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Wounded Warriors Family Support

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Emergency Assistance, Family Services, Human Services, Military & Veterans Organizations, Veterans

Mission: Wounded Warriors Family Support provides support to families of those who have been wounded, injured, or killed during combat operations. The families of our casualties suffer in many ways, some financially, some psychologically.

Results: We were able to contribute all proceeds from our 2012 High Five Tour to a Smart Home for Operation Tyler Huffman. Currently we are developing a respite care program.

Target demographics: Qualified military families are those in which a parent, while serving in our armed forces, was injured, wounded, or killed during combat operations as defined by the DOD.

Direct beneficiaries per year: more than 450 families through our programs.

Geographic areas served: all fifty states, Puerto Rico, and Guam.

Programs: Family retreats, Respite Care, Mobility-Equipped vehicles, job training, and assistance with unmet needs.

Community Stories

63 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Sharon R.1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I ran the Marine Corps Marathon in 2012 to raise funds for this organization and to raise awareness for what they do. There is no other organization out there quite like this one. They not only support the wounded vet but the family too. THE WHOLE FAMILY. The different ways and means they employ to do this are tailored to the needs of the veteran and their families, each in their own unique way. This just goes to show how they look at each and every family unit that comes to them on a case by case basis and not just in a cookie cutter process. Wounded vets and their families don't come with an SOP but WWFS has founded a way to meet their challenges by improvising, adapting and overcoming in the spirit of the warrior way. Thanks for being there!

Amie M S.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Thank you Wounded Warrior Families for always being able to assist with answering questions when I call. Our families request for assistance was handled fast and efficient. Ms. Wendy followed thru immediately and I didn’t have to worry any longer. Thank you Amie Sittner wife of medically retired veteran.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My family and I have returned from Orlando. Not in a million years I thought that something like this would happen to me especially for free when I know how much the total trip would have cost us. We had a wonderful time! We all would like to thank you and Wounded Warrior Family Support for such a humbling experience. Once again, thank you so much!!!

Cari W.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

If it wasn't for the Wounded Warriors Family Support, our family would have been without food for close to a month. We had an error with the VA and did not receive payment on time. Wendy is amazing, along with the other staff, and always makes my family feel welcomed.

1 Russell9

Client Served

Rating: 5

Wounded Warriors Family Support has been a blessing to our family. We were introduced to Wendy a few years back through a caregiver friend, right before I was due to have major surgery... She quickly set up meals and cleaning services for our family during my recovery period... then we had a death in the family, I needed to fly out of town..being my husbands full-time caregiver, she arranged to cover for someone to come in to the house while I was gone... Then our case was turned over to Stacia... and our family suffered a horrific accident... they were there for us again... and just this past December, I was hit head on... and yet again, they helped us, because I was laid up... It is all about helping the family in times of need.. We were also blessed to attend a retreat with Wendy in Virginia one year, what an amazing time that was.. number one, just to MEET HER in person, number 2.. the place was AMAZING! To say this organization, goes above and beyond to support the family and caregiver does not say enough. We have been more than blessed and are eternally grateful for all they have done for us...Thank you Wounded Warriors Family Support, and all your wonderful Staff.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Wounded Warriors Family Support has been beside me as my son, Sgt Kevin Ash struggled in the final 3.5 years of his life before he died from PTSD and CTE blast related injuries in January 2017. They continue to provide support and encouragement after his death. They have introduced me to a whole group of sisters who are mothers of wounded soldiers. They have been here for me when I need it the most. Thank you

Claudia Briggs S.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Amazing organization that truly cares about the Warrior and their family!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My family has been BLESSED by WWFS and the amazing people who work there. They truly care about the Warrior and their family. They have provided us the opportunity to spend time together as a family and make cherished memories. Special thank you to Wendy for always checking on us.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

WWFS has been the most amazing opportunity we have ever had! It really gave our family time to relax and reconnect as a family. It was the most stressfree relaxing time we have had in a very long time. My husband had a week to him self with just his family not worrying about doctors or anything else. We are truly thankful to everyone who made this time so special for us!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I cannot say enough about this amazing nonprofit! I truly consider Wendy to be a friend after all the "family support" she has provided us through the years! As the wife of a USMC Wounded Veteran, it is such a relief to have a nonjudgmental ear to turn to in times of need. Wendy and WWFS have given us hope for our future... I know it sounds corny, but it's so true. The least I can do is have them as my charitable organization on Amazon Smile:
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Thank you, Wendy and WWFS!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We have been blessed to receive services/assistance from a number of Wounded Warrior organizations since my husband, SFC (Ret) Alan Hornaday was very seriously injured in a suicide car bomber attack during his deployment in support of OIF in May 2004, but WWFS has been one of the most gracious & accessible groups we've worked with! Not only have they helped us financially, they've also been very supportive emotionally by reaching out on a regular basis to make sure all is well & we don't have any needs. Specifically, Wendy Tatro-Walker has been our earth-angel & we are SO very thankful & appreciative of her & this wonderful organization!! May God bless her & her fellow angels as much as they have blessed us!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Wounded Warrior Family Support is an amazing non profit. They came into our life in 2014 and have been by our side to help in so many ways. They are by far the best non profit out there to help military. My husband medically retired in 2013 and WWFS has been like angels coming into our lives since day one. I would recommend them to anyone. They have helped bless us with help with child care and dental. They have stepped in to help with school and Christmas for us. We couldnt be more blessed to have them by our side. Nina Coble

1 Jennifer Brice S.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We have been with Wounded Warrior Famiky Support for about 5 years. They are truly amazing and have helped us like no other. Our oldest son had lung failure and we were at the hospital for 62 days. They helped us through it. I have had many surgeries and they offered to hire a cleaning service to help with my home. Have worked wonders with their support for dental wit my son and I. They truly care by just checking in with us and being a part of our lives. I hope to someday meet some of their dedicated staff in person. We absolutely love them!!!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This is the BEST organization that goes above and beyond to help our veterans and their families. My husband was injured and became wheelchair bound, and Wendy and Sarah reached out to offer some help out. We have a 4 year old, 2 year old and I was in my 3rd trimester with our 3rd. They helped out so much to make our “new normal”, well a lot more normal. Our children have benifited from this help more than one can imagine, as well as us. We LOVE YOU ALL and continue to be grateful each day for your help.

1 Matthew H.4

Client Served

Rating: 5

When I was freshly retired medically from the Army this was the first and ONLY program that reached out to my family. They were not only concerned about me, but also my wife and our daughters. WWFS goes above and beyond any expectations to help and make us feel loved. I recommend them to all service members and Veterans alike.

1 csmvanguard

Client Served

Rating: 5

When you need some friends that care and have the resources to help as well, you can't do much better than the staff at Wounded Warrior Family Support. An unusually tough period for our family was quickly addressed by Wendy Tatro. She allowed us to step back from our problems and spend some much needed family time in Florida. She saw to almost every detail taking the burden and pressures off of us. WWFS stayed in constant contact with us. This allowed my family to just lay on the beach, go fishing and spend time with family. It will truly be a summer to be remembered. Thank You from the bottom of our hearts.

1 Deb L.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Wounded Warriors Family Support has been beside me for 4 yrs now. Once you are connected with this organization, they never stop caring! It's not an organization that takes you on one Retreat or helps you with one project, this is an organization that makes you family! You are a part of their family and they are always there for you! I would like to say thank you from the bottom of my heart, for everything you've seen me through and help me accomplish! God Bless.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

When my husband medically retired from the army due to mostly severe combat PTSD and a TBI I wasn't prepared for all that came with assisting in his care, the care for our 2 autistic kids, and caring for myself. WWFS reached out to me and offered their help during this difficult transition. When we need it the most they assisted with back to school and Christmas help. There are not even words available to express the gratitude for all this organization. Wounded Warriors Family Support does exactly what their name says. Thank you ever so much.

2 Kimber F.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband is a wounded warrior. One day when our 2nd child was only 2 months old I broke my leg and had to have surgery to repair it. Due to the lay out of our house with all the stairs as well as not being allowed to bare any weight for 8-10 weeks; I was not able to cook, clean, couldn't even get ice for my leg or milk for our baby. My husband was working full time and not able to be at home for my entire recovery. He used all his vacation time and sick leave for when our son was born and for the first few days of my injury.

My husband reached out to every person and veteran/wounded warrior group in hopes of finding anyone that might be able to help us. We were turned away because I (just the spouse) was injured. We were told over and over again that if he would have been the one to get hurt then there were all kinds of people lining up to help. One of my friends whom happened to be another spouse of a wounded warrior told me to reach out to Wounded Warrior Family Support.

At first I said no, because I thought they were connected to WWP and they had already turned us away and then refused to answer other veterans calls on our behalf. Then I realized WWFS was entirely different.

I was in tears explaining our situation again and still remember how hopeless I was because I was hurt and not able to take care of my normal duties but also because it was causing my husband a huge stress not being able to help. They immediately got in touch with a home caregiver agency and sent people out to help with taking me to my follow up doctors appointments, cooking, cleaning, getting ice for my leg, make sure our children were fed and allowing me to take the medicine and breaks I needed so I could recover.


I honestly do not know what we would have done without them! They called us weekly to follow up and make sure everything was going well.


But it didn't stop there. They would call up and ask how things were going and if we had a specific stress...like my not being able to attend doctors visits at the VA with my husband, so they paid for daycare for our children so I could be there for my husband on those days. These are just a few small examples of how much WWFS has been there for our family over the last few years. You can actually hear just how much all of the staff at WWFS love their jobs and the veterans and their families they are in contact with. I simply can not say Thank You enough to everyone at Wounded Warrior Family Support!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization exemplifies what it means to “support the troops”! We have experienced some very trying times and this organization stepped up to help when nobody else did. They are the epitome of what every organization should strive to be. I cannot say enough great things about Wounded Warriors Family Support, but what I can do is express my gratitude by leaving a review of our experience and hope that those in a position to donate will, because I can tell you that this is hands down the best organization out there!

2 Kayla R.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

The absolute best organization out there. SO helpful and always checking in to see how things are going. Staff is friendly and genuinely caring.