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Wounded Veterans Relief Fund Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Emergency Assistance, Human Services

Mission: Provide temporary financial assistance to eligible service connected disabled veterans from operation iraqi freedom, operation enduring freedom and operation new dawn.

Results: since inception we have provided assistance to over 10,000 veterans including their family members

Target demographics: Provide temporary emergency financial assistance to Florida's service connected disabled Post 9/11 veterans

Direct beneficiaries per year: We provided direct support to 2154 veterans including their family members in 2017

Geographic areas served: the State of Florida

Programs: Provide temporary financial assistance to eligible service connected disabled veterans from operation iraqi freedom, operation enduring freedom and operation new dawn.

Community Stories

17 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

Two months ago, back in May 30th,2018 we received help from WVRF which is the reason I'm here writhing about it today. My ordeal started back in mid February when our landlord that we have been renting for past 3 yrs and have talked about selling the house to us at some point, sent me a text that i had to move out. He had sold the house to his brother's mother in law that lives right behind us. I had just been back from hospital with my wife which i almost lost twice. It was valentines day and my daughter's birthday was the day after, the 15th 'and here i am with my wife, recuperating, a daughter graduating before the end of May, another one going to college and me with PTSD and Multiple Sclerosis dealing with this on my own. I pleaded with the landlord to give me at least until the end of June so my daughter can graduate and give time for my wife to recuperate and be strong enough for this unpredictable move. It took my wife two weeks to be strong enough before i could tell her the news and my girls. My wife had to stop working 2 years prior because of a health issue Doctors have not figure out to date. We had exhausted our saving in those two years and been living check to check while fixing our credit to buy the house. With all the red tape on renting now it is ridiculous to be able to rent. Application fees, deposits,credit check and all non refundable. We lost lots of money trying to get into and apartment or house to the point time was coming near and we had no place or more money. Got so depressed thought of suicide, how can i let my family be homeless and no one were able to help us. Call the "CRISIS LINE" and they refer me to a few places and came to find out if you are a veteran receiving certain disability you don't qualify because the government think it is enough to take care of a family of 4 and we should not get into any financial burden. Every organizations i was referred to, after me tired of repeating my story every time, at the end would tell me i dint qualify because our income. Not the situation or crisis we are going through in the moment. I was even told by "The American Legion"who had me running around looking for houses to tell me at the end they could not help me with the amount requested cause they are not a bank and only have so much funds. They knew from the beginning my situation and what i needed to be helped but at the end after talking to the landlord themselves they advised me that i should have some kind of credit if i wanted things in life and that the landlord was in his full right to kick us out because he needed his money. After wasting my time and a second suicide attempt caught by my wife as i was doing a good bye note, i contacted my counselor at the VA, Melissa Outman. She thought i have been referred to the WVRF but it was the crisis center that sent the referral to The American Legion. She finally got me in touch with WVRF, Ashley Lunsford. She was amazing and it took less than 2 weeks to help us with the funds to be able to move. American Legion had me running for months knowing my situation and the funds i needed and at the end they gave the landlord the right and i was wrong for not having the credit or savings for this kind of crisis. On top of that at the end they told me i was denied and that the most they could've help me with was $900 and i needed at least $2300 to move out to a new place, which was told repeated times. I was at the end of my rope and i was driving Melissa Outman and Ashley Lunsford crazy. Also our luck we found an actual Landlord who we talked personally and told them our story. Mr. Edward Salazar was in charge of renting his daughter's house, Victoria Salazar, and after hearing what we have been put through, he waited for the funds to be available and hold the house for us. We moved in on May 30th, the same day we had to vacate our old rental property. Wounded Veteran Relief Fund is an amazing organization and Helped us with $2400 that we needed to move in and did not turned me down for my disability rating and income. They saw the crisis and helped a disable veteran see his daughter graduate from High School and live in a home for years to come and in the future when we fix our credit, it will be our forever home. If not for your organization and compassionate people like Melissa Outman, Ashley Lunsford and Vicky which stepped in when Melissa was out sick, i would not be here writing this so that others in my situation or worst , know that they can always count on this organization and the compassionate staff every step of the way to a resolution. Thank you Wounded Veterans Relief Fund and all you wonderful personnel and especialy to Melissa Outman, Ashley Lunsford and Vicky which i didn't get her last name.


Thanking You with all our hearts,

Ulises Cardona
Ulda Cardona
Isabella Vazquez
Gabriela Cardona

Client Served

Rating: 5

I never knew an organization, such as Wounded Veteran Relief Fund existed until I volunteered for Mission United and a co-worker mentioned it. I was in desperate need of a vehicle for my new job, which requires its employees to do outreaches at various places each month. But the angel in this was the family who donated the vehicle to me and I want to thank them for remembering veterans like myself and others who sometimes need a helping hand getting back on our feet. I also want to thank Michael Durkee for finding the vehicle and Jim Champion for driving it from Naples and Nick Casas and his team at Tire Kingdom for fixing everything on the vehicle. These gentlemen have gone above and beyond the call of duty to assist me in obtaining my vehicle and to make sure it’s in driving condition. The Wounded Veteran Relief team has shown me that I still have a military family that will still fight by my side no matter where I go. Because of this amazing blessing from Mr. Durkee’s organization, I will be able to do my job more effectively, go back to school, volunteer at other locations and attend church more frequently. Having a vehicle is freedom to me and there are no words that can truly express how much your company has changed my life for the better and blessed others that I am now able to assist. Thank you once again for your assistance with “Jade” the car. My heart is overflowing with so much joy.

Rachel H.3

Client Served

Rating: 5

I noticed a leak in my utility room which houses my gas water heater, dryer and washer. Not having the money to repair the leak I reached out to Michael Durkee informing him of my situation. I let him know I had an estimate and gave him the amount and he told me to have a referral sent in on my behalf. I went later that day and did so. I wasn’t notified I was approved and they reached out to my contractor and obtained all the documents necessary for them to issue the funds. The process was fast and efficient. I would recommend any Veteran who finds themselves in a situation to reach out to them! Amazing staff and servitude for our Veterans!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Wounded Veterans Relief Fund really take care of combat veterans. My family was going through a housing crisis and they did not hesitate to give us the necessary help. Thanks WVRF for your help, you are the best.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Wounded Veterans Relief Fund, is one of the few organizations that go above and beyond. They helped me out with some much needed financial relief. I was forced to used a credit card to pay for a large cost of fixing the transmission on my truck. They paid for it, plus several months of my insurance. Not a lots of questions asked, no tons of paperwork to be filled out. They selection process was fast and easy, they also like to put a human touch during the process, very caring and humble people.
I'm immensely grateful for their much needed assistance, thank you very much and God Bless you!

SFC Oribio, Gerardo US Army (ABN) (R).

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was in a 3 month long TBI program when the WVRF saved me. I was dead broke, could not work due to my injury, and my only means of tring on me. I come from a very poor family so no one else could help me. I am forever grateful that there are such great humans in thist the WVRF that do such great deeds!

Client Served

Rating: 5

They helped me pay rent and electric when I first exited the army when no one else would.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I served with the Director of Wounded Veterans, Mike Durkee, as a fellow pilot back in the day. I must say that I have never met a more honest, sincere, and caring individual. He has always looked out for his own, well before he took on responsibility of this awesome organization. It is no surprise to me how successful and important this organization has become to helping veterans in dire need. If you want to find a way to make a difference in Veterans’s lives, then look no further!

Alan D.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Wounded Veteran Relief Fund was there for me when the VA was not even able to return a call.
This organization kept me from being homeless, and now I am at least financially self-sufficient. When shelters were turning me away because I have a seizure detection service dog, Wounded Veterans helped me get into a safe place that is my own. The VA did not even recommend Wounded Veterans Relief Fund, the Catholic Church did. Its a shame, or not, that a church knows veteran related services better than the VA that "serves" me.

I thank them and include them in my prayers.

Respectfully,
Alan R Day

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was in need of financial support for housing and it was taken care of the next day. I can’t thank this organization enough for the support they have given me. The WVRF team all have a sincere heart to help Veterans in need.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Words can not say enough about what Wounded Veterans Relief Fund has done for my family and I. I 100% believe without the support of the organization, I would not be where I am today. At the drop of a dime, the organization was there to offer assistance when it was needed.

Wounded Veterans Relief Fund is truly an amazing organization who cares about the community and those who serve our country.

They make a difference and they save lives.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This Organization is Truly in God's Hands 100%!! I'm a Veteran from 12- years of active Federal Duty Service to this Grateful Nation! I'm Hoping to get some Help with my Personal Situation, so I'm Positive there will be more to add to this short story...... Thank You very Much RWVF!!!

V/R,

Richard McDonald

Tara H M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Wounded veterans relief fund helped me on two separate occasions when I was unable to pay rent and bills due to sudden unemployment. Without hesitation they called my landlord, debtors, bank and utilities and took care of everything for me so all I had left to worry about was me! After 8 years of active duty Air Force and several yrs of government work after that, life transition into the civilian workforce was complicated. Especially into a field that has such high turnover and burnout rate, serving addicts and alcoholics as a mental health and drug counselor. The military always had my back financially and the support was tromendous, but it all felt like it disappeared after separation and I was left divorced and on my own. The WVRF bridged the gap for me twice over now making me feel like I’m still part of the team of heroes I left behind. I get to be a part of a new team of heroes now- wounded heroes who help other wounded heroes! I thank God for them!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Thank you Wounded Veterans Relief Fund for providing such a valuable resource to our communities. You are saving and enriching the lives of veterans across Florida. Keep up the amazing work for our men and women of uniform.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Wounded Veterans Relief Fund Inc is by far a true life line of support for veterans. Being a humble person I must write about my story to possibly help other veterans. I have met some amazing veterans while volunteering at their events. I do not consider myself needy. Three years ago at retirement my life savings was lost due to unforeseeable circumstances. I received assistance with my mortgage payment (One month) until I could get my life adjusted to the Real World. This past year I had a problem getting my auto insurance to pay for the repair or replacement of my cracked car windshield. I explained my situation to a representative, I was asked to complete the administration process and a few days later i was contacted to have the repair done. My sincere appreciation to Wounded Veterans Relief Fund Inc. I have no reserve when it comes to advocating, donating or volunteering for such an amazing VETERANS support organization. Thank you...Thank you again for your service to country and fellow veterans. You continue to exceed my expectations in support of veterans!!

Donor

Rating: 5

My experience with this organization is that they are doing an amazing job of helping wounded veterans! I have seen them In action helping veterans on many occasions. They give 86% of the money they receive back to veterans. We have worked with them on several occasions and love how hard they work to serve veterans that serve us. Mike Durkee and his team truly do amazing work.

Client Served

Rating: 5

WVRF,
I wanted to take a moment to thank you for all that you have done for me and my family. After Hurricane Irma, we had a lot of damage to our home, putting us into a very tough predicament.
I am a medically retired Army Veteran with progressive kidney failure due to a service-connected injury. I spent 11 years in the service and had aspirations of making a career of it but that dream was cut short because of my condition. It is so nice to know that there are people, such as the Wounded Veteran Relief Fund, who care about me and my family.
We are so grateful for the Wounded Veteran Relief Fund and their generous donors and supporters. With their help, we were able to get the repairs to home that we so desperately needed. We cannot thank you enough for being there for us through a very difficult time.