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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Philanthropy

Mission: The mission of Hope For The Warriors® (www.hopeforthewarriors.org) is to enhance the quality of life for post-9/11 service members, their families, and families of the fallen who have sustained physical and psychological wounds in the line of duty. Hope For The Warriors® is dedicated to restoring a sense of self, restoring the family unit, and restoring hope for our service members and our military families.

Results: Founded in 2006, Hope For The Warriors is a national nonprofit dedicated to restoring a sense of self, family and hope for post-9/11 veterans, service members and military families. Since its inception, Hope For The Warriors has served over 30,000 through a variety of support programs focused on clinical health and wellness, sports and recreation and transition. One of the nonprofit’s first programs, Military Spouse and Caregiver Scholarships, has awarded over 150 scholarships to caregivers and families of the fallen. In addition, Run For The Warriors has captured the hearts of over 29,500 since 2010. For more information, visit hopeforthewarriors.org, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

Target demographics: Combat wounded service members and veterans, their families and families of the fallen.

Direct beneficiaries per year: The number of families has grown each year. Since 2006 Hope For The Warriors has served more than 23,200 through a variety of support programs focused on clinical health and wellness, sports and recreation and transition.

Geographic areas served: Nationwide

Programs: Employment & Education, Clinical Support Services, Sports & Recreation, and Community & Military Relations.

Community Stories

263 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a reporter for the Camp Lejeune Globe and I have seen this organization in action on many occasions. These people are amazing! They work tirelessly toward their cause, and I've seen first hand the difference they make in the lives of wounded service members and their families.

Every single person I've met from this organization is an absolute joy to be around. This organization is such a breath of fresh air, and I believe it's because each and every person involved is passionate about this cause.

I would like to specifically recognize two wonderful people in this organization: Anne Barnwell and Jordan Huffman, both of whom I've worked with numerous times. These two women are so immersed in the cause of Hope For The Warriors and culture of military life, all for the betterment of others. Anne's enthusiasm for what she does is contagious, and she has actually said to me, "Chantel, I really wake up every morning so excited about going to work." Jordan is always ready to help me whenever I need it! She's so great. She will do whatever it takes to ensure success of the organization, not just aboard Camp Lejeune, but nationwide.

I feel blessed to have met these people and proud to know them. I am not a beneficiary of their efforts, but they've still touched my heart – that's the measure of a great nonprofit.

KEEP IT UP!
-Chantel Green

Bud P.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

After becoming involved as a volunteer, I've found that one of the things I like about Hope for the Warriors is that their fund raisers are activities that get the public INVOLVED. They are activities designed to get you off the couch, out in the fresh air with an opportunity to meet and greet the warriors who have served us all. Their fund raisers could also be called "fun raisers." And to make it even better, when you participate, you can rest assured that consistently, over 90% of the funds they raise go to meet mission. That's a win/win. It's great to know when you spend your money to have some fun and participate that you are also helping our wounded service men and women recover. A win/win.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am a retired Marine Major General and recently participated in one of the Hope for the Warriors fund raising events and while there met most of the organization's leadership and many of the sponsors and volunteers. HFTW of course serves a popular and necessary cause which is most evident by the vast number of dedicated volunteers who provide numerous services in making this a most successful operation. While I am not involved in financial decisions, knowing the quality of Board members and senior leadership, I am confident that HFTW functions as a unit with minimum overhead and maximum benefit in improving the lives of our American heros and their families. If one is looking for a Foundation to support financially or to become involved with in any respect, HFTW will make you feel good and at the same time serve a patriotic and humane mission.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a retired Marine Infantry LtGen who served 36 years on active duty from 1966 to 2002. I have never encountered an organization that has done more for wounded/injured Marines. The Government itself does infinitely more now than it did was I was a young officer during the Vietnam era. That said, the contribution of Hope For The Warriors to what the Government is able to do cannot be overstated--especially in the assistance provided for the Families. I had the opportunity to spend one-on-one time with quite a few wounded/injured Marines in September 2013. Not only are there physical and mental needs being attended to, their outlook on life is rejuvinated and focused. Every Marine I spoke with had a plan for what he/she wanted to accomplish with their lives. They had all set goals and knew what they intended to do to achieve those goals. They will be contributing members of the American society, not "homeless veterens" forgotten by their fellow Americans.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Simlply put Hope For The Warriors is totally comitted to reaching out and providing support to our service members. I have seem several organizations that are doing wonderful work for our Vets but for my money these folks have no peer.

G. S. McKissock Lt.Gen USMC (Ret)

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a Clinical Social Worker who has utilized Hope For The Warriors on many occassions. Recently they were able to get a soldier that I am working with, a Craftmatic Adjustible Bed. Although this would seem to be nothing more than an expensive gesture, it should be noted that because of this granted Wish, this soldier was able to return to his bedroom/bed, with his wife, for the first time in 2 years! Due to the amount of pain and injury he was suffering, this soldier had been sleeping in a recliner in his living room. The amount of joy and improvement in this soldier's quality of life, just from a bed, may never be measured. It is a wonderful thing that is happening at Hope For The Warriors, without them, many soldiers would go without what may seem to be, the "little things" that the rest of world may take for granted. I am thankful for them, and all that they do.

Thomas D. B.

Donor

Rating: 5

I am proud to be associated with Hope For the Warriors. I have witnessed first hand the hard-work, generosity, support, and love this organization offers to our wounded veterans and their families. I have had the privilege of meeting, some of these great veterans who have given their all so you and I can do what we do everyday and be free! Tragically, many of these men and women have returned home from their call of duty with life altering injuries. Hope For the Warriors is very committed to all of these veterans and their families.
To the entire staff at H4W, thank you for all you do for these men and women of our armed forces. You are all great individuals and great Americans!

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Chanabelle A.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had the honor of volunteering with Hope for the Warriors for several years now. It has always been a privilege to work with such a dedicated and trustworthy organization. My experience with our wounded heroes is always memorable and very encouraging! I am grateful when the opportunities arise and I am asked to volunteer with Hope for the Warriors

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have donated to this organization for a number of years and have been extremely pleased with the manner in which the funds are used directly for injured personnel and their families. They do not waste money on give-aways and numerous mailings. i am so impressed with the percentage of their funds that go directly to their cause. Robin and her entire staff are personable, caring, and professional. They all obviously have a true calling to serve.

i would definitely recommend this to anyone as a beneficial, impactful charity where their donations of time and money are well utilized.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have donated for a few years to this charity. I believe that the volunteers and fund raisers are doing a great job helping those that need help. The volunteers are hard workers and are very dedicated. Great job H4W.

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Bob H.

Advisor

Rating: 5

As an contractor/advisor to Hope For The Warriors, I am privilaged to see some of the inner workings of the organization. I am continually impressed by the professionalism and enthusiasm with which the staff approaches every task. Especially impressive is the culture of good stewardship regarding funding which pervades the organization.

As a VietNam veteran, I only wish there had been a Hope For The Warriors when I returned.

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MarkDaniel B.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hope for the Warrior and their Volunteers helped me start getting my life back on track and back with activities I use to enjoy. They get u motivated and u enjoy every minute u have on every adventure they send you on. Helping you enjoy life again and get u and ur family lifted by there spirits. Jordan M and Jack M always check in on me and see how I am doing and support my family. It is an outstanding organization that helps all wounded soldiers get back on track.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hope for the Warriors, is just plain amazing. I have never in my life encountered a more dedicated and hardworking group. Then events and programs that they provide truly make amazing differences in the lives of the people that they help.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I am a former Marine Corps Officer, turned businessman. In 2006, I made a visit to the Wounded Warrior Barracks in Camp Lejeune and spent four hours with Lt Col Maxwell, visiting with wounded Marines and learning of the shortfalls in the care of our wounded. From that day forward, I spent considerable time interviewing Marines, Key Wives, Key Volunteers and various charity officers. My initial goal/obsession was to assist in finding and serving Marines and Soldiers who were “falling through the cracks” and not receiving the care and support they deserved. When our many involved hands got a handle on this problem, I turned to my efforts to simply raising money for the charities, which had proven to be the best and most efficient at serving our wounded.

Hope for Warriors tops this chart. Their leadership at inception-- and largely to this day-- is composed of the large-hearted wives of Marines. These bright women “get it”— for many years now they have made an art form of serving those who have served us. And most impressive, while many of their fellow charities in this service niche have grown a little too big and little too sloppy in their expenditures, Hope for the Warriors remains “lean and mean”. Our chain of 30 businesses runs an annual fundraiser each year, which benefits three charities that serve our wounded and families of the fallen. This event forces me to annually review the tax returns of many charities. Each year, Hope for the Warriors is the most efficient charity in the bunch. In short, before you write a check to another charity, see if they come close to Hope for the Warriors’ key numbers: Program Expenses 88%; Admin costs 10%; Fundraising 2%.

Semper Fi,
Brad Graft
Director, Pirate’s Cove Adventure Golf

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Samuel6

Client Served

Rating: 5

I started going back to school after my medical discharge from the Marine Corps. My major is music and I play the Tuba. I did not have the money to buy my own and this was going to put my education goals on hold. Hope for the Warriors not only helped me, but they responded in time for class to start and now the sky's are the limit.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

For the past two years I have volunteered for H4W at various racing events, and I am still continuously impressed with the depth and breadth of the organization and its commitment to improving the lives of wounded servicemembers and their families. I've seen and heard the difference that H4W has made, one veteran at a time. Few organizations are also as good at maximizing the volunteer experience. When I volunteer at an H4W event, I know that, whatever the task I am asked to do, it will be meaningful. That alone is thanks enough, but the H4W staff is generous with their gratitude. So are the wounded veterans that H4W sponsors. Their strength never fails to inspire me.

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Previous Stories

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I recently volunteered to help with Hope for the Warriors' hospitality tent at the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, D.C. I cannot say enough about how wonderful the experience was. Even at the crack of dawn on a freezing morning, the H4TW staff was very welcoming and extremely organized. As the day progressed, that preparation became even more evident -- with any contingency that arose, they knew exactly how to respond. I point these things out because as a result, the H4TW staff was able to make efficient, meaningful use of me and the other volunteers. I had no doubt that I was needed, and that my time was valued and appreciated.

Ultimately, though, the day was about the wounded warriors participating in the Marathon thanks to H4TW's generous sponsorship. We were there to offer the veteran participants the best service that we could. That is what H4TW is all about -- giving back to people who have given so much in service to our nation. Meeting them before the race, cheering them to the finish, and talking with them afterward was an absolute privilege. Thanks to H4TW, I had the opportunity to hear their stories, share a few of mine, and strive to make their race day as good and memorable as it could possibly be. It is certainly a day I will remember for years to come.

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Sara68

Donor

Rating: 4

Everyone I spoke to within this organization was extremely helpful and supportive throughout my training and raising money for this fantastic charity.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been giving Dress for an Interview presentations at the Above & Beyond Workshops conducted by the Hope for the Warriors organization. I feel that the information I have provided has been well-received and will benefit those who are transitioning from the military into the civlian workplace. It has been an honor and privledge to speak to those who have served and sacrificed for our country and I hope that I can continue to be a part of the program.

Chris Byrne
Men's Wearhouse

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Board Member

Rating: 5

For the last three years, Siemens Corporation has partnered with Hope for the Warriors in support of the grass roots work they do to reach out and help wounded U.S. service members, their families, and families of the fallen. Their staff works tirelessly to raise awareness, as well as funds, to provide programs that benefit service members and their families.

Hope for the Warriors is unique among organizations supporting service members as they recognize that the entire family is affected by a service member's wounds - both physical and psychological. Each of their programs considers the needs of spouses, children, parents and extended family members - their full circle of care embraces and restores the whole family unit. Their holistic approach is key to maximizing the positive impact they have for our wounded service members.

As many service members have returned from Iraq, and from Afghanistan, Hope for the Warriors continues to be an integral part of welcoming these heroes back into their communities, and assisting them to regain their lives.
We are honored to be partnered with them and look forward to continuing and expanding this much needed effort.

With best regards,
James E. Whaley

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I've been employed with Hope For The Warriors since October of 2012, and I couldn't be happier.

Each day allows me the opportunity to work directly with men and women who have sacrificed so much for our country.

As the Director of the Above & Beyond program, I can assist those trying to transition out of the military and enter the civilian sector due to their combat related injuries. Since joining this amazing team, I've met so many wonderful people (service members/veterans, family members of those injured and the fallen, and volunteers), which I am very grateful for.

I initially reached out to the organization to offer my support as a volunteer, and shortly thereafter became a part the family.

Thank you Hope For The Warriors for allowing me the opportunity to make a difference.

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Rachel76

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

Thank you H4W! I ran my first ever 10 mile race in October thanks to the support of H4W. I trained for the Army 10 miler as part of Team H4W and also did some fundraising for this amazing organization. Thank you so much for helping me reach this amazing achievement!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I was deployed to Afghanistan in 2012 when I met LTC (ret) Lew Deal. He was on a Legends tour. He told us about Hope For The Warriors and all they do. Little did we know four of us on the base would benefit from this wonderful organization. LTC Lew kept in touch with us throughout the remainder of our deployment and after we arrived home. He set us up a hunt with some Mississippi landowners, guides, a chef, camera crew and a special guest. We had the best time ever from the moment we arrived and we are still having fun talking about it. Our guides were very knowledgeable and professional. They ensured we had everything we needed and that we were having a good time. To this day we keep in contact with them and we are proud to call them friends. LTC Deal and Hope For The Warriors went above and beyond to give us the time of our lives. I personally harvested my biggest deer on camera, shot wild hogs, ate like a king, met great guys (one of them being "Cuz" Strickland) and had the best time ever. Thank you Hope For The Warriors and LTC Lew Deal for all you do. You all are the best!!!!
Matt Brown

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The best part of volunteering is the satisfaction of knowing that something was done that made an impact on another life, and since I began volunteering with H4W as a freshman in high school, I have found that working with this particular organization has been more rewarding to myself than i could've ever imagined: I have been provided an opportunity to give back to the military community that I grew up in, and has renewed my sense of service and obligation to those who have sacrificed, and their families, for me. it's not just a fun environment, but it is a place of passion and genuine love for those who they are serving. The staff is inviting, and watching first hand the care and personal vestment the organization has is absolutely inspirational. I have volunteered at both larger and smaller events and the entire staff, from a new intern to the founder have been involved.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I was lucky enough to meet LTC (Ret) Lew Deal in Afghanistan in 2012 while he was on the USO tour and he has made the extra effort to remain in contact and set up an extraordinary hunting trip, thru Hope for the Warriors, for myself and 3 other Afghan veterans. Never in my 27 years of the military have I ever received such a gift. It was truly a hunt of a lifetime.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I was fortunate enough to be a beneficiary of this organization. What an incredible experience! Everything they did was first class and exceeded my wildest expectations. There was such a personal involvment of LTC (Ret) Lew Deal in our experience, as well as the donors of the hunting trip. I would never be able to experience a hunting trip like that on my own, and getting to re-unite with my deployment Army buddies made it that much more special. Thank you Hope for the Warriors!

Chris Waite

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer for Hope For The Warriors I can tell you first hand how great this organization is! You will not find more dedicated people anywhere whose sole purpose is to to help military service members, their families and families of those who are no longer with us. Through this organization military members know there is support and help out there. Isn't this the least we can do for those who have served to keep us all safe? I am proud to be a donor as well as a volunteer for this organization and to see how effectively this organization is run-soley with the service members in mind! I look forward to continuing to donate and volunteer for this great organization and to pay tribute to our true heroes!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Hope for Warriors helped me by purchasing items for my photography. I have always had a passion in photography but after my retirement I had to sell almost all of my items that I had to sell off when I was retired from the Army these where items I had purchased during my military career. Since I have had these items it has brought back my passion for photography and I have enrolled in college studying Journalism I have a goal of one day being a photojournalist. I was retired for PTSD.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I would like to say that HOPE FOR THE WARIORS is a top class group in all areas. I am a service member in the Army of 20+ years and consider my connection with HOPE FOR THE WARRIORS to be one of the best things that has ever happened to me and my family. l was very cautious, due to my war time injury, of who I let in my social circle besides my immediate family until I got to know the HFTW group. They honestly CARE and that is what service members want in a time of need. They show you through their actions, not just lip service of what they might could do, etc. Bottom line, they deliver! They treat every family as one of their own and go through the process of knowing you and your family at YOUR pace. They do so many great things for service members that the list is endless. I personally have dreamed of becoming a tournament BASS fisherman at the highest level that I can compete in. They went out of their way to give me and family a weekend of a dream coming true. I can say that it made me feel happy and stirred up emotions that have not been tapped into for some time. Again, this was not just about me but my wife and kids were with me every step of the way as much or as little as they wanted to be involved,again at our pace. For us,this was something that no one or organization had shown us before. It just made me think for a brief second if in this world people could mirror what this organization does, for the good of people, it would be such a better place. Again I cannot express my gratitude to this group......they do not fly the flag one day a year and jump on the bandwagon ,like unfortunately, some groups do unless they are benefitting directly from it. This groups flies the flag 24/7..365 days a year...they can walk the walk and back it if you talk to ANYONE who has been lucky enough to get to know the HFTW group. The get down in the weeds and spend their funds on service members period. If everyone reading this could read up and follow this group to see their excellent track record you would be amazed. I know everybody reading this is not a millionaire but if everyday folks like me could donate their services or maybe give up a fancy coffee once in a while and donate to HFTW........it will feel good in your hearts. You can lay your head on your pillow at night, when men and women are downrange, doing operations so the we have the security of sleeping safe at night Please do the right thing, your donations would be only a small token of appreciation for the sacrifces that have been made. Donate so the great people at HFTW's can take care of servicemembers, who take care of us! GOD BLESS THIS COUNTRY! HOPE FOR THE WARRIORS, YOU ROCK! CW4 JOHN LIGHTSEY,OEF WOUNDED WARRIOR, U.S.ARMY (AIR ASSAULT)

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Hope. It’s only a four letter word, but it can mean all the difference in a wounded warrior’s life. As a member of Team Hope for the Warriors, and a wounded Operation Iraqi Freedom vet myself, participating in sports and athletics has been a major part of my rehabilitation and recovery, and the Team has been a big source of Hope in my own life. Driving myself to physical and mental limits, whether in a triathlon or marathon run, has given me confidence, and the knowledge that I can reach deeper and go stronger and further than I ever thought possible.

This year, thanks to Team Hope for the Warriors, I’ve run my first two half-marathons, placed first in my age division at a local triathlon, and the Team offered to sponsor my trip to compete at the National Triathlon Championships. But more than anything, being part of a team means so much to me; being inspired by teammates who have faced so much themselves on the field of battle, and to see them succeed on the field of competition.

Team Hope for the Warriors supports the wounded warrior community by helping us come together, allowing me to be with my comrades-in-arms and those who support us, giving us the opportunity to challenge ourselves in ways we never thought possible – together! Even though I’m no longer in the military, I’m still part of a team – a family: Team Hope for the Warriors.

- Adam Tanverdi, Capt, USAF (Ret)

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I and my wife first met this group in the spring of 2011 at the MCM Half Marathon in Fredericksburg, VA. I was so impressed with how organized the group was and how they explain their mission with how they meet the needs of the military member and their roles with also helping the spouse; heck the entire family. I know how great an impact that can be due to being a military member myself and seeing how my actions affect my family. Since that day my wife and I have worked many fund raising events and volunteered our time to show how much this group means to us. We get a joy out of telling others about them and their cause. In turn, we have others join with us to help even more. Bottom line, Hope for the Warriors is an awesome group!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am an OIF/OEF 9 year veteran of the USAF. I was retired after suffering multiple injuries in Iraq. Due to my injuries it has always been difficult getting a good nights sleep b/c I get uncomfortable and toss and turn all night. I tried several different beds, but nothing seemed to work. Of course, everyone says go for the top of the line...try a Tempurpedic. Well who has the money to buy a $3000 bed!! I was referred to Hope for the Warriors through the WW program. They were wonderful right from the beginning! Every step of the process was made easy and I was treated with respect and dignity overall. They walked me through the process and before I knew it I was sleeping in my Tempurpedic! They are 100% focused on their goal of making the lives of our warriors a better and more comfortable place. So many of us have such different issues, but to them we all served and sacrificed. Anyone who is looking for a place to support while knowing everything they can give is going staight to the intended population....you should definately look up Hope for the Warriors!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

OIF VET with TBI and PTSD. I was invited to a weekend outing in Tyler Texas with Hope For The Warriors. It was one of the best times I had since my return from overseas. The staff, donors, and supporters were extremely friendly and had everything well planned out despite the turn in weather. My main purpose for going was to get myself out of isolation and play some golf to gain my confidence back. That weekend did just that! I was able to meet some new friends that shared similar injuries along with a community of people that welcomed us with open arms. We were greeted by students, bands, flags, police escorts, and much more. I am grateful that Hope For The Warriors was able to put such a great event together and I hope to participate next year!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is John Masters, and I was wounded in Afghanistan in 2010. After being evacuated to the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington DC I spent the next several months laying in a hospital bed, thinking the usual thoughts one thinks in that situation. As Doctors informed me that the damage to my severely injured right hand was worse than initially thought and that they weren't sure how much, if any of it could be salvaged, my mind was ravaged with depression, concern, doubt and worry. Having primarily physical actives as hobbies, I foresaw my future being bleak and boring, and saw rock climbing, cycling, weight lifting, racquetball and basically everything else I enjoyed, as things of the past. This however was not the case. Through a long road of physical rehabilitation and lots of support from caring and compassionate people, I have been able to find adaptive means to still enjoy and peruse just about every interest I previously had, and no one was more instrumental in this process than my friends at Hope for the Warriors. Their comforting and encouraging staff was literally at my bedside from the earliest stages of my recovery, wishing me well and letting me know of the opportunities awaiting me in the near future. While laying in that bed thinking my physically active lifestyle was all but behind me, I had no idea that a year from then I would be crossing the finish line of my first marathon as part of Team H4W. Since that race Hope for the Warriors has continued to be an integral aspect of my recovery process. Wether it be competing with their athletic division, or participating in one of their social events, I am always surrounded by positive encouragement and friendly faces that remind me just how blessed and lucky I am. The benefit of being a member of Team H4W is two fold as it is an avenue to maintain physical fitness, but even more meaningful are the benefits to my spirit. Through this program I have made friendships that will last a life time and been granted the opportunity to interact with some of the most amazing people I've ever met, both H4W staff as well as other Vets I have met through the team. My once bleak attitude has been transformed, as H4W has filled me with a new outlook, one of excitement, friendship and hope. They truly were the silver lining to my injury's storm. No longer am I concerned with the challenges that come along with not having two fully functional hands, because I know if i ever need one, Hope for the Warriors will be there to lend me one.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

i am a veteran of iraq freedom. i am married with three kids. i was at the veterans hospital doing my ptsd program when all of sudden bills just started to come down on me to hard. my wife had lost her job and everything was behind. i was on the verge of getting evicted from my home an me an my family would be on the street. but thanks to amber johnson an her wonderful staff my prayer was answered. they helped me out like i have never been helped out before. i will never forget this. thank all of yall an god bless

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Client Served

Rating: 5

When we thought that all hope was lost here comes Hope for the Warriors (Mirka Young) what can we say but amazing amazing amazing! My husband is a wounded soldier who is terminally ill after serving 2 tours of duty in Balad, Iraq. Mirka Young went over and beyond to make my soldiers life comfortable so that he could enjoy doing what he loves best. Every time we see his wish it brings us to tears. Remember that dreams do come true because of Organizations such as Hope for the Warriors.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

A mother’s worst nightmare confronted me on June 10, 2010, when two Marines came to my door. They gave my husband and I the dreaded news: “Your son has been killed in Afghanistan.” Our son, Sgt. Brandon Bury, was on his third deployment in a combat zone, and although we knew his mission put him in danger, we believed he would return home safely. We were in shock to learn that he would not.

Soon after, one of my best friends came by, and asked, “What do you need?” At that point I didn’t know. She immediately called her daughter-in-law, Amber Johnson, a Critical Care Coordinator for Hope for the Warriors. Within minutes, the phone was ringing, and Hope for the Warriors came to my rescue.

Our family situation offered logistical challenges. I live in Texas, Brandon’s wife and two young sons in California and my extended family is scattered across Ohio. Services were going to be held in California and Texas. Without hesitation, Hope for the Warriors offered assistance with travel arrangements, sage advice and continued emotional support.

I also had the privilege of witnessing firsthand the benefits that Hope for the Warriors provides to injured veterans. The group hosted a weekend of fun in Tyler, TX, that concluded with a dinner tribute for their sacrifices. I will never forget seeing the faces of the proud young men and women as they strolled by our table. These individuals knew their sacrifices were appreciated by so many. Hope For The Warriors® understands the challenges, pride, and joy of being a military family, and it is committed to restoring a sense of self for wounded vets, fallen heroes and their families. Everyone I have met in the organization is honorable, passionate and committed about their mission.

My son’s family and friends were so moved by the organization and its commitment to help others that they searched for a way to honor our heroes and donate to this fine organization. A Golf Tournament was organized in Kingwood, Texas, www.kingwoodfallenheroes.com, by one of my son’s best friends, Scott Mitchell. Last year was the first annual tournament, and it raised $60,000 for a number of charities, including Hope For The Warriors®. The second annual tournament is scheduled for April 27, 2013. Organizers are hoping to shatter last year’s amount and donate the proceeds to this worthwhile organization.

Semper Fi,
Terri Bury, Mother of Sgt. Brandon Bury, USMC

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Bill37

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am an Iraqi disabled veteran. "HOPE FOR THE WARRIORS" (H4W) has been instrumental in promoting my physical well being again. They donated a bike to me which I am training on in order to particpate in the "Warrior Games, 2013." "HOPE FOR THE WARRIORS" offers disabled veterans a host of opportunities for bike riding to running the Marine Corp Marathon. They are run by an exceptional group of people and the one of the greatest things about H4W is that they are family oriented. "HOPE FOR THE WARRIORS" is by far one of the "BEST" organizations I have been involverd with.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hope for the Warriors is an incredible charity that supports military service men and women and their families. Hope for the Warriors strives to help those in need and goes above and beyond to raise money for a worthy cause. I have never worked with such passionate, amazing, and truly genuine people!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It has been an honor to serve as a volunteer to Hope for the Warriors. They have welcomed me to their Team Hope for the Warriors where I have given support to running/cycling events here in the Mid-Atlantic Region of the US.
I find their staff to be a dedicated hard working group that is providing many worthwhile opportunities to our returning servicemembers and their families.
I look forward to continue my support for years to come and will spread the word of the great work they are doing.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Our son served as a Marine in Afghanistan in 2010-2011. When he returned we knew that something had changed in him - while we expected this to some degree, we had no idea at the time how drastic the change would be. As the one year anniversary of his return approached, it was clear that he was suffering with PTSD and he was not getting better - in fact, he was getting worse. Normally outgoing, sensitive, with a great sense of humor - he was increasingly withdrawn, depressed and had started drinking heavily along with smoking pot - not normal behavior for him. Over this year we (along with our son) became increasingly frustrated with the lack of response and proper care from the Marines. As this crisis finally reached a breaking point, our son was admitted to Holliswood hospital in summer 2012. It was there that we first met a small group of people who specialized in treating PTSD in combat veterans - and we started to learn much more about PTSD. It was the first time that we became aware of Hope for the Warriors. It was also the first time in over 1 year since our son's return that we encountered people who seemed to genuinely care for our son - and whose work and purpose was to help him - and to help us as his family. It started with an offer of a hotel room and transportation - completely paid for. This extended into seemingly small things, such as offers for dinner and spa for our daughter-in-law (who of course was struggling along with us as she watched her husband - our son - suffering with PTSD). We were somewhat overwhelmed and humbled by this generosity. It is difficult to express the sense of relief that we felt as we realized that there were people (outside of our family) who cared about our son and about what we were experiencing as a family - and who were actually doing something about it - working to reach out to us, offering to pay for hotel so that we could visit our son over a number of days, offering to pay for dinners and activities during that time, providing funds to help pay transportation costs, etc. These may seem like "small" things, but they are much more than just a "free" room and meal - Hope for the Warriors conveyed a sense of genuine caring that we had not experienced before - and not just for our family - we saw them reaching out to other families who were experiencing the same struggles that we were - allowing us to realize more concretely that we were not alone in this. The impact of their efforts cannot be overstated. It really is difficult to express our gratitude for the work that Hope for the Warriors is doing -- we have experienced it first hand as a family - and we know that there are many other families who have been blessed by their work - just as we have been.

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Chris106

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have worked with many veteran assistance organizations and Hope for the Warriors has been able to help our military members time after time. Their tireless efforts provide many much deserved services.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Back in 2011 our company used Charity Navigator to search out an organization for a Veterans Day sales promotion, which would follow with a corporate donation. We found Hope For The Warriors and couldn’t be more pleased! They do amazing work for our Veterans and their families and offer many ways for citizens to get involved. We also like the fact that a very high percentage of the contributions they receive apply to the cause, and not to overhead. Our relationship has continued since our initial donation, and friendships have been built along the way. As a company, and individuals we are proud to offer continued support to H4W!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

In a time of "talkers," Hope for The Warrior, "DOES!" Their staff truly believes in their mission and works with a dignity and grace assisting our nations heroes. I have had the opportunity to watch H4W staff interact with wounded veterans and am continually amazed at their positive, "can do" attitude. Problems are simply temporary speed bumps in which they adapt and improvise over, around and occasionally through any difficulty. The term "steely determination" comes to mind when I think of their staff. As a former Marine and retired FBI agent, I have seen the best and worst of our society and understand that we will fail as a civilization unless individuals and organizations understand the concept,... "for the greater good." H4W not only understands this concept but also lives by it. John Ligato

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Andras M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hope for the Warriors is an outstanding organization! Not only do most of their funds go to Servicemembers (unlike the Wounded Warrior Project with high administrative costs and overhead (like dozens of expensive actor-filled commercials and fancy mailings)), but they truly benefit SERVICEMEMBERS. Few organizations have the interest of their clients at the forefront of all they do -- Hope for the Warriors is one of them.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Hope for the Warriors is one of the few organizations that actively reached out and found me. They sponsored a trip for wounded warriors and veterans to escape their everyday reality. I was able to take a trip to Conneticut and enjoy recreational activities without once having to worry about paying my way or funding something. It was great to connect with fellow veterans and i cannot thank this organization enough for this tremendous opportunity. If only there could be more organizations like this one service members would know that their service was not in vain, that there are people and organizations out there that want to see them do well.

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Amber24

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is one of the best organizations out there for U.S. service members who may be in need of some serious help. The people at Hope for the Warriors are unique, caring, knowledgeable and the work they do is incredibly valuable.

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Nene Sanchez

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a young Veteran who had hope to see my family again after all that I've been through in the Service. I was transitioning into the civilian life alone, and let me tell you it wasn't easy. There were times I wanted to give up and break down. It made me miss my family even more. My family is all I had to keep me strong, but being so far away from them didn't give me the strength to pull through. I couldn't afford a ticket to go home to see me family when I needed to.But recently I went home to American Samoa to reunite with my family and be a part of my brothers wedding which was a special and memorable event. Thanks to Jessica Hower and the rest of the "Hope for the Warriors" staff members for making it possible for me to see my family and be able to attend my brothers wedding. The trip was very much needed especially during a really rough time in my life when I needed my family the most. HFTW make a real difference in the lives of all service members and their families. Being with my family made me gain strength and gave me hope to get through life. It was part of a good healing process not only for me but also for my family. I can't thank them enough for their help. They also helped with my rent when I got back from my trip because of the days I took off work to go home. For the first time in a long time, I've never had to worry about anything but to just enjoy the company and comfort of my family. I feel really blessed with all the help that this organization has done for me. God Bless all the HFTW staff members and may they receive all the blessings that they truly deserve.

Doc K.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was recently honored to attend a Sailing Clinic sponsored by Hope for the Warriors. Ronnie, Don and Walt, along with a host of amazing volunteers, put together one of the most influential weeks of my life. Being introduced to the sailing community in grand style (sailing with 1-1 instruction, watching the America's Cup World Series Regatta from a racing yacht in the San Francisco Bay, accepting the hospitality of Team Oracle) was an experience not to be forgotten. More importantly, being introduced to a sport which seems to have been created to treat PTSD and even out the competitive playing field for almost any disability was inspirational. The clinic was well-organized, yet flexible to accommodate each individual's challenges. Outside activities, including visiting Redwoods, were enjoyed by all and nothing felt like mandatory fun. More important than every good thing I could say about the clinic and how much it benefitted me, the people involved were the absolute salt of the earth. Ronnie Simpson's passion for sailing is only rivaled by his desire to share it with disabled veterans. Don Gray, father to the group, shared his lessons learned as a Vietnam Veteran while keeping the clinic on schedule. Walt Kotecki is one of the most compassionate guys I've ever come across. All the volunteers at BAADS (Bay Area Association of Disabled Sailors) and the sailing instructors showed us nothing but love the entire Clinic. Amazing job by all. Finally, the most inspirational part of my week was spending time with the other participants. The camaraderie and brotherhood that we lose when we transition out of the military is found in the veteran community and organizations like Hope for the Warriors allow us to tap into that source of strength and support. I can't thank you all enough.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had an opportunity to volunteer with Hope For The Warriors this year at their Above & Beyond program. They are a fantastic group to work with and are very passionate about supporting veterans. As a veteran myself (USAF 99-03), I know that they provide excellent services and programs that are greatly appreciated by those who participate. If you are able to support this organization as a volunteer or by donating, I highly recommend it!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer with Hope for the Warriors and it is a truly wonderful organization with great staff and clients. I have been able to interact with many of their clients and the experience has been very meaningful. The range of services they offer clients is remarkable and can be a lifesaver for many people. I am always telling contacts I have in the local military and VA community here about it so they can direct potential clients there. The staff that I've interacted with are very nice and truly care about the veterans they serve - I've worked with/met Connie Morinello, Nicole Papadopoulos and Tina Atherall and they are all great! I recommend them highly!

turbomelimel

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hope for the Warriors has made a profound difference for my family. My Husband suffers from severe combat related PTSD. Living under the constant stress and uncertainty has left us extremely depleted. Hope for the Warriors is there for us. Recently, my Husband's Warrior Wish was granted. He will be getting a specialty trained service dog to help him with his disorder. There are no words to explain how much this will impact our daily lives and truly help my Husband. Furthermore, Hope for the Warriors offered us tremendous support while my Husband was hospitalized for his PTSD. I felt very cared for and understood. Hope for the Warriors gave us a gas card so that my Son and I could visit. This organization reached out and called me regularly to make sure we were ok. The greatest compliment I can give this wonderful organization is that they live up to their name. They have given my Warrior hope. There is no measurement big enough to express our gratitude.

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Len L.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hope for the Warriors has helped me in so many ways. I have had the privilege to be taken to multiple 5k races and a 10 mile run with this wonderful organization. I appreciate that they are very hands on and take the time to get to know you. I am very grateful for all of the help that they have given me and look forward to working with them in the future.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As a Veteran I am usually cautious of the many non-profits that want to "help" Veterans, this is why I am writing this review, the first time I have ever written a review about a charity, especially concerning Veterans. Hope for the Warriors is AWESOME, their dedication and care for the assistance of our Veterans is OUTSTANDING. As a US Marine Veteran I am PROUD to have met and spoken with the members of this organization, I look forward to volunteering at their events and support their efforts in any way possible. (Semper Fi to the Hope for the Warriors, Cpl. Luis F. Correia)

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hope for the warriors has been one of the BEST organizations hands down!!! We contacted them for help moving and i was blown away at how friendly our worker was, not only did she get things set up for us to get moved but she kept in contact and offered so much helpful info! Amber went ABOVE AND BEYOND TO make SURE WE GOT TAKEN CARE OF! I love that if I ever have a question or need info on anything TBI/PTSD related I know i can contact Hope for the Warriors and not have to try and do everything on my own anymore! I feel soo blessed by this organization!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

H4W, 3-Forks Ranch (CO), and Mossy Oak-Hunting the Country (MS) just teamed to send two USAF Purple Hearts (SSgt & TSgt) on a week of outdoor adventures. It was a "life changing" experiance for them (their words not mine). From start to finish this trip was as close to perfect as you can get. The cost to our warriors? Zero! I have been on many of these outdoor adventures with our warriors. This one has set the bar very high. It is also nice to know that H4W will be there for our two warriors as long as they need support. L. Deal, USMC (ret)

Dennis F.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hope for Warriors gave my wife and I and all expensed paid trip to New York City for a weekend at a beautiful hotel and spa. Thank you so much for wonderful relaxing and rejuvenating time. Their staff consistently makes an effort to include us in upcoming events and are very gracious and accommodating. They truly understand that healing is a process for the whole family and not just the veterans.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I served in Vietnam. When I came home wearing my uniform I was scorned. It really hurt. America is my country and I voluntarily answered the call. I am a disabled vet and I pledge to help my brothers with part of my income. The people of the United States now seem to recognize the warrior. Please also give a little to those that gave so much.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As the proud daughter of a Marine and Vietnam veteran (who also has extended family in many branches of the military) I feel that it's important to give back to the many brave souls who sacrifice so much for our freedom. With Hope For The Warriors, I know my contribution goes directly to helping our servicemen and servicewomen. I’ve also had the privilege of talking to the President, Robin Kelleher, and she is truly genuine in her efforts to enhance the quality of life for our wounded service members and their families. Hope For The Warriors is an outstanding charity--one that everyone should do their best to support.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I first met Robin Kelleher at a charity ride meeting, and I was impressed that not only the President/CEO of Hope For The Warriors had shown up, but she took time to answer every question, gave great examples of what this charity does. I'm a Vietnam Veteran and a member of a motorcycle club, and we made the decision to continuously fundraise for Hope For The Warriors. It's important to know that all the work, time and money that goes into fundraising results in actual help for those who need it- and doesn't get wasted..this is a great charity with a really great group of commited volunteers- you'll never worry that your time or money is going to waste with Hope For The Warriors

Donor

Rating: 5

I belong to Combat Veterans of America Motorcycle Club, and 3 years ago, Robin Kelleher came to one of our monthly meetings, and told some stories about the people they have helped and wanted to involve our club. We were to think about this proposition and vote at our next meeting. I came home, got on the computer and navigated the Hope for the Warriors website. What I found was awe inspiring, touching, and just genuine concern for the military and their families. Too many times, and too many wars, the military is forgotten when they come home, and the families are left to deal with death, dismemberment, PTSD on their own. Robin never once told her own story...she just related a few instances that happened in the DC area,. I was amazed to find out that her husband was just the first person she dealt with, and I was blown away by how she was treated. When our club met the next month, I and many others had beenon their website and were totally convinced this was something we definitely wanted tho be a part.

Alexander L.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This group has helped me far beyond I haved askedfor for, and even now continues to find ways to help me out. I am so impressed and so thankful for this group. I can't described in words what kind of support I got from this group and the hope that it had given me. They have above and beyond to help me. Thank you so much for everything.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I decided to volunteer to raise money for this notable cause and represent them in the 2012 NYC ING Marathon. As soon as I received my first email from our race sponsor (Sarah Wilkens), everything has been running smoothly. The charity website is simple and easy to navigate. The ability to send bulk emails with their templates for donation requests is great and the tracking metrics are even better. Sarah has been a great sponsor answering all of my questions and keeping all the volunteers informed and motivated. I hope to meet some of them at one of the training sessions or races before the marathon.

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Courtney15

Board Member

Rating: 5

I cannot say enough about what a difference Hope for the Warriors makes in the lives of disabled vets. Truly the organization helps those heroes and at the same time makes sure they maintain their dignity and self respect. There could be no better leader of the non-profit than Robin Kelleher, the selfless, smart, saavy, caring and focused President. Despite her own personal needs she travels constantly on weekend and at night to work to help complete specific projects, such as the runs in North Carolina, to re-building a now "handicap accessible" home for a returning veteran in Ohio. She is tireless in her dedicated efforts to make sure the organization takes proper care of their constituency. This is a phenomenally well run non-profit and I am proud to be associated with it.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I am a retired Army officer and Viet Nam vet and am presently the CEO of a Fortune 500 company which has recently aligned with Hope For The Warriors after much research and sole searching. Of all of the organizations purporting to support our newest generation of veterans Hope For The Warriors stands out amongst all of them. The breadth and depth of their support is unmatched by any other organization. The fact that this organization was founded by military wifes speaks to their passion and determination and willingness to go above and beyond what others are doing. We look forward to the coming years of our association with Hope For The Warriors, our veterans deserve the best.

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