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Causes: Military & Veterans Organizations, Veterans

Mission: Freedom Alliance is an educational and charitable organization whose mission is to advance the American Heritage of freedom by honoring and encouranging military service, defending the sovereignty of the United States, and promoting a strong national defense. We carry out our mission THROUGH OUR PROGRAMS-PUBLIC POLICY, SUPPORT OUR TROOPS, and SCHOLARSHIP FUND.

Community Stories

309 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

kvb1

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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

Client Served

Rating: 5

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

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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

Schrader

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Second...

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,
Bryan Schrader
(SFC, USA retired ‘91-‘14)
B Co 1/75th Ranger Bn
75th Regimental Reconnaissance Detachment
Military FreeFall Instructor #558

Raymond H.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

Mollie D.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

'Fransheska Denisse N.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

Client Served

Rating: 5

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

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

Crystal O.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

1 frogman1960

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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 . . .

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

1 Joe B.7

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

1 Dirk L.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!!

Dirk Lens

1 Robert B.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.
Robert Barta

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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2 Charles M.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

3 Drew M.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

2 seanarn

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.
Sgt Arnold
USMC

1 Ryan V.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

2 Joe A.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Had a wonderful time with this non-profit. Lot's of fun and was very happy by the professionalism of everyone involved.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

They have provided financial grants to combat veterans I know and it has impacted their lives

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

Shayna D.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Freedom Alliance was the most professional, memorable, and downright outstanding organization I have ever had the pleasure of being a part of. From the communication and coordination, to their genuine kindness and positivity, this Non-Profit far exceeded my expectations regarding a Veteran Retreat. I was chosen to attend the Freedom Alliance "Offshore Experience" fishing retreat in Los Suenos, Costa Rica in December of 2018, and from start to finish, was completely blown away. The outstanding coordinators, such as Pepper Ailor, all the donors, and everyone associated with Freedom Alliance were very involved with ensuring every detail of the trip was taken care of. Getting to meet the donors and contributors on this trip was extremely valuable. For a Veteran like me, who finds himself in a dark place on most days, this trip allowed me to leave all the stress of work and home life behind for a few days, and just focus on enjoying myself, meeting some new friends, and sharing one really amazing experience with some fellow Vets, and several very generous, patriotic Americans. On day one, we were greeted by a wonderful, incredibly generous, and kind donor named Virginia Lindholm. Virginia and her husband Gerald donated the use of their condominium at Los Suenos Resort for the entirety of our stay. We immediately felt welcome and relaxed as she literally lended us her home for the week. Throughout the trip, she was there to ensure that our stay was comfortable and make certain that we were cared for. Other donors we met, such as Bob Schwegler, Captain Dave Harris, Captain John LaGrone, and Carol and Jay Angus were so giving with their time, homes, meals, fishing expertise, and other tremendous efforts to make this trip as memorable as it was. We fished on a beautiful trophy fishing yacht donated by Mr. Jim Smith, and because of his vessel, and the professionalism and skill of the Captains, crew and staff, we had a perfect, incredibly successful couple of fishing days. I felt as though our visit really meant something to them, and I can see why a potential donor would want to be involved with this organization. Freedom Alliance offers donors the chance to meet with, and be physically present for the Veterans that they are helping out. I cannot recommend this charity enough, and very much look forward to being a part of anything and everything Freedom Alliance has to offer in the future.

1 Hannah B.3

Client Served

Rating: 5

Freedom Alliance turned our family’s Christmas into something we were stressed and worried about to a beautiful, happy event! Our family has had a rough time lately, but they made our Christmas one less thing on our plate so we could focus on taking care of our situation. I can’t stress enough how thankful we are for what they did for us!

1 Kevin T.4

Client Served

Rating: 5

I retired from the Marines in Aug 2017 and I have had a hard time with the transition. 2018 was Avery hard year as I lost two jobs and was challenged by my PTSD and other issues. I was worried how I was going to provide a Christmas for my 4 children. Freedom Alliance helped me in so many ways. They made it so my kids had a Christmas and it took away the anxiety I had been having leading up to the holidays. I can’t say enough about how great Freedom Alliance is. I’m truly grateful for this great organization!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This is an amazing non profit they helped bless my family during a rough holiday season. They were there to talk and listen, there was no judgement passed on our situation.

1 Scott.W

Client Served

Rating: 5

Freedom Alliance is an extraordinary organization, providing life-altering excursions for combat veterans. This trip to Costa Rica was the inaugural “Offshore Experience” connecting veterans and donors on a more personal level. Their generosity is overwhelming, as they opened their homes to people they have never met, bringing friends and family into our lives with genuine care and concern about our well-being. Pepper Ailor has started guided group talks with tons of information for self-improvement that translates into a better life for family, friends, and colleagues. Freedom Alliance is helping veterans learn to live and thrive again. This trip was absolutely amazing from start to finish.  I can't say thank you enough for everything you provided for us. I'm sure my family agrees. They love to see me happy and rejuvenated. God bless you all.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

What an amazing experience. The hunt was great, but the camaraderie and laughter among new friends Isthe best therapy I’ve ever had. Pepper you run a first class operation.
Thanks Scott

1 Heather N' Corey L.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We are always on the fence about asking for help. We know there are people out there who will always need it more. This year we needed help. A good friend put me in touch with the amazing people at Freedom Alliance and a giant sigh of relief when finding out we were accepted into their program. Now knowing how you are going to get through the holidays without tears from your children is a burden nobody should face. But, the people at Freedom Alliance have removed that burden from us this year and we know things are going to be alright. Thank you

bishigs

Client Served

Rating: 5

What a great organization! They have helped our entire family. Such loving, caring individuals that are so giving and thoughtful.

Nicky S.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

People always says good things come to the people when they wait. When my family struggles daily with one income at the time and couldn't afford the holidays for my family it broke my heart. My kids r my world and I want the best for my kids. Yes it's not about gifts but it's about family. I will be doing sponsoring possible next year because as things are looking up for my family there is always someone else in the need. I am thank ful I got told about this group or my kids wouldn't have a Christmas.

Client Served

Rating: 5

What an amazing, selfless organization. I couldn’t have imagined getting through this holiday season without them. My family and I are forever grateful for their tireless efforts for all that they do to honor military members and their families.

Amber M.3

Client Served

Rating: 5

Such a wonderful organization that has helped so many veterans and their families

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I was invited to go hunting on the Campbell Ranch with Freedom Alliance. When I first heard it was a Veteran appreciation hunt, I immediately thought "Not another psychiatrist retreat". This trip was about challenging yourself. I was surrounded by strangers and war has made me a loaner. Sometimes I feel like I dont fit in. Freedom Alliance sent the nicest people to welcome me. Gerald, Virginia and Pepper from Freedom Alliance are genuinely just good people. And I enjoyed every minute of this trip.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

What an outstanding organization. I am being medically retired from the military after 20 years of service. The unknown has been a bit unsettling. Thankfully Freedom Alliance with the help of their outstanding supporters stepped forward to assist my wife and I with our transition. I can’t put into words how much their support has helped my family.

Thank you Freedom Alliance,
John Arroyo

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is matt and i am a disabled army veteran and i would like to thank freedom alliance for the great time bow fishing. Never bow fished and all the people involved made the trip and learning fun. Everyone involved made the experience one to remember,i do not go on many trips but this is definetely one i would try again. Thank you again to freedom alliance for the great experience.

Chad D.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have done 2 or 3 events now with Freedom Alliance and with Pepper. Everyone I have met and hung out with have been some of the nicest and amazing most sincerely selfless people there are. They give of their time and resources to help me and my brothers have a brief moment away from our lives. They ask nothing in return there then we come enjoy some time away and have a few laughs and a few smiles as we enjoy the events. I can personally tell you Ive watched my best friend be MISERABLE for weeks, and after this last trip and being down on the water for an hour I saw him smile and relax and enjoy a few of life moments again. There is no substitute from making a person remember why we keep fighting and moving forward with life. Thats what Freedom Alliance does and there is no way to say thank you enough.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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....

3 Todd A J.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Freedom Alliance has a heart of gold for veterans! I was invited to Los Suenos Costa Rica and it was a trip of a lifetime filled with new experiences with fellow service members and overly appreciative civilian supporters. The staff of Freedom Alliance goes overboard to communicate, coordinate, and and execute a first class event. As a combat wounded vet, I was made to feel 'safe' and relaxed for a short period of time which helps my healing and extends to my family. They get a more peaceful dad and husband back in the house. I look forward to many more veterans getting the opportunity to experience the same feelings I felt on this adventure.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I just completed an amazing experience hunting in South Carolina with 7 other vets. Pepper's communication and helpfulness made the difference. Cypress Creek Hunting Lodge were our hosts and treated us all like family.
Thank you Freedom Alliance for the opportunity to rest my brain, relax with my brothers, and enjoy camaraderie. I would be proud to go on another adventure and also tell others about this experience.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our first real interaction with Freedom Alliance was a phone call from a lovely woman congratulating us for being chosen for the Presents for Patriots program. She told me how cute our children were and we chatted for a bit--I was connecting with a real human who had an interest in our lives and needs! Then we were able to choose specific Christmas gifts for our kids (even more than we ever expected!). We were also added to a Facebook group where we were able to connect with other wounded veteran families (which is SO important and beneficial), played fun games leading up to Christmas, and had the opportunity to win prizes. Freedom Alliance sent us a Christmas ornament and handwritten cards from grateful citizens all across our nation. The notes is the cards were absolutely touching. After Christmas, we submitted photos for a contest with AMAZING prizes. Providing gifts for families in need at Christmastime is enough of a gift...but to continue to give tangible gifts leading up to and after Christmas was even more exciting...and just as precious is the gift of recognition and appreciation. Plus, we are now connected with a whole group of people who know exactly where we've been and what we deal with and that will truly be the gift that keeps on giving. I've never heard of Freedom Alliance before, but I will be sure to share about them with others now!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Absolutely amazing organization that helped our family have an incredible Christmas when we otherwise wouldn't have been able to have one! The organization & its donors truly showed us the Christmas spirit!! Thank you simply is not enough!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Freedom Alliance came at the right time. We were struggling keeping up with our year and they were able to help aliviate some of the stress of not only the holiday blues but also were there with us through our struggles. I could not be any more thankful for them. They knew how to offer me the support that, as my husband's caregiver, I needed. We are forever thankful for them, not only today or tomorrow but for the rest of our lives. Thank you Freedom Alliance for everything you do for not only our family but also other Veteran Families!!

Dean B.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I can’t express how thankful I am with the assistance I’ve received from Freedom Alliance.
From the community outreach, wounded warrior events, and the holiday events held.
My family has been blessed to have been enclosed in several of these events. Moreover, it’s what I’ve witnessed. I’ve seen how this group has directly impacted military families in need.
It’s wonderful to know that there’s a genuine care and concern for our servicemen , servicewomen, and their families.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Freedom Alliance was an absolute God send. It took what was normally a terrible holiday and made it into one we can learn to enjoy again.

After being medically retired from the Marine Corps we have struggled to make ends meet during the holidays and adding that on top of an already rough time of year due to PTS, depression and unwanted memories, we have always had a terrible time. Presents for Patriots helped to take our focus off of the negative aspects and helped us loom at the good and positive ones. Our sponsors made it so we did not have to worry about gifts for my children and showed them that there are people out there that care and are willing to be selfless so that others may benefit.