I can't speak highly enough of Freedom Alliance. Alicia Behm has been wonderful every time we've approached her. She and Alliance has gone above and beyond every time, and I can only hope that we have a lasting relationship for many years to come.
My experience with obtaining assistance from Freedom Alliance in support of a Wounded Warrior was professional, courteous, and expediant. I am a Soldier/Family Advocate for Wounded Warriors and made a request on behalf of a Wounded Warrior assigned to the Ft. Eustis Warrior in Transition Unit. the Soldier was recently diagnosed with a serious illness and requested financial assistance for a round trip ticket from Texas to Virginia for her mother. The Soldier had surgery and had no family to assist her with her post op care. The Soldier requested that her mother be flown to Virginia to take care of her. Freedom Alliance went the extra mile to help this soldier with her request. The Soldier, her family, and myself are greatful for the support that was given.
I am a leader of a Girl Scout Troop. Every year at cookie time my girls collect donations of Girl Scout cookies & candy to ship overseas to our soldiers. Freedom Alliance has been a great help with shipping the cookies to our soldiers. My girls look forward to sending the goodies along with thank you cards they make. It's been a great experience for them and it's nice to receive the thank you notes & pictures from the soldiers.
Freedom Alliance has provided two opportunties to our organization (Recreation Therapy Services at the Richomond Vet. Med. Ctr.) We were able to attend a National's Baseball Game and a dinner at Ruth Chris Restaurant which gives our clients the opportunity to practice their social, and cognitive in the community. These opportunities are invaluable as my department didn't have the funds to provide these opportunities.
While I was Navy Region Southwest Ombudsman I had the opportunity to work with Freedom Alliance which at the time was a new resource to us. Our local Rep was wonder and easy to deal with and we were able to help her get into various events for support. I also had a few times to call and see if she could help an individual family or member for an emergency purpose and she always came through to assist.
Now that my spouse is retired and we hear of things I always call the local Rep ask for her services. They are easy to deal with and flexible!
Freedom Allience(FA) has helped our military family programs above and beyond the "call of duty". Working in conjuction with the San Diego Navy MWR, Freedom Allliance has assisted our Individual Augmentee Program, Homecomings and special assistance to military members. Great People to work with. Thank you!!
The Freedom Alllance has provided some of our active duty military members at Hurlburt field a wonderful opportunity (s) to create new memories as families recently returning from Deployment got to enjoy a fabulous night out at an upscale local restaurant with loved ones. Thanks so much for providing a opportunity to make reintegration special!
Freedom Alliance is by far the best organization out there. I have attended 2 events with Kip West outdoors and Pepper (the Man) from freedom alliance and it was a blast. The way you make us wounded guys feel is unbelievable. These events help us overcome our situations that we have sustained during our combat tours and to talking with other wounded warriors helps cope with the situations in hand.. SEMPER FI
AND THANKS FOR EVERYTHING
The Freedom Alliance has been a tremendous blessing to my life. They have helped make it possible for me to be able to go to college and be able to focus on my goals without having this incredible financial burden. Over winter break I was privileged to be able to study abroad in Vietnam, exploring the different perspectives of the Vietnam War. It truly was an incredible experience, that I will always remember. Driving through the country, talking to the Vietnamese citizens who lived through the war there, and seeing where the soldier actually fought brought the war to life for me and made me appreciate what I was learning about more than I could ever put into words. Connecting with the college students there, also made me realize that even though this country has gone through an incredibly gruesome war and they are still recovering from it, their citizens still have hopes and reams of a better life too. Without the scholarship that I received from the Freedom Alliance, there is no way that I would have been able to study abroad and have this once in a lifetime experience. Thank you so much for all you have done for me!
These folks are incredible!!! Jennifer Omen and her staff came to our base and provided a wonderful dinner for 60 marines at the best restaurant in town. Most of our Marines that attended the dinner stated that they had not eaten at this restaurant before because it was beyond their means. This organization provided a turnkey event for our service members!!! Great Job! please come back to Yuma!!!!
Freedom Alliance has been my "go-to" support program for Marines and Sailors of my Battalion. They are always willing to think outside the box and provide assistance to meet the needs. The professionalism of their staff is commendable and it makes it easy to facilitate support.
WWe are just a small Warrior Transition Unit (WTU) lost as a small entity on a base where the priority is focused on basic training. The difference between a WTU and a Warrior Transition Battalion (WTB) in terms of support is astonishing.
This was the conversation that sparked a changed as a friend referred me to Freedom Alliance while we were attending Senior Leader Course in San Antonio, TX. He presented their organization as "providing free banquets". His was was involved with the Soldier Family Assistance Center (SFAC) at their duty station and had worked with Alicia Behm.
I am a Platoon Sergeant for the Warrior Transition Unit and just wanted to some support to make some great things happen for our Warriors. I am proud to have establish a strong relationship with Freedom Alliance through Alicia Behm because their support has made a world of difference to our unit in terms of boosting morale.
I called my friend Jason and thanked him for referring me to them! I told him "you know these folks are amazing, they do so much more than troop appreciation dinners".
I am very appreciative for all the donations. The troop appreciation dinner was a huge success and it was the first time we had ALL of our Soldiers, Staff, and medical personnel together in the unit's existence! I received positive feedback from almost everyone of how much it improved unit cohesion. The fact that we got to eat at Ruth's Chris Steak House made it that much better.
After explaining to Alicia of how isolated we were in contrast to bigger WTBs she offered to meet with myself and the Commander to discuss additional ways Freedom Alliance could support the unit.
Our unit is very involved with adaptive sports for our injured Soldiers. The two events we are most involved with are Ride 2 Recovery and Warrior Games (Soldier para Olympics). Freedom Alliance provided our cycling team of ten Soldiers with free cycling gear valued at $300 each. This gear is necessary for cycling and it helped us to persuade more Warriors to participate. It is not the fact that the gear is free, the fact is that it is an expensive sport to get into and having the gear available allowed us to get people on a bike by saying "you have to at least try it, let's go get your gear one and take a ride" and from there we now have teams set up to participate in the upcoming two ride 2 recovery challenges for the remainder of the calendar year. This is a major accomplishment for our unit because previously we were unsuccessful in the recruitment of our wounded Soldiers to participate in pretty much anything.
Next they helped us by sponsoring a $3,000 rifle that allowed one of our Soldiers to compete in the Warrior Games. The unit was not able to afford a weapon of such high quality to put it in the Soldiers words: "Before Freedom Alliance gave me this weapon I felt like I was bringing a knife into a gun fight, and if I medal in this competition it's going to be because of this new rifle". The Soldier placed in 4th place overall.
Alicia then called me asking if we had a Soldier deserving of a all paid for vacation. I told her I would query the Cadre and see if we had a good candidate. We selected an excellent Soldier who has been going through very tough times. Both he and his wife are experiencing severe medical illness which has placed a financial and emotional toll on their family life. Freedom Alliance is making it possible for the couple to go on an all paid for vacation to Florida with a $1,000 gift card to purchase on whatever they wish. I cannot even put into words how much this has meant to this Soldier and his family.
And we are eagerly awaiting another Freedom Alliance sponsored event, a organization day at the US National White Water Center, Charlotte, NC. We have a total of 44 Soldiers and family members participating in this event where we have free access to all park features, free lunch, free nanny services, and one free hotel night stay in Charlotte. The event is a team building focused event to help bond a unit that is going through a lot of change a stressful time.
I have worked directly with Alicia and feel extremely grateful for everything! Everything happens for a reason, and the support we have gained has been a Godsend.
I attended the Freedom Alliance event..at Smith Mountain Lake for the Wounded Service Members The trip was amazing and the hospitality of the staff and interns was amazing. We had a stripped bass fishing day, an archery tournament with professional instruction, and assistance from Bowtech ProStaff members, as well as a Handgun competition with NRA instructors. It was truely the most theraputic and fun event for wounded warriors I have been on. We also all received Bowtech Solider Bows to improve our archery abilities. I would reccomend for that everyone looks into this program. The Freedom Alliance Foundation is one of the best organizations to assist Wounded Warriors, and the Family of Fallen Service Members.
All I can say is Thank You to the Entire Freedom Alliance Staff and affiliates as well as to all those that helped support the F.A. in any way!
I found out about Freedom Alliance through my sister, Marisa, who works for the organization. But I experienced firsthand the good work they do when I volunteered at a care package drive organized by Freedom Alliance interns Erin and Maria. I helped Erin, Maria, and Marisa purchase items and assemble them into a bunch of care packages to send to our troops overseas. Just us girls put together about 15 boxes. We even packed a few boxes of goodies specifically for our servicewomen, including nice smelling lotions, figuring they might appreciate some items with a more feminine touch while they bravely serve our country.
I am so proud of what Freedom Alliance does on a daily basis for our brave servicemembers. Having met a few members of the Freedom Alliance Programs team, I can say with certainty that these people are dedicated to serving our military in any and every way they can. Not only are they hardworking, energetic, and lots of fun, but they're also compassionate and genuinely interested in honoring the service and sacrifice of American heroes and their families.
In my job as an Individual Deployment Support Specialist I work to support our Navy families and their mobilized service members. I head an organization of Navy leadership at our base who plan social events for our families. Freedom Alliance has been instrumental in assisting me financially in executing our social activities! They have purchased materials to support events such as: "Build A Bear", where the children created teddy bears and decorated T-shirts. They made it possible for our families to enjoy a family fun day at "Pump It Up" at the holidays. They purchased items so I could fill stockings and have Santa Claus come for a visit. At our most recent July 4th Fireworks Celebration, Freedom Alliance sent us digital picture frame keychains so that the families could document the event to revisit later. I am so grateful to have the support of Freedom Alliance ~ they are the BEST!!!!
My name is Amber R. McDaniel, I am Active duty Army. My current position in the Army is a Squad Leader at a Warrior Transition Unit. My job is to assist Wounded Warrior's back to Duty or to be a valuable Citizen of our Country. I have Wounded Warrior that came to our Unit because he needed to have the hole in his heart repaired. He is a great person and an even better leader. He is always willing to help and he never complains! While he was in the middle of going through the diagnosis and surgery process of his own injury, his wife of 17 years was diagnosed with Kidney Cancer. Despite all of this that is going on with them they have two beautiful children whom they still manage to care for and love just the same as before the Heart and Cancer.
Freedom Alliance had already been working with our Unit in effort to support our Wounded Warriors. Freedom Alliance dondated funds to our Warriors so they could have the proper cycling equipment to go on the Ride 2 Recovery. Freedom Alliance also provided a wonderful meal for not only myself and my fellow Cadre members but the Warriors Case Manager's and Primary Care Manager's also. Freedom Alliance is giving us the oportunity at the end of this month to go on a team building venture in Charlotte, NC. Freedom Alliance had asked if we had a Soldier here that not only deserved (they all deserve it) but needed a free family vacation to Florida I could onlt think of one and that was my Warrior and his wife and children. After a very difficult 18 months for them they were able to get some time to just have fun and not worry about treatments or therapy for one whole entire week. His children were beyond happy and loved getting to meet MIckey and Minnie Mouse with both their Mom and Dad!
Freedom Alliance is a wonderful Nonprofit Organization and I look forward to taking them with me to my next duty station to help them to conintue changing lives for the better!
Freedom Alliance has helped me a great deal. My dad was KIA when I was 13 yrs old. I am now 20 yrs old and attending college. FA has helped my experience attending college less stressful due to not having to worry about the financial burden it would place on my mom and I.
Adam Morgan has been a big help. He has given my mother and I his personal attention each and every time we had a question or needed help with the application process. Thank you Adam!
As the years go on in this war we are going to have more and more children that loose a parent. FA helps those children.
Thank you Freedom Alliance for all of your help and the support that you give to the children of Fallen Heroes.
Freedom Alliance takes care of the Military! It was an honor to be reconized at the Washinton National's basebal game. Thank you for all your support you have shown.
When my sister, Erin Scherer, began interning at Freedom Alliance I was interested to hear about all of her new and exciting experiences. It is clear that she has learned a great deal and has a newfound appreciation for the men and women who serve in the armed forces. I was glad to make a small contribution when I participated in a care package drive that Erin organized for a marine regiment in Afghanistan. At the drive I met Maria, a development intern and Marisa, a programs officer and was impressed by their enthusiasm and willingness to help others. Recently, I visited the office and was fortunate enough to get a tour and meet some of the employees. Their genuine passion and dedication for helping others was evident even though I was only there for a brief time. Everyone I met was very friendly, and there was no shortage of jokes or interesting stories. I'm grateful that I had the opportunity to get a glimpse of the inner workings of this impressive organization.
I was a CPL in the US Army, injured in a roadside bombing 1 August 2007 that resulted in the amputation of my left leg below the knee. I met people from the Freedom Alliance this past year, the have been very supportive of my softball team, the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team. Coming to local games, cheering us on and hanging out with us after games to relax. I can tell they have a great interest and care about all the soldiers they come into contact with, truly is a great organization.
I am a Warrant Officer and have served in the Army for over twelve years, I am an OEF Veteran and am currently assigned to the Warrior Transition Battalion at Fort Bragg, NC while I go through a Medical Evaluation Board. When I was first shown the flier for the Freedom Alliance trip at Smith Mountain Lake, VA I saw that there was Striper fishing and was sold I immediately signed up. I am an Avid fisherman and a volunteer with Heroes on The Water, a program that helps Wounded Warriors, Veterans and their families relax, rehabilitate, and reintegrate through Kayak Fishing and the outdoors. I had no idea that i would experience as much as i did and that i would take away as many long lasting memories, and connections with others. I have tried to tell others about the trip and have found that it is almost to much to describe. I greatly enjoyed the Striper fishing and although i only caught one it was a nice 30 incher, I also have an open invitation from the Captain of the boat i was on to return and fish that immense and beautiful lake again. I was very surprised that nice Compact Bows were given to us from Bow Tech, I had a blast at the archery range and will continue to perfect my archery skills and plan to go bow hunting for the first time this fall. Kip West was awesome and his dedication to giving back to us anyway he can was noticed and greatly appreciated by all of us. I can go on and on about my personal experiences on this trip that was organized to thank and support us veterans. What I would really like to comment on and what will have a lasting impression on me is the genuine dedication of Pepper and his Freedom Alliance staff and volunteers to make it an amazing and memorable experience. They were great and did everything they could to cater to us and show there appreciation. They did an amazing job at planning all the events and bringing it all together. I personally know how much goes into organizing Kayak Fishing trips but could only imagine the preparation and leg work that went into a trip like that.The Smith Mountain Lake community also came out and their gratitude and the respect they showed for us was almost to much, they were great and i will definitely return there one day with my two daughters. After that amazing trip was over the dedicated Staff of Freedom Alliance continued to stay in touch and continue the friendship with all of us that participated. THANK YOU to Freedom Alliance for everything that you did and continue to do especially Pepper, Adam, Maria, and Erin.
WO1 Matthew J. Griffith
Freedom Alliance I am so glad that we found you. I am very grateful for your assistance in financial aid for my daughter. You don't know how much of a burden you have lifted from my shoulders. I have two more daughters to educate and I am looking forward to working with you again. One of the best military organizations that I have found that are family friendly.
Our military members look after our freedom. And who looks after them and their families ?
Freedom Alliance does - not only now but for future generations.
I have never encountered a non-profit that is better.
Freedom Alliance has developed so many successful "where-the-rubber-meets-the-road" programs of support - financial, thousands of care packages sent to active duty troops, nationwide dinners and events for injured and their families, AND they provide scholarships for children of our fallen heroes, AND their unique Military Leadership Academy (MLA) every summer for high school students is a "hands on" education program of both classroom and field work from which numerous cadets have now gone on to our military academies and service to our county for the future.
What an amazing and effective organization - no wonder it is certified Best in America by the Independent Charities of America. It is certainly five star top-notch in my book.... It's the people there, the founders, all the volunteers, donors and partners. Thank you for all you do. I am forever glad that I have been fortunate enough to meet and work with many of them. Contact them, you'll be glad you did.
I did not know what to expect when I first started interning at Freedom Alliance. I had heard of them and knew it was a good organization, but I did not realize how dedicated and passionate the people who work there are. Every day I see how much time and thought is put into every program Freedom Alliance has. There is such a strong emphasis on establishing and maintaining relationships with the people they serve that is unparalleled by other similar organizations. It is inspiring to see how excited the people at Freedom Alliance get when they are able to make a difference in someone's life, and working here has helped me realize that I want to spend my life directly helping improve the lives of others.
The work Freedom Alliance does is so meaningful and the people who carry out the programs really take pride in what they do. When a scholarship recipient comes in to the office to have lunch and meet the staff, the whole office lights up. When a Wounded Warrior mentions that the event Freedom Alliance hosted was the first time in a long time they were able to get out of the hospital and relax, their words are shared with the whole organization.
I am so grateful to have this unbelievable opportunity to work so closely with some of the nicest and most generous people I have known. I have learned so much more than I ever imagined in the mere seven weeks I have been here and continue to learn new things every day.
The service members and family members that Freedom Alliance aims to serve are so selfless and deserving of recognition for their sacrifices. It is amazing to hear their stories every day. And when Freedom Alliance wants to recognize and honor these sacrifices, they do so thoroughly and wholeheartedly.
Freedom Alliance is one of the best organizations in America, and it continues to improve and grow bigger and better every day.
Freedom Alliance has been an amazing organization for myself and my family! My father is a 100% disabled veteran. The organization has made it possible for my brother and myself to make it through college and achieve our dreams. In addition to the scholarship that we received, the staff of Freedom Alliance has been extremely supportive throughout my experience. They have even helped me to visit Walter Reed Hospital, which has been a dream since receiving my physical therapy degree. I have also had the opportunity to see first hand how caring everyone at this organization is. They truly care for everyone that they are helping!
Freedom Alliance has truly changed the lives of of my family and I. My dad is a 100% disabled veteran. As a scholarship recipient, it has helped me focus on my goal of becoming a pharmacist and not on the financial struggle of college. The special thing about Freedom Alliance is that it is so much more than than an organization offering scholarships, it's a support system, staffed with amazing people that I have been very fortunate to meet. My family was invited to a freedom concert in Dallas last summer to see a great line up of artists as well as meet Colonel Oliver North. It was our first family vacation in over 10 years and I can honestly say it was one of the best weekends of my dads life and definitely mine. We have also been invited to a Jacksonville Marine Corps event as well which was amazing. I am so thankful we found Freedom Alliance, the scholarship has helped keep me in school. With my dad now battling cancer, we couldn't have asked for a better "thank you" for his service.
Freedom Alliance is by far the best organization I have come in contact with. They have far exceeded my expectations on what a program can do to help military families and be involved with them and keep in contact. Being part of the Freedom Alliance family has helped me in many ways than possible! Without them going to college would have been a struggle financially. They know everything they are doing and very helpful with any questions or concerns of mine or my mother. They are just a great organization hands down, and I love being a part of it.
Freedom Alliance has seriously been a blessing! They have gone above and beyond the call of duty! I'm in my senior year of college and they have always been great. This is a great program and they really know what they are doing. The people that work for Freedom Alliance really enjoy their jobs and it shows to the clients. Without them I would not have of been able to do half of the things that I have been able to do.
I attended the concert and was very proud to hear about the many families and students Freedom Alliance is helping. People need to check out facts before adding their opinion on where the funds are going. In 2006, 77 percent went to program activities, 2007 it was 81.5 percent and 2008 79 percent. Not to mention it was a great concert! There will always be people trying to tear down something that is good. Shame on you.
Review from Guidestar