my name is John Bentley I'm a 25 Year old USMC Ret. wounded Warrior and I just went to the 2nd annual Grouper Grapple with Freedom Alliance, it was a life changing event, usually after my accident in Afghanistan i would keep to my self and stay at home most of the time but this organization got me back with my brothers for a real life event that was awesome. All we did was talk to each other and fish all day and meet some of the best people around that all they want to do is help out wounded veterans. Freedom Alliance is by far one of the best organizations i have dealt with. and they let me know about other events coming up that i would have never known about before. thank you Pepper for a amazing trip.
I had the most wonderful time on the trip. Appsolutly no pressure for me and just a time for me to sit back and relax. Pepper was great at contacting me and keeping me informed on what was going on. I hope I'm able to go on another wonderful trip again with them. Thank you for the awesome time I had.
People often ask me to explain the purpose of Freedom Alliance. And my reply is that they help the veterans and servicemembers recover spiritually and mentally from the injury. Our family has been helped by this organization since 2010 when my husband was medevac from Iraq and then moved to Walter Reed after collapsing from injuries received in theater. He was crushed when a building collapsed on him and three other servicemen. There are resources that help deal with the day to day survival of life after injury. I.E. paying the bills, making sure the family has a working vehicle…which I call the critical basic necessities. But then what happens to the veteran and their family? They survive and their whole world is turned upside down. They (and I do mean they the servicemember and their spouse/older kids) become depressed, feel isolated and the lifelong coping begins. Friends and family that used to be able to understand deployment issues or military life , can’t begin to understand where they are coming from life after injury (though if we are lucky there are a few that try really hard to understand and listen and stick around). Freedom Alliance steps in and tries to give back some of the life they lost when they were injured. Having a smiling face visiting you at Walter Reed, going fishing, hunting, on a vacation, out to dinner…all sound insignificant until you realize that these small moments are the only time these veterans and their families get a sense of being human or a sense of belonging and the internal healing can begin. Along with the support of our community, family and friends we have started healing. But that kick start to create new happy memories was given to us by Freedom Alliance with a fishing trip down the Rogue river for my husband a few years back. Fast forward a year or two and we have a 1 ½ year old little girl, my husband has finally been medically retired from the military, we are driving 60-75 minutes one way 3-4 times a week for VA appointments, my mother passes away after a long struggle with non-Hodgkins lymphoma, and we need to move out of yet another rental (because they are selling the house). Having to move so often (especially now with my husband being disabled) is beyond stressful. We know that we need to buy a house and move somewhere closer to a VA hospital to continue his treatment. But now we are on a fixed income and I have quit my job to be his caregiver. Life was a struggle once again. We mentioned our latest problem when we touched base with one of the outreach people at Freedom Alliance and he mentioned to apply for their Heroes to Homeowners program they coordinate with US Bank. Fast forward a little less than a year later and we have relocated to Tucson, Arizona, living in a mortgage free home graciously donated through US bank, Freedom Alliance and Five Brothers. We have a solid foundation for the first time ever. Ever!!! We are 15 minutes from the VA hospital and we now have time to focus on building new spiritual relationships and helping other veterans. Our spiritual and mental healing for our family has truly begun. Thank you Freedom Alliance and all your donors!!!!
Freedom Alliance made the difference in the well being of our family when my husband was medivaced from theater. In the two years, 5 surgeries, loss of our family home, and the harrowing Medical retirement process they have provided help with day to day necessities, a well needed fishing trip that helped restore a chunk of my husbands spirit and the knowledge that there are people who care about the soldiers that have fought for our country.So often it is not feasible to add things like a retreat, a nice dinner or a splurge purchase that makes you feel life is a little more bearable. It's these things so many people take for granted that when you are strapped by your budget because of medical procedures, work taken off to be a caretaker, and all the other myriad costs (extra gas, a hotel room, meals outside of the home) that doesn't get done. Freedom Alliance stepped in and bridged a gap that made a huge life transistion that much smoother. They will always have our support!!!
This charity to me helps you bond with other veterans who have experienced some of the same things you suffer with. It gives you a chance to be you and not have to put on a front in front of civilians. You are able to talk to one another without being judged. Without this organization I don't know where I'd be. I love pepper he has helped me be myself and most of all in times of need given me his ear when needed the most.
Freedom Alliance is a FANTASTIC organization that truly goes above and beyond! What they have done for my daughter and I is amazing. The staff that they have is among the best of any I have dealt with, they make your experience and conversations with them truly enjoyable!
I am extremely grateful to the Freedom Alliance Scholarship Fund and its generous supporters, and appreciate this opportunity that is deeply rooted in the military. I am thankful that because of this scholarship, I can attend the college of my choice, Dickinson College, and that my two younger brothers can also attend a four-year college of their choosing.
Though I have received a few other scholarships from other helpful organizations, the one I received from Freedom Alliance has significantly stood out. The staff and supporters do everything they can to make it a personal experience. For example, not only have I received a scholarship, I have gotten birthday cards signed by everyone, and even a care package for finals week while I was at school. I was also invited to and participated in a retreat in Arlington that allowed me to meet a group of other students like myself who have experienced the same loss. The visit being the weekend before father’s day, was an important reminder that we are not alone.
Their hearts are in the right place, and it clearly shows by how much they help and genuinely care for each and every student. It is especially important to me because the reason behind giving the scholarship is to honor my father. Through it, I know that my father’s sacrifice is not forgotten, and there are gracious individuals across the country who also respect and remember him through supporting me by their donations. Freedom Alliance has especially helped me because though my dad was a Marine, the circumstances surrounding his death were a rare case which meant I was denied many forms of government benefits such as the G.I. Bill or David Fry Scholarship. To Freedom Alliance, I am not just another scholarship recipient or statistic, but the daughter of Lieutenant Colonel Robert Zangas. They make me proud to receive this scholarship because of the way it honors my dad.
I have twice had the opportunity to participate in Freedom Alliance events. The first, on short notice, was a duck hunting trip in early 2014 near Enfield, North Carolina. The event was hosted by a local hunt club, and the participants were mostly combat wounded Marines. With the presence of Pepper Ailor from Freedom Alliance, the event was excellent - beyond what I had originally anticipated. I was then invited to attend the annual fishing trip to Los Suenos, Costa Rica. I met wounded Marines and Army EOD experts who were apprehensive at first as we loaded a flight out of Charlotte, NC. As soon as we arrived at Los Suenos, we were welcomed with open arms by all of the great American patriots who invited us into their condos and onto their fishing yachts for two days of unbelievable fun and fellowship on the yachts catching sailfish. We also went zip-lining and took in a crocodile tour. Everyone had an absolute blast and many of us have become Facebook friends and continue to share our experiences. A special thanks goes out to Pepper Ailor, Gerald and Virginia Lindholm, Rita Scott, and everyone involved with Freedom Alliance – and of course Lt. Col. Oliver North. Thank you again, Pepper, for inviting me. Respectfully, CW4 Jim Herring, US Army Special Forces.
I wasn't expecting to have as much fun as I did. The house that we were in was excellent. The folks of Smith Mountain Lake Striper Club ensured we had a great time and made sure we had lots of fish and helped us to maximize our filets off of the fish. I hope to be able to gin on more of there trips.
I am a medically retired Army EOD tech that went on the 2014 Costa Rica trip which was graciously donated by Freedom Alliance, US and Costa Rican residents, and businesses. I didn't know what exactly to expect, but it is an understatement to say that my expectations were blown away and that I had an amazing time.
First, the generosity of our hosts was simply amazing and greatly appreciated. Enough can't be said about all of them. It was also a blast to be with them, from the pool parties to fishing with them. Their time, dedication, and company did not go unnoticed or unappreciated. It really reminded all of us that people do indeed care, not just about the United States and its service-members in general, but you as an individual.
Second, Freedom Alliance really did well, extremely well, on making a trip like this happen. The people who work with and for FA are outstanding and hardworking individuals that makes it look effortless to us, who receive the benefits of all their hard work. ( *cough cough* Pepper *cough*)
Third, the sum benefit. Beyond the activities that we all enjoyed: such as fishing (which I enjoyed much more than I thought I would), pool parties, and golf; was that the fellow service-members we met during that week. There was such an interesting mix of individuals, but it was great to meet them all. It was great to relax with a few other EOD techs, Marines, and even a few SF guys. It's hard to explain why aspect is important, but Freedom Alliance and their partners gets it.
I don't have enough thanks to give that could ever express how grateful I am, or the great time I had.
This is definitely a trip that I will be telling stories about for an extremely long time.
The opportunity Freedom Alliance provided me is very appreciated. I was injured by an IED in Iraq in 2004, I deployed multiple times after that to Afghanistan and Iraq, because of those deployments my injuries grew worse. I suffer from severe neck and back problems. The trip I went on through Freedom Alliance showed me that I can still do stuff, we did stuff that I would not have even thought of doing (we did a zipline and went fishing for sail fish in the ocean). I would never thought I would do something like that, it was truly amazing. Also the sharing of experiences with other veterans with injuries, and how they are dealing with them and what they are doing was also very helpful. It was definitely a life changing experience, and definitely for the better!
Freedom Alliance has been helpng the Navy for years. Thye always give Sailors an opportunity to enjoy the surrounding area of Chicago's finest diners. In addition, they have made donations to worthy causes affiliated with the Navy as well...THANK YOU !!
Freedom Alliance provides me and my fellow Wounded Warrior Caregivers a chance to relax and build our network of support. Freedom Alliance allows us to get together in a non-hospital setting and be ourselves, not "Sgt. Whoever's spouse."
The folks at Freedom Alliance came to Fort Riley and were very professional and gracious in their support of wounded warriors. Alicia went out of her way to include everyone and even opened a slot or two up for extra warriors at a dinner she hosted. We all had a wonderful time away and for a moment the cares and concerns were washed away with laughter and good food. Thank you again for all you do and have done!
MAJ Dave Foust
Freedom Alliance has been there for my family and I throughout my experience as a soldier, wounded warrior and veteran. The people who work for this organization are some of the most devoted caring people you will ever meet and they put 100% of their effort and resources into helping our servicemen and veterans. I can not thank them enough for being there to help me as I was transitioning from the service to retirement!
Our organization, Orange County Navy League, has partnered with Freedom Alliance on Sailor of the Year support in San Diego. It is without a doubt one of the most valuable non-profits serving the men and women of our military. The support that they provide to service members and their families can not be matched.
Freedom Alliance has provided phenomenal support to the recovering service members and their families, and Jen Ohman has been an outstanding asset for our organization. She exemplifies compassion and professionalism, continually going above and beyond to ensure our personnel are taken care of with the utmost diligence. We are extraordinarily thankful for the generosity and kindness shown to the service members and their families, and grateful for the enthusiasm and efficiency of the staff.
With profound thanks and appreciation.
Freedom Alliance has always provided personal service and above and beyond support in the programs they offer to our recovering service members and their families. Everyone I have dealt with at Freedom Alliance has been very professional, personable, and very down to earth. It's these traits that leave the receipents of such great gifts feeling truly appreciated and cared for. Jen Ohman is always enthusiastic and passionate about working with 29 Palms wounded, ill, and injured Marines.
I am a spouse of an army wounded warrior and Jennifer Ohman has been so amazing with getting us involved with so much support with other spouses and wounded warriors who can relate to everything that we have been through. The freedom alliance has also donated $800 so I can continue my studies in college and we are forever thankful!!
Freedom Alliance has helped me and my family in so many ways from having a spouse night to working out with Fit Club to my husband having a guys night with the guys. In July we were chosen to go on a vacation to Disneyland, this was the first vacation my family has been on. It was so stress free,fun and absolutely great that we forgot how it felt to be that relaxed. Jennifer Ohman is awesome! She will work with you and will do whatever she can to get your needs met.
I met Pepper three years ago and it has been a great experience meeting people that truly care about helping veterans.
Freedom Alliance has helped our family greatly. They have helped my husband (a wounded warrior) by sending him and other wounded warriors for a guys night out. It really helps him relax and he is able to talk to the other wounded warriors about things that he may not feel comfortable talking to me. They have also helped spouses/caregivers by having a girls night out, about once a month, which serves the same purpose as the guys night out. Also they host a Fit Club for spouses/caregivers which is another way for us to release some stress, get healthy and just feel better overall. They also host family/couple retreats to help bring families/couples closer together. All of these programs are at no cost to the wounded warriors, spouse/caregivers and their families.
The wives of the wounded warriors have been encouraged to take care of thier health as they are being caretakers for thier wounded spouses.
Jennifer Ohman has been the inspriation for these women and has sparked an interest in physical activity.
By using the Fitness Center and its programs at Naval Medical Center, the women have grown and developed a support system among the group.
Freedom Alliance has provided exceptional support for our Sailors and Marines and their families. Our Sailors and Marines have benifited from holliday assistance for those in need and multiple Military Appreation events. Each servicemember I have spoken with gives Freedom Alliance and their caring staff the most positive feedback with always a heartfelt "thank You". Your support of our military is comendable.
Freedom Alliances has sponsored many trips and events that my service-member has participated in. In 2010 he was critically injured by an IED in Afghanistan. As a result he has faced many injuries, his biggest being an above-knee amputation. His injuries have greatly limited activities he can enjoy. Freedom Alliance's programs have offered an escape. He can fully participate in all of their activities, without feeling uncomfortable or out of place. The most recent trip we participated in was going to enjoy the lake in Georgia. David and Rita Scott hosted soldiers in their homes and provided many opportunities to enjoy the lake. We were able to ride on their boat, jet ski, go tubing and much more! These trips are an awesome way for my service-member to relax and enjoy himself for a few days! Thank you Freedom Alliance!
Freedom Alliance Scholarship assistance for my son because his Father is a 100%disabled Veteran from disabilities caused by exposure to Agent Orange, enabled by son to receive an excellent college education, which allowed him to pursue his dream of attending medical school. He is now a third year medical student, which never would have happened without the financial & emotional support from Freedom Alliance. They never forget the heroes when everyone else does.
My husband is a 100% disabled Veteran. Our son received college scholarships thru Freedom Alliance that allowed him to attend a great college with a great Science and Research Program, that best helped him reach his goal of acceptance to Medical School which is an extremely competative challenge. Our son is now a second year Medical School student, he wold not have been able to attend the college of his choice without Freedom Alliance help, he would have had to work more hours to pay and this may not have helped his academic success. ALso, Freedom Alliance help me & my husband know during many tough health struggles that not everyone has forgotten our disabled Veterans, we felt someone out there cared about us. The work they do for our disabled heroes is tremendous, they do not receive a lot of publicity, but Freedom Alliance is out there improving lives of our warriors and their families. Freedom Alliance staff makes you feel like family. Thank you to Freedom Alliance and their donors.
There is so much we can say about Freedom Alliance and what they do, but to some it up they have changed our lives forever! We just received the first home through Freedom Alliance and their Heroes to Homeowners program and WOW! They went above and beyond to make our dream come true of one day having a home for our family. We are now proud homeowners of a home in Ventura, California!! We will forever be grateful to all who made this possible, and we will be there whenever they or another family need something from us!!!
My trip to Costa Rica came at a time when I had just gone through one of my darkest valley's in my life. Just four months prior to the trip I experienced a heart attack and had to undergo a double by-pass open heart surgery. As a matter of fact I had to get the OK from my doctor just to go on the trip. This trip was the finial step to my recovery after the surgery.
Freedom Alliance rolled out the red carpet for all seventeen of us and held nothing back. We were treated like Kings during our time in Costa Rica. Our accommodations were more that I could have ever expected. This was a dream vacation come true. The food was delicious and the view was stunning. Freedom Alliance even provided us with golf carts to get around on during our stay at Los Suenos Resort.
Never in my wildest dreams did I ever believe I could go on a deep sea fishing trip. We had a fleet of beautiful fishing boats and crew to give us the fishing trip of a life time and that it was. I caught three sail fish and two Mahi Mahi fish. Gerald & Virginia (they live at Los Suenos) had a lot to do with setting everything up for us concerning the trip. They are genuine supporters of our great nation and for those who have fought to keep it the great nation that we have. We could all feel their love and support for each and every one of us on the trip.
Calvin and Pepper, what can I say besides AWESOME! Freedom Alliance has an advantage on everything they set their minds to, by just having these two men on their pay roll. Very professional but also very real and caring people who look at their jobs are way more than just a pay check but that they are also helping people too. We need more people like this in our world today.
God Bless & Semper Fi!
MGySgt Ricardo Sanders (Ret.)
My trip with freedom alliance was by far one of the best weeks of my life. The memories and new friends I made will last a lifetime. Thank from the bottom of my heart for giving me a chance for such an unbelievable trip. Pepper and his crew were and always are the friendliest and most professional people I've gotten the priveledge to be around. Thank you for a time I don't think I will ever be able to equal. Plus a huge thank you and love to Gerald and Virginia you two are great Americans for your generosity and hospitality you not only showede but to the other men who were there also.
I am so glad to have been select to go on the Costa Rico. I was an amazing trip and far exceeded my expectations. The family that I stayed were awesome and made me feel like a king. And the fellowship with other veterans was great as well. I had never been deep sea fishing before and I learned allot. The volunteers were very heart warming and polite, which made me want to not leave. I loved it. Thank you Freedom Alliance and may God Bless You for the kindness and care that you have shown me. "HOORAH"!!!! A-TRAIN
Freedom Alliance has been a life saver to me personally. They blessed me with the opportunity to share time in the great outdoors with fellow warriors who can always put things back in perspective. I recently was part of a Costa Rica trip that allowed me mark off a lot on my bucket list. The trip also allowed me to meet people that I will remeber the rest of my life, true people who showed all the warriors kindness and respect that only comes from people who truly care. Freedom Alliance has personaly, Peppper, helped me through great persoal tragedy and as I said up top " a life saver". I am just an old tired Marine who wishes he could wright better because they sure rate more than I could ever say. I also caught four sword fish, which has been a long time dream, Freedom Alliance Rocks.
Freedom Alliance blessed me with the chance to go on an amazing trip to Costa Rica, where I met some of the nicest people I have ever come across. I was also able to go on the fishing trip of a lifetime that gave me something I never thought I would get again, a sense of peace. Freedom Alliance is truly a step above the rest in everything they are doing for all of the wounded vets and their families. Thank you to everyone involved with Freedom Alliance.
Freedom Alliance has truly changed my life. Not only have they given me the opportunity to attend college, but they have invited me to numerous retreats where I have been able to meet other students who have also lost a parent. I have made amazing lifetime long friends who give me advice, insight, and strength to keep a positive attitude during hard times. The staff of Freedom Alliance has kept in touch with me ever since my first year of school and takes the time to know each and everyone of us personally. No words can explain how incredibly touching it is to know I have another "family" to reach out to. My father's biggest dream was that all his children at least receive a bachelors degree and Freedom Alliance has helped me to make his dream come true. And NOTHING makes me more happy then to know I am making him proud. Thank you so much FA for everything. You have truly had a huge impact on life.
Freedom Alliance invited myself and a few other Marines from the Wounded Warrior Battalion to go fishing for a week in Smith Mountain Lake, Va. The fishing was great along with all of the other outdoor activities that we participated in. They kept us busy and well fed! Our hosts made us feel welcome and by the end of the week were our friends. Good times and long ashes. This was a great opportunity to get away, get back to nature and meet some great people who are part of a this awesome Organization.
Freedom Alliance has been a wonderful organization to our family! We met them when my husband was part of Wounded Warriors and they gave our family of 5 an all expense paid vacation to Panama City Beach Florida. My husband was able to go on the fishing trip of his dreams! Their staff took time to get to know all of our family personally. They still stay in touch nearly 3 years later and make an effort to see us when they're in town. This is the part that matters so much to us. Freedom Alliance builds relationships! Any donations made go to the clients served in many different ways. If you want an organization that gives to American people, and those who have served our country; then Freedom Alliance should be your choice! We're finally getting involved this year in helping them give! Our family has been blessed by this organization!
Freedom Alliance has been helping my Marines and family for years now. With the ever shortage of funds and resources for our service members, Freedom Alliance is an amazing organization. Thank you for all that you do for our Marines and their families. Semper Fidelis!
I am a Wounded Warrior who was wounded in Iraq. Since I was injured, Freedom Alliance has helped me readjust back home. Through their outdoor programs, I have made serious improvements physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. I have been able to reconnect with other service members who share my problems. The staff at Freedom Alliance are incredible and care about each one of us. They don't just forget you, but stay in touch with you and follow your progress and offer any help you need along the way.
Amazing team of people helping our Marines. Their warmth and generosity has been felt far and wide!!!
Freedom Alliance has helped our Marines numerous times. Utilizing volunteers from within the military is a great addition as many Marines want to volunteer to help fellow servicemembers. I appreciate the fact they coordinate events with simplicity and always lend a helping hand.
Freedom Alliance has provided exceptional support for my Sailors. Invites to Military appreaciation events and sponsorship of on base family events and Sailor of the Year events are just a few examples. I recieve extreemly positive feedback about Freedom Alliance from my Sailors and their families.
I was medically retired in July 2008 after 17 years in the military and since then I have participated in a number of disabled veterans groups but by far Freedom Alliance has made the greatest impact in not only my life but my family's lives as well. I was passed over by the Wounded Warrior Project more times than I care to count and there is nothing more hurtful than being ignored by an organization that is supposed to be there to help you. I came into contat with Pepper Ailor from Freedom Alliance earlier this year on a turkey hunt and because of that chance meeting I've experienced life-changing moments in my life and I also gained a lifelong friend in Pepper. I've never met a man more dedicated to helping other disabled veterans than Pepper. He sacrifices his own time to attend to others. He never judged me or treated me differently, but what he did was genuinely care about me. Pepper also helped me get a grant through Freedom Alliance for my power wheelchair lift for my truck as my insurance left me with a sizable deductible. Freedom Alliance, to me, is the most caring disabled veterans organization and with their smaller events I not only get more individual attention it also helps me deal with my social issues instead of being overwhelmed and withdraw as a result. I've learned that Freedom Alliance isn't about giving gifts and "dazzling" people with expensive things...they are about the people which is vitally important to actually change lives. They have changed my life for the better and for that I'm very thankful for finding them and meeting Pepper.
FREEDOM ALLIANCE HAS SHOWN GREAT CARE AND CONCERN FOR OUR WOUNDED WARRIORS BY MAKING THEM FEEL APPRECIATED. GETTING THE WOUNDED WARRIORS OUT AND AWAY FROM THE HOSPITAL SETTING IS VERY IMPORTANT AND A HUGE PROCESS IN HELPING THEM RECOVER, AND MAKING SURE THAT THEIR FAMILIES DO NOT FEEL ALONE IN THE JOURNEY. THEY ALSO PROVIDE WONDERFUL SCHOLARSHIPS TO MILITARY FAMILIES THAT MAY OTHERWISE FEEL THE BURDEN OF THE EXPENSES THAT IT TAKES TO GET AN EDUCATION. THEY ALSO REACH OUT TO THE SINGLE TROOPS ESPECIALLY THOSE IS REMOTE AREAS WHERE IT MAY BE HARDER FOR THEM TO STAY ENCOURAGED. FREEDOM ALLIANCE TRULY CARES ABOUT OUR TROOPS AND THEIR FAMILIES. THEY HAVE HELPED US, AND SO MANY MORE. WE ARE VERY GRATEFUL TO ALL THE VOLUNTEERS THAT WORK SO HARD TO MAKE SURE WE ALL KNOW WE ARE NOT ALONE, AND THAT THERE IS SOMEONE THERE TO HELP. THANK YOU FREEDOM ALLIANCE.
Freedom Alliance is an amazing organization that continually goes above and beyond to support Navy and Marine Corps families!
My experience with Freedom Alliance was nothing short of extraordinary. In all my volunteer work, I have never witnessed an organization more efficient or more dedicated. Their work towards helping military service men and women and their families is remarkable and highly commendable.
Freedom Alliance has been the most amazing help in boosting my husband's morale and helping our wounded warriors getaway from the hospital visits and every day struggles of dealing with their injuries. We find ourselves in awe of their generousity and how quickly they step up to help in a trying situation every time they are called upon to help! There is not enough gratitude in this world to thank them fully for the amazing oppertunities that they have opened up for both my wounded warrior and our entire family. Amazing group with an amazing dedication to our Veterans!!
The Freedom Alliance is one of the very best organizations out there to help military families and grant wishes for the men and women who defend our freedom.
My husband is a wounded warrior who has served in both Iraq and Afghanistan. At 24, he has had more surgeries and doctor visits than many people will in the course of their lifetime. Freedom Alliance sent my husband and myself on the trip of a lifetime that we never could have afforded on our active duty military income.everyone from the organization and those who sponsered the event were amazing and everything about the experience was perfectly coordinated and lovely. We had our daughter several weeks premature only one month later, and we felt so honored to have been given the gift of this trip before the stress that comes with having a premature infant. One day, my husband and I will tell Cora about this trip, and the story of the good times will be passed down.
A few months after our trip, an aquaintance of mine lost her fiancee who was badly injured in Afghanistan. He was flown back to the states before he passed away, and his family was struggling to come up with the funds for a flight to be with him. My first thought in helping them was to give them the information for the Freedom Alliance, which can and absolutely does help out in situations like the one that they were in...
This is a wonderful organization and we have made lifelong friends and the best of memories being honored by everyone involved. Before people jump straight into the pluses and minuses of money allocation, stop to think about the other side of it all. The Freedom Alliance is out there with their sleeves rolled up working to help the families of the poeple who give their time, health, and sometimes their lives for our freedom. Thank you again for the memories of a lifetime Freedom Alliance! Keep up the great work!
Freedom Alliance is an outstanding organization! Sometimes it's hard to keep up on all the volunteer work that they do, but once I'm updated I'm usually left speechless. They work so hard to be there for everyone who has served and even those victims of Hurricane Sandy this past weekend. Their continuous efforts for others is mind blowing. What really pulled me into Freedom Alliance was their persistence to always find a better way to help. I can't think of a better non profit organization to associate myself with.
Freedom Alliance is an expertly run organization that provides a large amount of community service to Veterans and Wounded Warriors. From their own summer programs like the Military Leadership Academy to fishing trips and vacations for Veterans, Freedom Alliance is a fantastic company that is incredibly supportive of the military and its members. Thank you too all those who run and volunteer in their ranks
Freedom Alliance has treated us very well. We can not thank them enough for all that they have done. They have helped provide us with some relief while going through a stressful situation. They have helped us and many others, could not ask for any better of an organization. The people running it are also amazing, they truly care about those they help. Thank you for everything!
I can not express how much freedom alliance means to me. My dad was serving in Iraq in 05 when he lost his life. This organization is not only providing me funds for college but they are also helping me heal. I couldn't even talk about my dad until freedom alliance took me under their wing. They have such a respect for the fallen and the wounded that it inspired me speak up and tell the story about my dad. They flew me to Pittsburgh to speak at a concert, dc, and nyc. I couldn't believe how easy it was to tell strangers about my dad. This organization is unbelievably supportive and the people are so generous. They have made an impact on my life and have shown me what it means to be ok. Thank you freedom alliance I wouldn't be where I am today without you.
Thank you freedom alliance for the support you have given to wounded veterans and myself. Thank you Pepper for planning this trip, you did a phenomenal job! I suffer from ptsd associated with a pesonslity disorder. I am so tired of being on edge, worried, stressed out, and full of anxiety. Not only has PTSD affected me metally, it has affected me physically as well. It has affected my life to the point where my family doesn't even know who I am anymore. It really does suck to feel like you will never get better or achieve the goal of being labled "normal" again. I was fortunate to be apart of the Rogue River fishing trip in Oregon, where I met some of the coolest, down to earth heroes out there. This trip has made a huge difference in my life; for once in 2 years I felt peace. The atmosphere was great, I had only known these guys for minutes, and yet they felt like family. This trip was so amazing, I hope others can enjoy going as well. I will never forget you guys, I hope to see you all again! Thank you Pepper, and freedom alliance!
My Father John Couch was killed in the Army when I was in the 3rd grade. The Freedom Alliance and the great Americans who support it have changed my life. I am now about to graduate a 5 year intense work study Finance program from the University of Cincinnati. Without the love and support of the Freedom Alliance I would have never had the opportunity to afford a college education and to become an alumni of UC just like my father was. My Father would be so grateful to know that American Patriots sacrificed money and time for me to go to college, just as he and his friends sacrificed life and limb for us. God bless the Freedom Alliance and everyone who stands with it. Thank you. - Jamison
Freedom Alliance helped me attend the Military Leadership Academy when money was really tight for my family. I am eternally greatful for the amazing experience and to Freedom Alliance.
Just a note of thanks. Freedom Alliance did another amazing thing in assisting in helping my Son and our family. My Son was Wounded by an IED in Afghanistan last November 2011. The loss of limb and trauma that was caused by that incident was overwhelming to say the least. There are different points in the course of recovery that play major roles as to how things will go. Being around other Wounded Marines and their families in activities that bring a new normalcy to us is so helpful.. Freedom Alliance, Pepper and of course Lt. Colonel North have done so much to lift my Sons spirits and help us move forward. This past trip to Oregon fishing on the Rogue River with other Veterans proved to be very healing. You will never know how much that meant to us. Thank you and to all who provided to make the trip possible. It was so well organized and went off with such ease. My Son and I will always be grateful to you. V/r John Carnes
The Freedom alliance has demonstrated an absolute commitment to our Sailors and their mission. On numerous occasions Jen Ohman has taken the lead and coordinated for Freedom alliance numerous events that have greatly improved the quality of life of our Submarine crews and staff. The impact has greatly contributed to the positive command climate that we enjoy here in San Diego.
I have been involved with US Marine and Navy units that have directly benefited from the care and benevolence of FREEDOM ALLIANCE. Whether it was resources made available for family members, funding for unit activities or quality of life donations for service members deployed over seas, FREEDOM ALLIANCE and its western area coordinator, Mrs. Jennifer Ohman, has always come through by finding worthy activities and service members. Thank you FREEDOM ALLIANCE.
I am a retired Marine who has been privileged to put Freedom Alliance in touch with several active duty Marine Corps units who have young Marines, many with families, who are continually deployed. They have, at no cost to the Marines, provided dinners at places like Ruth Chris Steakhouse for the Marines and their spouses. In fact, they filled the restaurant will nothing but Marines and their families so they could enjoy a nice meal (that they normally could not afford) as a way of saying thanks. Additionally, they have sponsored concerts, surfing lessons, and other events that serve no other purpose than to say thank you to our Marines and Sailors who serve our country.
I am a volunteer with my husbands USMC Battalion. This Non profit provided us with support on multiple occasions.
Freedom Alliance coordinated donations to purchase items for adaptive physical fitness to improve the fitness and quality of life for the Warriors in Transition at Fort Bliss, Texas. Equipment includes TRX systems, exercise videos, and bicycles and equipment for a full team to ride at once and prepare for the Ride to Recovery events around the country. They also treated our entire battalion to dinner, hayrides, and additional entertainment at a large ranch resort every year. Alicia does a fabulous job!
I am a U. S. Marine stationed in Kabul, Afghanistan who received several care packages from the Social Justice non-profit organization. Many U.S. service members stationed throughout this country are in need of basic hygiene items along with comfort items that make a deployement much easier. Social Justice has sent thousand of packages with these items and the contribution they make to us has made a huge impact on overal mission success.
Freedom Alliance is an awesome organization. Their dedication to supporting ill, injured, and wounded Warriors and their Families here at Fort Riley, KS is unmatched.
My husband’s a soldier with the 1-174th AD Battalion and they are deployed to Iraq. I am the Family Readiness Group Leader for HHB and our Radar teams. Freedom Alliance has helped us to send care packages to each of our 300 soldiers and the 100 sailors attached to our Battalion. We shipped 475 packages after our first packing party and we shipped 450 packages our second packing party. Freedom Alliance paid for all our shipping for the packages shipped to our soldiers from these two events and they are preparing to pay for a third shipment of items to our soldiers. They are an amazing group who help us support our soldiers as they completed their mission. They are an amazing organization!
Freedom Alliance is one of the best organizations I've ever worked with. From being a part of troop appreciation dinners & benefit concert tours to observing office time & policy writing this team literally breaths supporting the military in every way possible. They are great people with hearts that are bigger than most and wounded vets, active military and military families certainly have the greatest of advocates in Freedom Alliance.
Our Brownie Troop in Knoxville TN voted to send "Gift of Caring" Girl Scout cookies to USN Seabee service members deployed to Afghanistan. We partnered with Freedom Alliance to accomplish this mission. By asking customers to purchase and donate "Gift of Caring" cookies, we collected 170+ boxes of Girl Scout cookies for USN Seabee men and women. Freedom Alliance assisted us by funding and preparing pre-paid, pre-addressed postage labels and customs forms for USPS flat rate, military APO/FPO boxes. Our partnership with Freedom Alliance allowed the Brownie members to focus on selling as many "Gift of Caring" boxes for the troops as they could. (Girl Scout rules prohibit soliciting funds for postage for "Gift of Caring" boxes; only cookies can be purchased and donated.) Interaction with staff on a national and regional level was efficient and professional. Throughout the entire process -- from my initial inquiry to the mailing of the cookies -- I was warmly received, a willingness to help was ever present, and ideas were exchanged in an environment of teamwork. I would also like to extend a compliment to Alicia B., for her excellent service and skill sets. Our Brownie Troop (now Junior Girl Scouts) would parnter with Freedom Alliance again on projects such as this one or possibly others of a different nature in the future. My experience with this organization and its staff was extremely positive.
I interned two summers in a row at Freedom Alliance and enjoyed my experience there immensely. The staff are all amazing, and the work they do even more incredible. Participating in the FA events, specifically the Sean Hannity Freedom Concerts and a troop appreciation weekend in New York City, was both inspiring and touching. Working for Freedom Alliance and talking with scholarship and grant recipients gave me an opportunity to experience first-hand the appreciation and gratitude felt by these heroes and their families thanks to Freedom Alliance.