I spent 10 years in the Marine Corps and left as a SSgt in late 2012. I received my PH from a mortar blast in Iraq in 2006. Back in 2010 I came across www.wwiaf.org and it literally changed my life. I grew up hunting and fishing but hadn't done much of either for close to a decade while I served. The founder of WWIA himself (Mr. John McDaniel) called invited me on a musky fly fishing trip in the northwoods of Wisconsin in 2010. To be honest at first I thought it was a scam but I gave it a shot and had the trip of a lifetime! Fast forward a few years and now I'm blessed to be able to help share more of these events with my brothers. True healing occurs on these trips and finding an awesome organization like Wounded Warrior's in Action has been one of the biggest blessings in my life. I'd be willing to bet money that hundreds of PH veterans would agree with me 110%. I'm a better man today because of John McDaniel and the many WWIA Associates I've been able to sit around a camp fire in the woods with.
I received a call inviting me on a Purpleheart Wounded Warriors Alaska deepwater fishing trip. At first I thought I was dreaming, but as time grew nearer my excitement grew out of control. I can't Thank Your organization and its sponsors enough for a trip of a life time. The amazing week spent in Seward, AK deep sea fishing with a great group of Purple Heart soldiers, host John Moline and Becky with Kenai Fjords Bed and Breakfast and Inn & Out Charters for the hospitality, laughs, and an adventure I will never forget. Crystal Masek and Jonah Liddell who where our guides, continued support to service men and women everywhere, time talents and friendship is what made it memorable for me, one day of just being with people who didn't ask me questions, or make special exceptions for me, it's hard to explain unless you have been there, done it...but Thank You for what you do for all of our U.S.A. men and women everywhere!
Thank you WWIA for providing me for a way to give back to my fellow Veteran. This organization is very close to my heart and has provided me with long lasting relationship with each event I Guide for WWIA. This organization is the real deal and the staff at the Headquarters is amazing and makes going on trip extremely easy for the Veteran that is being served. Again Thank You WWIA for letting me serve my fellow Veterans.
I had an Amazing Fishing trip to Alaska, I have a few injuries from the military and a little anxiety so traveling to unknown places is a pain, but the WWIA organization had the trip and needs of the trip so organized I didn’t panic once thanks to the vast information I packed enough meds and appropriate clothing for the type of climate.
The group I was with was awesome! We got to talking and reminiscing about some funny times while deployed and also some sad ones. It was a really good experience for some of those guys to tell their stories about how they are navigating through civilian life: It felt like I known this group of people for many years.
This trip helped me a lot mentally and physically. It let me know that I need to work on some things physically, but also that I can still do so much even with my injuries. Speaking and seeing how other with similar injuries go through life also helped a lot.
The Seward Alaska views where amazing: we got to see bold eagles, whales and even a sea otters! The fishing was so incredible for me. I was nervous about fishing because my back injuries and the use of my hands is not as good as it used to be, but even I caught a few fish (which always puts a smile on my face) myself. The Captain in charge of the boat, John Saline was very professional and incredibly knowledgeable and was there to address our concerns while we were underway.
The Wounded Warrior In Action is an amazing organization, I am very thankful that I got to be a part of it, and I was very honored to have been chosen to go in this trip. I’m especially grateful that I was able to meet other veterans as well as the organizers of the trip. This is a trip that I am going to remember for the rest of my life & thank you all so much for your hard work & dedication.
I Had the time of my life on the Fishing trip they provided for me a Purple Heart recipient.
They go far out of their way to ensure the Wounded Warriors have a great time.
I'm Humbled that an organization exists, to put together Wounded Veterans, in a relaxed situation, were we can share our experiences, that are difficult to talk to others.
These People are my Hero's.
Time and time again, WWIAF continues to deliver. This wonderful group of people never ceases to amaze me at their ability to serve our nation's combat wounded heroes.
To Honor. To Connect. To Heal.
Succinct, yet three sentences thoroughly explain the power of the Wounded Warriors in Action Foundation (WWIA). My involvement with WWIA began over 3 years ago, when I was invited to attend a top-tier fishing trip with a wonderful group of my peers (Purple Heart recipients). The level of camaraderie experienced during that trip was unmatched. For the first time, I was able to bond with a group of peers who "got it" - who truly understood all of the dynamics. The event was so powerful for me, I wanted...needed...to get involved; and I was able to.
Now, as an Associate Guide, I have the humbling honor of meeting 3-5 new groups of our nation's combat wounded heroes. From the initial phone call, through a powerful event, and for an infinite time thereafter; I get the honor of making new friends, connecting at a personal level, and partake in a level of healing that cannot be found in a physicians office. Each experience is incredible in it's own way!
WWIA SAVES LIVES! They are an amazing organization truly dedicated to helping heal wounded warriors souls and rescue them from depression. They create an incredible support system. Post injury wounded service members struggle with a lot of different mental and physical issues.
Hearing everyone’s story, and realizing that you aren’t alone, everyone is experiencing a lot of the same struggles and stressors, and emotions and how they deal with them really helps.
The foundation really does save lives by uniting injured service members and helping them connect with each other and connect with nature. Meeting the people involved, as well as the memories and experience shared on the trip will last a lifetime. Words can not possibly express how grateful I am for this opportunity and everyone involved.
Thank you and Semper Fi
I had the Honor of being selected to participate in a recent offshore fishing trip in Texas. It was great to connect with so many wonderful individuals: hosts, supporters and fellow Purple Heart recipients. I felt the healing power through my interaction with my fellow veterans discussing our struggles and how we adapt and overcome. I would highly recommend this organization to anyone in need of the healing power through connecting with others while enjoying the great outdoors on a world-class hunting or fishing trip. Thank you!
thank you for a great fishing trip to Huron ,Ohio had a good time with the other VETS
This is a fantastic event . The organization is top notch and our hosts were so nice and very personable .
We can’t say enough about the organization and the people who make this possible . I hope we are able to stay in touch with our new friends from now on .
The WWIAF provided an incredible outdoors experience. The other veterans were strangers only prior to meeting. It provided great camaraderie that I've only had with my military friends. The turkey hunting and ice fishing were exceptional. The guides and hosts were extremely knowledgeable and accommodating. The food was unreal (most of us probably gained weight). From our first contact with WWIA to our guide dropping us off at the airport after our awesome trip, it was always extremely well organized. It was so nice to have a chance to relax, breathe and connect with other wounded veterans like myself. I am extremely grateful for such a wonderful opportunity.
My name is SSG Jonathan French, a Combat Engineer (12B)/SAPPER in the US ARMY MIANG. I was deployed to the mountains of eastern Afghanistan in 2008-2009. Prior to deployment, I thought the worst outcome was the possibility being killed. I was unaware there could be something far worse. During an intense firefight with insurgents in July of 2009, I was struck directly in the chest by a Rocket Propelled Grenade (RPG). I was medevac'd out and sent to Walter Reed Army Medical Center for medical and physical rehabilitation. It was here I learned what was worse than dying. I found myself emotionally and mentally numb; wondering what my purpose or mission was. I felt lost with no real direction on where to go, what to do next or even if I felt like doing anything. I was later introduced to the Wounded Warriors In Action Foundation (WWIAF) and reintegrated back into the hunting and fishing sports (something I grew up with and was passionate about prior to deployment). Through the time provided in the outdoors, the pursuit of animals/game fish and providing sustenance for my family -I found my internal grounding, my purpose, a replacement for the surge of combat adrenaline and especially the ability to relax and breathe. Through WWIAF, I was able to gain direction in my life and a sense of purpose. In a battlefield environment a soldier is an expert at his job and duties. Now that I was back in the civilian world, this void was filled by my time as a sportsman in the outdoors. The WWIAF events provide the perfect environment for wounded Warriors' mental and emotional rehabilitation. A Warrior is given the camaraderie with fellow wounded Warriors and the environment to learn and grow from their experiences. New friendships and bonds are created between other Warriors, the extraordinary hosts as well as the donors with whose generosity helped us out on a deep, personal level; complete strangers who cared for us when we needed help. It confirms the idea of who we are fighting for, the greatness of this Country. This foundation introduces us with phenomenal people who share the same patriotism and values as us.
I'm not sure where I would be without this Foundation or the support of my family, firends and community. To the Wounded Warriors in Action Foundation, my greatest and sincerest appreciation for giving me a sense of purpose, direction and meaning back to my life.
I would like to thank WWIAF for the opportunity of a lifetime that I just experienced - a whitetail deer hunt in Missouri! Something I always dreamed about but never imagined something like this would ever happen to me! After receiving the invitation to participate, I began counting down the days....just like a child waiting for Santa to come. Never in my wildest dreams could I have ever imagined what was in store for me ...From the beginning of this experience, everything was planned and run like a clock. The accommodations at Napier Hunt Club were first class. WWIAF made sure that we wanted for nothing....if they didnt already have it - all you had to do was ask. Everyone there went above and beyond to make sure we were welcome, comfortable and having the time of our lives. The experience, hospitality and comraderie was without question beyond belief. I went there as a stranger and came home with new friendships and an enlarged family. I would also like to thank all the volunteers who gave up their time in their own lives to help out with the hunt to make sure everything ran smoothly...and that the 10 "warriors" had the time of their life!....great job! It seemed like the entire community came together for the MoKan Ducks & Bucks event - even the school children. I was very touched by the cards and momentos that the children made for us. I will treasure the things the kids made for us forever! When I tell my friends and family about the hunt, the last thing they hear is, "oh, yeah I got a buck." I went with the expectation and hopes of getting a big buck but after I got there, suddenly that was not the important thing anymore.
Thanks to everyone from the bottom of my heart!
The WWIAF (Wounded Warriors In Action Foundation) is a mission driven Foundation with all the right motives. After serving in the US Army and struggling after Deployment to Iraq where I was struck with Enemy Mortar Shrapnel, civilian life and full time employment was just covering up the wounds that were held deep within. My physical scars had healed but emotionally my body was a wreck. In 2011, I received a phone call from WWIAF HQ, and was asked to attend a Hunting Event in Missouri. The call came only two days after being released from the VA Medical Center's psychiatric ward where I was seeking "help". Someone was truly looking out for me, because the event in Missouri showed me the camaraderie, love and inner peace I felt during service. The brotherhood and bond amongst one-another was real again. The network of support that the Foundation has created is phenomenal. Through the power of the outdoors and how its ability to naturally heal from within, the WWIAF and I are now eternally bonded. For the past 6 years I have been an active volunteer and owe my gratitude to John McDaniel, the founder, a brother in arms, my friend. I highly recommend being a part of this Foundation as it is much more than just a hunt or fishing trip, it is a true resource for continuing life.
I first got involved with WWIAF 3 years ago, when I was asked to attend a Whitetail Hunt close to my hometown. I was excited for the opportunity and a little nervous on what to expect. I quickly realized they were not like the others. No one pressured me for my story, or forced some sort of therapy on me. It was a laidback, and relaxing atmosphere, where a bunch of guys could get together and escape the world they are trapped in on a daily basis. Mother Nature and the outdoors provide a therapeutic process like no other. I have since become more involved in the Foundation, and have made friends for a lifetime, not to mention the strongest support group any warrior could ask for.
WWIA has help me connect with fellow combat injured Veteran's and provided me with an environment to heal and connect but more importantly help others.
This is by far one of the most incredible and spot-on organizations that exists for combat wounded.
I have been involved with the Foundation for 6 years as a Host, Volunteer and Employee. I am constantly amazed by the healing that I see taking place on a daily basis. It is wonderful to see the connections being made by these warriors that would not be possible if not for the communities and sportsman that help us achieve our mission. Each day I wake up excited, humbled and appreciative to be a part of an organization that is making a difference in these heroes lives.
When I First got the call I was in shock. The lady on the other end of the line asked me if I would Like to go on an all expenses paid turkey hunt in Virginia. I asked her how she knew I had a Purple Heart and she said someone must have signed me up. My wife. This trip really helped me. Sometimes I get lost in being a family man and working all the time and still struggle day to day with my memories and scars from the war. This trip helped me, It assured me that there are still people who care about an old war torn veteran like me and that means more than any words I could write on this here review. I made lifetime friends in only three days and memories that I will share with my children. This was one of the greatest opportunities I've ever had a chance of being apart of. It was so great that if I never get to do it again I am just thankful that I got to go the time that I did and that If I am not there then someone else deserving is there in my place they will fall in love with the comradery and hospitality that they will find from the best Non-profit in the world.
My family continues to grow with each new event I volunteer on. It's truly remarkable that the foundation provides me with so many new relationships with patriotic people!
My name is Nathan Allen, I have been with this organization since 2011. I went on my first hunt a few months after being shot in Afghanistan and all i could think to myself was "What a life changing program." To top it all off the founder John McDaniels was on the event to personally tell the heroes what the foundation was about and how he envisioned to build the foundation up. I knew instantly i wanted to be on board and serve along side fellow purple heart recipients to help heal and serve Purple heart recipients. WWIA helps heal and transform heroes that are looking to fill a possible void in their lives by turning them into outdoors men or by helping them hone in their hunting/fishing skills. I have personally seen guys make great transformations in a 4 day event by talking to them around the campfire and they realize they aren't alone, and others in the group are going through the exact same struggles we all experience. I can't preach about this organization enough, It's results speak for itself and how we serve the Purple Heart Community.
Wounded warrior in action... they are great. They sent me on a turkey hunt / walleye fishing close to home. Their communication is amazing. They had someone their to make sure everything went smooth, and really took care of me. It was great to get out in nature, and be around other wounded warriors like myself. Other non profits let anyone in. This is just for us. We have lots of wounds from war, and it is like therapy. I am blessed to be apart of this organization, and I am excited for my next adventure.
I went on a duck hunt with WWIA in 2015. I am so grateful that I was afforded the opportunity, and Im very happy I took advantage of the opportunity. The event was top notch and the mentor who attended was great at what he does.
For veterans, you will have the opportunity to join you brothers and sisters for quality time with laughing, hunting/fishing and sharing memories, mostly positive. As for donors, you can feel comfortable that your money is having a significant positive impact in the lives of veterans.