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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Philanthropy, Private Independent Foundations

Mission: The mission of the Fallen Warriors Foundation is to help heal the wounds of war and to honor the sacrifices of American soldiers.  Basically our dollars are spent in copying, mailing, distributing flyers, mailbox, costs associated with travel expenses of the retreat facilitator and his assistant, retreat center fees, food, transportation and scholarships for those who wish to attend but have no money.  In addition, we make an annual donation to the retreat leader for his teachings for which he does not charge as he is a mendicant monk. Please visit our website: http:/www.fallenwarriorsfoundation.com You can find videos there as well on the right side of the page. Just click Media! History: When I was 18 I carried a machine gun and fought as a Marine in the Vietnam War. When I came home the country had exploded with the anti-war movement and I was suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. I tried many things to ease this illness but healing did not come for decades. Writing helped, but traveling back to Vietnam, to my original point of pain was critically important. Thus, the Fallen Warriors Foundation grew out of a trip my wife and I and our two children made to Vietnam in 1993. My wife felt that if I carried medical and educational supplies and toys I could replace some of my muscle memories and other thoughts associated with my tour as a Marine. We carried these supplies and donations and they helped replace the thoughts of carrying a machine gun and killing enemy soldiers. I followed that trip up with several more to Vietnam. Each trip consisted of carrying medical supplies. One year we took back a group of Vietnam Veterans who also carried donations. We took them to their former battlefields on a mission of healing. Then we led a group of doctors and nurses to Vietnam to help provide care to the poorest villages. Over the years Fallen Warriors Foundations has delivered ton's of donations of medical supplies such as kidney dialyses machines and computers and other critical supplies. We built a clean water system to deliver fresh water to a village than had none. We donated funds for students to attend school and even sponsored a Vietnamese student to come to the US to study, at a time when it was very difficult to leave Vietnam. We have held annual retreats for the past fifteen years for veterans and their loved ones and have put on special events such "Feasts for Peace", where veterans and former war protesters meet to reconcile. We staged theater presentations and have written articles on remembering veterans that have been published in newspapers across the country. We have been active in working with incarcerated veterans by creating a speakers buereau, lecture on ways to deal with PTSD, such as setting up meditation programs. We have also provided small stipends for veterans when they transition out of prison back into the community. Jack Estes, President and co-founder.

Results: Helping numerous Veterans and families soothe the effects of PTSD symptoms.

Target demographics: Veterans and their family members.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Annual impact on hundreds of people.

Geographic areas served: US

Programs: Annual Fallen Warriors retreat, and hopefully more retreats in various locations throught the year if enough funding is received.

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Community Stories

21 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The stories written and read aloud by the "fallen warriors" in attendance the two years I participated live in my heart forever. One year Claude Anshin Thomas, retreat leader, asked that each "write about something you've never spoken before," ~ the stories were heart shattering and the sharing was healing. The participants were lighter upon leaving. I served in the kitchen, hurrying with my work in order to witness this great process.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Dear Fallen Warriors Foundation, I am happy to recommend the Fallen Warriors Foundation as a not-for-profit organization helping veterans. The Fallen Warriors Retreat I attended was a benefit to me in many ways. As a combat veteran of Vietnam era, I was highly motivated in seeking help to understand what I had experienced in combat. I can't say it was a particular therapy or the leader that gave me a sense of safety, but a sharing of experiences with other veterans and learning to listen to them, changed me. I would give Fallen Warriors Foundation a 5 of 5 stars on any chart. I would attend again. I'm impressed enough with what the Fallen Warriors Foundation has done for veterans, that we started, (Jan 2010), a version of the Fallen Warriors Retreats here in Gilpin County Colorado. So yes, what Colleen O'Callaghan and Jack Estes have put together is of value and would be a big hole for many veterans if it were not available. Sincerely, Deni Darby Gilpin County Veterans Service Officer 2960 Dory Hill Rd. Suite 100 Black Hawk, Colorado 80422 (303) 582-5444 ex 1103

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a disabled veteran of the Vietnam conflict and was diagnosed with PTSD in late 2000. After about a year of therapy my therapist told me of the Fallen Warriors retreat and suggested that I might find it useful. After much trepidation I attended my first of 8 or 9 retreats facilitated by Claude An Shin Thomas. The impact that these retreats have had upon me are beyond measure. The combination of quiet meditation and deep listening and thoughtful reflection help cut through the blockages that separate us from our true reality.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Helped in my understanding my personal PTSD problems and how to deal with these problems more effectively. I was more involved when I lived in Portland, Oregon. Now I live in So. California and am not as involved. This is a great organization, and needs others to understand its importance in the healing of war wounds among other things.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I was having a lot of trouble with nightmares, outbursts of rage, the usual PTSD symptoms. I attended a Fallen Warriors retreat and the work we did, writing, meditating, talking in groups about our experiences, all were a tremendous help to me. They emphasized no particular religion, but there was a Buddhist monk there who'd been a Vietnam veteran. Being able to ask him questions, how he dealt with the really big issues (like killing people), was exceedingly helpful. I came away not cured of PTSD, but confident that I could be, and having a group of people that I could stay in contact with. Very helpful to me.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I've attended two meditation retreats hosted by the Fallen Warriors Foundation on Veteran's Day weekend. The retreat is led by two mendicant Zen practitioners and is intended for Veterans and their families. While at this retreat I've met amazing people who have shared their experiences with me, as I have shared mine with them. Without the Fallen Warriors Foundation, I wouldn't have had such an opportunity.

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Former Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have attended more than 10 of the annual Fallen Warrior Foundation's retreats held each November in Oregon. I have found these retreats to be enormously helpful in dealing with my own PTSD issues related to my service in Vietnam with the USMC. Approximately 12 years ago I served for about 2 years as a volunteer with the Foundation's board of directors and assisted in various outreach projects to vets in the Portland metro area. In my opinion, the Foundation provides a valuable service to vets and their loved ones and is definitely worthy of the support of any organization concerned with the well being of America's veterans and their families.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Having been raised in a military family and serving four years active duty it is easy to recognize people and organization that are genuinely concerned and actively involved in the affairs of our veterans. I am honored to be associated with the Fallen Warriors Foundation in the small capacity of website construction. Going through the history of the Fallen Warriors Foundation has demonstrated to me both the deep level of commitment and caring the people of the Foundation have for everyone affected by war. Which, of course, is everyone.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I had the good fortune to attend my first meditation retreat on a scholarship and was so pleased and impressed with the experience that I have attended as often as possible. Meditation is a healthy and positive response to the symptoms of PTSD. Anything I can do to avoid medication is wanted and needed. Fallen Warriors have done a great job in caring for vets with PTSD! I rate then FIVE STARS PLUS!!! THANKS, TOM NORTON

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Excellent. I attended their annual weekend retreat a few years ago which I found extremely healing by being in contact with other Veterans who also suffer from PTSD. The couple who have organized this effort are unbelievably dedicated and selfless. I believe that they should be supported in any way possible and strive to do that myself.