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.
WWIA is not just about hunting and fishing. It is about making connections; connections to nature, connections to other wounded veterans, connections with sportsmen who share the same passion for the outdoors. Through these connections WWIA is changing lives every single day. I have watched this organization grow for many years now and have seen and felt the power that the great outdoors has on our combat wounded veterans as well as the people who are able to surround themselves with these great men and women.
Words can’t express the amount of gratitude I have to this foundation. Amazing staff, guides, and events! Every year new events on top of the annual ones. The warriors are always amazed by the host and volunteers at the events. This foundation truly helps wounded warriors find a purpose in the outdoors and change their perspective.
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.
Can’t say enough on how much they’ve helped fellow wounded veterans and myself. The compassion and generosity shown is immeasurable. A very organized organization.
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.
As we move into year 7 of our volunteer work with WWIAF, we are constantly amazed at the enduring impact these programs have on Purple Heart heroes. Annually, we host 3 hunting events set up by WWIAF who provides a professional Associate/Guide onsite for each event. From the moment these men and women arrive onsite- you can see and feel the relief they have knowing they are going to be among the only people who understand their nightmares, survivor guilt, and life long medical issues. That is other Purple Heart recipients-and for some, this has been their only opportunity to be in this type of environment. Wrapped around a love of the outdoors and outdoor sports, an immediate camaraderie envelopes the environment and then the magic of transformation unfolds right before our eyes. We have seen participants who have not left their home in years except for medical appointments- feeling relaxed in the outside world. We have heard stories from years ago never shared until the event they attended. As only one of the many events held by WWIA, we can share story after story of how these 4 days literally change the life of not only the Purple Heart recipient, but many times for their family as well.
This is truly an amazing organization that does great things for our nations heroes! The Wounded Warriors in Action Foundation is absolutely a huge reason I was able to get back into the outdoors and enjoy life again. Thank you so much!!
WWIA is more than a non-profit, it is a treatment for mental and physical health through recreational therapy and connecting with each other and the outdoors.
It has completely changed my life for the better.
I was selected to go on a turkey hunt in Kansas with WWIA. This organization is head and shoulders above anything I have done. Every person I met was truly amazing. They make you feel like one of them as if you’ve known them all for years. The food is amazing and something different every day. Elk, fish, morel mushrooms, duck, prime rib, Rocky Mountain oysters, and more. Carl puts you up in his own home and opens everything up for you. There is no pressure or parading you around. It’s truly your own hunt. They put you on the birds and ensure you have the best possibility to get what your after. If you tag out or just want to switch it up they have a pontoon to take you out fishing for walleye, crappie, striped bass. It was an amazing trip being out with other wounded vets and sharing your stories or just shooting the breeze. It’s nice to be back with your own people that understand the struggles you may have. Shout out to Ted who was my guide and made every effort to make sure I was comfortable and able to navigate through the woods. Also, Cole, Herman, John, Nate for guiding and giving the brotherhood throughout. Special shout out to Austin for putting me on the bird when we hunted hard the whole trip and hadn’t got cooperation from the birds. This is a top notch organization that has set the bar for anything out there. If you have the time to apply and are selected for this hunt you will not be disappointed in any sense. Thank you WWIA for a remarkable experience that I wouldn’t have experienced without your support for our wounded veterans!! God Bless you all!!
WWIAF is an amazing organization! I had a amazing time hunting and fishing with the lead associates and other wounded warriors. It’s really cool to see the whole community come together and honor us wounded veterans. I’ve made some great new friends and made memories for a lifetime. I can’t thank WWIAF enough!
Awesome event! Awesome people I went out on the Kansas cast and blast 2019. I had a great time and met great people instantly felt like family! I've now met people that will be long life friends! I was able to kill two turkeys my first tueky hunt ever and caught plenty of fish! We left with coolers full of meat. This event is something I'll never forget! I have already recommended my fellow purple peers to reach and go on event with them! Thank you so much WWIA!
Great Organization that touches many lives. I've been involved with Wounded Warrior's In Action for the past three years and have seen personally how they can bring joy and meaning to Soldiers lives all across the blessed United States of America. They keep their events small (4-6 Soldiers) so to bring that home-town feel and sense of comradery. They are very efficient with how they use their money spending mostly on the quality of the events vs overhead.
I am very proud to be part of this amazing organization, and cant wait to see the many lives they will continue to touch as they forge ahead!
I am an Iraq War Purple Heart Recipient that was shot by a sniper in Iraq. WWIA sent me to Wisconsin for the 2017 Eagle River Muskie Chal-Lunge. Absolutely a once and a life time opportunity! This was an amazing trip not only because I am an avid fisherman but because I got to spend it with my fellow Purple Heart Recipients. Most people just can’t relate to Veterans and even less can relate to Veterans who have been wounded in combat. Even though all of us wounded warriors fought on different battlefields or were from different eras and grew up in different parts of the country it had felt like we had know each other our entire lives. Thank you WWIA for this amazing experience and for your continued support of America’s Combat Wounded.
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 .