Mission based trips like this, based upon serving God with the camaraderie of fellow Marines feeds the heart, soul, and mind!
I had not heard of Freedom Alliance before the Trip to Githioro, Kenya, but now it is top on the list! I served 8 year the Marines as a combat engineer, with two tours to Iraq. It had been 10 years since I had contacted my former squad leader from my first deployment, but when he has made a post about a Veterans/christian Missions trip to Kenya, I felt as though I fit the bill so I jumped at the opportunity. When God answers a prayer, He does so in a Big way. In mine I asked Him to open up doors of opportunity to witness and serve others. and wanted most of all the opportunity help missionaries doing God's work. So, this trip got thrown in my lap just three short weeks prior to departure, fully paid for.....I'd say it was answered!
The trip was extraordinary! Being able to take a step back into a third world nation, and doing so with fellow Marines brought with it the memories of our deployments, a chance to reminisce over all the hard times and laugh about all the great times. Even though I had some hard moments in combat and brief bouts of post deployment jitters, i never had to deal with severe PTSD, injuries, or mental burden when I return...many other did.
This type of trip though was a first of it's kind, because it's main focus was serving others (the missionaries) and above all serving God by sharing our faith and devotion to Jesus Christ in our christian walk. This trip was perfect in that it combined veterans with varying levels of experience in their christian faith and military background. This benefits everyone, especially those veterans less versed in this area, and gave opportunities to witness to those members, and both people benefit. I firmly believe that due to so many physical and mental hardships resulting from combat following war, there is only one treatment and that is a relationship built upon Christ Jesus. It is He and that faith and community of friends that you build through mission work and a local church that will without a doubt mend all the frustrations and hurt, it works time and again. Alcohol, cigarettes, pain meds, depression meds, and the like only cover up the issues doing nothing help.
Freedom Alliance though has a long history in organizing trips to help veterans work through their issues through hunting, fishing, excursions, and now missions trips. The most beneficial trips are those made up of smaller groups, 3 - 8 people, because it allows more one on one sharing and stronger relationships, and Freedom Alliance facilitates these types of groups.
From the bottom of my heart I thank this organization and what they do! This experience will never be forgotten for the rest of my life, and forged several brand new friendships, and there's not better feeling.
Former Ssgt. 1371 Combat Engineer 4th CEB Cco.
I would like to thank Island View resorts, Vonnie and all those who participated in allowing veterans this amazing opportunity. This was a once in a lifetime experience and I will always cherish my time in Alaska.
What a great trip fishing with other veterans in Sitka, Ak. The volunteers, lodge staff, fishing guides, and a great group of veterans provided a much needed break from stress!
Hi, my name is Aaron Kim, I was invited to go to Sitka, Alaska last week may 13-17th with freedom alliance. It was a blast and very memorable. Had four great friends inour group,three from my old company, and one made durning the trip Ben Westra. There were more veterans on the trip but were in different groups but we were all able to get together at the Elk Longe for dinner and also got together with Vonnie and had a great dinner as well. Thank you Island view for the hospitality and taking care of us on our stay there, the lodge was awesome and the view was beautiful all around. The staff,captain, deck hands were amazing and took great care of all of us. Guch, Todd and Reid,Antonio were Awesome helping us all reeling in and teaching us the ropes on fishing. Thank you guys so much for the great experience!
Alicia and Amy thank you guys.
Also thank you guys for the awesome Sitka freedom alliance beanies and ESS sun glasses.
I had an absolute outstanding time. The guys from big blue charters were the best . I loved meeting everyone and connecting with the other soldiers and veterans who were on the trip. Thanks for making this trip possible
Vonnie, Mike, Linda, EJ, and the rest of the folks that helped make this trip so great, thank you. You really made us all feel very special. Truly and experience of a lifetime.
I truly had no idea about this awesome charity. Freedom Alliance was able to treat myself and a few others to an amazing fishing trip. First time ever being on a yacht and deep sea fishing. The fishing was cut a little short due to weather but I will remember this trip forever. I want to thank Pepper for the awesome pictures, Tunaskin for the free gear, Bill from Squidnation, and also Chris and Jesse for taking us out on BI-OP-SEA. Thank you Freedom Alliance for everything.
I want to sincerely express my gratitude and thanks to Freedom Alliance, Bill Pino of Squidnation, and the Bi-op-sea Sport-fishing crew for this fun trip. I cannot tell you how much this meant to me as my first time ever Mahi Fishing. Thank you all so much for your kindness and memories that will last a lifetime!
After serving in the Marine Corps for 17 years, multiple deployments and being wounded in Afgaistan, I'm retiring this month. I got hooked up with Freedom Alliance and they wanted to show their support to a few service members. I was able to go out sport fishing in the Outer Banks NC for some Mahi Mahi. This trip was a dream come true. Myself and the few other Marines were lucky enough to have the time of our lives. it's was great to be out with such amazing people that truly care. It was a very well needed break from my fight with PTSD, stress, anxiety, and other symptoms I suffer from daily. During this trip with these guys the only problem I had was my face hurting from smiling too much. Thank you again for all your support! FISH ON!
Freedom Alliance and the Cyprus Creek hunting lodge went above and beyond what I expected from this trip. It was a relief to be around other veterans and active duty wounded warriors in a fun and competitive environment. Even if I didn't shoot a pig, win a shooting match or catch a fish, I still had fun and was grateful for the time I spent in the woods relaxing. The staff of lodge and as well as the volunteers that aided the lodge and the group were outstanding. The rifle range and high class marksman that helped us zero our weapons were impressive. The rooms and accommodations were amazing. Danny, the lodge owner, personally took us out on our last hunt. Last but not least, Londa will be a legendary name for all that attended and anyone who ever has the pleasure of enjoying one of her meals that she prepares. I'm dying for some of her desert right now. I would recommend this to other vets I run in to at the VA or around the community.
Freedom alliance was beyond amazing. Our experience with them was not only easy but they became like family. Our children received christmas, that otherwise wouldn't have happened, through amazing donors affiliated with freedom alliance. Through their generosity and the freedom alliances team we met and will remain forever grateful to some amazingly wonderful people. They are just completely caring and wonderful. THANK YOU FREEDOM ALLIANCE! The Earp Family
Freedom Alliance is a true lifesaver. Not only did they treat us with the utmost respect and kindness they made our Christmas possible. As my husband is a Veteran and has some medical issues that effect him on a daily basis our lives have changed. This year has been even harder with him losing his job and having surgery. Christmas wasn't even going to happen but because of all the help from Freedom Alliance and our Amazing sponsor we had the best Christmas in five years. It wasn't only the gifts it was the hope and love that it brought our family, the balance and peace and knowing we aren't alone. I can not express our thanks to everyone who was apart of it.
Freedom alliance blessed our children this Christmas with amazing gifts! They truly were so willing and excited to help. Their kindness truly saved and made our christmas. The smiles on their faces were so cute!
They have been wonderful. The sponser that adopted my children did so for 2 yrs now and the kids love there gifts. I hust to say thank you to everyone who helps put this program together.
Was an amazing experience to be helped buy the freedom Alliance and our sponsor this year we had such a great Christmas and we hope some day we can help a family in need also
With our hearts full of joy we thank you
The Keith family
I am a Soldier that has been going through a rough time in my life dealing with my PTSD and other deployment related issues. I am a single father now of three kids and before Freedom Alliance I didn't know how I would make my kids Christmas different than how it was last year. My kids only received 1 gift a piece last year due to my lack of funds with me recently becoming a single father. I was contacted by several of the employees during Christmas about time about receiving the help this year. I never once imagined the care that people out in the world really cared about Soldiers until now. It has truly been a blessing that Freedom Alliance and the supporter of them are able to help Soldiers like me in need. After 3 deployments of heavy combat I normally have everything under control but now the deployment have taken a major toll on my life. This Christmas was one of the greatest things that has happened to me in my life. It takes a lot for me to shed a tear but this year seeing all the toys and the happiness on my kids face brought me to tears. For the first time I shed tears from joy instead on pain. I want to thank everyone that has helped every Soldier through the program and this is something that I will never forget. God Bless you all
A wonderful and helpful group of people. We are very grateful for what they have done. Very respectful and worked hard to keep informed. Thank you very much!
My husband who was out of a job due to medical issues and having surgery was concerned the holidays wouldn't be the best this year, we contacted Freedom Alliance to see if any help was out there and we were blown away by how nice Alicia was and how much she wanted to help. We got sponsored by an amazing family and to say it was a good holiday is an understatement. We have been blessed beyond words. This Christmas was by far the best we have had in five years. If it wasn't for Freedom Alliance and our amazing sponsor there wouldn't have been a Christmas at all really. I can not thank you enough. Y'all are angels, not only did you bring joy to our son's face you have also brought peace, balance, strength, wonderful memories and hope back into our family. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Freedom alliance's Presents for Patriots program was a major life changer for us. We could not provide anything this year as money is just too tight. They came through in a HUGE way and helped us! It feels good to know we are appreciated!
My name is SGT Harrison Manyoma and i am grateful and more than honored to call Freedom Alliance "My Family". Freedom Alliance helped me take care of my family when I was laid off from my job back in October of this year and also helped with taking care of some past due bills when I was put on medical leave from my job back in March. Freedom Alliance helped with Christmas for my kids and truly blessed my family and I by seeing the kids be blessed. Freedom Alliance is more than just a Veteran's Organization, they are family and are deeply in our hearts. They took care of my family and I while I couldn't take care of us and that is more than I could have ever imagined or even asked for.
God has blessed us with new family and I'm proud to call Freedom Alliance "family".
Freedom alliance has been nothing but helpful during a rough time in our lives. They provided a wonderful Christmas for my children. the staff are super caring and nice. They have been great.
My name is Chris, I am a former Infantry Solider with the U.S. Army
I am the father of two children, an 8yo Daughter and 3yo Son. This year is a hard one for us financially due to my wife's schooling. My wife is currently attending PLU for nursing and the tuition is enormous even with financial aid.
A few months ago I received an email from my Wounded Warriors Advocate about Freedom Alliance and their Presents For Patriots Program. That Email was a saving grace. We applied and were accepted by a sponsor. This means a great deal to me and my wife. Christmas has always been my favorite holiday cause it reminds me of my grandparents and how they always went above and beyond to make a great Christmas, and with the help Freedom Alliance I too can give my kids great memories of the holidays.
On a personal note, As a Veteran I am so glad to see that there are people still out there helping our Soldiers (past and present). With all the negative things happening in and out of our country it is nice to know there are still Good-Doers out there.
While I was stationed at Fort Sam Houston in the Warrior Transition Unit I was put in to go on a trip with Freedom Alliance by my case manager. Freedom Alliance took my wife, 6 months old daughter and myself to Panama City Beach, Florida for what I would consider the best activity I have done with any non profit that helps wounded veterans. On this trip they gave a $1000 to do activities, which is significant because we didn't have a lot to spend on the trip, and then they hired a nanny for one day so me and my wife could go do something by ourselves. They also rented each family that was there a rental car so we had a car to get around in. This organization is such a great organization they go above beyond to help out our service men an women.
Freedom Alliance has helped me amd my family during a time of need. I am pending a medical discharge due to things that happened overseas. The money was tight to say the least and my family had to save to deal with our transition out of the military; as well as pay of debt. Freedom Alliance insured that my kids would not notice the struggle that my family is going through with the presents they are donating for this years Christmas. As a veteran I am so use to helping people and it's hard to ask for help. They insured me not to be ashamed of asking for help and treated me with the utmost respect. I am truly thankful for what they have done for me and would write a thousand more reviews if I could. It's hard for service members to ask for help because we are the ones who do the helping. To be honest it feels awkward for me to ask but they made it easy.
I can't say enough about Freedom Alliance and what it's doing for our veterans returning from war. I recently was given the opportunity to fish the Rouge river in Oregon with a group of vets for a few days. It was an experience I won't soon forget.
The fishing and beautiful scenery aside, being able to get away with like minded men with similar backgrounds and experiences, not having to deal with the "worries of life", and build new friendships that will last a lifetime... I can't put a price tag on that.
So to Freedom Alliance, Col. North, Pepper and everyone who donates their time, resources, land, finances and hearts. Thank you.
I was fortunate enough to attend a pheasant hunt with Freedom Alliance this last weekend. There were 4 veterans of the Iraq/Afghanistan wars invited to come. We all hit it off great from the time we met in the airport. It was like reconnecting with old friends. The trip was amazing and helped heal a lot of wounds. There was a Vietnam veteran there at the ranch named Richard and it was very cool to bond with him. Jim Stewart, Carl, Keith, and Adam made the trip a memorable one and we all got along like family. If I could ever have dreamed up a hunting trip to go on, it would have been exactly like this one. Thanks to Pepper at Freedom Alliance for organizing the trip. To be with my fellow war-fighters during this trip filled a gap I had in my life and I am sure we will continue to be in touch with each other in the future. I came home feeling whole, which is something I haven't felt in a long time. Thanks to all those who made it possible.
I had one of the best times of my life on the fishing trip provided by Freedom Alliance. I am a Viet Nam veteran and until this point no one has shown me the kindness and gratitude for my service. The trip down the Rogue River wonderful, scenery was great and the representative for Freedom Alliance was attentive to our individual needs. Although I am not experienced in fishing the boat captains provided us with excellent instruction on how to fish the river. The mixture of white water made it very exciting and the fishing was great ( I caught 19 fish). The various loges we stayed at were excellent and the food great. Also mixing with the veterans from my era and those from recent wars was a great experience. I enjoyed their comradely and friendships developed during the trip and am keeping in touch with many of them, I will cherish the time spent with them.
I have known this organization for about 4 years now and they alway seem to surprise me with their amazing support for veterans. I recently went on a trip with them to the rogue river for a fishing trip, and the trip was amazing
This Organization is the best in tacking care of the soldiers and their families, they're staff is well train and gives always the best advice and resources to the veteran. For my self they have done so much and special thanks to Wanda Cruz and all of the staff for all the hard work they do each day to provide us the best and is always excellent.. Fredom Alliance is the best organization for me..
Ryan and Alicia Behm did an amazing job at insuring the whole trip went smoothly! We would like to thank Freedom Alliance for this once and a life time trip for my wife and I , that we will remember and cherish forever! We honestly can not send enough gratitude towards this organization and everyone that supports it. Thank you all very much!
How can I say how much this organization has changed my life for the better
Imagine A beautiful white sand beach as a back drop for a vibrant man made forest with bridges leading from the vacation condominiums to the coasts of Pompano Beach, Fl. That is only about 5 minutes from Ft Lauderdale and about 25 from Miami. Our 7 days of relaxation began on July 11 2015 and ended On Saturday July 18 2015. The amenities included a Jacuzzi, swimming pool, full kitchen, dining area, 2 beds with all the luxuries of home. This wonderful vacation was donated to us by one of the wonderful contributors at Freedom Alliance. I am a medically retired Marine. I was on hemodialysis for 3.5 years. recently received a kidney transplant March 12, 2015. The struggles and pain my family went through was unimaginable, but Freedom Alliance kept us anchored. They helped, and guided us every step of the way. They took away a lot of the stress off my wife (who was born and raised in Japan, and now dealing with a sick husband in a new country), as well as my two toddler boys that were only beginning to understand the world around them. This was a much needed vacation from life itself. It reset a lot of tension in our family and showed us what it was like to live again. I was transplanted in March, but in July I learned to enjoy the small things once more. This was an opportunity that we would not have gotten had we have not of known of Freedom Alliance and the wonderful donor who helped bring our family back together through love, experience, and joy. Although it seems like the world and civilizations around us are becoming darker, there are still people with hearts of gold. They are changing lives everyday. Not for recognition, but to just lighten the load of others. I'm sure hen I have the chance I will do the same
What an awesome trip! A wonderful experience to the Flat Tops Wilderness area with some of the bravest United States Veterans I have had the pleasure of serving with. This was a once in a lifetime opportunity. Acquired some new brothers, and was able to visit with some brothers in arms that I would have never got the opportunity to see again after serving in OIF with. Thank you Freedom Alliance, as well as Adams Lodge Outfitters for allowing me this great opportunity. Your gratitude to United States Veterans is untouchable. Thank You !
As a FA scholarship recipient, Freedom Alliance has been more than just a check in the mail. They have supported me throughout the last four years of college and have provided me with another family. I love this organization and am so thankful for their support.
Words are not enough to express how thankful I am for Freedom Alliance. I am a recipient of the Scholarship Fund and I can tell you that Freedom Alliance goes above and beyond their purpose. They are more than just a check in the mail, they are family. They send care packages and birthday cards that remind us that we're remembered. They put on a retreat weekend which allows me and other recipients to bond over the loss of our fathers and create friendships that last a lifetime. They are one of the greatest nonprofits out there and I hope their name and purpose is made known to others all over the nation.
What else can I say about Freedom Alliance besides Astonishing. They will never let you down when it comes to having a good time :) I partook in a trip to DC with Students like myself and met a family of friendly faces and had unforgettable moments. It's something you'd never want to miss.
My son, who is now a medically retired Marine, was severely injured in Afghanistan, in 2012, when he stepped on an IED. He lost both of his legs and was at Walter Reed Hospital for a year. While we were there, the representative from Freedom Alliance was one of the friendliest faces and was always asking how we were and did we have any needs. Freedom Alliance helped us financially when we needed to make some modifications to our bathroom before our son came home, and they blessed our family tremendously with lovely, thoughtful gifts for 2 Christmases! They continue to keep tabs on my son to make sure all is well, and took him on a hunting trip this spring. This is a wonderful, generous, caring charity that takes the time and makes an effort to find out what wounded warriors and their families REALLY need.
Freedom Alliance recently selected me to participate in a four day fishing excursion in Sitka, Alaska. Due to my diagnose of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), I was skeptical about leaving the security of my home and traveling to an unknown place with unknown individuals. My wife, my caretaker, was mutually nervous about the trip. She was in constant contact with Tina Wholean, whom assured her that all will be okay. The entire trip was beyond my expectations. Upon arrival to the Sitka airport, the local Coast Guard and Sitka's Emergency Services (approximately 100 people) met us inside. They cheered, presented tokens & made us feel very welcomed and honored. I happened to stay & fish at Vonnie's Bed & Breakfast. The accommodations were amazing. The place overlooked the ocean and allowed for you to take in the beauty that God created. The meals were superb & made fresh daily. The boat crews were phenomenal and accommodated to all the warrior's needs. I feel very honored and blessed to have been chosen for this once in a lifetime opportunity. This opportunity greatly helped me talk about my daily struggles with other wounded warriors suffering with similar symptoms. This experience was beyond reproach & the memories gained will always be cherished. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
I recently got to enjoy a fishing trip to Alaska with a group of wounded vets thanks to Freedom Alliance, and I can honestly say it was one of the best experiences I've ever had. I am a retired Marine wounded in Afghanistan in 2011 and since that time adjusting to life at home has been a battle in itself. I am more than grateful to Freedom Alliance for bringing a group of vets together to share that comradery that we all miss so much and enjoy a week of fishing in a beautiful part of the country. Freedom Alliance will also be helping me to get a track chair this summer to help me get around my property, which is limited dude to my injuries. This is a wonderful organization that's committed to do whatever they can to help Veterans and they have been a blessing for this vet and his family!
Freedom Alliance is such a blessing in our lives. They have helped us with Christmas presents when times are hard. Alicia is a wonderful lady who wants to help and be there for you.
Tina is absolutely amazing and I'm so blessed to have her in my life. She nominated my Chris to go to Costa Rica with other Wounded Warriors and we are very fortunate that he was chosen. Pepper welcomed my Chris and gave him a once in a lifetime holiday. Chris had a fabulous time and it did him a world of good to get away and be with others with similar health issues. He made some special friends. Everyone at Freedom Alliance is so loving and they genuinely care. I cannot thank them enough.
God Bless, Jessie
Freedom Alliance is an amazing nonprofit organization that has made a huge impression on my family. They really make you feel that you are a part of a close knit family--because you are!! Pepper and Alicia are wonderful people and so very kind. Every event we have attended has been simply spectacular and we plan to continue attending. Thanks to Freedom Alliance my husband can now hunt in the woods again with his amazing Track chair and that helps him to feel as if nothing is different than before his accident. We were also able to spend Valentines day at a beautiful B&B with great people. I just cannot say enough great things about this group! -Lindsey
My name is Sean Simmonds I have a few opportunities to participate in a few events with freedom alliance. Most recently down with Cypress Creek hunting lodge in SC. I cannot express my gratitude to both organizations on such a blessed weekend. I got to meet some amazing people and get some much needed therapy meeting follow wounded warriors. Everyone was amazing and I will cherish those memories for a life time. My family and my lakes thanks everyone involved for making dreams come true for our troops. God bless and Semper Fi. Sgt Sean Simmonds RET
I had the chance to be invited to the grouper grapple down in Fort Myers Fl this past weekend. It was an amazing time and cannot say thank you enough for the opportunity to join so a fine event full of patriotic people. The way we we're treated was amazing to say the least. The people and hospitality was every where and was offered by everyone especially my good friend Pepper Ailor and Brian Peachey. With those two men logistically putting together the best weekend I have had in a long time. It really lifted my spirits and brought all of us wounded warriors close together. Thank you so much from myself and my family. Respectfully Sgt Sean Simmonds
Freedom Alliance is awesome!!! I just got back from a 3 day fishing trip up to Smith Mtn lake, VA. I really needed it and it helped me greatly. I am a 20 year Marine almost ready to retire from WWBn East. Looking forward to doing more events with them and get out of my house. I never go out and don't have friends but when i get together with other vets though Freedom Alliance I can feel they are my family. Respectfully GySgt Lentz, Charles.
Just completed my 2nd trip with Freedom Alliance and I've got nothing but smiles on my face. This trip is like hitting a reset button on my life, allows me to clear out the past and have a fresh start at a new day. At the begening of the trip, you don't know anyone, but minutes into it you meet everyone and by the end of the trip you are hugging each other like you've known them your entire life. Thank you Freedom Alliance for that fresh start. Semper Fi!
Once again freedom alliance and those of smith mt lake Striper club have outdone themselves!
I am so appreciative of the opportunity to be a part of such a great organization. I had a great time just enjoying the outdoors, being on the water, catching great fish and bonding with all the guys!
Thanks again from the bottom of my heart
D.H From NC
Freedom alliance has helped my husband open up about so many things he had just shut down about. They recently invited him on an awesome hunting trip at Cypress Creek Lodge in SC. (This was his first ever hunting trip) He came home in such a good mood, was so incredibly happy and kept talking about how much fun he had! (Got his first deer!) Think he found a new hobby that makes him happy other than just fishing! We are so thankful not only for this but for everything freedom alliance, and everyone involved, does for the veterans. Good to know there are still good people out there who appreciate what all the veterans went though to protect our country.
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts,
Donovan & Ashley Hancock
Hey everyone. I just wanted to take a minute and share my personal experience with Freedom Alliance last month, April 2015.
I was a "short-notice" add on to the trip to Costa Rica. And by short notice...I had about a 1 week notice. Not a big deal. Pepper was so...on the ball with everything, that all I saw were smoothe waters. If he jumped through hoops, and I know he did, I had no clue. He was amazing.
Then we all get to Costa Rica and I'm just mind blown. The resort, Los Sueños, was gorgeous. Our rooms were amazing!! The food...5 stars! Every commodity was top notch.
Now came the people behind the scenes, whether it was the donors, coordinators, boat Captains and crews...or the people that kept Los Sueños beautiful...everyone was kind. It was as if we'd known each other and been friends for years.
We were taken on crocodile and canopy tours. Were thrown pool parties. There were golf clinics put on, just for us, by a golf pro. And then there was the fishing. AWESOME!! The boats, the captains, the crews, and the fishing itself...just priceless. I was fortunate to be on the Rebel!! Big shout out to them and their crew!!
I wish the best for all involved with Freedom Alliance and Los Sueños Resort. You guys are doing wonderful things for a wonderful group of men and women. Thank you for all you've done and continue to do!
I have been fortunate enough to know the Freedom Alliance team for several years since first being injured in Afghanistan and being treated at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. They have been the most involved veterans group I have ever had the pleasure of dealing with. They have taken me places I never thought I would go, introduced me to people I never thought I would meet, and helped me experience things I would of never done on my own. And they not only care about wounded warriors, but also the children of service men and women that never came home. They team up with other smaller nonprofits to help causes they support. They are the gold standard that all nonprofits should hope to attain. The FA team is great and know each of their recipients by name and know each of them personally, what they struggle with, what their injuries are, and how they are coping. They also provide the opportunity to meet some of the awesome donors that support their cause. I have yet to be at a FA event that every single person did not enjoy, where everyone involved did not feel like they were a part of something great. In my opinion, five stars is not a nearly high enough rating, but it’s the highest I can put, and words cannot express just how great the Freedom Alliance team has been to me and my family. If you are looking for an amazing way to support this cause, there simply isn’t a better option than Freedom Alliance.
This is one of the Best organization. For me they have been always in the look out to help me and my family. They have been so supportive and with the best personel that know where and how to help , you can tell that they are very good people in this Organization.
I am a 100% combat disabled US Marine Corps veteran. A number of years ago, when my daughter was preparing for college, she happened upon Freedom Alliance. At the time I knew nothing about this organization. She informed me that Freedom Alliance was a nonprofit organization that awards scholarships to children of both deceased and permanently disabled vets. She wrote a brief essay telling about herself, my military background and the challenges we both faced as a result. A few days later she received a phone call informing her that she got the scholarship! We were blown away...
The story doesn't end here, it's actually just the preface. Freedom Alliance welcomed my entire family into their fold. We have been invited to outings and family vacations. It has been wonderful for all of us, but for me it has been a life changer! I was in a very bad place when Freedom Alliance took us in. I was suffering from severe PTSD- I was depressed and isolated from my friends and family. I was hell bent on a path of self destruction. Freedom Alliance not only took me in, they treated me with dignity and respect. I was invited to attend several outings with veterans who were in the same boat that I was in. During these outings we had a very rare chance to bond and discuss our common experiences. For many of us it was the first time we spoke about it since we left the combat zone. At the end the outing, we all took with us new friendships and the knowledge that we are not alone.
Fast forward a couple chapters.... today I have two daughters that are Doctors and a son who is still in school working on his degree. I have turned my life around and have become what I hope is now an asset to my community. My role with Freedom Alliance has evolved to the point where I can now help mentor younger veterans. I am currently trying to "pay forward" some of the generosity that was extended to me in my time of need. Dramatic as it sounds, this organization saved my life.
Aside from being VERY good at what they do, the entire staff of Freedom Alliance truly cares deeply for the veterans they serve.
Thank you to all of generous supporters and donors who make this possible!
I am a 100% disabled US Marine. Not a title that I'm proud of- it's something no one ever aspires to be. As a result of my service, I've had many physical and emotional road blocks. Freedom Alliance has helped my family and I work through these issues. The financial assistance was wonderful, but what really stood out was the emotional warmth, caring, and support they have given us. I can't say enough about the staff of Freedom Alliance- Ive never met a group of more genuine individuals. I've laughed and cried with this group who I now think of as family. Thank you Freedom Alliance!!
Freedom Alliance recently took 15+ Veterans on an all paid trip to Costa Rica. We stayed in incredible Condos, were waited on hand and foot and were overwhelmed (In a good way) by the outpouring of support from the Local residents. Went Sailfishing, Ziplining through the jungle and enough food to make you gain 10 pounds. We were taken care of from before we left for the trip until after. I cannot say enough great things about Freedom Alliance. They are the real deal my friends!
The trip to Costa Rica was a once in a life time experience. I've never felt more welcome and comfortable Freedom Alliance made this happen for me and truly are some of my best friends. Thank You from the bottom of my heart for showing such support to all of us as combat vets.
Freedom Alliance isn't just a great organization, but a family. I began receiving a scholarship to help pay for college from the Freedom Alliance Scholarship Fund in the Fall of 2008, and not only did their assistance allow me to graduate debt free but their love and compassion for the scholarship students has no bounds. Their generosity with birthday cards, the scholarship retreat, and countless other opportunities to meet and connect with other scholarship students and FA staff foster a community like nothing I've ever experienced. Freedom Alliance knows how to serve those who have served and their families. Without their support I'm not sure where I'd be in my grief process. Words truly can not express how thankful I am for their friendship.
We cannot say THANK YOU enough for your generosity to our family during Christmas. Thank you for thinking and providing for our family. We will always be thankful.
I'm a soldier in a Warrior Transition Battalion at Fort Carson, CO. Back at the end of summer, I filled out a sheet asking for info about myself and kids. Honestly, I was in a bad place during that time (divorce, two surgeries, etc). Well, fast forward to December. I was darn near penniless from my divorce. I had to sell a treadmill to get money for presents for my three children. Then, for nearly a week, packages began to arrive. Upon seeing what was inside, I thought back to the sheet of paper I filled out, listing what toys my children liked. Needless to say, I was brought to tears by the overwhelming thoughtfulness and spirit of giving of the Freedom Alliance organization on more than one occasion. I cling to faith in humanity and the power of good. Freedom Alliance helped serve as a reminder of my belief. This past holiday season marked the turning point of the worst two years in my life. Freedom Alliance absolutely had a strong impact on that turning point, as I was able to give my children a wonderful Christmas. Thank you so much, and I know you'll continue to touch the hearts of many people.
Marcus E. Jones
SFC, U.S. Army
This program is absolutely amazing! We were chosen as recipients this year and this program provided presents for our children that were were not able to. Not only that, but they went far beyond that in getting to know us and who we are. They have touched our hearts in a way that we will never forget. Thank you to Tina who I have come to know is a beautiful person with a huge heart for our veterans and their families!
We participated in their "Presents for Patriots" program this year!
We love how simple, yet personal the entire experience was. We truly appreciate this non-profit letting us participate in their program. Thank you!!
Freedom alliance is an organization that I have done several events with now and every time I am so impressed with the amenities of the trips and overall direction and service. Everyone you meet is courteous and friendly and with you the entire trip.
Most think of a fishing trip and think "oh it's just fishing." For me, it is therapy for my soul. What the army spends trying to address and understand PTSD is wasted on me. A single day out in Mother Nature can reset you back into an amazing place in life. I encourage all of my veteran brothers and sisters to go on these trips because of how helpful they are.
One of the greatest trips if my life.
Freedom Alliance definately helped me out with my combat stress. I was able to relax and hang out with fellow brothers of mine who were able to share similar storries with me and not have to worry about a single thing while on a fishing trip down in Fort Meyers Beach, FL. The people who run Freedom Alliance, and set everything up, and do all the behind the scenes work, make sure everything is taken care of for us combat wounded veterans and active duty military. I had such a great time. It felt like a weight was lifted off my shoulders. No stress at all. Everyone was very helpfull, and kind, and polite. I would definatley recommend Freedom Alliance as one of the best if not the best organizations for combat wounded vets just because they tend to deal with you on more personal level and they are more proactive with the military. Thank you Freedom Alliance for allowing me to enjoy myself and have a good time and have fun with my brothers.
I have been blessed with the opportunity to take part in a couple of hunting and fishing events put on by Freedom Alliance. I say blessed because both of these activities have been a big part of my renewal as a person after leaving active duty service. FA has given me the opportunity to heal and to grow as a person in another way- through community with other veterans who have had experiences similar to mine. Because of FA's tireless efforts (Pepper) I have found some peace and an renewed sense of faith in the American populace by meeting the true patriots and loving folks who host these events. I am so proud to be a part of this organization and look forward to every opportunity they present.
Freedom Alliance has great made my life after my combat injuries BETTER.
They have helped my marriage and family by showing true Love and gratitude for my families
service. They are true patriots..IF ALL republicans were like them I would be one instead of an independent.
Great Christians also..Love them
Freedom Alliance has been a great avenue for those of us that have been injured and are looking for something to do outside of our normal everyday lives. They have provided many very much needed trips and opportunities to do things that we wouldn't normally be able to do. Freedom Alliance has allowed me to be able to reconnect with my family and kids by giving us things to do together! Thank you Freedom Alliance and Pepper for the GREAT Opportunities!!!!
Just when things appeared to be so dark in my life, PTSD issues had caused me to lose my career and my life savings, Freedom Alliance came into my life to fulfill a childhood dream. My dream had always been to horseback ride deep into the Rockies, catching trophy trout and fully experiencing God's beautiful creation.
All of these things occurred. What I didn't plan on was the wonderful companionship from my fellow servicemembers. This was something that I desperately needed. There are things that occur while serving that civilians just don't understand.
Shawn Farnsworth was an outstanding guide and my new friend, helping me to catch a 12", 14", 16", and 18" Brook trout. Those are monster fish. I have never even seen or heard of 16" and 18" Brook trout before. God had richly blessed us.
Pepper Ailor did an absolutely fantastic job bringing this all together, being a true friend, and taking stunning photographs to remind us of this trip for the rest of our lives. He is such a good man who cares for this nation and our veterans. I really enjoyed his presence around the campfire. He also cleans a mean dish. LOL.
Bruce of Adams Lodge Outfitters and his guides were amazing, down to earth people. They showed us kindness at every turn, most especially by donating this trip for us. Their helpfulness and happiness confirmed in my heart that I should fulfill my childhood dream and become a guide myself. I will be attending a guide school in Maine in the Spring. Life is good, and the kind people at Freedom Alliance has given me hope and a new dream for the future.
Thank you and God Bless,
SSgt Kevin Lewis USMCR (Ret.)
We had the pleasure of coming in contact with Freedom Alliance in December of 2012 when they contacted WWBN-E to help some families with Christmas, Pepper and his wife came to our home and totally went over the top. Our daughter still remembers Pepper and his wife; till this day she will grab her favorite blanket and remind us "Pepper gave me this blanket!"
My husband has had a couple trips with Freedom Alliance and every time he's came home all he could talk about is what great people he was with and what a great time he had. This past weekend we had the pleasure of attending the couples retreat at David and Rita Scott's place. I have never walked into anyone's home and felt right at home the way they made us feel! We had a blast and was able to get to know other couples that are/have been in the same situations we have faced. We can not express our gratitude enough to these amazing people, who we know feel are like family. To Freedom Alliance, David and Rita, Pepper, and everyone else involved we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for giving us the most wonderful, relaxing, stress-free weekend we've ever had.
My name is Dan Burgess and I was invited to be part of the 2nd Grouper Grapple this passed weekend in Fort Myers, FL. I was with seven other warriors and had one of the most life changing events in a long time. Freedom Alliance places wounded warriors together and friendships are made almost instantly and ones that will last a life time. They also take the pressure off of you for a couple of days and puts you in a peace of mind as you talk with your other brothers and learn from each other. Freedom Alliance has been the best piece of my life along with my family to help me recover from army injuries both physically and mentally. Thank you for the time to relax and spend time with my family of brother.