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Causes: Military & Veterans Organizations, 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

30 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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

One of the great opportunity that I was able to attend as a wounded veteran for the weekend. The people (Mike Voss, Joe Porrazo, & Damien Burch) I met at the bonfire were very generous for their time and for their appreciation of us. I had a wonderful time and had fun the whole time I was there. I can't say enough of how much I was blessed to meet such awesome crew of people that cares for wounded vets and to provide comfort for us. Just want to say thank you very much for this great time and relaxation. Good job to everyone and God Bless!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Absolutely amazing group of people giving back to our nations combat wounded. I have been part of this org for years now and have nothing but respect for them. They are life changing beyond any other organization I know of. Can't say enough good about them!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am new to this org, and have been on a wonderful trip with the WBP. Comparing to other non profits, this one is second to none in my opinion. The org has strong roots imbedded in integrity and loyalty to those who have been wounded in combat. Since my trip, the org and it's founder have went out of their way to make me "and others" feel and know we have someone out there just for us. They do these trips and events that bring our Purple Heart recipients together for meaningful, quality, rehabilitating social interaction. Something to many of us lack in our normal "not so normal" lives. I will continue to proudly stand tall with this org and I know they will stand with me. Please help this org, please help our combat wounded. I don't know of another organization that I can truly say " I know there doing the right things for the right reasons". Thank you. And god bless You, America, and our service men and women.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

From start to finish the Warrior Bonfire Program was top notch, focusing 100% on the Veterans and their well being. The Warrior Bonfire Program staff were all outstanding and kept in constant communication with the Veterans on my particular trip. The staff setup events and activities that allowed Veterans a judgement free atmosphere to engage in with each other. Overall the Warrior Bonfire Program presented me with a unique Veteran experience that I will remember forever. Thank you very much for allowing me to be part of the Warrior Bonfire Program.

2 Steven61

Client Served

Rating: 5

Best non-profit organization ever!! I got to share an awesome time with incredible people who know how to have a great time. WBP is a great non-profit organization who has their heart in the right place. I even got to spend some time with some wounded veterans that I know that made the experience so much better. The people that run this program have hearts of gold and make your experience more than a cherished moment.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Best non-profit organization that I know. I've done a few events with The Warrior Bonfire Program, and I know for a fact that they do it right! The friendships and camaraderie that we share in this club is spot on! They are a Purple Heart supporting organization that continues to support veterans and improve the morale of our disabled veterans!!! Outstanding organization!!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This was a no-bull, care about the individual type program. It wasn't designed for some media stunt but actually understood to gather like minded veterans doing things together in the outdoors. It took my mind off the want to drink heavily and surround me with other hardened dudes that went through and continue to go through the same experiences as myself. I'd recommend to all vets who legitimately struggle with the changes of after service life

1 Stacey70

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Warrior Bonfire Program for two years. Great people that care about Purple Heart vets!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have avoided becoming involved with any entities proporting to aid wounded veterans for many years. I was physically injured in 25 Jun 1996 by an IED in Saudi Arabia and developed PTSD as a further result. I did my best to stuff all that into a mental "box" and leave it alone until I was put in contact with the Warrior Bonfire team. I am so glad I became involved with the Warrior Bonfire organization. The emotional and mental turmoil I had tried to deal with alone has become far easier to deal with now that I've spent time with others dealing with similar issues in an environment where all are equal and open to sharing. It's a blessing.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Excellent organization for purple heart vets. Some of the nicest, caring people that you will ever meet. I have formed great friendships with organizers of Warrior Bonfire as well as other purple heart veterans that in will keep the rest of my life. Thank you Warrior Bonfire for all that you do for veterans.

Tim Bell
Mississippi

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

What this organization did for my husband is amazing! He got
to spend the week with like minded veterans, who have endured loss. The loss most of us will never know. The confidence that radiated off Jesse when he came home was infectious. I could never thank WArrior Bonfire enough.

cibsoldier327

Client Served

Rating: 5

Warrior Bonfire Program is an Awesome program that allows Purple Heart recipients to get together and enjoy each others company. Whether it be hunting, fishing, skiing or just skeet shooting, it has been an awesome experience. I have made so many friends and experienced things that I probably would have never experienced. Flying in a P51 Mustang is one of those experiences and it is definitely one I will never forget. Anyone who has the opportunity to take part in one of those functions should jump on it because you won't regret it one bit. Can't ask for a better group of people either, friendly, caring and AWESOME.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Warrior Bonfire Program is an excellent organization who showed a true, meaningful purpose in helping our purple heart veterans. Great leadership and a solid mission really push this program to the top. The positive impact this organization has on the lives of our purple heart Veterans is profound. As a veteran and volunteer myself, I was honored to be able to help and support such a well run, professional Organization. The Warrior Bonfire Program truly cares about those they are helping.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

It is great meeting other Wounded Soldiers that have the same problems and see how each handles it.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I had a great time with the Warrior Bonfire Program. I met some great guys that all bonded.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I just spent a weekend with this organization and I am quite impressed. They are addressing a much needed gap that no other group has addressed. Vietnam veterans suffer from many of the same debilitating afflictions that affect the younger veterans.
The way that they were treated after returning from Vietnam was disgraceful and many have had to suffer it in silence. Nowadays, there are many organizations that offer therapeutic services to the current generation of veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, but sadly ignore the baby boomers. This organization is deserving of everyone's support.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a Vietnam veteran. I was put in contact with Warrior Bonfire Program as I was notable to make a trip earlier.
I contacted Mike Foss on Tuesday before the trip, and wow things were moving fast for me. Next thing I new I was eating dinner with some 3 Iraq veterans. They were some great guys, was a little apprehensive at first as to age difference and experience. They quickly made feeling disappear and the host Jim, made me feel comfortable. We gelled together like we were unit buddies.
I can explain the weekend in one word AWESOME. Those guys helped me a lot and looked out for me , they were great. I met some great guys and made new friends. The Capt of the Brian Song and his son could have not been nicer. The host Jim and Kim his wife open their home to us.
We were well feed and the transporter Bob was outstanding.

I had a great experience that will stay with me for a long time.

Thank You Warrior Bonfire Program Mike and Helen Phillips the brought this all together for us 4 veterans

One Awesome weekend it is one of the nicest thing done for my service as a Vietnam veteran since I came home from Asia.
GOD BLESS THESE FOLKS

2 Ernesto2

Advisor

Rating: 5

Five Stars! Many others claim to help our wounded warriors. This organization delivers. Ask any one of these purple heart recipient veterans and they will tell you. Therapeutic group therapy amongst their piers around a simple Bonfire and event activities.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Fantastic program. I have been involved with the program for almost three years. They do a great job helping our nation's Purple Heart Veterans

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The most dedicated volunteers I have ever seen. The Warrior Bonfire Project constantly seeks ways to assist and encourage wounded Veterans. They strive to be exceptional, not just another project. WBP directly involves themselves with the Veterans with various programs and fund raising. I am glad to get to share some of the experiences and volunteer my services as much as possible.

Lorraine Fields Ghrigsby

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Warrior Bonfire Project isn't just about taking combat wounded veterans on trips, that's only part of it. They provide therapeutic opportunities and build a brotherhood of support so that America's heroes know they are not alone in their struggles. Not only does this organization reach out to combat wounded veterans, but they have opportunities for the spouses of combat wounded veterans who struggle with the changes in their loved one after war. There are a lot of organizations out there that help our veterans, but this one is one that provides a need most do not.