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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

1

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!

1

Advisor

Rating: 5

This is a great organization that provide Purple Heart veterans the opportunity to heal emotionally.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

1 John C.5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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1

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.

1 Sybil A C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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1

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.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The folks who run this organization are dedicated and hard working. The work they do is important and meaningful.

2

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

It was one of the most incredible experiences of my life! My family is so grateful.

2

Advisor

Rating: 5

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.

2 Bob F.1

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

2 Roberto J. C.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Great Organization that cares about what a combat wounded veteran really its going through with his journey after recovery!!

2

Board Member

Rating: 5

An awesome way to serve those who have been injured in their service to us all!