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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

54 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

We cannot begin to show our appreciation for The Fallen And Wounded Soldier Fund!
My husband was injured in Afghanistan in 2009. He suffered a fall resulting in a TBI, PTSD and back injury. He was medically separated in 2014; 3 years shy of his full retirement.
My husband suffers from long and short term memory loss and he requires care intermittently.
I am a full time nurse also taking care of veterans.
This past year has been a struggle for us as his care has increased, his main care is at a medical center 3 hours away. I have been on FMLA since June for his recent back surgery requiring me to be home full time and the loss of my income.
This has a placed a huge burden on us financially and I was at a loss of what to do.
We became late on bills, shut off notices, etc.
I called for help at our local VA and I was given many resources. These resources however, did not give me the help we needed.. lengthy applications, copies of everything and very time consuming.
I called The VA in Lansing and was given another list of resources. The first one I called was The Fallen Wounded Soldier Fund and was called back almost immediately.
The process was seamless and personal. We were able to get caught up and all with just a few documents and easy access from our local library to get the information to this non profit organization.
We cannot begin to even say how helpful and swift our burdens became almost elimated by the ease and care from this organization.
We will forever be greatful and blessed to have organizations that are willing to help perfect strangers for the sake of those that gave so much to our country.
Thank-you is just never enough when your prayers have been answered.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Well, I am a medically retired/ Permanently disabled U.S Army Veteran. I have served three combat tours in Iraq, and numerous missions to the continent of Africa. I had almost 16 years in before the injuries I had sustained from an I.E.D, rendered me no longer useful to my U.S. Army. It's been a difficult transition, a transition I still haven't succeeded in. With financial woes starting to get the best of me, and my vehicle continuously getting worse. I had no clue what I was going to do. I don't have the financial means to fix my vehicle, and no family that could help or loan me the money to correct the problem. So, I started to surf the web through my phone and came up on the website, which is and was a Godsend! The Fallen and Wounded Soldier Fund website. I am not a soldier who likes to ask for help but what could I do in this situation? So, I called the phone number and spoke with Dr. Lynn Phillips , executive director of the Fallen and Wounded Soldier Fund (FWSF). She was understanding and caring. The shame I was feeling for having to swallow my pride and ask for assistance quickly dissipated as she spoke to me and put me at ease with my situation. I can tell you that Dr. Lynn Phillips, the Board Members and all the local businesses and volunteers that help and donate to the foundation are kind and generous people. They gave me the financial assistance to fix my vehicle, they handed me a life line right when I needed it the most. I honestly can't begin to express how appreciative I feel and how grateful I am to and for the FWSF. Thank you and I pray that our Lord may continue to bless the FWSF and help my brothers and sisters in-arms who come to seek assistance from the FWSF.

Respectfully,

Alex
USA, SFC (RETIRED)


1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Getting out of the military has been one of the toughest life challenges I have yet to face. One hardship leads into the next, battling with PTSD and giving everything I have to be a good father. I have so many dreams and a ton of ambition, with everything going on in my life and the never ending struggle it has be tough to focus on myself and my personal goals. I have worked with plenty of different agencies for just any kind of assistance to get back on track, and honestly I lost faith. I lost faith that being a veteran even meant anything. Of course I am proud of what i did for our country, but that feeling that no one else "really" cares, or that what I did was just another average Joe in an average life doing average things really hurts. I don't remember exactly how or why I got into contact with "Dr. Lynn Phillips" and The Fallen and Wounded Soliders Fund, but since the first telephone call she was absolutely amazing. It is very difficult to fully express and explain how deep my gratitude runs. Not only did she assist me with getting into a new home, she was there for me. It was more than a few phone calls and connecting the dots. She went far beyond her job specifics, and made me feel like I was important again. This was the first time that an organization has truly cared, it was never about just getting me the assistance I needed and getting me off the phone. Throughout our entire time spent resolving my current hardship, she made me feel safe and secure. More than anything I feel like I gained a friend. Thank you so much Lynn and your organization. One day I am going to help veterans, and I will know exactly how I want to do that because of you.

Client Served

Rating: 5

my hisband is a viet nam vet and we were in need of some major truck repair. Dr. Lynn Phillips made it possible for us to get the truck fixed. She is a wonderful woman and a pleasure to work with . thanks to the fallen and wounded soldiers fund we now have much needs transporation.

1

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.

1

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.

2 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.