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Warrior Bonfire Program

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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

40 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!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

An amazing organization! Getting together with other combat vets and sharing stories and struggles and chiding each other is refreshing for my soul. I push myself further than I thought I could both physically and emotionally.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hello there, I am Corey Badon and love sponsoring/hosting these guys and many more like them. As a 19 year Combat Vet myself i understand the importance of getting these men and women out there and enjoying the outdoors. I have been very fortunate to be mobile and active still in the Army unlike some of our guys. Not everyone has the opportunity to hunt and fish so being able to provide this Heritage to them is my pleasure and heals my heart. Big Thanks to my Dad Russell Badon, best friend Shawn Braquet, and Casey Kinchen for all the help.

1 cibsoldier327

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Had an AWESOME time hunting with Warrior Bonfire Program. The Hospitality, Camaraderie and Hunting was second to none. Thanks for an awesome weekend with fellow Wounded Brothers!

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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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Warrior Bonfire is a great organization w/ exceptional staff. They go above and beyond to make all the warriors feel comfortable. Hunting w/ them is always a good time. Thank you for everything you guys are doing!!!
Semper Fi
Sam

2 Jonny flo

Client Served

Rating: 5

Mike , Helen and everyone at Warrior Bonfire I want to thank u guys so much for the opportunity to go out an enjoy a wonderful weekend with amazing people I can honestly say this is one of the best organizations I've ever had the privilege of being a part of you guys are amazing, from the time we got there til the time we left you guys really took care of us and went put of your way to make us feel welcomed and comfortable, I had a blast. I really got to enjoyed myself and just be myself you guys do such an outstanding job , I know a lot of work went into this weekend and other bonfires like this and I just to let you guys know that the hard work shows, we appreciate it, and all you guys do for us , i truly believe in this organization and all that it stands for , also I know we all appreciated the flag ceremony it was very meanful and symbolic , the ceremony really brought all of us closer together and gave us some closer even tho mike and I were the only one catching fish lol just playing but thanks again guys Warrior Bonfire Rocks!!!!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

This program is the gold standard in its support to our wounded veterans! Its focus on small groups of veterans over a weekend of engaging activities like hunting, fishing, skiing, etc. creates a lifelong bond and self-sustaining support group forever. They conclude each outing with the sacred retirement of our colors around the iconic bonfire. Our veterans continue to proclaim this type of therapeutic bonding experience beats anything they have been prescribed.

John C.5

Advisor

Rating: 5

This was the first military charity I have supported since 9/11 that supports only 9/11 Vets. So many new charities popped up after 9/11 I didn't quite know who to trust. By trust I mean who would make the best use of the resources given to them. After vetting the Warrior Bonfire Program I learned that the mission is well thought out. The resources given are maximized with a low staff cost and max investment in the Veterans served. That is why I personally invest my time helping fundraise and providing support the to the staff. Lastly, the leaders and advisors of the group only care about how they can reach and help more Veterans. Every meeting we have is all about the Veterans and how we can be better and reach more Vets in need.

Sybil A C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I became involved with the Warrior Bonfire Program about 3 years ago. As a Realtor, I am always looking for new ways to support and give back to the community. One of my regrets in life is that I was not a veteran. When I found your program I dove in and thought this is an opportunity to say thank you to all who gave the ultimate sacrifice and for those whose challenging experiences give me the freedom I experience daily. Thank you for being an inspiration and helping these soldiers, and their families to heal and enter back into civilian life in the most positive way possible. Also, thank you for the alumni that are volunteering their time in helping our youth in learning to understand, respect, and admire the moral code of our armed forces.

Board Member

Rating: 5

As a disabled Combat Veteran, I can honestly say there is not a more focused and sincere Veteran based non-profit out there. As the president of another non-profit, I was so impressed with the positive work they do and the values they uphold, I decided to join them by accepting their invitation to become a member of their board of advisers. This organization is truly dedicated to serving our injured Combat Veterans, and they do it the right way every time by building camaraderie, friendship, and trust between Veterans at their bonfire events. Truly one of the best out there!! It is my honor to be a part of WBP!!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have worked as a donor, a volunteer and an event organizer for the Warrior Bonfire Program.

In my career, I have been involved more than a dozen non-profit groups. Warrior Bonfire stands alone in their commitment to the people they serve.

Year in and year out, Warrior Bonfire is the best at serving combat wounded Purple Heart recipients.

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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!

1

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

Writer

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.