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Defenders of Freedom

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Military & Veterans Organizations, Veterans

Mission: Defenders of Freedom provides donors with the organization they need to support post 9/11 Veterans in their transition to civilian life through emergency financial assistance, morale building programs, and traumatic brain injury treatment.

Results: Our donors allow for us to spend $350,000 to treat Veterans with a TBI in 2020.

Target demographics: Troops who are deployed, Wounded and transitioning Veterans

Direct beneficiaries per year: 47 Veterans by sending them to treatment for their TBI. 47 Veterans whose lives have been changed by our donors.

Geographic areas served: Texas, but served Veterans nation wide

Programs: Emergency Financial Assistance to wounded and transitioning Veterans Provide alternative brain treatment for Veterans with traumatci brain injury.

Community Stories

81 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

One of the only nonprofits I will give my money to. I have seen first hand that the donations are given to those that need it most.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a great organization and I feel blessed to have been part of volunteering to help with the golf tournaments and welcoming home the troops at the airport. Donna has a huge heart for our troops and it shows in her hard work and dedication. This organization does so much to support and honor our heroes.

2 Linda316

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It has been a special privilege and pleasure to volunteer with Donna Cranston and her Defenders of Freedom program. They help our troops in so many different ways. Donna is passionate about our troops and she inspires others. I love the troops and will continue to support them through Defenders of Freedom and Donna Cranston; they have branched out and help in so many different areas from deployed troops to wounded warriors and their family. If you can support only one organization, make it Defenders of Freedom. Thanks.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Members of my unit, 2nd Battlaion, 8th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division (Mechanized) met Donna Cranston in the DFW Airport rotating through on environmental leave back in 2006. We immediately connected with Donna and Defenders of Freedom and enjoyed their support throughout our 12 month deployment and upon return. Many of us remained in contact with Donna, not just for the support DoF provided, but because of hers and other volunteers' genuine dedication to Soldiers and units, deployed or otherwise. They never asked, "how did we do?", only "do you know another unit we can support?" During a second deployment, DoF was with us and much appreciated. DoF is a collection of wonderful people doing great things for Soldiers, deployed and at home, and especially those injured and or struggling. I don't know if they can help everyone, but I bet they try. COL (Ret) James A. Howard.

1 Shauna6

Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband and I were helped out by this great organization. There was a point in time where we might have been homeless if it was not for Donna Cranston and all of the wonderful people who have donated and volunteered. Not only have they helped us monetarily but they have also introduced us to a wonderful network of veterans who have become life long friends and family. I am very grateful to all that they have done to keep my husband and I from becoming one of a growing statistic of veterans who are being failed by the system. DoF is worth any time and effort that you have to give. Please help support them so they can continue to make a difference.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Being involved with Defenders of Freedom has been such a rewarding experience. I've had the honor of meeting some true American heroes! I know that the funds donated go directly to paying for the critical care needs of our wounded veterans and deployed Troops. It is truly a pleasure to be able to give back through a non-profit like Defenders of Freedom!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Having the chance to meet Donna and the great people with DOF is one of the best things that has ever happen tome, I am a wounded warrior and the love they show, along with the help in anyway possible supercedes any other organization. Thanks so much for all your help I think of you often. SGT(Ret) Marshall

1 Jody21

Client Served

Rating: 5

Being one of the individuals touched by Donna Craston and the Defenders of Freedom organization, all I can say is God Blessed. The hard work of this orginization helps current and past service members in many endevours. I was invited to tee it up for troops in Dallas. The time to reconnect with service members with similar disabilities and many far worse than myself. We were offered a great time with so many great an cheerful people. No matter how down I was when I arrived, I truly had so much fun and took me away from my daily fights in my own life. I can say what I feel about the DOF org. because my keyboard would fall short of the mark. Thank you all

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Speaking with members of our military that have been helped by DOF they are very grateful for the support from and the positive change in their lives. I volunteer at the golf tournaments and the positive testimony from our troops is the reason I'll keep volunteering

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Donor

Rating: 5

There was a surgical nurse who had problems when she returned from Iraq. She had not been given the opportunity to meet any soldiers after they went through rehab and therefore thought her part in cutting their limbs off was a terrible thing. When Defenders found out about this situation they brought the nurse to their golf tournament to spend the day with some of the amputees. Her life changed that day, she is now a mother and has a happy life because someone took the time to do one small thing that made a difference to her. When you make a donation to an organization it helps to know how your money is being spent and this organization has changed alot of soldiers lives starting with one small thing.

Stephanie41

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

i actually send letters to the troops thru DOF. i am extremly thankful they include my letters in their care packages. i love getting responses back from the troops. i try to use bright and cheerful paper to brighten their day just a little. i am extremly proud of the work these great people at DOF do and hope they continue on. i now have several people i know personally serving and i am proud to say no one will ever forget the service and sacrifice of all even if they aren't serving directly. i like to think my bright colored letters give even a crack of a smile to our guys and gals serving and i am greatful beyond belief that DOF helps me spread that little bit of happiness. GOD Bless DOF and GOD BLESS our troops and their families

Kelli B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with DOF for the past few years, first as an intern, then as a volunteer. I have witnessed the great things that DOF has done over the years for so many Troops, both deployed and wounded. I appreciate all that they do for our men and women in uniform and know that they are passionate for the cause!