from start to finish!
the Love that freedom alliance has for so many veteran families to make our dreams come true... this is the first organization that there are "no strings attached" just that angels want to make our lives more joyful, hopeful, and strengthen... the appreciation in my heart is overwhelming.. we have gone through so much.. my husband is a 100% disabled combat vet and we have been transitioning through some of the roughest moments in life.. Freedom gave a piece of mind to know our little ones and even our veterans aren't forgotten and lost in all the pain that can be endured going through so much.. I cant think the sponsors enough and the organization for loving our veterans so completely and without expectations... Thank you everyday and always
When you think of a nonprofit organization; the first thing that comes to mind is kindness!! Thats how I can describe Freedome Alliance.. So, I would like to share a snippet of the life our family lives currently. My husband lives with chronic nerve damage, combat ptsd, and debilitating pain.. We were given an application to Freedom Alliance with no preconceived ideas of what this amazing nonprofit organization did. So we filled it out and later found out that we were accepted in the program where donors provide families a christmas to take the financial burden and pressure off of the parents to give our children some joy, when with all due respect feel the same pain as both my husband and I feel each day. This organization has been nothing but laughing, kindness, joy, fun, new relationships, and just pure happiness knowing that we are now apart of a community of families and DONORS that just want to give pure joy to one another!! I can not even explain what it has been like during this short time to get to know the admins and families and to feel like we have know each other for so long,,, but when dealing with so much pain and hurt you realize that knowing that others know what you are going through just helps make transitioning from military life to civilian life a littler easier, and knowing there is support is so amazing.. Freedom Alliance has been incredible.. Kindness is the word i use when i describe the feeling associated with this nonprofit organization!! I can not thank all those behind the scenes that do this in silence to know how incredible you individuals are and the heart you have to help all of us.. it never goes unnoticed and the amount of gratitude i have is beyond words.. So THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!! We are so lucky to Alicia in our life and Freedom Alliance, and ALL YOU WONDERFUL SILENT ANGELS!! YOU ARE PEACE IN OUR HEART WE DO NOT FEEL OFTEN!!
There are no words to describe how thankful we are for Presents for Patriots. Between the battles of having a wounded warrior spouse and the normal stressors of life things can be pretty rough for Veterans and their families. This year we thought we had this all under control and as usual life takes its own course - between medical bills and illness scares we went through alot this year. Presents for Patriots from Freedom Alliance was there to save our day. We were paired with an amazing sponsors whose heart was so huge to take care of us the way she did. We are forever in your debt Freedom Alliance. We love you and our sponsor so very much!