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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 have served hundreds of military and veteran families with programs like caregiver respite, family retreats, mobility equipped vehicles, and job training. We are currently building the Dunham House, a first of its kind residence for wounded veterans, specifically those with TBI.

Target demographics: Qualified military families are those with a service member who was injured, wounded, or killed during combat operations as defined by the DOD, and have dependent Minor children.

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

121 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

To Whom it May Concern,



Being married to my Mentally Disabled Husband is not easy, not easy for anyone. My Veteran deserves better! Over the years I have kept busy trail running to help with my Self-Care. Until recently I found out that I have FAI Hip Impingement. I also have a tear in my lower back that has been causing me pain. Trail running was my stress reliver. You don’t have to pay financially to run outside. But lately its been a struggle because the Dr’s want me to limit my running if I want to continue living a heathy life. My family was also hit with Covid-19 as everyone was. This did not help my Husband Ryan or our son Ryan Jr’s Anxiety. Ryan had to get more medication to help with his depression. The pandemic also set off my son Ryan Jr’s anxiety. Our son Ryan Jr. was not dealing well with having to stay home due to the pandemic. As hard as it was to get him to go to school, school was his way of therapy getting him out and social around people. Before the pandemic we had to pay for our son to see a therapist. But we could not keep up the therapies financially and thought he would do ok since he had a few sessions under his belt. With things going the way they were We all decided to get outside together as a family. Our son Ryan was just learning to ride his bike this summer. It took him some time because of his anxieties. We all decided to get outside. Emma our daughter has a bike, Ryan Jr has a bike but he will need a bigger one soon since he is growing out of the one, we bought him. Emma is 13 years old and Ryan Jr is 10. Since Ryan and I do not have a bike we decided to walk while the kids ride their bike. We all are not yet comfortable yet letting the kids ride bikes alone especially with our son’s anxiety. So, my husband and I walk and the kids ride their bikes. They know to stop at the stop light and wait for us since we are walking. We are also teaching them how to be responsible out on the streets. But my husband Ryan can’t walk very far without getting winded. We have talked about Getting a bike for my husband but it would have to be a bigger bike since Ryan is a bigger Guy. We also talked about getting a bike for me since I can’t run like I used too. But we thought it would be a great activity for All of us to get outside and ride bikes together. This Grant would mean so much to our family. If we could all ride bikes and be on the same page that would mean the world to our kids and to us. I have included a picture I took of us out on our walk while the kids ride their bikes.

Warm Regards

The Esquivel Family

1 Shelleydavis85

Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization has made it possible for all my kids to be able to do virtual learning. They are able to attend there classes and have helped us with needs from Costco and food that we struggled with. I can not tell you the importance of this organization!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Wounded Warriors Family Support is an Amazing Organization that not only provides support to each of the Service Members and their families but they go above and beyond to reach out to the families with making sure they everyone is well cared for throughout etc..This Amazing Organization help provide my son with a Laptop for College and also they helped with providing a grant to assist with unexpected needs throughout this time of Covid-19. Thank you for everything that you have done and for everything that you continue to do for each of the families.

2 Heidi Leigh S.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I just wanted to take a minute to write and tell you how beyond thankful we are for the activity grant you gave us for Emma Rose to ride horses at the same place as her dad's equine therapy. Equine therapy has been life changing for my husband and came into our lives at a time when things were extra hard for him. Emma Rose loved horses from birth and to be able to ride and take lessons has been the best thing for her. It is a holistic approach to life and healing that both my husband and daughter need and we couldn't have done it without you all.
Last month the barn hosted a show and Emma rose was able to attend and take home TWO blue ribbons. Daniel did a lead line class with her and supported her through it. Seeing them together made my heart melt. The judges said she is a natural and were so impressed with horsemanship skills. At 5 years old I have to say we are so proud and we owe it to you all. Thank you for ALL you have done for us. You are truly making a difference in unique ways amongst veterans, caregivers and our families. It is incredible to have an organization that focuses on the caregiver and the children as there are so many that focus solely on the veteran. You have seen a need in our community and have met it and we are forever grateful.
(This is our thank you note to WWFS for all they have done for us)
-a very thankful family

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a caregiver to my husband and 3 children 12 and under. I needed to have surgery to take care of me and make it so I can better take care of my family. WWFS made that possible by providing me a paid mother's helper to care for my children, get everyone fed and take charge of our children's virtual learning this school year. None of this would be possible without WWFS. I appreciate them taking the burden off my shoulders and allowing me to recover as stress free as possible.

1 Kimber F.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I truly do not have any idea what our family would have done to survive the worst few months of our lives together. My husband has two fingers cut off and required surgery and intense follow up to try and save some of the tissue/fingers, two weeks before I gave birth to our fourth and final baby. I had major complications during delivery and ended up in the hospital for a week after having our baby. Then after I went home in the following weeks I ended up with appendicitis and two other birth related complications which resulted in my having an emergency surgery. And now a month later I had to have a second emergency surgery for yet another issue. It has been so hard both emotionally and physically.

My husband is a wounded warrior and I am normally his caregiver. However with him injured and my not recovering we have needed a lot of extra help. This is where Wounded Warrior Family Support comes in. They are the only organization that will help military/veteran families when a spouse is hurt or in need. Most organizations are there to help when the veteran has surgeries or issues. Which is a great service, but they do not offer assistance in any way if the spouse of the veteran is hurt, injured or incredibly ill and requiring emergency surgery. In our case with my being his caregiver and being in and out of the hospital, that created a huge stressor on both him and I. Wounded Warrior Family Support called immediately once they knew about our situations and offered to send a mothers helper or cleaning service to our house to help with the housework that I have not be physically able to attend to while I have been so sick. They have also helped cover childcare for my younger children so I could get to doctor appointments for myself that I would have otherwise had to miss. With Covid going on I can not bring my younger children to any appointments which means if I can't find childcare then I can't go to these much needed appointments. This service alone is absolutely incredible and fills such a large void. After talking to me one day during my recovery and hearing how awful things were going they also sent a special gift of a prayer shawl and a check that helped us tremendously with being able to purchase prepackaged dinners since I was not able to stand long enough to cook as well as some baby items like having diapers delivered and a grocery order delivered. I can not thank WWFS enough for not only the great amount of help they have provided to our family but also because their employees truly care about each and every family in their program. I received weekly phone calls checking in and also giving me emotional support during this very trying time. By far this is one of the top non-profits I have ever seen.

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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

Wwfs is truly a great organization. It's one that some might not know about but they help tremendously. From helping with childcare while my spouse was in the hospital from providing dental care for my children. Can't thank this organization enough!!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We are a family of 5 and my husband still has many injuries from his time in service and probably will require a lifetime of care. WWFS has helped where the ball falls short, childcare for WW hospital stays and long term care. A huge stress relief knowing you don't have to pick either your kids or being in the hospital for your spouse. We also have been very blessed to receive dental care as we have no dental insurance. Being a caregiver let alone wife/mom takes it's toll, wwfs has also offered childcare for me to meet with my local caregiver group. I'm truly thankful for WWFS

1 Adrienne Alexis G.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am so blessed to have the support of this amazing organization our family has been through multiple tragedies up to and including the loss of our 11 year old son to AML Leukemia. I have been a caretaker to my wounded Veteran husband and his two sons for the last few years and life has hit us with some very trying and financial circumstances that were far beyond our control. I lacked in my self care and as a result succumb to some serious dental issues. This resulted In extensive and expensive dental work needed I just wasn’t able to stop for myself , while trying to take care of everyone else and this organization was able to assist me in obtaining the financial assistance to get my teeth repaired so I could regain my own personal health back. We are so grateful to your all their Donors and this organization for helping us out while we were in need.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

WWFS has been an incredible source of ongoing support. In addition to being there for us in our time of need, they have continued to check in with us years later. Their caseworkers are amazing and authentic. Whenever we connect, it feels like chatting with an old friend. They truly care!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Thank you so much to the generous donors who could help provide an activity grant to our kids for swim lessons during the crazy changes in the world. They were able to take classes in a controlled and safe environment, with more one on one time with instructors to help perfect their life saving skills. We plan to continue swim lessons for them every summer, as they love it so much. We appreciate you so much for providing for their activities! Thank you as always to Wendy and WWFS for their continued support. Love them all so much.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Our family is very thankful for Wounded Warrior Family Support . My husband is a combat wounded veteran, I am his caregiver & we have 2 daughters. This organization has done so much for our family, they've been such a blessing the last few years. They offer assistance for not only the wounded veteran, but the entire family. Heather is amazing, she calls to make sure all went well with one thing, checks in to make sure she is in the loop if we are in need, or calls just to say hello in that sweet voice of hers...she truly cares & has become a wonderful friend. With her help, WWFS has provided us with childcare during some of my husbands procedures, they helped pay for a much needed family vacation to Universal & Lego-land. Most recently, with the kids having to give up so much with trying times of COVID, they gifted our children an activity grant, which is helping us pay toward the things they love to do, like dance, volleyball & piano lessons. We are forever grateful for the donors & Wounded Warrior Family Support for everything they do for us & wounded warrior families like ours.

1 godsgr8ptl

Client Served

Rating: 5

WWFS is an AMAZING organization! I was referred to them by a fellow wounded warrior caregiver as I was recovering from a stem cell transplant for cancer. They paid to have our home cleaned before I was discharged as I was severely immunocompromised. Then, they continued to pay for cleaning services until I was strong enough to do it myself. Not only that, but they called every week to check on me & make sure we didn't need anything! We also received a special grant that Christmas which helped offset the financial hardship of me being unable to work during my cancer battle. That was 5 & 1/2 years ago. I'm cancer-free and able to take care of my wounded warrior again, yet I STILL hear from my WWFS 'family' regularly. They call to make sure I'm okay & don't need any help. Mostly, we catch up on the latest news & talk about our families - the struggles we're facing & the victories we've won. Most Wounded Warrior nonprofits focus mainly on the wounded soldier, but WWFS truly cares for and helps the caretaker and family. That kind of support is rare, priceless, & appreciated more than words can express. WWFS cares for me so I can care for my wounded warrior! WWFS ROCKS!!!!❤️

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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!!

1 Robyn B.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

WWFS has been such a blessing to our family when my husband had surgery they helped with making sure our 4 children were taken care of when we had to be over 3 hours away. And our boys play hockey and they helped pay the fees for them.. The staff is amazing and so caring. Such a blessing. Thank you so much

1 Heather T.3

Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization is beyond amazing. They took our family on a much needed retreat during a time that we needed it most. I remember feeling “relaxed” for the first time in years!! They’ve also blessed our family with computer grants and dental grants. There are no words to describe the impact they’ve made on our lives.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

WWFS sent my family on an all expense paid vacation with tickets to Universal Studios and Legoland. Having a large family and disabled spouse doesn’t always leave time for fun but they made it happen! It was an amazing stress free experience and we made so many wonderful memories.

1 Sierra M.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful organization. I was blessed with a computer grant which has been helpful for school. It’s also a blessing in disguise with children going back to school virtually! I was blessed to be selected and I appreciate the donors who graciously give to this organization.

1 Bethany T.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband is a combat injured veteran of the Iraq war. We have 3 young daughters. Our middle daughter has a complex mitochondrial disease. I have to travel 1200 miles for her specialty care. Due to my husbands injuries, he can not care for himself or our other two girls. WWFS grants me the ability to travel for the specialized care and have someone capable at home to keep my husband and children well cared for. That is a piece of mind that nothing can repay. I am incredibly grateful for WWFS.

1 Sarah T.10

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our family can’t thank WWFS enough. Throughout the years they have provided support in various was from providing childcare while my husband had surgery so I could focus on him to dental care for my children. Wendy is a listening ear when it seems know one else can understand. Being a caregiver to a veteran and a mom of four can be overwhelming at times and Wendy is always there to listen and provide comfort. Knowing you have someone in your corner is such a comforting feeling. If there was ever a charity to donate to this is the one! They truly provide needed services to veterans and their families.

1 Amie M S.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Wounded Warrior Family support has been a great resource, They have helped with dental expenses for my family. It was great to get everything the kids needed fixed knocked out and not have to worry about that in the future.
They also provided my kids with a computer grant that came right in time for virtual learning. We are beyond thankful for the help.

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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.

1 Ashley H.4

Client Served

Rating: 5

Wounded Warriors Family Support is amazing! From helping with childcare when our youngest baby was born to helping with babysitting while my husband faced cancer treatment, Wounded Warriors Family Support has always been their for our family. We also were blessed to receive help sending our children to their favorite sports which otherwise would have been a significant financial burden, if not impossible. They are always checking in and seeing how our family is or what is going on in day to day. We are forever thankful for all of their services and they are now an extension of our own family.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

When caring for my husband they provided help with childcare. This was a most needed service that helped more than any other. Then when I became sick as well they provided help with deep cleaning my home while I got medical care. They have always been there checking in and really care. This had allowed me to be able to care for my husband and get back in my own feet after my own illness to continue caring for him and my children

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Client Served

Rating: 5

WWFS is such a blessing. They literally saved our family when we couldn’t find help anywhere else during the covid pandemic. Heather and Wendy are amazing and really go above and beyond. I love the way they checked in with us and make sure the kids have what they need for distance learning. These are tough times for everyone and it is so good to know that WWFS is adapting to help military families in ways that make a difference! Keep up the good work! Thank you so much!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Wounded Warrior Family Support nonprofit is truly a blessing! They take the time to check in on my family and always have time to listen and help in anyway they can!
I am so thankful for their help, I need dental work done, and because of their help I finally can!
Heather you are amazing and thank you!
Thank you for all you do for Military families such a blessing!
Always Grateful!
Jacque Doman

1 Bean X M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

WWFSP is absolutely amazing!! They go above and beyond to help the Veteran, spouse, and family. When I needed urgent dental care they were there to help me and I could not be more grateful to them. Thank you for everything you guys do!!

Blessings,
Melinda Bean

2 Kimberly B.7

Client Served

Rating: 5

Wounded warrior family support allowed my wounded warrior and our family to unwind without the stress of finances. We wouldn’t have been able to take our daughters to Florida on vacation without their help. They made the process from getting there to the parks to the resort simple. As a caregiver it isn’t often I get to just relax with my family in tow. WWFS allowed me to do that and that in itself is the greatest gift I could ever receive.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

After having our daughter and having a c section they sent Molly maids to help deep clean the house! Not only once but twice!! They also sent care packages full of toilet paper hand soap paper towels lots of diapers and wipes pretty much all the essential needs laundry soap you name it!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This nonprofit is truly AMAZING!!!!
Because of them our kids were able to have a Christmas!!! And they helped us be able to get groceries. They made sure to help out with our mid American so our heat didn’t get shut off. I can never thank the people who made everything possible enough. I believe in paying it forward and we DEFINITELY will!!! Thank you so very much!!!!! No words can describe how thankful we are!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My family was incredibly blessed by Wounded Warriors Family Support. With a family of 5 and balancing caring for health difficulties and injuries, we have been running on empty for a long time. This trip rejuvenated our strength, and gave us the quality time and fun as a family that we desperately needed. Thank you Wounded Warrior Family Support for your kindness, generosity, and grace that you showed us. You truly made a difference in keeping our family strong and together.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband was wounded in June 2012 and was medically retired May 2014. He tried several jobs before finally settling into law enforcement. He’s had several surgeries and we’ve had some financially tight months. When we didn’t have enough money for gifts on Christmas the WWFS was there. (We have a large family with four kids, ages 11 to 4 months) They have also helped us with medical bills when the VA coded my husband’s appointments wrong.

The WWFS is not only a great local group but the BEST veteran group we have ever worked with. They call to check in on us and are always asking if I, as the caregiver, need assistance. I don’t know where we would be without their support. Especially Heather, thank you so much!
-Tasha Johnson-

DustinPearson

Donor

Rating: 5

What a wonderful group that does amazing work with our nation's veteran caregivers! I love reading the stories that are posted here and learning more about the families they help!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Wounded warrior family support provided my family with a condo and tickets to several Orlando area parks. We had an amazing time! Our accommodations were very nice. Our family could never have afforded this trip, but it couldn’t have come at a better time!

2 Andria M.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband Ed and I are caregivers for our Hero Gabe. He is a medically retired Marine. I was introduced to WWFS through a friend. When I contacted Wendy, she was like a long lost friend. She immediately got me a list of resources we needed at the time and then asked, "are YOU get everything YOU need?" Truly, I hadn't thought much about my needs, only that of our Marine! Wendy shared about the Caregiver retreats, especially those for parents. Hubby and I were blessed to be one of three couples on the very first "Couples (parent) Caregiver Retreat" in Pierre, SD. Wendy and Erin organized such an awesome weekend for us. We typically don't get away together. This weekend at the Ranch Ministries was so much more than a "few days away". All our needs were taken care of, we we pampered and spoiled for sure! I am sharing with all our family and friends exactly what this group can and does for our Wounded Warriors and their families, in hopes that they will offer help and donations to all for all the programs this group offers to continue. We made some great friends this past weekend and renewed our commitment to each other and the care of our son. Thanks again to Wendy and Erin, and to Erin's husband Ken who took care of "the boys"(husband). Only other Hero families can understand our daily routines and struggles. WWFS knows and truly cares!!!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I initially heard about Wounded Warriors Family Support from fellow caregiver friends who have used their services for sitter care. While we’ve never used that service, we were able to have them help us with part of a dental bill for me. I am beyond grateful they helped me during a big time of need. Thank you WWFS!! Maria

4 Elizabeth Lindsey Powars B.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I want to express my extreme gratitude and appreciation for WWFS!!! My husband had incurred multiple hospital/ER bills and transport fees. We had one about to go into collections & they took care of it!!! I cannot thank you enough for listening, caring and relieving this financial burden!

4 Lissa K.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This non profit is beyond amazing. My husband got blown up in 2010 and had it not been for this organization, we would have had to pay $1000s in babysitting cost for doctors appts for myself and my husband. I’m am forever grateful for the donors. Thank you so much!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband is a 100% disabled veteran who got injured while serving in Afghanistan. WWFS financially helped us twice covering dental bills for my son and myself. I can’t thank them enough! Heather is absolutely wonderful ❤️

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This non profit is wonderful. They gave my family an opportunity to go on a vacation. More so, they gave our family an opportunity to reconnect in a wholesome and stress free environment. Being a wounded veteran often takes away from not only the soldier, but from the family. This organization did everything within their power and limits to provide us with a much needed reason to rediscover ourselves as a family. Support this organizations cause, it is well worth it and what they offer is life changing to other wounded military.

2 Chassie S.

Client Served

Rating: 5

WWFS is an amazing organization! They have helped us with child care expenses multiple times over the past several years while my husband and I have been traveling for his continued medical care due to injuries over seas. Recently they helped us with child care so we could attend a marriage retreat that was such a blessing to us both! They have also provided us with a family vacation that was incredible for us and our 4 kids! We cannot thank this organization enough for everything they do for us and other wounded warrior families like us!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a spouse of a recently retired SOF medic with 3 young busy children. I had the opportunity to attend an amazing retreat to relax, decompress and take some time for myself (which never happens). With the help of the Wounded Warriors Family Support, I was able to travel STRESS-FREE knowing I would have the help of our babysitters without a financial strain. I am so grateful for this organization and the help they have provided.

2 Kayla R.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

WWFS is such an amazing organization. More than once they have stepped in and helped in a time of need. It can be hard to ask for help but they make it easy and comfortable and they are great about checking in regularly to make sure we are doing well. We can not explain how grateful we are to be a part of this generous and passionate organization.

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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.

2 Liz Teckemeyer C.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This organization is a hidden gem that does amazing and needed work for our active and veteran military families. The most often question I get from patriots who want to thank military families is “what can I do?” You can give to this organization because I can promise you that the money is given directly to a military family for things they need but would never ask for like help with an emergency dental bill for a child or help with meals during an illness. Please think about giving this this amazing organization!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We received a free vacation from Wounded Warriors Family Support. As a family of four, whose soldier was almost always away, it was fantastic to get to reconnect. The condo was clean and had a pool, hammocks, volleyball, among other things. Short drive to Universal Studios where we got to spend two days. Another day at a water park and a fourth day at Sea World. We also managed to get down to Coco Beach. It was a trip we will never forget.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Wounded Warriors Family Support program is invaluable. They went above and beyond in order to assist our family and provide us the comfort and support we needed to heal and reconnect. We're amazed by the friendliness and caring generosity of all those within the organization we encountered. Thanks so much for all that you do for us and for others in need!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Hello, my name is Dave M. and I proudly served in the United States Marine Corps Infantry for 20 years. My wife is my full-time legal VA caregiver for my combat-related injuries. This past year my wife could no longer take care of me and our 2 young children when she was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Wendy and WWFS stepped up to the plate and let us know that we NEVER WALK ALONE! I can't thank Wendy and the organization enough for what they have provided for my family. Meals on wheels during my wife's radiation therapy, merry maids to help clean the house when we could not and they also helped my mother-in-law travel to help with respite care. We are forever grateful for such an amazing group of patriots that continue to sacrifice and give back to all veterans alike. My wife's recovery is going great thanks to the Wounded Warrior's Family Support organization. God bless you all!

4 Angie M.7

Client Served

Rating: 5

Thank you WWFS for helping us during my difficult pregnancy! The extra help with cleaning services took pressure and stress off our family! Now we are enjoying our new
Addition!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Wounded Warrior Family Support has been so helpful to our family! Throughout the extended recovery and rehabilitation period, their staff has been an integral source of support and assistance in making sure our families needs were met. WWFS staff are caring, kind, persistent, determined and just overall phenomenal at providing resources when families have an unmet need; whether it be respite care, much needed family R&R, or even urgent dental work. I'm so very grateful to them, as well as all of the donors that make their mission possible!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Wounded Warrior Family Support has been a blessing to our family. They really help when and how you need it. Whether it has been respite for me as a caregiver, a family weekend to regroup as a family or a monetary grant when a need arises WWFS has been there. We will be forever grateful for this organization.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I reached out to this organization and they have been outstanding. They assisted me with sending me and my family to Orlando for a much needed vacation. Carol was outstanding with keeping in touch with me through the entire process. Additionally, when my family and I was in Orlando and ran in to some issues, she answered my calls and assisted immediately! I will continue to recommend this organization to any one who needs help. Thank you for all that you do to help wounded warriors!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization is amazing I recommend them to every veteran. They came into our lives a few years ago for us to do ohop. From there they have called at least once a month if not more just checking in on us. They have provided child care for our kids. Right now we are getting help with some extreme dental needs for myself which I couldn't do without them. I love this organization

3 Sharon R.1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

THE go to organization for veterans and their caregivers and families - HANDS DOWN!

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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!

3 Melissa A.1

Client Served

Rating: 4

This organization is wonderful. It provided dental coverage for what the VAinsurance did not when my kids needed MAJOR medically necessary procedures. They also paid for my mother in law with a grant to help while my husband and I went on a seminar to help with his PTSD. I would have given 5 stars, but the restricting nature of it's Bahama Bay resort (not considering PTSD as a primary condition) is my only issue. If that we're to change, I would change it to a 5.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

For as long as I can remember, my children has asked me to take them to Universal Resort. When I was active, I deployed every 15 months for five deployments. I had two deployments prior to these five, both in the early 1990's. Each deployment lasting 12 months or longer. The fourth deployment, my vehicle was hit by a IED, resulting in my lower back injury. I deployed three more times and then the military medically retired me. I believed that this moment was when their dream had died. I was actually looking for veteran benefits when I happened upon WWFS.org. I was not sure about them at first but with a little research I found they were real and what they said was real. A veteran watchdog site has them listed as the #2 organization for veteran support among all other organizations. I contacted them through the site and Carol Reifenrath was absolutely amazing. We were approved for 6 night say in Bahama Bay Report in Davenport, FL. My wife asked me if we can sell our house and build just like this place. My family had an amazing time, one we will never forget. My oldest son and I even did a little healing, I had been gone for most of his youth. The picture of the archway also has him in the bottom left corner, with the blue collar. The smile has been absent, but you have given it back to our family. We can never say thank you enough. I rate your service 15 out of 10.

2 Kristin S.6

Client Served

Rating: 5

We were able to reconnect, unplug and just enjoy each other and we are so very thankful for that! Among all of it, it gave me an “ah ha” moment in realizing just how much My husband has sacrificed for us. It’s amazing that you guys love him so much that you offer these experiences to us, without anything in return!

Most days our family seems normal and other days my husband is battling hard with his ptsd! This was so needed for us all!

2 okchristi

Client Served

Rating: 5

In March I had to have abdominal surgery and WWFS was their in my time of need. Per the Dr. I wasn't allowed to life more than 7 lbs for 6 weeks. As a Caregiver to my husband and mom to two active teens this was a huge issue. WWFS provided my family with a Mother's Helper and house cleaning and when post surgical complications they even extended house cleaning for 2 more cleaning. I can't thank them enough for all they did for my family.

1 Shay2000

Client Served

Rating: 5

Wounded Warrior Family Support is truly dedicated and care about every family member. Heather and Wendy go above and beyond to assist in every way possible. Whether it's calling to check in on us, giving amazing advice and resources, mailing a beautiful prayer shawl when I'm ill and sending in reinforcements to help while I'm unable to, they go out of their way to ensure all of us know we are valued. This isn't just a job to them and we aren't just another family on a list. They genuinely care and work hard and quickly to help the entire family. Thank you Wounded Warrior Family Support, Heather and Wendy! We would be lost without you! Meals and housekeeping so I can take the time to properly heal my back is the greatest blessing and we are forever grateful!

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

The support our family has received from WWFS and the amazing staff has strengthened our family. Not only has the compassionate staff been there to encourage us and assist us with our practical needs, but WWFS has also given us the gift of creating positive experiences and memories as a family. WWFS has given us hope, encouragement, and practical support during difficult times; we are a more resilient family because of the generosity and support we have found in WWFS. Thank you, WWFS!!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Wow!! This organization is one of kind!!! They listen, and truly really care for veterans, caregivers, and our children !! With so many organizations out there that claim to help, Wounded Warriors Family Support truly does.

They have a wonderful support team with case managers that actually check on you. My family is extremely grateful for everything they have done. My heart is full to know that there is an organization that genuinely has our best interest at heart.

Kudos WWFS!!

The Escobar Familiy

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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!!!

3 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.

2 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

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