An outstanding organization that truly helps our Veterans recover from the visible and invisible wounds of war. I personally participated in their War Heros on the Water program and they treated all the participants like celebrities. It was inspiring seeing Veterans find a renewed purpose in life and the support from the organization and community was a humbling experience.
I had the privilege of attending the Freedom Alliance Rogue River 2021 fishing trip. I will be forever grateful for the experience on one of the most scenic rivers with some of the best Americans this nation has to offer. SSG (Ret.) Mike N. of Freedom Alliance, the guides, accommodations, and food were second to none! Regardless of age, gender, race, and branch of service, you put bunch of veterans that have never met before in a 15 passenger van, within a few minutes, that common bond veterans all share opens up. I don't recall the last time I laughed so much and smiled so long. This trip was like hitting the reset button for me. Thanks Mike and Freedom Alliance, and all you chuckle-heads I fished with for the good time. Rory
I’m a retired Marine EOD technician and WHOW is by far the best fishing trip / event I have ever had the pleasure taking part of. This trip really helps. To be able to get out on the water for a few days with fellow veterans, civilians and being able to just disconnect from the world and being able to fish, talk to new friends and just relax and forget about all your problems back home is truly a life changing experience. As you can see from the pictures we really bounded with everyone on board and made life long friends. I still talk to everyone that was on the Tenacious with me. I cant say enough good things about this event. It is well planed and every detail is covered. The yacht owners and everyone involved in WHOW really did an amazing job and took great care of all of us. This was truly a life changing event and I hope to be able to continue to be a part of WHOW
This organization is absolutely amazing they are changing and saving lives one veteran at a time... I have had the opportunity to do a couple of events with Freedom Alliance and they have been top notch and very well planned and executed... The veterans like my self are very fortunate to have a group like Freedom Alliance to be their to help us get through rough times and to help with the struggles we face in life. THANK YOU FREEDOM ALLIANCE AND WAR HEROES ON WATER FOR EVERYTHING YOU DO....
Went to Costa Rica with Freedome Alliance on a veteran retreat with 17 other veterans was and amazing experience and was treated like family... The busy schedule they had for us like fishing and ziplining help keep our minds off of our injuries and disabilities... This trip was an amazing healing experience for me and the other veterans... Thank you Freedom Alliance for everything you do for our veterans and Active duty men and women....
This year I was invited for the first time to take part in war Heroes on Water. This also marked the first time that female combat veterans were invited to the event, and we had 2 all female boats competing.
Ever since we arrived by plane or car on the first day, we were treated like royalty, every one was supportive and everything was planned out into detail, so that nothing would go wrong. On the first night we had a great opening event at the founders house, engaging in conversation and having some drinks.
Right the next day there was a optional event to visit a car museum, which very exciting to me since I was a mechanic in the Army for 11 years. After our short trip it was time to start the ceremony and get everyone on board of the yachts.
My crew from the "El Cazador" was absolutely amazing! Friendly and very caring, over those couple of days they cooked us some of the best meals I had in a long time.
Our girls team did great with the fishing part of the trip as well, we caught a 165lbs and a 101lbs tuna, which landed me in 6th place overall and my teammate Mea in 7th place overall. And this was my very first time fishing...beginners luck I guess.
The weigh in of our fish was amazing it seemed like the whole island of Catalina was at the pier, and we were like celebrities, being interviewed and cheered on by the locals.
The last night was one great party, and everyone connected no matter where we were from or if we knew each other. That is one of the great features of being a veteran and having such a great veteran community.
I can only say Freedom Alliance and war Heroes on Water gave me an experience of a lifetime, I have never felt so appreciated before.
Freedom Alliance provided me with the opportunity of a lifetime. I attended the War Heroes on Water event in October of 2021. This event promised a fun time fishing on the ocean, but the way myself and other veterans were able to connect with each other along with the wonderful staff, boat crews and captains made this event extra special. I was able to make new friends while experiencing the healing power of the ocean. The way that everyone treated us veterans as heroes was a powerful thing, especially when we are surrounded by millionaires and other highly successful business persons. I have heard many people say that they support the military, this event displayed that support tremendously. I hope that I am able to continue my support of Freedom Alliance in any events that they have in the future.
Freedom Alliance is an amazing institution who gets it. They are dedicated to specific missions optimizing the funds they receive. Their hard work as an organization is only surpassed by, the passion they feel for helping the Veteran community recover.
Make no mistake, recovery is an ugly business by nature. It implies damage has occurred. The programs provided by Freedom Alliance, address several key areas of need.
My last experience was War Heroes on Water-2021. I was able to meet up with a fellow squad member, who I haven't seen in 10 years. I will always be thankful to Freedom Alliance for bringing us together.
Being apart of this tournament has been a life changing experience. Meeting my fellow brothers and sisters in arms during a competition, is a feeling like no other.
Freedom Alliance is a life changing organization. The programs created by this organization are surgical in the way they approach augmenting the Veteran community.
Being part of the Offshore Experience truly changed how I approach life. This particular program by design, assists veterans in their recovery process. I will always be grateful for their dedication and service to others.
War Heroes On Water was an awesome experience. The car museum had some beautiful cars. And the fishing was just incredible. I love fishing and it is a great stress reliever for me. Met awesome people who I will keep in contact with. And of course, other Vets that we can call on each other when we are going through some tough times. Thank you WHOW and Freedom Alliance for this great experience. I will never forget it.
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.
As a Purple Heart recipient and a participant in Freedom Alliance events, I can give my deepest and most heartfelt review of this amazing charity. The world can be a crazy place and when young men and women return from life changing experiences it can be a culture shock to return to “normal”. Freedom Alliance has really tried to bridge that transition.
By enabling war veterans to heal through social events that bring brothers and sisters in arms back together again it really heals the scars of war. Freedom Aliance has been a real catalyst to healing and the preservation of our nations warriors to inspire and train the next generation.
This was the greatest experience I have ever had, besides becoming a dad, since I got out of the Army.
The professionalism, attention to detail, the friendliness, the friendships made from people all over the nation since Freedom Alliance has come into my life has been overwhelming! This event is something that I probably would never have been able to experience in my own personal time. These are memories that I will cherish forever. In a time in my life where life has just been too much, this organization seemed as if they knew I needed a break and get away from my normal life. It has been an amazing morale boost that I needed in my life. My wife and kids say that I am happier and more of life. Mike Nares is a true friend and a patriot, and he ensured that everyone that was involved felt like family.
I can’t thank Freedom Alliance enough for this trip. I am truly grateful that I was selected for WHOW. I am in a transition point in my life and just moved from Northern Virginia to Northern Nevada. With the amount of chaos and change that comes with this, I found myself too busy for me. Work, kids, wife, getting the house together. I was slowly being consumed by my demons. This trip was amazing for me. I was able to get out abs connect with other combat wounded veterans and be able to share stories. And feel like part of the team again.It felt great to be out on the water with an amazing crew. I came home with a new found drive and hope that I felt had slowly withered away. I can honestly say that this trip did change my life. Thank you again Freedom Alliance.
I do not have enough positive things to say about our time with the members of Freedom Alliance. I have been involved with the organization for two years, and it has always been an amazing experience. The War Heroes on the Water event has continually exceeded my expectations, and increased morale amongst Veterans. It allows us to come together and share our experiences, creating life-long friendships. I am so thankful for all of the support from the donors and partners of the organization. Veterans have made significant sacrifices, so events like War Heroes on the Water builds resilience in the community. Thank you again!
As a retired Marine veteran with several combat deployments, it's a constant struggle finding a reason to stay positive. There are times when you need to talk to someone about your struggles and family falls short in understanding your issues. When Freedom Alliance invited me to participate in War Heroes on Water 2021, I found exactly what I needed. Other combat-wounded vets to communicate with. The contacts made during this activity have provided me a much needed support network that I otherwise wouldn't have had. I can't thank the folks at Freedom Alliance for providing me such an invaluable resource. Thank You and Semper Fi!
I was amazed by the Freedom Alliance staff and how caring they were towards the vets and volunteers for the event we just had War Heroes On Water (WHOW). They put in tremendous amount of time and effort to ensure this event was successful. The vets, generous yacht owners, volunteers, and the everyone who came out to support the event had a lifetime experience from making connections with one another. This experience and opportunity opened me up to see how many people that care for Vets. Thank you Freedom Alliance for the great experience.
First time on this trip. It is a great experience to associate with other veterans. It helps with camaraderie. It is an experience that I will not forget as transitioning out became difficult, but to talk with other veterans eased some personal issues that I had at the time. Looking forward to more trips like this. Big praises to all those who contributed in making this trip possible. Hats off to you all!!
I had an amazing time on War Heroes on Water, Thank you so much Freedom Alliance. With out organizations like this one many veterans start to feel lost, and too many turn to suicide. I am thankful for Freedom Alliance for allowing me to be a part of WHOW.
War Heroes On Water was nothing short of amazing. Freedom Alliance, the yacht owners and crews, and all of the sponsors and contributors really put together an experience like no other. When I arrived at the hotel I was greeted by a very friendly and welcoming staff, checked into my room, and then met up with some old friends and began to make some new ones. The treatment we were given was almost overwhelming. Most of us are not used to people showing so much appreciation for us, but as much as we like to stay out of the spotlight, it really does feel good to know there are people out there that feel that way. During the tournament, the crews worked tirelessly to put us on the fish and help us land some sea monsters. There was an instant connection between all of us on board, even though none of us had ever met each other. The crew wasn't just out there doing their job, they really wanted to give us the best fishing trip of our lives and they seemed to enjoy every minute of it. The yacht owner and his family were some of the nicest people I've ever met and I'm still in awe of their generosity. I met two other veterans that I fished with on this trip and got a chance to share some of our past experiences. When we weren't talking about that, we were talking about how fortunate we were to be on that trip. Once all of the fishing was done, all of the yachts met at Catalina Island for the weigh in. A great time was had by all on the pier as each boat craned off some of their biggest catches and we all were able to get back together and swap sea stories over a few beers. At the end of the night we all went back to our assigned yachts in the harbor. The following day, we made our way back to the hotel and got cleaned up for the awards ceremony that evening. More beer, wine, and sea stories followed. Individual and team awards were given out for multiple categories. The awardees all had a chance to speak to the crowd and share a little about themselves and what this event meant to them. The consensus among the vets was War Heroes On Water was one of the most exciting and rewarding experiences of our lives!
I was invited by Freedom Alliance to attend the 2021 War Heroes on Water fishing tournament this year. The whole experience was life changing. Being around other vets and supporters having a great time helped me more than I can ever express. The best part was being out at sea with no cell phone service while being with other veterans talking about our experience while on active duty. It gave me a chance to connect with people who had been through similar experiences.
I can't say thank you enough to Freedom Alliance for inviting me on this trip. I will never forget it.
Freedom Alliance has been my escape for the past 2 years. From facilitating video chats to wrap up our weeks to excursions all over the country; they have allowed me to connect and reconnect with brothers I didn't know I needed in my life and brothers I needed back in my life. Some of which i haven't seen in about 10 years. The trips they have sent me on provided me a place to be my self with no judgement and escape the realities that allow me to become grounded and refreshed. I have experienced many of my firsts, including participating in a deep sea fishing tournament, and seeing the beauty of a west coast sunset (which is probably one of the most calming things you can experience). I look forward to applying to do more with Freedom Alliance, and I honestly cant wait!
I attended the War Heroes On Water (WHOW) 2021 event. It was amazing. It was well organized and communication regarding the event was superb. I was surprised at how quickly and casually of group of strangers with a unique common experience could bond so closely. It was a refreshing reminder of the strength and resiliency of the human condition.
What I learned is this: It's easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of life, allowing your perspective to become skewed and to forget what really matters; making new friendships and renewing old ones. Finding common ground across the miles with people you have never before met but who have similar experiences, triumphs and failures alike, with no fear of judgement or pity, but just compassion and understanding.
This trip is EXACTLY what my soul needed to hit that "reset" button.
Freedom alliance and the War Hero’s on Water. I really can’t put it into words it was the First one I was able to attend and the support for the veteran community and humbleness and kindness shown through out this whole tournament was amazing a big shout out to all the freedom alliance staff and Anthony from loan depot and his graciously allowing us come into his home and willingness to do all he does was overwhelming and I’ll be back to this top flight tournament experience was life altering to say the least but again thanks for all you all do you go above and beyond.
Searcy Christopher D
Sgt US ARMY
Amazing nonprofit that was able to bless my kids during Christmas when my husband and I were experiencing hardships.
I was recently blessed with the opportunity to attend the Offshore Experience (Costa Rica) by Freedom Alliance. I was unsure what to expect upon arrival but must say, this is a top tier organization! Pepper has the Offshore Experience finely tuned and his passion for Veterans and the success of the program is very evident throughout every aspect of the program. The experience was not only filled with amazing adventures such as catching my first Sailfish and an ATV tour through the jungle, but also some of the deepest and most personal "working sessions" that have greatly enhanced my healing process and outlook on my warrior journey. I came home from Costa Rica armed with new relationships and different perspectives to help me fight my "battles". I have, and will continue to highly recommend this amazing organization to fellow Veterans!
Words can not describe the kindness and generosity that continually comes from the entire Freedom Alliance team. I am truly grateful for their educational support and the guidance in helping to build a solid career after graduation. The Freedom Alliance team has become a part of my family. They have been my biggest cheerleaders in supporting me not only throughout my college education but helping me to reach personal goals too. My father is a 100% service-connected disabled veteran who served 23 honorable years in the US Navy. I am grateful for the support they have given to my family too. They care deeply for all those who have served. I am honored and proud to be part of this amazing program. Freedom Alliance has guided me becoming more confident in myself and also supported me to venture not only to excel in my education but to support me in becoming a stronger leader in the community. From the bottom of my heart, I want to thank the Freedom Alliance team and supporters for all they do! You are my shining star!
They helped me graduate with my bachelors degree, by providing the funding I needed to finish my education. I am forever thankful. They were very personal, and I could tell they care. They sent cards during holidays and birthdays, which they personally signed, and helped me find other resources I needed after graduating.
Freedom Alliance has been there for our family since my kids were in high school. Wanda and her team helped us realize that my kids' dream colleges could be a possibility. We have faced so much uncertainty since my husband's death, and it was such a relief to know that Freedom Alliance was there to help support us. They are passionate, fun, understanding, and have become an extension of our family.
As a dad and and veteran of 31years in the Army I can honestly say the helpfulness and response times of the scholarship crew has been nothing short of outstanding! They walked us through the process and asked questions when required. A great bunch of people to work with and it's a noble cause. What more could a person want.
The Offshore Experience is a once in a lifetime experience. Pepper’s attention to detail is second to none and is visible in every aspect of this trip. The people we met, the experience we had, the food we ate we’re all amazing.
The experience is more than just fishing. We work through a workbook that provide us warriors with tools to help us make sense of the warrior experience we go through. Tools that Will be in my tool bag forever and I will always reach for these tools when I need them.
I was able to catch a Marlin, sailfish, tuna, and dorado during this trip. The memories, people, tools I came across will forever be with me. Freedom Alliance is putting warriors first and us warriors are grateful for the work they are doing.
Freedom Alliance is one of the best organizations out there. Incredible staff that is all about helping vets and improving their lives! They have helped me by giving me hope when I desperately needed it.
Freedom Alliance really cares about the people they serve. They are passionate about veterans health and have provided me with a wonderful experience in Costa Rica. Not only was it a beautiful atmosphere but the lesson plan that we followed really fostered emotional release and healing. It also created lifelong friendships an amazing memories that will last forever.
I have been involved with this organization for a couple of years now and they have been nothing short of amazing. From how passionate they are about helping provide scholarships to Gold Star students and families to the work they do with combat veterans. I have been fortunate enough to see the positive impact first hand that this organization has had on both students and veterans.
Unmatched service to Veterans and their families with numerous outstanding Veteran related therapy activities.
Excellence, Compassion, The Standard!
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 . . .
"It's a privilege to serve," I tell people when they thank me for service. It's a dual meaning since not everyone can serve, and I am privileged to have served others. Thank you, Freedom Alliance, for your service. They are the good guys amongst non-profits that extend genuine selfless service to America's veterans and their loved ones. Their programs help veterans reconnect to a better version of themselves. They demystify the perception of how communities perceive us. And, they support those incredible family members who deserve as much appreciation as we do.
Freedom Alliance gets it. They are amongst the best of the best.
Amazing. Life-changing. Phenomenal program. —Best short description I can muster. I thank my Savior Jesus Christ for this awesome experience (which there’s another story in itself of how this program came about for me). I believe undoubtedly His hand brought me to Los Suenos thru this program and the incredibly kind-hearted donors.
I’m forever grateful for Freedom Alliance, Peppor Ailor, and for each and every person that made this happen—including the great and caring folks we met. This ‘vacation’ allowed us to open up w/each other as combat veterans in an unconventional, yet very comfortable way. The environment significantly engendered a safe, relaxing place to unwind and release things we tend to compartmentalize. We shared experiences, how we learned to cope, and were introduced a unique and Biblical way to address our problems—something I never realized before, but was there all along, as well as other historic tribal methods of healing their warriors.
‘Life-long warrior’ mentality will remain a core principle of who I am, and this trip unveiled the importance of that concept to me and to ‘carry it forward’ as a mentor for others. Pura Vida!
After questioning myself for so many years and my purpose in life post military career I truly had a breakthrough and an amazing experience. I met amazing people and excellent information was put out, information that I am trying to put into action everyday. I got to share with other veterans and see myself in some of them, I was motivated by them something I have not felt in years. I am doing much better because of what I got to experience there and the people I got to know. Freedom Alliance is a great organization that truly cares about veterans. It is probably saving veterans from doing harm to themselves or others. I can't thank you enough.
I don’t even know where to begin. Freedom Alliance has helped changed my perspective of life. They have been there for me since I met one of the program coordinator when I was still hospitalized in Bethesda (now Walter Reed). The organization introduced me to a new sport ; deep sea fishing (something that I have never done in my life). It was an amazing experience and it wasn’t only about the fishing, the luxury stay, or the delicious food. The sessions during the stay and as well as the follow sessions are meaningful and helps you understand your struggle. You make meaningful friendships and learn new ways to deal with your mental struggles than the traditional methods. I am so grateful and thankful for all this organization have done for me and other veterans, gold star families, and others!
One of the main purposes of the Freedom Alliance organization is to honor and support America’s military and meet the rehabilitation needs of wounded Service Members, combat veterans, and military families. Well, I’ll be the first to tell everyone that reads this short article that this wonderful non-profit organization is definitely living up its mission!
This unforgettable Freedom Alliance fishing event that I participated in proved to be very beneficial as it enabled each Warrior the opportunity to get to know each other better, talk about our past military experiences, and tell funny stories about our lives as well as our families. It also enabled us to learn much-valued fishing tips from one of the many volunteers (yes, they actually volunteer) fishing captains that provided their own time, crew, boats, fuel, and energy taking us to beautiful fishing locations in and around Sitka, Alaska. Although the seas were rough at times, they still showed us a fabulous time and each Veteran departed Alaska with at least 50 pounds of Halibut, Lingcod, Sea Bass, Black Rockfish, and King Salmon.
For me, I was fortunate enough to catch a lot of fish – but this trip wasn’t about fishing at all. The trip for me was really about all of us safely getting together during a very rough past year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, being able to enjoy the serenity and beauty of Alaska, and to heal, both mentally and physically. It also provided me an opportunity to learn some deep-sea fishing skills that were never taught to me while growing up in the land-locked state of Utah.
Freedom Alliance Patriot, Mike Nares, planned, organized, coordinated, de-conflicted, and executed a flawless fishing operation for Veterans and I’m positive he had to overcome numerous obstacles prior to everyone showing up to Sitka. The obstacles for the Veteran’s consisted of fulfilling Alaska’s rigorous COVID testing policies and following Mike’s stringent packing list (thanks for the advice of bringing Dramamine!). Both “obstacles” ensured that the Veterans and hosts were in a safe and secure environment.
Without non-profit organizations like Freedom Alliance, many Veterans would never have the opportunity to meet great American Patriots that support the Military and provide trips like the one we had in Sitka, Alaska. Again, the Warriors that participated in this event would especially like to thank Freedom Alliance for an amazing opportunity and Vonnie and Dave (owners of Vonnie’s Charters) for their hospitality and for logistically supporting all of us and treating us just like their family. We are ever so grateful to everyone that supported this operation and we all cherish the moments we were all afforded to hang out together. I know that we met friends for life on this trip and I personally look forward to future fishing endeavors with them. Fair winds and following seas.
De Oppresso Liber ~ Tony M. (US Army Retired)
Freedom Alliance is amazing! After being injured in Iraq I was not able to fish or hunt with my family. Freedom Alliance gave me that Freedom back by giving me a trek chair. They make you know you are not just a name but a part of the family. During covid I wasn't able to get the access I needed for mental health and Freedom Alliance was able to find me a laptop to use to facetime with my counselor. I can't say how grateful I am for everything they have done!!!
We heard of Freedom Alliance in October by one of our Semper Fi Fund caseworkers. My husband is a wounded warrior Marine. We lost our eldest daughter, Alexis, to Lafora Disease in 2015, then my husband retired and then we brought our 2 young nephews and almost teen niece to live with us, early this year I was diagnosed with cancer and Covid came... These last few years have been dark and draining. When we contacted this organization in reference to “presents for patriots” we had no expectations. Within days we were contacted and shortly there after gifts for the children arrived. We really can not express our gratitude enough of the support received through people willing to support this organization. This group truly seems dedicated to assisting our Veterans in ways that most do not.
We will forever be grateful and humbled by the blessing. (❤️The Howard family)
We hope to one day be on the giving side of this amazing nonprofit!
This organization provided our family with so much JOY this Christmas. This absolutely helped us to focus on Nathan's (active duty Marine fighting stage 4 cancer) medical care and our daughter is enjoying everything she has received. I tear up every time I tell someone about this opportunity because our daughter was showered with love, support, and presents, and she is loving every bit of it. This year has been extremely difficult for us with nonstop cancer treatment the joy that these gifts brought and being able to play with everything with our daughter will forever hold a special place in our hearts. I am just honestly so grateful for this organization!!!
They are wonderful. My daughter received all her gifts before Thanksgiving! The process for qualifying is very simple and I appreciate this organization for providing my daughter a Christmas when we needed them the most. We are so grateful for this organization because without them my daughter would of had nothing for Christmas at all this year. Me and my husband are both veterans and our local charities made the cut off for children 10 My daughter is 11 this year. They truly made one child so happy! I enclosed a picture of a present she was allowed to open one early when her elf came! Of course our elf received help from freedom alliance! We are forever thankful for organizations like this who help veterans in this difficult times.
I missed the deadline to apply by nearly a month, but hurting so bad I figured I'd try anyways. While they couldn't accept me because they were full, they still sent me an Amazon giftcard with more than enough to make my Christmas special. This is one group who honors us Veterans the best way they can, by truly helping us and our families when we need them most. So much more than a thank you, this was a life changing experience that me and my children will never forget. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart.
Freedom Alliance is a wonderful organization. The staff was friendly and quick to respond. Their assistance made it possible for my family to have the Christmas our kids deserve.
Freedom Alliance is really doing well with communication with the clients, they provide opportunities and information that the clients can use and help them with there future.
So, as everyone knows, I hold @freedom.alliance near and dear to my heart. Their selflessness to our nations wounded combat veterans is astonishing. Recently, I had the honor of helping honor the life of an EOD veterans daughter. I never thought in a million years that helping with something (in my mind to be something of a very small gesture) would have torn so hard at my heart strings. I LOVED having the opportunity to facilitate this gift to Robert and his better half. We were able to gift him a Traeger PTG Suitcase pellet grill with a custom memorial plate adhered to the front in memory of their late daughter. None of this would have been possible without the help of @graeger_grills at the Ruggieros ACE Hardware in Chandler, AZ, @sdhq in Gilbert, AZ @mikenares @jdmiles7 @pepper.ailor and of course, the entire family @freedom.alliance
Love this organization and how involved they stay with the students. They help them not only financially with school but also to network with other gold star families. -Seth Straw
Freedom Alliance is an organization that is honest, full of love, and genuinely committed to their cause.
They ultimately change the dark path that so many of our veterans fall course to after they leave the service. A path that in too many cases overcomes them and ends too soon. It destroys whole families and ruins the futures of too many children.
The more donations they receive from great people like yourself, the more veterans they may reach in the ultimate time of need. Please help them to do more.
I speak as a veteran who was blessed by this organization.
I witnessed so many volunteers work tirelessly to achieve the goals of this organization for me and my family. People don’t work that hard if they don’t believe in who they are working with.
When I met Freedom Alliance, they welcomed me as if I was one of their closest family members. I can not express enough how genuine everyone here is; they are truly good people.
Everyone I have met from this small organization has had incredible passion for what they are doing and the reasons why they are doing it.
I am just one of many disabled, dysfunctional, lost vets out there. I never wanted help. I served 22 of the best years of my life with some of the best this nation ever produced. I was ten foot tall and bullet proof, and proud as can be. I loved my job more than anything in this world, and, broken as I am now, I’d do it all over again without hesitation.
After I got out of the service, I became very lost. I fell into a darkness that I struggled endlessly to fix on my own. The VA, psychologists, and prescriptions didn’t help me, and I was too proud to ask for help outside of what the VA gave me. I went down this destructive path for several years until I was able to open my eyes and finally see how bad my family was suffering. It took seeing their distress for me to swallow my pride and ask for help.
Freedom Alliance helped me in many ways:
First, when I was in my darkest place. I went on some fishing trips with a few of my brothers who were also struggling, and that is by far some of the best medicine I could have received. The first time I went, I realized I wasn’t alone in my struggles. I discovered I didn’t have to stay off the grid and hide from everyone. I now had some close people I trusted, without judgement, I could reach out to and not feel so vulnerable with from exposing my weakness. A very few, select brothers I could finally relate to, and we could now “compare notes” together, and in turn, help each other through the rough times and make some sense of it all. Anyone who has had to struggle with something significant can understand the difference it makes if you’re not alone.
There are many organizations out there now that are helping veterans and have been a blessing. I’m vouching for this one, as first-hand knowledge, that they represent everything I would expect in a charity organization. They set the bar as an example for others to follow.
Freedom Alliance, partnered with US Bank, gave me a house to restart my family’s life. It’s the greatest and also the very hardest thing I’ve ever accepted from anyone. It was hard to accept because I’ve worked hard for everything I’ve ever gotten. I don’t, to this day, feel like anyone owes me a thing.
But after I got out of the service, I was no longer able to provide for my family like I had. I was failing at everything, no matter how hard I tried. This was an incredible gift that has given my family a place to call home again and restart everything in our life together. I didn’t know how much our lives revolve around a home until we lived without one for so many years. I was trying to run from my problems instead of facing them, so we lived in a van for 18 months. Because I ran, I dragged my family along with me, and we’ve been living in a travel trailer now for about four years. This dark journey killed us financially, spiritually, mentally, and the road we took just broke us.
I have been humbled by this journey. I have my struggles...but we all do, don’t we? Now that we have been blessed by Freedom Alliance and US Bank, I can focus on fixing my problems a lot easier now, and my family can relax and enjoy life much better now.
Thank you, Freedom Alliance, US Bank, all the volunteers, donors, and all those who gave financially to support this, for this generous, beautiful, healing gift.
Love and Respect,
(SFC, USA retired ‘91-‘14)
B Co 1/75th Ranger Bn
75th Regimental Reconnaissance Detachment
Military FreeFall Instructor #558
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
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.