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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

98 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

I served in the US Army as an Infantryman in Iraq from 11/07-01/09. I was twice wounded by roadside bombs in Baghdad an retired from service in 3/10. I’m 100% disabled and unemployable. I have a wife and stepson and a baby on-the-way. My disability check is our primary income and sometimes things are very tight for us financially. I had heard of the Fallen Warrior & Wounded Soldiers Fund from some of my fellow Veteran buddies, but I had never asked for any assistance before and thought I could figure out a way to make my ends meet. Worrying about money, on top of worrying about my ability to provide for my family on top of already struggles with PTSD, was too much for me. So I reached out to the organization on a Saturday, thinking that I’ll probably have to be worrying about this for a week before someone gets back to me. Well, not even 24 hours later on Sunday, Dr. Phillips had reached out to me and really made me feel at ease about asking for a little help. As soldiers, it can be hard sometimes asking for help because we tend to want to fight our way out ourselves. Dr.Phillips was so kind and easy to speak to, I really felt at ease opening up and sharing my struggles with her. I really want to encourage every vet out there that it’s ok to ask for help and there are people and organizations that care for you and your service to this great nation! God bless America and God bless the Fallen & Wounded Soldiers Organization and all its contributors!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Due to circumstances that we're out of our control we found ourselves homes. An organization found us shelter but, we needed food for our family and my husband's medicine from an injury in Iraq. Mrs. Lynn was there in a heartbeat helping us. I honestly don't know what we would've done without her. It's hard being homeless but, it's nice to know that people actually care. She was definitely our angel watching over us. When we get back on our feet I will be donating to their charity.

2 Nathan J.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I had broke my back in the army. va fused my back but did not accept my doctors letter for temp total during recovery. Lynn was very helpful during this time to make sure I kept my house and food on the table for my children

2 James M.9

Client Served

Rating: 5

Words can not express how grateful my family and I are for the Fallen and Wounded Soldiers Fund. My family and I had our basement flooded out by the Midland County flood in May of 2020. We lost everything we had including our boiler, water heater, and washer/dryer. The Fallen and Wounded soldiers fund made it possible to start rebuilding our lives by purchasing the water heater and washer/dryer. It would have taken me years to recover from these purchases. God bless Dr Phillis and the Fallen and Wounded Soldiers Fund!!!!!

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

What can I say about The Fallen and Wounded Warriors Fund. Let me first say they allowed us to breathe for the first time in months. My husband is a 100% PTSD combat related vet. He is a Marine and did a tour in Iraq. We have 4 children ranging from 9 months to 9, our older two boys are not biological mine but love them just the same, last August we were taken to court for visitation for their mother, my husband has had sole custody over the boys for years since their divorce. She was deemed unfit and was given no rights. She tried to straighten out her life and asked for visitation. We had to hire a lawyer and it cost thousands so we took out a loan as we want to keep our boys safe, we do fully want a healthy relationship with their mom as long as she is sober! But, upon taking the loan out at a crazy rate we fell behind on other bills including our mortgage. Things snowballed and on top of that our mortgage company took out 4 payments in one month, reversed it then took out a few more. We were on the verge of foreclosure. This added stress amongst other things caused my husband's mental health to take a rapid decline to where he is headed in patient for PTSD rehabilitation. I reached out to Dr. Phillips and withing one day, one single day she (and this wonderful organization) changed our life. They caught us up on our mortgage and we can breathe, no more impending doom their is a light and they are this light. I will forever be grateful for all that they have done and what they stand for. Being able to tell my husband everything is going to be ok was the best moment! Now we can go to bed tonight and not have to worry about our home. Just saying our prayers and thanking The Fallen and Wonder Warriors Fund for giving us a new lease on life . From the bottom of our hearts thank you.

All the love in the world
The Bennetts

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

Words could not explain what this organization means to me. I had a car repair that I could not afford to get fixed and I was walking this winter back and forth to my job as I cannot take the bus with severe PTSD. This organization helped me so that I could continue to be successful. Thank you so much!

5

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been so blessed to have had FWSF and Dr. Phillips in my life. Being a Veteran and having PTSD, things in my life fell apart...I was not functioning well on a daily basis, could not hold a job, it was even really hard to get out of bed. With assistance through the VA and from this fund, I have been able to reclaim my life and functioning much better. Without this fund, I would not been able to survive financially, meaning having no food, no money for electric, my phone, or food even for my cats and no gas money. I can never thank them enough for everything they have done for me.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Fallen & Wounded Soldiers Fund Inc. have been of great assistance to me on a few occasions. I am a veteran of two deployments, served 5+ years of Active Duty, and now I continue to serve in the Air National control. Each time I contact Dr. Phillips regarding my need, she (and the rest of her volunteer staff) have been very cordial and helpful. I can't say it enough how much this organization has helped my family (myself & wife along with our two kids). Thanks FWSF!

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

I would like to express my gratitude and appreciation to the Fallen and Wounded Soldiers Fund, especially Dr. Lynn Phillips. I am a disabled veteran and I recently went through a difficult time and fell really behind on rent and living expenses. I was getting so far behind on my rent that i was being mailed eviction notices and i had 10 days to pack up my things and leave my home or the bailiff would come remove me from my home and my things would have been in the yard. I reached out to this amazing and supportive organization that help veterans and very quickly they really went to bat for me, and were able to pay the past due amount that will stop the eviction and keep me in my home. As a disabled veteran, it is just myself, i have no family or close friends to help or rely on, so without their help i would have lost my belongings and been on the street and homeless. A couple days after first reaching out to FAWSF, the bailiff came to my house and put a 24 hour eviction on my home. I never even was given a 10 day notice or enough time to figure something out. Dr Phillips came to my rescue, literally. It was an answer to prayer and I’m honestly humbled and so thankful that i received their help. Thank you never seems like enough. One day I’m hoping to give back so i can pay it forward to other veterans in need. Thank you again and God bless.

3 Dale W.3

Client Served

Rating: 5

When times got hard for my family due to injuries to my wife and earlier in the year my step-son this AMAZING organization helped my family. They were able to help with our house payment when my wife was out of work for several months caring for her son and then again when she was out of work from an injury herself just as we were getting back on our feet. They are a God send! Thank you!!!

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hello, my name is Albert Moriarty.

I am a disabled combat veteran serving from 2006 to 2009 with 1 deployment to Iraq in 2008 to 2009. Where i was diagnosed with M.S (Multiple Sclerousis).
As of 31 Dec 2019. My furnace has stopped working. I have was doing everything i can think of to keep my house warm. From buying fresh logs and using the fireplace and lighting candles all though out the house, and even borrowed several space heaters from close friends. With this all happening just after the ,holidays I did not have any money saved for the cost of a new furnace. Thankfully the weather has been decent. But now looking into the next on coming days it looks like my luck has run out. I was in constant fear of my house burning down from using the fireplace so much. and also the possibility of the pipes bursting in the basement.
Thankfully the FALLEN AND WOUNDED SOLDIERS FUND contacted me immediately after they found out what was happening. Speaking with Lynn Phillips over the phone, hearing her concern and her want to help me is so overwhelming. today is 13 Jan 2020. I have been without heat since the 31st. and Double D Heating and AC is rite behind me installing my new furnace. I cannot be more thankful!

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I would like to thank the fallen and wounded soldiers fund for supporting my family and I while we were in great need I was able to get my family into a house because of you guys we appreciate it from the bottom of our hearts thank you

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was diagnosed with major depression and and general anxiety while still on active duty in the Army. I separated and went back to school. After graduation, I quickly burned through my savings and retirement fund while job searching, caught in the endless cycle of we need many years of experience for this entry level job but you can't get experience without having a job. I was on the verge of losing my apartment and all my bills were behind by several months. I was, of course, have a depressive episode and panic attacks. The FWSF stepped in and got bills up to date and paid my rent. I now have some breathing room to pull myself back up. I've had a couple of interviews and things are looking up. Thank you FWSF and thank you Dr. Phillips.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Fallen Wounded Soldier fund was their for me when I needed support the most. I will forever be greatful for their support and they will NEVER be forgotten. Many Thanks

Thank you Ms. Phillips
Respectfully A Combat Veteran

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

This charity is fantastic! They have helped me 2 times and the second time my wife is battling cancer and the bills are piling up, they stepped up and helped out, what a God send they are! I don't have the words to say how much I appreciate them. May God bless them and the Veterans they continue to help.

3 Joseph B.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

This charity has helped me and my family 2 times when we were in a real bind. I am so grateful for this charity. They definitely deserve more than the 5 stars they allow you to give.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

My wife and I had reached the end of our rope. We had stretched six months worth of “safety net” savings to over a year as we struggled to make ends meet. My own health was declining at a rate faster than our bank account and the VA had all but ignored our pleas. But a Saint of a social worker got us in touch with Fallen and Wounded Soldiers Fund, and immediately we saw a light in the abyss. Within 24 hours I had money to feed my family and within 48 hours I had assurance our bills that month would be taken care of. They never judged us for being lost in the darkness, they never had me recount, and thus relive, the “why” and “how” we got lost in the first place. With open arms, warm hearts, and endless empathy, they lit the path for us to climb from the abyss and grasp ahold of our lives again. We will be forever grateful, Forever indebted, and now, with feet firmly planted, forever out of the darkness.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

this charity has stopped me from becoming homeless on multiple occasions. They have not only helped me with my rent but, also helping with my appeal case for with the VA. I have not seen a program help veteran out like this since AER when I was in the military. thank you for all your help and keep up the great work. thank you from the bottom of my heart.

2 Lynn M. W.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Thank you for the help you have given me and my family. I have had to ask for help a couple times this last one was a big one. Thank you for your support and for helping all the fallen and wounded soldiers.

2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This organization is my go-to as a counselor that works with veterans. They are always professional, responsive and I know that they save lives of veterans with the support and care they offer. I cannot express how valuable they are as a resource as a VA Counselor

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

First and foremost I would like to thank Doctor Phillips and The Fallen and Wounded Soldiers Fund for their generosity in fulfilling my need. I am so grateful for your support in helping me gain my independence again.

Sincerely,

A. Waller

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am so appreciative of your help. I ran into so many hurdles trying to get help with this matter and it seems that you and your organization were the only ones truly there for me. I am truly grateful for how fast you responded, and keeping me informed. I suffer from anxiety amongst other things, so you have relieved me from more than just a financial burden. I actually cried last night when I got your email because I didn't know where else to turn, and there you were. Thank you so much being for me and the countless other veterans who needed you.

3 Sharda T.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My family can't put in words the amount of gratitude we have for this organization. They helped us through one of the toughest times of our lives and we will forever be grateful.

3 Jacob V.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Fallen And Wounded Soldier Fund has helped me get through a rough time period in my life by helping me to pay my rent and truck payments while I go into a Residential Program in Battle Creek at the VA. They have come through in the past to help me with my bills and rent before including my cell phone bill. If you are a Veteran and are seeking financial aid I would highly encourage those who need it to reach out and contact them! They do an excellent job coordinating funds to help those who need it most and I can't thank them enough for what they do! Thank you!

Jake

3

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

3

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.

4

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.

3

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!

5

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.

5 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.

3

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.

3

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.

3

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.

4

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

3 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!

3

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.

4

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

4

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!

6 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....

1-15-17
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.....

4

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.

4

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.

4

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.

4

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.

4

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.

4

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.

4

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)


4

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.

3

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.

3

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.

3

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!

3

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!

4

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.

4 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!

3 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.

3

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!

3 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

2

Client Served

Rating: 4

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

2 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!!

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Fallen Wounded Soldiers Fund, have been extremely helpful to me in my time of need. Dr. Lynn Phillips is a GODSEND! GOD bless her and the organization!

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am disabled veteran that fell on hard times and The Fallen & Wounded Soldier's Fund helped me out and got me and my family back on track. So grateful for there help.

2 Dunshae T.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The fallen and wounded soldiers fund has helped me out tremendously when I was down on my luck with no one to turn to. I'm a marine veteran and I have contacted Lynn Phillips quite a bit since finding out about this organization. But I now have a job but I know if things ever get hard for me again I know I can count on this organization for a helping hand.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

As a former vet I've had suffice to say some challenging moments both in and out of service. By Gods grace He has always had an open door of love for me that has helped. One of those doors is Fallen and Wounded Soldiers Fund. After a chat they helped my situation and lightened my load without question. They were recommended to me through Active Faith and Liv. Cty Veterans. They help service members. God Bless them abundantly they're top notch and care about service men and women.

2 Shay Q.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Fallen and Wounded Soldiers Fund was there for me when other organizations said I didn't meet their requirements. I don't know where I'd be today without the help and guidance of such a wonderful organization.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I want to thank fallen wounded warriors
I was in an accident aug 23 n couldn't work for 2n a half months
Lynn Phillips helped me threw the process and assisted with 3 bills n helped me get food for me and my 3 children
Thank you so much
It's a blessing to no veterans are able to gey assistance
Thanks again