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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

149 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Thank you WWFS for your donation of Purple Heart designated parking signs and shipping costs. Your donation will allow our organization to further our initiative to support local veterans in our community.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

my name is Steven Arevalo and I am a disabled Veteran with a physical disability (below the knee amputation). In May 2021 we were given the opportunity to travel to the Amazing Yellowstone National Park with the generous support of Wounded Warrior Family Support. To say this was an experience of a lifetime is an understatement. We would never forget this trip and all the memories we made and for this, we will forever be grateful.

I am humbled by the entire experience. Thank you for all the hard work, love, care, and respect we received during this time. Being able to take my family on this adventure to connect with nature, see wildlife (bison and their calf, coyote, fox, bears, deer, birds), staying at the beautiful lodge with ADA accommodations, and being able to experience this wonderful national park with the most amazing views is something that is going to stay with us for the rest of our lives.

Within my limitations, we were able to enjoy ourselves, connect, breathe, and experience something magical which has helped us heal. We could not have done it without your support and from the bottom of our hearts, we THANK YOU!!!



The Arevalo Family

1 Erin Thomas D.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is David Drozd. I am a army combat veteran. I served in Afghanistan. Wounded Warriors Family Support sent my family to Yellowstone National Park. We stayed at the Historic Old Faithful Inn. What an incredible experience we had as a family! A dream come true! We could not have provided this kind of vacation for our family without the help of Wounded Warriors Family Support! We are eternally grateful! We made such wonderful memories and had lots of laughs!

1 cghee714

Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is Christopher Ghee and I am a retired Marine that retired due to injuries sustained from combat. I've been awarded the Purple Heart and I am a Recovery Care Coordinator that works at Wounded Warriors on board Camp Lejeune, NC. I am very familiar with WWFS as I first made contact WWFS in 2014. Recently my family and I were allowed to travel to Orlando, FL and stay for 7 days at the Bahama Bay Resort there and attend multiple theme parks (Legoland, Sea World, Universal Studios)on behalf of WWFS. I had no idea that my family would be taken care of at Universal Studios like we did but Universal Studios made sure my family was a top priority and escorted us on every rude to make sure we had the explorer a lifetime. And we did. Me, my wife, and kids would want to thank all of WWFS for giving us the opportunity to make so many and experience great memories this past week. Words can't describe how amazing everything was for us. This wouldn't of ever happened if it wasn't for WWFS, thank you. The Ghee Family

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Thank you so much to Wounded Warriors Family Support! Our Girl Scouts of West Central Florida loved partnering with them to create and donate 75+ gifts of care for Veterans at Bay Pines VA Health System before the holidays! This project helped us to teach the incredible impact of Veterans on our lives and our freedoms. Several of our Girl Scouts and their Troops benefited from grants, which they will use to renew their memberships for 2021 and complete further skills-building activities and community service. The ripple effect of this program has been tremendous and we look to expand it across our 8 counties next year! Thanks for your support!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

So, here is the before and after of your amazing contributions for oral surgery. We thank everyone that was involved and this could not have been possible without such amazing Donors , volunteers and Staff .

V/R

JD and Tess Roberts

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Over the the past 3 years I have had 4 neurosurgeries on my cervical spine. WWFS provided the housekeeping service during my recovery. Knowing I didn't have to worry about it gave me peace of mind. The ladies called me at least monthly to check in and see how I was doing. My family also received a Honey Baked Ham dinner during the holidays. I was so grateful because I was just home a few short weeks and I was unable to cook Christmas dinner. WWFS is an amazing organization.

1 Shannon K.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

We can’t tell you enough how WWFS has helped our family. Being a wounded warrior with very limited funds makes it hard for us to take family vacations, purchase things that we can use for family activities or even have a date night. WWFS steps up and really listens to what we may need. Receiving a grant to buy our kids new bikes, paddle boards for the lake and fishing gear was amazing! We have also received random gift cards for a restaurant to have a date night. Coming up in April 2021 we will be taking a trip to Orlando with WWFS and going to Universal Studios, Legoland, and Sea World all thanks to the amazing support of sponsors and WWFS! We are eternally greatful for everything you do for us.
The Knower Family

1 Elizabeth Lindsey Powars B.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We are so thankful for the extreme generosity and vital support we have received from WWFS!! Don’t know how we would have been able to afford my expensive dental needs to be taken care of without you!

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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!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

In late November/maybe early December, my family and I were eating dinner when the door bell rang. My husband and I opened the door to two coolers sitting on our steps. I started running after the UPS truck to tell him he delivered something to the wrong house, surely we couldn't afford to replace what was in them! My husband read the address and it was for us! What a gift! We were so shocked. I had just been at my spinal dr's earlier that week and been told that it was time for me to take care of my back (after 14 years of alternative therapies) by means of surgery. I had asked my sister to come, although I felt terrible as she had just had baby #3 and now she was driving several states away to help my [3] kids with virtual school while I was in the hospital, meals and house keeping and everything else that entails. It was a HUGE relief that at least she would get a break for the Christmas holiday as now we had a meal that was big enough to feed us all and it was already made. Into the freezer it went and straight to the computer I ran to thank Stacia for the gift she didn't even realize WWFS had just sent us. When I told her about it she immediately offered assistance. They compensated my sister for the respite she provided and have set us up with house keeping services during my recovery. I can't even begin to explain what a gift that is. I am not allowed to bend, twist or life until I'm [hopefully!!] cleared in March by my doctor. Knowing that my house is cleaned, toilets, kitchen, floors...ALL OF IT...it leaves me school and cooking. It has really lifted such a burden during this time. We are so abundantly thankful for WWFS. I can't say "thank you" enough, though I have tried.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I had a scheduled C-section this October. With a few complications, my daughter came a little early (thankfully, very healthy). Wounded Warrior Family Support helped with emergency childcare for our son since my mother in law wasn't able to make it in time for the birth. They also supplied our Holiday dinner, a grant for our daughter and a cleaning service while I recovered from the surgery. It came me such peace of mind as I was very stressed before she was born with the thought of being off work, a slow recovery and adjusting to becoming a family of four. It took stress off my Wounded Warrior as well. I am so thankful for all the assistance we received. Thank you Wounded Warrior Family Support and thank you to the fabulous WWFS case managers who were so kind and helpful.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am so thankful for Heather and all of her help. We got a computer grant when my kids had to go virtual due to covid. It has been a God sent. Thank you everyone that supports this great organization to help families such as mine.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Wounded Warrior family Support has been a life saver for my family. I came in contact with them by accident after trying for months to get help from Wounded Warrior and the wait times being very long. Wendy was there to listen as she always is and to be a Guide to a better way if we were willing to do the work. She has been a bright light in very dark times for our family. I would recommend WWFS to anyone and I will be forever grateful for everything this organization does!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

WWFS has been an amazing resource for me and my family. We have had many challenging times this past year. Heather/WWFS always called to check in with me when we needed it the most. They have help improve my health by providing dental grants enabling me to obtain specific care that would have otherwise been delayed. WWFS help my family use the Great Outdoors as a way to escapefrom the COVID stressors and spend quality time together with an activity grAnt . WWFS is unlike many other organizations. They truly care and follow up with you when they say they will. Very committed to their clients!

1 Neysa G.

Client Served

Rating: 5

What an incredible blessing this organizations has been to our family over the years. The personal contact and check-ins always seem to come at just the right time. Over the years they have assisted with dental bills and childcare when we desperately needed the help. This past fall, we had the opportunity to use their condo to escape our COVID lockdown and homeschool stress to give our kids (9 & 7) wonderful memories of theme parks and beaches. We also received an activity grant so our family could all participate in some outdoor activities together that were still conducive to my husband's injuries. They are such a bright light when so many organizations make grand claims and fall short. Every single time, WWFS exceeds every possible expectation in assisting our Veteran families. Donors can rest assured that their generosity is going right where they say it is and we are constantly overwhelmed by what they have done for us. Wendy and Liz, we cannot every thank you enough!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Wounded Warriors Family Support Walks the Walk & Talks the Talk! We have been immensely blessed in the short time we've been recipients of their time & resources! They are a small but MIGHTY organization! Caring for the military spouse in real practical everyday ways is a top priority for them!

2 Julie B.12

Client Served

Rating: 5

I love this foundation so much! They provided so much support for our family, especially during COVID! I loved was personable they are with us caregivers and always remembering the stories we told them or a complaint that we had. They even paid part of my dental bills too. So wonderful, we are so glad to be a part of their program!

2 nicholehet

Client Served

Rating: 5

We had no idea about the support that was out there for us. As a combat injured, now disabled spouse of a veteran, when we finally found WWFS, it proved extremely amazing to our family. Not only does it give us a chance to connect with others, but there has been so much support for us over the past year, especially with everything going on in the world. I get emails, and phone calls, just a check in to see how we are doing.
Wow!
I am blown away at the resources, help, activities, and support we’ve received.

I can’t even begin to thank WWFS or the generous donors enough for all they’ve done for our family. Just taking the time, or giving so generously goes such a long way for a family like us. It’s actually incredible to see such good in humanity. I am moved every time I witness the generosity of this group and it’s donors!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I could not thank WWFS for everything they’ve done for not only my family, but many other Veteran Families. They came into our lives during a very difficult time and held my hand through the process to let me know things would be better. It took a very long time before it happened, but they stood by my side the entire time making sure that we were being taken care of. I am so thankful for them for just listening to me when I needed someone to talk to. Hospital stays were much better handled because I didn’t have to sleep in a chair with a 2 and 5 year old sleeping on me because I had no one to help me with my children. They made sure that I was comfortable with my caretaker and allowed them to become part of our family. Thank you WWFS for everything, and I mean EVERYTHING you do!! This journey could not have been possible without them.

2 Michelle B.9

Client Served

Rating: 5

Wounded Warriors Family Support has been such a blessing to my family. Once you become a part of their programs you are a part of their family.
My family was gifted a Holiday Meal from Omaha Steaks through WWFS and let me tell you what a gift! Taking the pressure of the monetary cost as well as the shopping and cooking from me was something I would have never thought I needed!
For over 2 years since signing up with them I receive regular calls from a few of their amazing staff to "just check in" with me and make sure we are all ok... but they take the time to talk to me and make sure I truly am ok. This means the most to me.

3 Shay2000

Client Served

Rating: 5

As a caregiver to a catastrophically injured Veteran, we aren’t supposed to fall ill. WWFS has our backs when we do and they think of everything. From the relationships formed with employees, Christmas, utilities, meals, cleaning services and more, they really make sure we’re taken care of when life hits us hard. With this organization, when we’re the ones who are down, it’s an overcoming sense of relief knowing that WWFS is there for us.

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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!

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1 Claudia Briggs S.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I cannot say enough about this amazing organization. If I could give more than 5 stars I would. They truly care and treat each and every person as family. Once you are a part of WWFS, you are forever a part of WWFS. I am forever grateful for the difference they have made in my family's life!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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

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3 mouse123

Client Served

Rating: 5

Upon returning from downrange I had a issues, reduced lung capacity and a wrist that they say is nonfixable as do so many veterans. Finally, my body began to break down and I could no longer handle the rigors of a combat arms MOS, . Since then I have had my right leg amputated, had a shoulder totally replaced, the other shoulder had to be repaired, my MCL, ACL, PCL on one knee repaired, and a plethora of surgeries due to infections and setbacks. Through all of this the beacon of light from careing people and organizations such as The Wounded Warriors Family Support have been unimaginable. The Wounded Warriors Family Support has enabled us to bound as a family and to help my fellow Wounded Soldiers. During a unprecedented in our history they have provided us with a marvelous dinner, ways to exercise and be closer as a family, and have provided some dental assistance when my son needed a procedure. The feelings of love and family from this marvelous organization has effected my family beyond their knowledge and I cannot express how much we love. To them we give our love and never-ending support. Thank you just does not seem like enough.

2 Briana H.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I’m not sure I can put into words how much Liz, Wendy, and the staff at Wounded Warrior Family Support mean to me. As a veteran caregiver, I have always felt alone and invisible. The personal challenges of caregiving for a disabled veteran are numerous and takes an emotional and physical toll that none of us are prepared for. WWFS makes these challenges bearable and I break into tears every time I hear from them. It amazes me how dedicated they are to supporting wounded warrior families and how much they truly care. I feel blessed to have such support. ❤️

3 Vetwife4life

Client Served

Rating: 5

Wounded Warriors Family Support has been there for us in a HUGE way over the last couple months. Our family got COVID-19 and my husband was hospitalized with complications. He was in a VA hospital over 70 miles from home. At the same time, me and my children were also sick. It was one of the most difficult things we have gone though. Stacia from WWFS called and talked to me on the phone. That conversation helped me remember that we can overcome this time of sickness and that it won't always be this hard. WWFS sent us a grant that helped us get caught up on bills. They supported our family. They even sent a lovely holiday meal which was such a surprise! This delicious gift made my husband excited to decorate for Christmas with us. He sang Christmas carols and played with the kids. Some of my children do not ever remember a time when Daddy participated in Christmas decorating. He has struggled with the holiday season since his deployment to Iraq. This year, they got to make new, wonderful memories together. Because of Wounded Warriors Family support, our tummies and our hearts were full!

I am my husband's caregiver. We have 3 children- two of them have special needs. Sometimes I feel alone. Wounded Warriors Family Support truly supports families. Because of them, I feel recognized as a caregiver. I feel heard, appreciated, and cared about. I feel understood. I am so glad we didn't have to face this difficult time without their genuine support for the military families like ours.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

WWFS is AMAZING!!! I am a mom of a special needs son and disabled vet. I have developed many health problems myself over the years and life has been very difficult at times. WWFS has done so much to relieve us and be an incredible support to us!!! I want to thank Heather in particular for being extra patient with me as I am terrible to get in touch with! Her consistency and commitment is amazing!!!
WWFS has provided house cleaning for us multiple times when it was needed, had our yard cleaned and added new mulch, and provided numerous resources to us! I am at a loss for words! You can truly feel the love this organization has for the families! They genuinely care and work hard to do everything they can to help! We have been so blessed by them and hope they continue to get the support they need to continue doing their amazing work!!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This non profit has been truly amazing to our family!!!! We got a donation for bikes for the family. Since Covid we have all been getting depressed and bored my son who struggles with depression anxiety and adhd has been so bored and having so many different changes in his life. These bikes will help us to get out and get moving and spend time as a family. Our 5 year old is so happy to have a bike he asks to go riding even when it’s cold. Thank you so much for making this possible for us! It’s appreciated more than you will ever know!!

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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

Thank you so much WWFS and donors for our activity grant. Covid has been very devastating to so many families. This really has had a hit on our psyche. From having to be quarantined and not able to interact with the many people we were so used to sharing our lives with.

Kids doing online learning and not having too much outdoor exposure. Or be able to interact with neighbors or friends. Now, we are able to go out and ride our bikes and get some fresh air to release stress. Still be able to stay away from others and be able to enjoy sometime outdoors.

Thank you Heather for your continued support. Seems like I’ve known you for so long and appreciate all the advice and calls you make to our family. Informing us on programs and services available to all the families.

Thank you again, Family Martínez!

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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

3 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.

4 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

2 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

3 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

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-

1 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!

3 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

5 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.

3 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.