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The Foundation For Exceptional Warriors, Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Camps, Health, Mental Health, Military & Veterans Organizations, Patient & Family Support, Sports, Veterans

Mission: The FEW assists in the healing process of Exceptional Warriors by providing cost-free recreational and sporting events, The FEW assists in the healing process of the Combat Wounded, those recognized for Valorous actions, POWs and Special Operations and their families.

Results: -Hosted over 115 life changing events -Positive and directly effected over 800 Veterans -Indirectly influanced over 1800 Veterans -Raised Awareness nationwide about the unquie deeds and needs of Exceptional Warriors -Defined for the public what an Exceptional Warrior is

Target demographics: Exceptional Warriors: Special Operations Forces, those recognized for Valor, former Prisoners of War, and the Combat Wounded

Direct beneficiaries per year: 2016: Hosted over 400 Veterans on 43 events in 16 states and Mexico

Geographic areas served: Nationwide

Programs: The FEW uses adventure to unite, reward, inspire and heal America's Heroes.

Community Stories

43 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

The FEW gives vets a way to connect with people who have sacrificed so much for our freedom. They do this through fun adventures, from fishing, hunting, and boating, just to name a few. They have incredible people who work for the organization and they are all so helpful and giving to make each adventure a success. New friendships are built through these adventures and many memories are cherished.

The FEW is definitely an organization that is needed by many soldiers to help them meet people that have been through the same situations. They are able to understand and share their experiences and build a relationship, as well. The Foundation for Exceptional Warriors is a fantastic organization. It is run by enthusiastic, giving, and dedicated individuals that understand how important the FEW is to these vets.

Megan Nichole H.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

What started out as a babysitting gig for the children of my teacher and her husband, turned into a bonus family for a lifetime.
Ronny and Claudia Sweger are two of the amazing people behind this great organization called the FEW. Them along with their three boys changed my life forever. If you have the honor of being apart of the FEW you will not regret it. Wether you're volunteering to help them, or they're volunteering to help you, it'll change your life forever. They do amazing work and they are amazing people who I am blessed to know. They make each and every person they meet feel unique and loved and I'm a better person for knowing them.

Heath H.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My family and I had the opportunity to spend a week at the beach at Dauphin Island, Alabama put on by the FEW. It was a chance for all of us to relax, have fun, and connect with other warriors and their families. They had a lot of exciting activities planned throughout the week from deep sea fishing to a sunset cruise. It was a vacation that our family will never forget.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Foundation for Exceptional Warriors is an amazing organization that serves American Military Combat Vets. Our small community has played host to several families of combat vets for the past 3 summers and the experience has been incredible. My wife and I volunteer with intent to bless these heroes and their families, and each year, we are the ones that receive the blessing. The impact the FEW has had on my family as we have had an opportunity to participate and contribute to this group has been incredible.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The FEW is a phenomenal organization in many ways. What has impacted me the most is the fellowship. My experience has been remarkable because I feel their approach creates an atmospheres were every one feels like family.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I learned about the Foundation for Exceptional Warriors by word of mouth. What stood out about the FEW to me was the great things i heard about the staff. I reached out to them and was fortunate to attend my first event with other woundeded veterans. Everyone who attended was treated with respect and appreciation, which to me goes a very long way. The FEW staff were excellent with the communication and coordination for attending an event; which can be very stressful when traveling to a destination while dealing with PTSD and symptoms that come with TBI. After attending my first event with the FEW, they didn't forget about me. They kept in touch and checked on me and my family. I again was fortunate to attend another event with my family which consists of my wife and 14 month old at the time. It was a wonderful experience for us. We got to spend time with other families of the military community as well as the supporting members of the community, even law enforcement who offered their services during our travel from the airport to our location of stay. Phenomenal organization!

Savannah Cornett H.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The FEW is an amazing foundation. My family and I were invited to attend Beach Week. While there we were able to relax and reconnect as a family. We experienced many firsts like deep sea fishing, a sunset cruise, wave riding, and more! Thanks to The FEW we met incredible people, formed new friendships, and made so many memories that we will always cherish.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Richard Gerbeth, Jr.’s dedication to the Foundation for Exceptional Warriors is rooted in first-hand experience. Years after meeting and befriending founder Ronny Sweger, he finally gave in and went on a deer hunt with other Exceptional Warriors. It was one of the most memorable experiences of his life.
Initially Richard resisted Ronny’s attempts to persuade him to attend because of his survivor guilt telling him, “You don’t deserve it.” During his tour in Iraq, his dear friend SPC Segun Akintade was Killed in Action while under his command. This haunted Richard to the point of hopelessness. It was not until he could accept the abundance of help available that he could move forward in his recovery process.
Richard was born in the Bronx, NY, and raised in the suburbs of New York City. He was always very close with his paternal Grandfather SSG Hellmuth Gerbeth, who was a Medic in WWII. His Grandfather taught him to shoot, hunt, and fish at the age of ten.
At seventeen years old, Richard enlisted in the U.S. Navy during the Persian Gulf War but was honorably discharged after one year for medical reasons. After using the Montgomery GI Bill to attend Westchester Community College, he was hired by United Parcel Service. He was initially a part-time worker but after five years he became a full-time package delivery truck driver. During this time his children Garrett and Ann were born. In April of 1999 he enlisted into the New York Army Reserve National Guard and volunteered for the Infantry. He was activated for state missions throughout New York during and post-September 11, 2001.
In October 2003 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, his Unit Alpha Company Task Force, 2nd Battalion-108th Infantry Regiment was mobilized and attached to the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division. He was meritoriously promoted to Sergeant and served as an E-5 Fire Team Leader. Five days before crossing the border from Kuwait into Iraq, his third child, Derek, was born. He did not see him for five months. After he returned home, his fourth child, Noelle, was born.
His individual decorations include the Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal with “V” device for Valor, Army Achievement Medal, and the Combat Infantrymen’s Badge.
After his release from active duty in April 2005, he returned to drill status for one year until he was medically retired from the U.S. Army. After multiple attempts to return to work at UPS, he was unable to perform his duties due to Traumatic Brain Injuries and Post Traumatic Stress. He retired from UPS after an 18-year career.
Richard is committed to improving the lives of others. He volunteers within the prison system through his church. He has volunteered with a therapy dog at his local Veterans Hospital and has served as an assistant Scoutmaster. He always enjoyed the great outdoors, whether it be hunting, fishing, or camping. Richard is a die-hard New York Yankees fan and loves Harley-Davidson motorcycles.
Today he is eager to serve Exceptional Warriors who have sacrificed for our nation, either through service in Special Operations Command, those decorated for Valorous acts, Purple Heart recipients, or former Prisoners of War, through the adventure-based outdoors programs offered by the Foundation or in any way he can

Brittain K.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The FEW is an honorable organization that helps bring healing to our soldiers who have sacrificed so much for our freedom. We can never repay them and the FEW is a great way for these soldiers to feel honored and is a place to connect with others through fun adventures together.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The FEW has given so much to my family. They have made such a difference in our lives with their constant giving.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was introduced to the FEW in 2015 through a fellow veteran. I attended an amazing water foul hunt hosted by an amazing family and staffed by amazing FEW associates. In attended my second event not long after and met the co-founder, Ronny. I decided after meeting Ronny, I wanted to become part of this amazing organization. Attending an event with like minded Warriors who had been through the same struggles/battles was refreshing and I left feeling a sense of purpose and belonging. It was like being back in a team again. Ive met so many amazing people that make up the FEW, from the founders to associates from across the country. You won’t find better people anywhere as far as veteran support groups. This organization isn’t concerned with paying a CEO millions of dollars from donated money. This is an all volunteer staff whose only goal is healing and fellowship among a select veteran group. Top notch and would recommend getting involved in any way possible, be it as an attendee, a donor a sponsor or an associate.

April Elaine M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The FEW is a great organization with a heart for the warrior and their family.

Tom M.6

Client Served

Rating: 5

The mission of the FEW is To provide adventures to unite, reward, and inspire those that have served together to heal together. The time that I spent with them was some of the greatest and healing times I have ever had. Something I needed much of. I will always be thankful for what the FEW did for me. It gave me rest, healing, and friends for life.

Donor

Rating: 5

I had the pleasure to sponsor a single event with THE FEW and my life will never be the same. I was able to sponsor a whitetail hunt in Michigan and when I showed up i didn't really have any expectations and was there just to go with the flow. I can honestly say that I had one of the best times of my life and more so, it was an honor, to say the least, to be surrounded by such noble and honorable warriors that sacrificed life and limb in order to keep THE USA safe. I'm now looking to be more involved in taking care of the Exceptional Warriors that have given everything to keep America what it is today...Free

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had the opportunity to volunteer with this organization for several years. They truly know how to create an environment for Warriors who serve together to heal together. Everyone I have had the pleasure of working with has been amazing!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have the honor of working with The FEW on a daily basis. I get to see first hand how The FEW changes lives of our Nation's Exceptional Warriors and their families.

Donor

Rating: 5

I’ve never heard of this organization until a good friend of mine, retired Marine Staff Sargent Shane Jelsma, told me about the incredible trip he took with his six year old son down to Alabama on the Gulf coast and fished with other vets and their sons. I learned that over 90% of their contributions are used to fund hunting and fishing trips for some of the most highly decorated vets who served our country. I was reluctant to donate to other organizations knowing that they have a high overhead. Now I feel reassured that The F.E.W. will honor our vets the way we should knowing that we can never ever fully repay them for protecting us, our nation and our Constitution.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Great events and meaningful exchanges between people who been through the same challenges.

Chris M.5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Haven’t been on any events with them but see all the hard work that goes into what these guys do. Much respect for this crew and the mission they are doing.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been on a trip with this Group and can tell you that it is run by some great people. The money they raise is put back into the program to better the lives of veterans. The trips they provide at no cost to the veterans, and allow the service men/women an opportunity to unwind and talk with others about issues that others that have not served wont or cant understand. I have talked with a lot of veterans and the one thing that is always talked about that they miss the most about the service is the camaraderie/brotherhood of those they served with. So to give them these opportunities to have these connections again is priceless to the wellbeing of these F.E.W.

Michael B.8

Client Served

Rating: 5

I’ve had the opportunity to be a part of a couple of this foundations events. It was a truly humbling and great experience to be involved. The comraderie of such an awesome group of veterans spanning many generations and conflicts left me feeling blessed by the experience. I look forward to more involvement in the future. Thank You!