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Warriors And Caregivers United

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Military & Veterans Organizations, Veterans

Mission: OUR MISSION: Embrace Warriors and Caregivers in a non-judgmental, safe, and unassuming environment . Develop acceptance of existing resources and systems to educate and promote utilization. Assist children in understanding the effects of PTSD on their loved ones. Encourage and support development of new and old relationships. Provide venues for the gathering of the WACU community.

Target demographics: At risk Veterans,thier Caregivers and loved ones.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Over 100 Veteran's families

Geographic areas served: Michigan based but provide support and resources all over the country.

Programs: Retreats for the whole family, Awareness and educational functions, Opportunities for individual bonding and support, Mentor driven guidnece for at risk Veterans. family reunion style gatherings.

Community Stories

12 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

15 Jean Ochodnicky O.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is an amazing group that includes all eras of veterans! I first had contact with these amazing people when my Desert Storm Army Veteran was diagnosed with Cholangiocarcinoma and I was sitting in the Ann Arbor VA completely overwhelmed and sobbing. They came and helped me in more ways than one and have wrapped me in love & friendship since. My husband passed away on 6-6-16 and they still include me in their events as a widow. I love the fact that they are all-inclusive to and don’t only serve post 9/11 veterans/families which SO many groups only do. All veterans deserve to be a part of a group to have activities to be able to connect with other veterans, I only wish that Don would have been able to enjoy some of their events... he was always disappointed to find out that he couldn’t participate in an activity we found online because he was in the “wrongness war”; he would have loved WACU and what they do for all veterans. Great group!

3 Nicole D.4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I must say WACU has been one of the most heart felt organizations that my family and I have encountered with. We are new to the WACU family and the Easter egg hunt today was our 2nd event with them. We have been welcomed with open arms and they provide plenty of opportunities to engage with other veterans and their families. We have meet new friends and we share information between each other, offer words of encouragement and suggestions all in a JUDGE FREE zone! They are great! We will continue to spead the word and support them as much as we can!

4 Janice B.3

Client Served

Rating: 5

I’m a significant other of a 24 year special forces veteran. I was trying to find someone who understood the veteran and issues they deal with. What I got when I met WACU people were non-judge mental, been there, we got your back community. But not just for my veteran...for me! Caregivers need this group! Respect to all in this organization.

5

Client Served

Rating: 5

I came to the very first meeting. It was an eye opening experience. I tried to get my son, a veteran with severe PTSD to come along. But he chose not to. As his caregiver, I didn't realize how overwhelmed I had become. That was the beginning of a good thing.

4 Jill B.2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have found this group to be very informative. As a newcomer into the world of military service, caregiving and the physical/ emotional effects of being overseas. This has become my go-to place to find the help I need.

6 David239

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been involved with WACU since day one. It has been a huge impact on my life. The friends I've made and experiences I've had will never be forgotten. The best part of the group is that they include the entire family rather than just focus on the Vet. It has helped my marriage as well as my daughter to meet life long friends that understand each other and the struggles we all face.

7 Stephanie T.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

WACU has been providing exceptional care and recognizable outreach for Soldiers and their families. I wish every non-profit could run this smoothly! I highly recommend these services to anyone in need in a military family!! Way to set the bar high!

10 Jim B.4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Daily tips and accurate directions on how Veterans and their loved ones can be better with each other. Truly amazing people who care about actually helping people with PTSD and the families who provide support and care.

8 John K

Board Member

Rating: 5


Warriors And Caregivers United (WACU) addresses an issue very important for returned PTS warriors and their families. We are building an association of warriors and caregivers who share, and care about each other. Being involved with WACU shows these wonderful contributing Americans that they are not alone in handling their issues, as they move along their individual life journey. As the WACU President, I am very proud of our success and look forward to our future progress.

8

Board Member

Rating: 5

After my husband died in 2016 this group took me under their wing and gave me a place where I feel like I belong. People understand you without you having to explain yourself and that's a refreshing feeling. Their goal of creating a family-like atmosphere where veterans and their caregivers and families feel safe and understood along with the their hope of reducing veteran suicides are two of my favorite things about this group.

10 Missy R.

Client Served

Rating: 5

There is a camaraderie that you can not get with your civilian friends. After attending a few events by another organization, we have formed friendships with other warriors and caregivers. We were never able to see them again, outside of Facebook. We noticed right away that WACU was different. With WACU we have gotten to know others in the group and formed friendships with them. We have tried to make it to as many of the events as we can.
It does not take long into a conversation to find out that someone has been where you are. Kids are invited to most events and have the chance to play with other kids with whom they have a lot in common. They too may have shared the experience of having an injured parent or be overheard speaking about things that only another Veterans child would relate. Many members have professions with which they can share helpful information with group members. Some members will go to hard to reach, homebound veterans and let them know that someone cares. WACU is a safe place for warriors and caregivers that need a break, and a friend to listen without judgment.

To name a few of the members, Stephanie is always able to cook up a tasty meal and plan a fun time. There is sure to be fishing as long as Terry is there. (My husband and boys favorite part.) Joey is an encyclopedia of resources. The President, and founder, John is someone that we can all look up to and learn from, as is his wife, Jane. The Denhardts bring two adorable dogs to the family. They make an excellent opportunity to teach the kids to ask before petting them as they may be working. We even have a Mama of a Veteran in the group, Veronica whose faith in God shines through in every trial she faces. There is also a Pastor and Therapist who are members of the group. The newest member, Specializes in Homes For Heros, for anyone needing information on VA Loans. As the group has grown in such a short time, and not everyone makes it to each event, there are many more, important members that make up the WACU family.

From Caregiver to Warrior, all eras are welcome. As a caregiver, Wife, and Daughter of a veteran, there is always someone in the group that understands and has been where I have. My dad had a great time with the guys also. I am hoping to become more involved when my college schedule settles down. (The pictures I shared are July 4th, 2017 and May of this year at two events.) I have had the first one on my desktop all year waiting to return to the land of "no cell phone service," something we all need.

11 David Gallagher I.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I found out about W.A.C.U. through another veteran friend and haven't had any regrets. They are an amazing group of people who don't do the typical support group settings. They are more of the extended family you didn't know you had. We laugh together, joke together, take trips together, fundraise together. Pretty much anything you can think of we do. And if you need someone to talk to all of them will be there. I'm glad to be apart of such an amazing group of people.