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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Community Foundations, Philanthropy

Mission: THE FALLEN AND WOUNDED SOLDIERS FUND Mission Statement The mission of the Fallen and Wounded Soldiers Fund is to support Michigan service members who serve & protect our country. Additionally, we want to help others see the good our service men and women do through their accomplishments and the sacrifices they make on our behalf. We are a non-profit, non-partisan 501(c) (3) organization. Our members do not receive any financial compensation for their efforts. FWSF is all volunteer effort, with everyone working from the kindness of their hearts and dedicated to supporting our armed forces. We are honored to help families with their expenses to visit their injured loved ones in hospitals as well as supporting handicapped victims, and the spouses and children of those fallen soldiers.

Results: The FWSF has a give rate of 97%.

Target demographics: Post-911 Veterans

Direct beneficiaries per year: 360 vets with $707,000.00

Geographic areas served: Michigan

Programs: Financial Assistance, mental health referrals, employment resources

Community Stories

51 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is Randi Foust. I am a Marine Corps Veteran. I have had 5 knee surgeries over the last 5 years through the VA. With the last 2 occurring within the last 3 months. This left me with very limited finances and in jeapordy of having some of my utilities shut off, as well as not being able to provide for my niece who resides with me and is a junior in high school. The Fallen and Wounded Soldiers Fund not only prevented my water from being shut off, but they assisted me in being able to buy groceries. At all times the staff was compassionate, knowledgeable, and dedicated. I am so very grateful for their assistance and highly recommend them as a resource to my fellow Veterans.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Wounded Soldiers Fund helped our family during one of the toughest times of our life. After service connected medical problems caused me to lose my job the weight of the world came down on us, bills too many to pay and no help in site. Then those at the Wounded Soldier Fund stepped in and helped us out! Now we can make it another month and know that our home and family of six are safe and warm. Thank you so much from the bottom of our heart and for serving those who have served this great country. We are grateful for your generosity!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

The FWSF is a great group of of the most caring people that I have ever met! They are attentive to the needs of Soldiers in special situations. In my experience, the staff is very professional and efficient. They made me feel like they truly cared and I believe that they do! A special thanks to Mrs. L.P. for her listening ear and understanding heart!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was briefly unemployed and fell behind on my mortgage along with other bills and the fallen and wounded soldiers fund got me caught up on my mortgage I dont know if I would have been to ever get caught up but they took care of it relieving so much stress on me and my family. Thank you so much.

1 Jessica341

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Fallen & Wounded Soldiers Fund saved our lives! My husband was deployed to both Iraq and Afghanistan and kept getting sick and the army finally medically discharged him and misdiagnosed him with Asthma. This October he got so sick he had to be rushed to a hospital 5 hrs away and was admitted 15days and that day and diagnosis changed our lives. We both were forced to quit our jobs and we travel monthly 10 hrs away to get Chemo and see his drs. He was admitted again for 15 days because he developed a blood clot in his heart. This organization took all the stress and worry about money off our hands and helped us so much financially as well as being there for us and lending a listening ear. I was able to be with my husband every step of the way and care for our 4 kids. We cannot thank them enough!

1 Alex szakacs

Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is Alex Szakacs and my wife is Becky Szakacs. We moved to Michigan back in 2014 and have been fighting with the Veterans Affairs ever since. I served in the U.S. Army in the infantry, was hurt while in Afghanistan, and then medically discharged. In late December 2015 my knee completely blew out (which was part of my service connected injuries) and I wasn't able to work anymore. I had my first spine surgery scheduled in March 2016 previously to this happening. The VA refused to pay me an increase in disability till after surgery is actually done. So for the first few months of 2016 we lost most of my income and started in a downward spiral. After having my surgery on my spine in March, my wife got into a car accident in June to which now she is out of work and possibly going to need a spine surgery too. Then in October I finally had my ACL replaced after months of struggling to have the VA send me outside as the VA doctors had continued to tell me I was not hurt. I now am having another spine surgery March 2017 because the first one was not successful.
So during all of this we had many issues finaicially and by the grace of God we found the Fallen And Wounded Soldier Fund. They have saved my family from
becoming homeless and losing everything!!! This is the best organization we have ever been a apart of. They are also the only group, organization of any sort, or program that was wiling to help us before losing everything. Most things that are out there are for after the damage is done and it's to late. Their are some major organizations out there that are very popular but are not willing to help at all.
Bottom line is we will be apart of this nonprofit organization for the rest of our lives, not only have they helped us financial but the people you will meet through the events are amazing. You meet other veterans and their families but also so many ther people. Some of these people are the volunteers that make all this possible which they do on their own time, on their own dollar to give back to people in need. Thank you so much Fallen and Wounded Soldier Fund for everything.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

What an amazing program!!! I had fallen on financial hardship and my vehicle broke down, leaving me unable to provide food for my child and make it to regularly scheduled doctor appointments. I had reached an ultimate manic depression and considering giving up I gave effort to see if there was help out there for a veteran like myself and the fallen and wounded soldiers fund got me back on track mentally and financially by helping with my vehicle insurance policy for 6 months and payed for the repairs of my vehicle. I am so thankful and grateful for programs such as this, this organization honestly saved my life and has impacted my mindset forever. THANK YOU!

1 Tina119

Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband was honorably discharged from the marine corps with him only needing 5 more years til he could retire, it has put us in a very tight spot having to move across country back where our family lives to get back on our feet again. The Fallen & wounded soldiers fund has been amazing and has helped us out a lot. I can't thank you all enough for all you have done for us. Sincerely
Ron and Tina Irwin

1

Client Served

Rating: 4

We were struggling during a gap between classes, and they assisted us.

1 EZ M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This nonprofit organization goes above and beyond for the soldiers that run into financial issues and more. I have struggled financially many times over the years due to my injuries and they have been there to help me as much as possible. I owe so much to Lynn Phillips and this organization. They don't make you wait for help and they treat you with respect and importance. Many organizations turned me away or never contacted me when I asked for help. The Fallen and Wounded Soldiers Fund has been there from day one and I hope to one day be able to donate to their organization because I know that they are definitely helping soldiers and their families. Thank you so much!!