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Warrior Bonfire Program

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Causes: Camps, Counseling, Mental Health, Military & Veterans Organizations, Sports, Veterans

Mission: The Warrior Bonfire Program is committed to providing opportunities that improve the lives of Purple Heart recipients on their life long journey of recovery and healing, with focus on creating activity based, stress free environments that promote camaraderie and therapeutic healing. We place warriors, wounded in combat with others of a similar experience, in a stress free, safe and secure setting which promotes wellness and health. We are committed to providing an atmosphere in a simple and straightforward manner by allowing our excursions the freedom to be shaped and changed by the participants to be exactly what they need it to be.

Results: All of our trip attendees provide very positive feedback. Many of them go on to work for veteran organizations in their own area as they found that helping their military brothers provided a sense of purpose and effectiveness. Many have also gone on to be speakers or continue to push the edge of the physical limits.

Target demographics: Purple Hearts heal through building camraderie and brotherhood at the bonfire

Direct beneficiaries per year: More than 50 veterans and their wives through a multitude of trips and small events. Our goal this year is 24 trips. Although the groups are small the quality and results are far beyond measure. Because the groups are small they feel safe in sharing things they have help deep inside for years.

Geographic areas served: areas all across the United States

Programs: We take groups of 6 on weekend trips full of adventure and activities for the purpose of pulling together a safe and secure environment of vetted Purple Hearts to promote conversation and healing from the mental and physical injuries incurred in combat.

Community Stories

81 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Bonfire Program was a great way to reconnect with fellow veterans and engage in multiple outdoor activities including: fishing, horse riding, hiking, etc. The 4 day weekend that I experienced in Colorado among fellow veterans was amazing. I was able to open up and talk about events that took place overseas during combat situations. The most unique experience was meeting veterans from WWII and Vietnam. Being able to express myself with them was very therapeutic. I look forward to their events because they help me. The staff and volunteers do an amazing job making sure everything runs smoothly. Thank you for your support!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I had a fantastic time! The organizers made certain that all we had to do was show up and enjoy ourselves.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been part of this amazing team for six years. I have participated in various capacities but the most rewarding is as a caregiver for six Bonfires. I met true heroes and personally witnessed the healing that occurs for our Purple Hearts. It was a privilege to serve them and provide them an opportunity to share there experiences with one another. I have watched strangers become fast friends. I have seen people help each other solve their problems. I have also watched people reluctant at first, become the most active participant of a group. This is a great program that is providing an excellent service to our veterans!

1 hawgwild00

Client Served

Rating: 5

Ive been on a couple of trips and love the fact it feels like family. Met great peaople and had great times. Proud to be a trip leader and give back to my brothers.

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2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Went on a sc deer and duck hunt last yr. Had a great time and met some new friends. Bonfire is a great organization. They care about vets.

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

I've been a member of this fine organization for over 5 years and have seen the positive effects of our program on nearly every single participant. This is a program that serves our Purple Heart Veterans in a manner no others can. You should all be cheering on this team of dedicated board members, volunteers, and even participants to keep this program moving to bigger and more expansive support of our veterans and their spouses.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a Iraq veteran who went on a few trip with Warrior bonfire. It outstanding Organization that Put veterans with veterans and making them forget about things they experience in Iraq. It made feel that I was Among My brother again

1 Adam48

Client Served

Rating: 5

Warrior Bonfire Program is the real thing! They truly care about the community of service members they work with. Every single interaction, communication, and activity is well planned and executed. Great job!

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2

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is truly a charity that pours their hearts into veterans! I was part of a recent event, and the relationship built are priceless. Sharing our stories with others, makes those memories just a bit less painful.

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

Where to begin? I exited the Army in 2009 and moved home after deploying to Iraq and Afghanistan and being wounded in combat, I was in a dark place for many years, 6 to be exact. I was introduced to the WBP in 2015 and it completely turned my life around, since then I have been able to keep a job, do community out reach programs, interact with friends and family and maintain a social life that was never an option before the connection between myself and the Warrior Bonfire! I have become the guy trying to help others rather than seek therapy and now I sit on the Board of Directors as the Vice Chair in hopes that we can continue to grow the organization and reach other veterans that are in the same state of mind that I was in dealing with reintegration into the civilian life and dealing with PTSD! WBP saves lives and is a powerful tool for veterans to have and use!

1

Advisor

Rating: 5

It's great to give back to the veterans that defend our freedoms.

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2

Advisor

Rating: 5

This organization does a great thing for our wounded veterans and their families. We must pull out all the stops for these great men and women.

1 Anthony M.6

Client Served

Rating: 5

Had the best time ever and it felt so good to be around my brothers and sisters. To be able to tell me story and here other stories of how they came to be and share support to each other was great. Highly recommend this to any purple heart/disabled vet

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Active, Working, Relaxing,Beautiful Scenery, Some of the Best GI's to hang out with and interesting sharing. The Bonfire ceremony is definitely the highlight, very sobering and one of the best ways to honor our fallen comrades.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Warrior Bonfire Program has touched my life in ways that words can not describe. Through this program I have not only had life changing experiences but have also made friendships that will be everlasting. Thank you Warrior Bonfire for all that you do!

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Thisis a great organization for Soldiers it was a great environment and everything was PERFECT

1 Mike B.12

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Warrior Bonfire Program is a new organization for me. Sometime in 2018 I received an email asking if I was interested in attending their events and for the 2019 Bataan Memorial Death March I was finally able to meet these wonderful people. From the tops of the organization to the volunteers you can tell they truly care about enriching the lives of veterans through outdoor activities. I can't speak highly enough about them! I hope to have the privilege of seeing them again soon.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Great time!!! I was able to talk about and share an event that happened to me for the first time in ten years, a story my wife doesn’t even know.
The bonfire ceremony is something very special, and to have a group of 20 or so civilians watch, and thank us for our sacrifices meant a lot. I was told by one guy “not sure if it was the flag ceremony itself or all the veterans dedicating each stripe to a fallen comrade, but it brought tears to my eyes”. I told him it brings them to mine as well, and it’s all about the brotherhood.
Another civilian asked me how long I had known the other warriors and after I told him I met them “about 12 hours ago” he was shocked. He said “the way you guys talk to each other, and call each other brothers, I thought you’ve been stationed with each other”. I just nodded my head and said “we may have never been stationed together, but we understand each other. This is what our weekend was all about”.
Great time with friends you’ve never met yet.

1 Jo K.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Warrior Bonfire brings us together not only for buddy check and bonding but for continuous healing.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I hear the stories of the lost. I see the tears and the laughter. The therapeutic value i see and feel when volunteering and hosting events is simply amazing. Relationships and friends made are life lasting. No amount of money in the world can buy what we all experience at these trips. If you ever experience these life changing trips you will be changed for the better.

I tell folks this stuff is simple stupid but amazing. Warrior Bonfire Program has a unique recipe that I believe to be unmatched by any organization.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Warrior bonfire programs has all kind of events that allow wounded vets to spend time and enjoy themselves with other wounded vets while enjoying an event

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

To whom it may concern:

I've been a volunteer of Warrior Bonfire Program for a few years now.

Like many others, my time is a limited resource that I give very carefully.
And there are a myriad of nonprofits that need help.
And when I made the decision to joint WBP, it was an easy one.

Why? So glad you asked...

The volunteers and board members that serve this nonprofit, and more specifically/importantly, the veterans, do so with all the love and passion in the world.
This is a labor of love for all, and it is contagious.

Everyone in a supporting role at WBP truly cares deeply for our country's veterans, especially those wounded in battle, sacrificing themselves for our freedom.

That is something I can easily get behind.

Even more important - IT WORKS!! So many veterans have attended the WBP and most give glowing recommendations and feedback of the event.

Without getting into details of what we do, the Warrior Bonfire Program brings veterans together, specifically purple heart recipients (wounded in battle), and provides them with a safe place to share their experiences with other veterans of whom share similar life experiences. I couldn't say how this works, it just does. Something magic in the fire perhaps.

Veterans walk away saying WPB is better than any therapist/psychiatrist they've ever talked with.

Getting those results for veterans in America fills me with a sense of purpose. That's what WBP is all about - a group of humble citizens supporting the brave men and women of our military, and giving them a solution that truly could mean life or death one day.

I'm available for additional discussion/comments if necessary.
312-869-3854.

In service,
Adam Barncard

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Donor

Rating: 5

The Warrior Bonfire Program is not just an organization, but a Family of Veterans that are committed to improving the quality of life for Purple Heart recipients. Great program and family of brothers and sisters.

2 Doug S.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Amazing organization! I had the opportunity to attend the Best Little Air Show in the World, and blessed! I walked away with more confidence in myself, a better sense of pride and so many new friends. Thank you isn't enough!