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.
What an amazing weekend. I cannot put into words how amazing this past weekend was. From the moment that I met the host at the Bass pro shop in Columbia, MO until we parted ways from Thunderbird Ranch just outside of Cairo, MO it was a truly humbling and amazing experience. I have to say the red carpet was truly rolled out for the Wounded Warriors that attended this event. The men and women that hosted this event were busy the entire time ensuring that nothing fell short of an awesome and amazing time. I will forever cherish the memories that were made at this event as well as the friendships that were established. Getting into the woods and spending time with the guide is nothing that I will forget anytime soon nor the camaraderie with the other warriors. It truly was a great time.
Thank you for a great weekend at the Thunderbird Ranch in the great outdoors. It was awesome to be back in the woods again and the bonus was getting to harvest a bird. An awesome bird. One that we had to work for and what a great show he put on for us once we got him into the area the blind was set up in. A story to tell over and over again. Thank you all who made this past weekend possible.
Great organization...I've seen first hand what they do. Living in Ashtabula, oh, I've attended their gathering along the river. They take excellent care of the warriors, providing constant activities to stimulate them.
Incredible. This organization gave me an awesome opportunity to hunt in Alabama with fellow veterans, and we had a wonderful time in the woods. 9 deer and 100+ quail was a heck of a way to spend a weekend, but the relationships formed were the best part. When we left, I wished we could have had more time for the laughs and time in the field. The McMillan family and CW5 Joe Roland made it one heck of an experience. Thank you for hosting us, and I hope we can reconnect next year!
I participated in the MS hog hunting event. The people of WWIA are absolutely incredible! The moment we were picked up from the airport to the moment we departed again we were treated like royalty. The entire time we ate like kings! It was absolutely amazing seeing and meeting all the people that make this event possible. Everyone was super friendly and their only goals were to ensure we had an enjoyable experience! It was tough leaving them all but I know I have made friends for life and I will definitely be back to visit them all! This organization is absolutely incredible! Thank you again WWIA for this amazing opportunity! It will be a trip to remember for years to come!
I just returned home from a WWIA Black Bear Hunt in New Hampshire and still on a natural high. I’ve been on other events with other organizations but never one just for Purple Heart Recipients. Being with other Veterans is always great however when with other PH guys it’s amazing. It was easy to let my guard down and enjoy my trip when being with Vets that have been through the same things I’ve been through. We all shared something other than serving and that in itself brought us all together for a great event. The hosts were amazing and made sure our weekend hunt was one to remember! What can I say about WWIA other than this organization is amazing and a true gift to Warriors that were wounded in action. Any time I’m having a bad day I can look back at this event and smile on, Thank You WWIA!
This organization is absolutely amazing. Their dedication and desire to serve our nations wounded warriors by sending them on hunting and fishing adventures is a credit to the organizations founder John McDaniel and his wonderful staff that make these events so wonderful.
I was wounded in Iraq in 2006 when a roadside bomb went off under my vehicle. I was medically retired in 2015 and I was looking for someway to reconnect with nature. WWIA allowed me to do that and have sent me on some amazing events. I am truly grateful that this organization has assisted me in reconnecting and recovering with other wounded warriors who faced similar challenges in their own recovery. I highly recommend joining this organization if you’re a wounded veteran from any era.
Had a wonderful time with the other WWIA participants and other guests
Our host was very gracious and acomidating.
Tha facilities were first rate and the food was very well prepared. I would recommend Saltgrass Outdoors to anyone who wants to fish, rest and enjoy great companionship.
I recently came back from an incredible WWIA Lake Erie walleye fishing event in Aushtabula, OH. As a volunteer, guide and Purple Heart Warrior for over 10 years, it amazes me how these events do so much for not only our Warriors but for all of those involved. Whether we're hauling in beautiful walleyes or engaging in an impromptu corn hole/bean bag toss tournament due to a small craft advisory on Lake Erie, the comradery and bonding that happens always comes at the most critical points in our lives. It truly breathes life into not only the Warriors but everyone involved. It makes us feel whole.
Thank you WWIA for the phenomenal opportunities you provide and the profound impacts it has on all our lives.
SFC (ret) Jon French
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.
I had a great time fishing on Lake Eire off the coast of Ashtabula, Ohio. We caught our limit and feasted on some great Walleye. The hoist were great making us all feel very welcome . I can't thank WWIa enough for letting me have this opportunity. I am looking forward to another event in the future.
An amazing fishing trip on Lake Erie catching walleye . The hosts were amazing and the volunteers Treated us veterans like family... the boats and accommodations were world class and the food was great. The entire community of Ashtabula Ohio were warm and welcoming! I can’t wait to go back
I absolutely experienced the trip of a lifetime when I attended the Wounded Warriors in Action Foundation Inc's 7th Annual Halibut Fishing Trip. I was offered the opportunity to attend and once I had my spot booked, Corrina and Derek kept in great contact over the next three months easing any anxieties I had about traveling as well as keeping me up to date about changes in travel or travel policies. Once I arrived I was with a great group of warriors who all hit it off from the very beginning. Derek, the WWIA guide, was very knowledgeable and friendly as well as the vendors they used. We had the opportunity to do some amazing fishing, sight see and spot wild life, as well as retreat to the bed and breakfast we stayed at the end of the day for some great conversation and bonding before we turned in for the night. This trip and this organization far exceeded any expectations I had. Like I said, this was absolutely the trip of a lifetime and I will be forever grateful for the opportunity and experience. Donate early and donate often to Wounded Warriors in Action Foundation Inc. They are changing veterans' lives with their amazing events and bringing combat wounded veterans together. Thank you Wounded Warriors in Action Foundation Inc for all that you do for combat wounded veterans!
Had the best time of my life due to the support of WWIA, they paid for an all expenses paid trip to go halibut fishing in Alaska. I received my Purple Heart do to a road side bomb in Iraq, and ended up loosing my job in the military because of it. Since then things have been rough, and never could have imaged having fun again like I did in Alaska. Because of WWIA, I have found hope again and realized there are other people like me out there. Thanks WWIA from the bottom of my heart.
What an awesome organization! They took us on a Halibut fishing trip in Seward Alaska. The trip was extremely well organized and executed. We had a blast! We saw whales, Orcas, Sea Lions, Mountain Goats, Porpoises, and caught lots of Halibut, Cod and Rockfish. Our guide was knowledgeable and helped us throughout the trip. WWIA is a great non profit and really cares about the people it serves!
Working with the WWIA has been and continues to be one of the greatest gifts in how it touches my lives and others
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.
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 .
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!
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.
I've been a part of WWIA since 2008. A great organization and teammates who provide world class sportsmen opportunities to our nation's Purple Heart Medal Heroes in the USA and Canada. I've been a part of many hunts with WWIA in California, Florida and Alabama. I'm also a lead associate with WWIA and have been selected to lead future hunts nationally/internationally. I was also selected to attend the inaugural Guide School in Maine this May 2016. WWIA has afforded me the opportunities to grow as a true professional sportsmen and leader within the organization. They continue to empower me to be the best that I can be, in and out of the field. I owe them a tremendous Thank You and debt of gratitude! Thank you for such awesome opportunities!! Thanks John, WWIA teammates and fellow warriors/Heroes!
WWIAF Is amazing! It is amazing to see Combat Wounded Veterans do the things the love and enjoy! Being on these events gives you a sense of brotherhood after the Military. Top notch organization!
I'm so glad that my son found WWIA and could go on the hunting trip. He's been through so much and the friendships he made through WWIA has really changed his life. I hope all our brave veterans get to have experiences like this with folks like WWIA.
What Wounded Warriors in Action does for our veterans is absolutely fantastic. I'm so proud to volunteer with this organization and be a part of providing such amazing outdoor experiences for heroes. They're by far one of the best veteran's organizations out there!
I was wounded twice in Iraq in 2004. From 2004 until 2013 I found ways to help with the healing process. On numerous occasions I was afforded the opportunity to go out with organizations for hunts,fishing trips, biking trips, camping etc. each time I refused. I consider myself lucky to be alive and always thought there were more in need that these organizations were designed for. My wife sent in an application for WWIA. I received a phone call from the foundation to go on a duck hunt in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. I was very hesitant, but my wife was very persistent! It was one of the best decisions I ever made! I spent a weekend doing something that I love, surrounded by a group of wounded veterans from the Vietnam War, Iraq War and the Afghan War and most importantly great Americans who volunteered their time and resources to just say thank you with no strings attached. The cadre of the Wounded Warriors in Action Foundation is top notch!! All are volunteers, most were wounded themselves and never once did they ask for anything in return! I left a new man, a better person and most importantly a better husband and father. I told my buddies about the foundation and every single one of them, that has done an event with another organization, was envious of my experience. Thank you Wounded Warriors in Action.
My name is Doug Alderton, while in service in Afghanistan doing rout clearance missions we came under heavy attack which ended in losing our truck commander Sgt Ryan Adams and severely injuring my self and many others in our convoy. After being medically retired from the military I like many others felt lost. I had lost not only my position with the military but also the brotherhood. This built onto the already many physical and mental injuries and made the depression a constant in my life. With the invite of a close friend Matt Tennessen to attend a WWIA event and just try and be around others who were dealing with the same issues my eyes were opened and I was now recharged knowing I wasn't alone in this battle in life. The men and women if WWIA are truly giving vets a chance to be part of a new brother/sister hood of peers who know what you are dealing with and giving us the opportunity to recover spending time together and doing events that show we can still do and enjoy life events. Thank you WWIA!
I can literally say that the Wounded Warriors in action saved my life and gave me opportunities I could never have outside the military, but the pure pleasure of outdoor activities. I can see the benefits that wounded warriors in action give the regular military veteran. This organization gives the chance for veterans to find the ability to reconnect with their fellow veteran and the world around them.
After my deployment to Iraq in 2005, I was desperately searching for that brotherhood I had for the past year. And I found that with WWIA, to be with fellow combat wounded veterans again was simply amazing. The simplicity of WWIA and how they coordinate and operate should be a prime example of how a nonprofit (veteran) organization should be managed. To have a organization spend more on the care for the veterans it serves and less on promotional waste is wonderful to see. I feel honored to be a member and associate with WWIA.
I was in a very tough place upon my return from Afghanistan. I went on a turkey hunt in Wausau Wisconsin. They teamed me up with another combat wounded veteran who had already experienced healing and was trained as a peer mentorer by the organization. That was the first time that I felt comfortable talking to anyone. Needless to say the hunt was a success but the weekend turned my life around. If it was not wounded warriors in action I don't know where my life would be at. I know it would be in a very different place that it is now. Thank you wounded warriors in action.
This organization turned my post deployment life around. Matching Purple Heart Veterans with other Purple Heart Veterans in nature is the best way to heal. Peer to peer therapy has the highest rate of success for treatment of physical and mental wounds. You can open up to a mentor who has gone through the same things as you. Puts the Va and WWP to shame.
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WWIA is truly an amazing organization. I first found out about WWIA when a friend of mine (another Purple Heart recipient) went on a Flordia gator hunt with them. He came back and was blown away by the experience. I was really torn about going because I felt since I have been lucky enough to find ways around my injuries to continue to hunt and fish I should save this opportunity for someone else who may not have been as lucky. With a little coaching from WWIA's logistics Cordinator I made the decision to go on a hunt. I was lucky enough to go to St. Joseph Missouri where the I had the pleasure of meeting some of the most red blooded American's in this country. the other Warriors and I had an abundance of game to harvest. It was by far the best hunting trip I've ever been on. The hunting was amazing and the people (WWIA & The community) were even better.
This organization is so special because it gives us as Warriors the chance to get back together with some "Brothers". When you are in the military there's one thing that will never be lacking in that is comeradery. When we get out that can never be replaced in the cilivian world. The next closest thing for me has always been my hunting buddy's. So when WWIA mixes these two they hit gold every time.
I'm really looking forward to the future and the chance to volunteer with this amazing group.
In 2012 I proposed that our hunting club host a weekend for Wounded Warriors. Being new to the field, I contacted another group. The event went OK, but totally due to OUR efforts. I did some research and found WWIA. We hosted our third event with WWIA last October. Dates for this year have been set and we plan on having a five year reunion event in 2017! Two hunting clubs participate and the Warriors get to hunt birds on Saturday and fish for MONSTER trout on Sunday. Food is amazing and the interaction between the Warriors is priceless. We have even introduced live music by a 15 year Army vet, at Saturday dinner. It just keeps getting better. And, WWIA has been great to work with. And the Warriors are the best!
I attended my first WWIA event in Fall 2012. It was a hunting and fishing trip in the northwoods of Wisconsin at WWIA's beautiful Camp Hackett. I met the founder John McDaniel and other Purple Hearty veterans. I was in kind of a bad place not too long before this event but was beginning to find my way. WWIA has been a part of helping me find a network of fellow combat wounded veterans to rely upon and help in my healing. I am so grateful to WWIA for helping me that I have become approved by the headquarters to be the "lead associate" on numerous events. Which means I now am helping my fellow brothers and sisters re-adjust and feel the magical healing powers of the great outdoors in their own lives. And not just the outdoors, but the camaraderie and feeling of "belonging" that attending an event provides. WWIA is truly one of the best organizations in the country helping veterans right now and I sincerely hope it is around for decades to come.
WWIA is a great non-profit organization! I have volunteered on several occasions and have been impressed with both the quality of events offered to the Medal of Honor recipients and the care in helping them adjust to their new normal. The volunteers teach the Warriors how to fish or hunt using adaptive equipment based on their needs. The comradely between the men/women is healing and allows them to be more at ease.
I recently attended a fishing event sponsored and hosted by the Wounded Warrior In Action Foundation. They are 110% for assisting Veterans and making their event a top notch world class experience for the Purple Heart recipient. It is often hard for Veterans to talk to friends and family about their military experience. At these WWIA events the Veteran has the opportunity to talk freely and privately to those who may have had a similar experience or tragedy. I will always be in debt to the WWIA for the event they made possible for me to attend. Thank You
I have been involved with the Wounded Warriors In Action Foundation for several years in a few different technical capacities. John and the staff have always been highly dedicated to their mission and I have not once witnessed anything but a deep sense of service to the heroes that they serve.
My involvement and "story" with this organization is two-fold. Initially, I was a "client served" and that first experience was literally life changing. Not only did I get to spend some incredible time with other men that have similar (if not worse) experiences as myself, but I couldn't believe how received I was in this little community in Northern WI. These people welcomed me into their homes and businesses as if I were family, and I do consider myself to this day extended family of Phelps, WI.
But it was that experience that led me to volunteering for this organization and now into my 4th year I can say that I truly get so much more out of my time and effort that I volunteer than what is seen by the eye! The amount of wonderful people I now call friends from coast to coast, from other Purple Hearters to Patriotic Americans I am blessed with their friendship! I literally "recharge" myself on each event I volunteer on and I know that these serene moments I get in our great outdoors with like minded Americans is priceless!
It a place where veterans can escape there day and find true happiness. They have changed my life and so many others.
What sets this organization apart from the rest is the attention to the individual - the amazing amount of healing that can be accomplished by getting warriors out into nature, giving them at least a few days to get acclimated with a small number of other combat wounded, and giving them a mentor to help them along their path. Truly outstanding! Thank you for your giving and caring approach to healing.
It remains a pleasure and honor to serve the Purple Heart community! We would like to thank all our wonderful volunteers and tremendous Wounded Warriors for the great sacrifices they've made to such a noble cause!
This is our third year volunteering with WWIAF, an organization that has consistent leadership and direction. There is no question that all efforts (time, financial, etc.) are directed to meeting the mission of helping to heal our Purple Heart Heroes by connecting through outdoor sporting events. Timing is everything for these heroes and for some the atmosphere WWIAF creates at these events is the only "safe" place to tell their story.
We have been humbled by the courage and perseverance of each soldier who live their lives in a world of constant medical appointments, surgeries, and physical therapy.
WWIAF provides an opportunity to not only put their medical and emotional issues aside for a time, but provides these heroes with an opportunity to connect with the only people who can truly understand their challenges- other Purple Heart recipients. A Navy Purple Heart shared with us that although he had been out of the service for several years, he had purposely removed himself from any military connections. He had not talked about his experiences that led to his injuries for years-that is until he decided to participate in a WWIAF deer hunting event.
I have worked with and directed a non-profit in the past, and have never worked with a more mission driven organization that realizes their goals and those who give can see the benefits and end results of their work.
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World class organization! I'm a Purple Heart veteran who went on a fishing trip with WWIA in 2010 and had a great time. I'm now separated from the Marines and have the time to volunteer to give back to more warriors who need a good time in the outdoors. There is real healing that occurs for the men and women warriors on these trips to the outdoors, and it's the only organization I can 110% vouch for. You want your money or time to do the most good for wounded vets, look no further than Wounded Warriors in Action Foundation!
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