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The Fallen & Wounded Soldiers Fund Inc

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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 97.3%

Target demographics: Post-911 Veterans

Direct beneficiaries per year: 476 vets with $710,514.00

Geographic areas served: Michigan

Programs: Financial Assistance, mental health referrals, employment resources

Community Stories

74 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Allow me to share my story. I was in the business of providing Service members and their families with resources while they were in hardships. When my job was eliminated, my family and I fell into a hardship as well. Word of mouth through another Veteran steered me to FWSF. Had it not been for this group, My family and I would have lost everything. I / We were Blessed to find them when we were in Dire need. Many Thanks to Dr. Phillips / FWSF for making it possible for us to regain stability!

Respectfully TSgt

Review from Guidestar

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hello to whom ever reads this. First off I gotta give a big thank you to this organization. You really came though for us in a time of need. We were financially stuck and at the worst possible time my truck broke down. I had to cancel various VA appointments and it was making life more difficult. I was put in touch with this organization and spoke to the kindest women who truly cares. I could tell she loved her job and helping us vets. She could see how in need we were of some help and she went right to work on it. A few days later just before the 4th of July she called to let me know that the TFAWSF was going to cover the costs to get my truck fixed. I am so grateful for the help I received and to those who donate to such a great organization. Now I'm back in my scheduled physical therapy and other appointments and things are turning around. God bless all of you and again thank you.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

A thousand “thank-you(s)” aren’t enough for the help and support FWSF has given me. They truly distinguish themselves from the average Veterans’ assistance organization. I became homeless & was sleeping in my car, then my car needed repairs, so I reached out to FWSF for help. Dr Lynn Phillips is super-excellent. She gave me vital advice, additional contact information for Veterans assistance, and reassurance that things would turn out well; giving me a further sense of optimism that all would get better. I had phoned a lot of other agencies, with no success in finding help to pay for my car repairs, until finally FWSF came through for me. A large notable difference between FWSF and the other agencies, was their surety — no guessing at it, or being unsure about something, FWSF was clear and concise about everything. I’m going through the most hectic time of my life and I’m so glad FWSF was there to help me when I had no other place to turn. They’re a superb organization, with an honorable mission of assisting Vets in time of need. FWSF performs that mission far above and beyond their call of duty. I’m forever grateful for what they’ve done for me.

Thank you FWSF, and many blessings to you and your families.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Fallen and Wounded Soldiers Fund has done for me what no one else could. They were there when I was down and out on my luck. I was in need, and had no one to help Dr. Lynn came to the rescue. Helped me not once but two times when my car broke down, they helped me with my bills, and even helped me gain much needed experience for my college education and my journey to become a social worker. The FWSF is like no other organization I have ever seen. They are committed to doing what is right. I wish there was more people in the world like those who make FWSF possible. FROM THE DEPTHS OF MY HEART THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU HAVE DONE FOR ME, AND ALL THE OTHER VETERANS AND OUR FAMILY'S!

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Earlier this year I received assistance from FSWF and had the absolute pleasure to work with Dr. Lynn Phillips. I just wanted to say Thank You to all of the donors, the volunteers and specifically Lynn Phillips. My transition after nearly 25 years of service has been plagued with many set backs and been an incredible challenge. I recently relocated from NY to Michigan and the assistance I have received helped me stay above water and ultimately provided me an opportunity to make a new life for myself and some new friends. I was referred to Odin's Outcasts and have once again been reminded that as a veteran you are never alone. People do care and FWSF is leading where others only talk. Thank you.

3 William127

Client Served

Rating: 5

Thanks to FWSF helping me multiple times with shut offs due to me not being able to work for over a year since my injury. I would not know what I would do without the help of DR LYNN Phillips and the team as well as those whom donate. Thanks for caring and helping. 10/10 no questions asked.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

The help that was given to me was INCREDIBLE, not only a lifeline for me but for my family as well.
Thanks to all that make it possible, not only Dr Lynn Phillips but all the Volunteers, and Donors. Without you I would have lost all my belongs.
Bless you all, with a heartfelt Thanks from all of us in our household.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I contacted the fwsf to ask for assistance with my vehicle that I couldn't repair because of my current bill situation. It was getting dangerous to drive my kids and myself to school and work and was only a matter of time before something bad happened. I applied on a Saturday for help, the director, Linn had contacted me Sunday to gather information, the approval committee met Monday, and Tuesday I was approved to get my car fixed. I couldn't believe how fast this all happened and how much they were able to help. I highly recommend the fwsf for anyone who meets the criteria and needs help with something.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

i had my hot water tank die me and lynn and the fallen and wounded and soldiers fund were there to help. with out them i still wouldn't have hot water.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Lynn and her team have helped out so much this past year between helping with our bills and a car repair we were very blessed to have them by our side. Lynn was very supportive with me recovering from being injured while on duty and everything else tgat was happening in my life just knowing there was someone on the other end made the experience of having to ask for help that much more meaningful. My family and I thank you so much

1 Megan J.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Lynn and the members of Fallen and Wounded Soldiers were a huge blessing to our family during our time of need and crisis. Not only did she help us financially with a vehicle repair while my husband was away for military duty, she made sure that *I* was okay. Thank you so much, Fallen and Wounded Soldiers!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am truly greatful for the help that the Fallen Wounded Soldier Fund organization has given me. I cannot imagine how I would have gotten through the tough times like I did if it weren't for them. Their organization has made me believe that there is good people in the world. They not only went above and beyond to help me with what I needed, they were quick to respond and compassionate. I cannot thank them enough for paying our electric bill right before it got shut off, helping us with groceries around Christmas when having none would have been particularly hard. They also helped again a few months later with 3 months of car insurance and registration. Without it, I would not have been able to finish school, or go to appointments. I found out today I got approved for a non-service connected pension and I will be honored to donate some of my retro-active pay back to them because they are a gift that keeps on giving. I cannot thank them enough. They are helping to make the best of our lives, for some us, we haven't seen good in a long time. I felt for once that I didn't have to starve. So grateful that they are taking care of the veterans.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am so thankful for the Fallen and Wounded Soldiers Fund. I contacted them when I needed help and they responded immediately with the willingness to help in some way.
I served nearly half of my 7 1/2 year army career in Iraq and Afghanistan and I am thankful for people and organizations such as this one who "care for those who have borne the battle." I have had a very hard time transitioning back into the civilian swing; to have an organization that can pick you up when you're down is a blessing.

Thank you Dr. Phillips!

R/
OIF/OEF Army Veteran

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

We are so grateful for The Fallen and Wounded Soldier Fund. My husband is a vet suffering from ptsd. He has been going through a rough time and his physical health has been poor. He is the sole provider for our family and has been unable to work due to his poor health. We reached out after speaking with a social worker at the VA who recommended Fwsf to help get us by. After speaking with Dr Phillips to address our needs she got back to me, as promised, to inform us they would be helping us with some gift cards for daily living expenses. To us, this was an answered prayer and a huge weight lifted off my husband's shoulders. It's reassuring to know that there really are charities that help our vets!

4 ddavebranch

Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is David branch. My wife daughter and her 4 children stay with me right now. I'm a disabled combat veteran that is currently in a PTSD program at the VA hospital in battle creek Michigan. Last month my electric and gas was shut off. I contacted this great organization for there help. With in a day they responded and was able to get my power restored. Following month we were getting ready to be evicted. And again I contacted them again for there help. They didn't hesitate one bit to help me and my family. They helped us pay past due amount and thanks to them my family is not homeless. I am 100 percent disabled and receive VA benefits but the pass 2 months I did not receive any due to over payment from many months prior. Now that that issue is resolved and my monthly benefits is back on I'll be able to provide for my family again. If it wasnt for the fallen soldier foundation this would not have happened. I thank Mrs Lynn for all her help in helping my family and I out with your assistance. From the bottom of my heart on behalf of my family and I we want to say thank you and God bless you all..... there is hope and help avaible to us....

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I just want to say thanks again for what you and all the wonderful people whom donated to make this possible for familys lime mine. For helping us fallen soldiers as you have. This foundation once again reached out and helped my family and I. We only have one vehicle and the motor blew up in it last week and this wonderful foundation has helped us once again with do math g money to help pay for the repairs. It's hard to provide while I am away in treatment at the VA hospital in battle creek Michigan for my PTSD. Having 4 grand babies age 8, 4, 21/2 & 1 yr old living with my wife and daughter. Takijng my 8 yr old grandson back and forth to school. Going to doctor appointments and grocery store is impossible to do with out a vehicle. So again thanks to you and this foundation for blessing my family and I. May God Bless you and your family's as He did mine with you.....

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Fallen and Wounded Soldiers fund, has never turned away a veteran who is in need of help. I have been struggling with my disability for a very long time and Lynn Philips is the a wonderful person whom understands and cares for the lives of veterans.

I would recommend this Organization for many reason, most of all its compassion towards veterans.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Sincerely helpful and caring organization. So blessed to have learned about this nonprofit and am forever grateful for the assistance they’ve provided our family.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I’ve had some struggles with working and recently had a seizure at work and lost my job because of it and trying to find work. I was told from my mental health provider at the VA about this foundation. I reached out and they immediately called and were able to help me with my rent for December after meeting with their committee. I was in tears and so thankful that I was able to get help. I hope to donate and give back once I get my feet on ground. It’s been a difficult transition coming home from Iraq and functioning in society and now I feel I know there are caring people that I know will help veterans in need. Very humbled that I was able to get assistance as many veterans out there are in need.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Lynn Phillips and the people who help are absolutely wonderful people. My family and I were in a really bad spot after just moving when plans fell through. Both vehicles needed work to find employment and we fell behind on bills just before the cold weather hit. My family thanks you from the bottom of our hearts Lynn.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I had fallen on hard financial times i.e. job transition, new bills, past due bills...you name it and I was experiencing it. Most importantly at the time, my car was repossessed a week before the start of my new position. Literally, one of the most depressing times I've had, not being able to provide for myself. I reached out to "supposed" avenues that were supposed to help veterans in a fast manner. None of them were willing to move fast or understand my situation, except for FWSF. I simply was able to talk with Lynn Phillips and while she was on her way to a charity event, she immediately started helping me. Three days later I was picking up my car. That type of care and dedication is what I believe every veteran put into their service, so to have it returned was more calming than the monetary assistance. I have worked for and with A LOT of veteran charities and FWSF is head and shoulders above them all. If you can donate, you will have the piece of mind knowing that they are doing EXACTLY what they tell you and what their mission states.