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!
After a long and rigorous search for an organisation, I heard about Worrior Bondfire. It focuses on the combat wounded veteran that has the desire to hangout and make new life long friends and have fun getting back in the outdoors.
Amazing group of people who truly care about vets. No pressure and truly safe environment, not to mention so much fun and healing. Helen Phillips is like our mom and takes a care of us before during and after the even.
I had a fantastic time! The organizers made certain that all we had to do was show up and enjoy ourselves.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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
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!
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.
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!
It's great to give back to the veterans that defend our freedoms.
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.
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
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.
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!
Thisis a great organization for Soldiers it was a great environment and everything was PERFECT
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.
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.
Warrior Bonfire brings us together not only for buddy check and bonding but for continuous healing.
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.
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
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.
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.
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!
This is a great organization that provide Purple Heart veterans the opportunity to heal emotionally.
My Dad was in the Navy and served in World War II. He then became a NYC policeman. Always serving his country. His Cousins and Uncles also served in the War. The Warrior Bonfire Program is certainly an organization that he would approve of. I personally know of some friends who devote a tremendous amount of time and effort to honor and respect all the men and women who have risked their lives for our Country. They arrange an annual outing which includes fishing, golfing, dinner etc as part of their tremendous thanks for these brave people that risk their lives for us everyday. The program helps to put a smile on their faces and helps them to forget the pain and suffering they have endured. I am happy to do my small part by donating to this worthy cause.
I volunteer with the WBP. Great people do this for the right reason. They have a very large percentage of money raised going directly to the veterans. They do this with a very small staff and lot of hard working volunteers. I've personally met many of the veterans they serve. The WBP is helping some well deserved combat wounded veterans.
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.
It has been a great pleasure for me to be a volunteer with this amazing program. I began volunteering at the Clay Skeet Shoot in 2016 and have remained active since. I can't thank our veterans enough for the sacrifice they make for me to enjoy the freedom I experience each and every day. So, to be involved with improving the lifelong journey and healing of these Purple Heart recipients is a way for me to say thank you to each and every sacrifice made. God bless you all.
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.
Warrior Bonfire Program is a very compassionate organization that helps bring together our purple heart veterans for much needed camaraderie of the events they have been through separate but together. There are many caring people involved in this organization that helps our veterans heal from their wounds of war, by bringing veterans together, at no monetary cost to the veteran. We can never do enough for those who protect us but Warrior Bonfire Program gives us a chance to show our appreciation through helping those who have given so much for our freedom. In my opinion, if you want to donate to a worthy cause, you could not pick a more generous, kindhearted organization than Warrior Bonfire Program.
I went on a trip in March with the Warrior Bonfire program. Their commitment to the emotional health and well being of the veterans they serve is extraordinary. This organization is truly a great non-profit!
The Warrior Bonfire Program saw an opportunity to give back. They charged forward and continue to look ahead. Focusing on post 09/11 Purple Heart warriors takes on a different challenge that has been accepted and very successful.
I have had the opportunity to meet some of their Warriors and they enjoyed every moment. It is personal and fulfilling for all involved. The needs of the Warriors are priority 1!
Warrior Bonfire Program is an organization that I whole heartedly support.
Suicide rates among combat wounded veterans are significantly higher than the national average. Warrior Bonfire works hard to help provide an expanded support network for Purple Heart recipients.
The folks who run this organization are dedicated and hard working. The work they do is important and meaningful.
Amazing group of volunteers that focus their time and energy to wounded warriors. The organization has focus, dedication and commitment to those that have served our nation. A determined organization that believes in teamwork and commitment to those that have served in combat and been wounded. The Warrior Bonfire Program is often where the healing begins and and hope is restored. With such a high suicide rate among our veterans positive outreach programs such as this are indispensable.
It was one of the most incredible experiences of my life! My family is so grateful.
I have been associated with the Warrior Bonfire Program for several years and to be able to see the way veterans respond to the care and personal service that is received through the Program is one of the reasons I enjoy supporting the program. Each veteran I have been privledged to meet through the program knows that they are the reason that the program exists and that it is sincerely an honor for the program to serve them. To be able to serve our veterans with the volunteers and the staff of the Warrior Bonfire Program is a true honor.
Warrior Bonfire Program works in a hands-on personal way to help Purple Heart vets who are at risk. They have a low operating overhead so that nearly all money they raise goes directly to serving our vets. Their approach is very beneficial in preventing veterans suicide. The vets who have participated in the program swear by the results and the change WBP has made in their lives. I am proud to work with them to help make a difference.
Great Organization that cares about what a combat wounded veteran really its going through with his journey after recovery!!
An awesome way to serve those who have been injured in their service to us all!
This organization is first class in its dedication to helping support our wonderful veterans as they return back to nonmilitary roles in our society. The organization's drive and efforts are providing a truly "hands on" live experience to veterans with support in:
*Bonding with fellow purple heart recipients to understand that they are not alone.
*Providing a temporary breather experience--- away from the daily pressures of life in our society--- so they can mentally regroup and begin see a light in the distance for their future.
*Ongoing support from friendships developed and follow-up as needed on a "case-by-case" basis.
*An understanding and appreciation that someone cares.
There are many non-profits in our country that promise a lot but do not deliver. The Warrior Bonfire Program is one that truly does deliver with a commitment that will never be questioned. It sets the standard for honesty and results for other nonprofit's to follow and duplicate.
Amazing non profit organization that does exceptional events for Wounded Warriors and they do it for the right reasons! They have a passion for taking care of their Warriors and they make sure that every Warrior is comfortable and prepared for each event as well. The staff are so friendly and kind! Well prepared for every event! Incredible Organization!!
All pre-trip preparations were done in a very professional manner. Further, I found the WBP office to be very responsive and expedient. The trip was not only fun but very rewarding. Kudos to WBP!!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!!!
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!!!!
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.
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!!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!!!
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
I have been involved with Warrior Bonfire Program for two years. Great people that care about Purple Heart vets!
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.
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.
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.
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.
It is great meeting other Wounded Soldiers that have the same problems and see how each handles it.
I had a great time with the Warrior Bonfire Program. I met some great guys that all bonded.
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.
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