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Reel American Heroes Foundation

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Nonprofit Overview

Mission: The Reel American Heroes Foundation is a 100% volunteer 501(c)(3) nonprofit foundation that works with military hospitals and military bases to provide much needed recreational therapy for our nation's wounded Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, Disabled Veterans and Combat Veterans by getting them out on the water to fish.

Results: Over 800 wounded heroes have participated in our programs and benefitted from the recreational therapy that we provide.

Target demographics: wounded and combat Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Disabled Veterans

Direct beneficiaries per year: 800 wounded heroes.via team bass fishing events

Geographic areas served: Virginia

Programs: Team bass fishing events.

Community Stories

244 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am currently an active duty Marine stationed in Quantico, Virginia. Yesterday I had the opportunity to go on a Team Reel American Hero Foundation (RAHF) fishing trip with Brent and loved every minute of it. It may have not been the greatest day of fishing (for our boat), but we had a great time. Any day on the water fishing is better than a day on the couch. Before we venture out onto the water Brent gave me a Lew’s rod and reel with a tackle box full of fishing goodness. I was excited to simply go fishing, so I was absolutely speechless when I received the fishing gear.

I would like to take moment to thank RAHF, all of the sponsors that make the fishing trips happen, and to Brent for taking time out of his busy schedule to take me fishing. The volunteers and sponsors involved in the Reel American Heros Foundation are truly special. Thank you for everything you do!!!

Semper Fidelis,
Jason

Jack49

Volunteer

Rating: 5

RAHF is an amazing organization that I am proud to be a part of. Giving back to those who have sacrificed so much is something we are proud to do. To work with an organization that gives back over 90% of everything they take is rare and we are lucky to have found them.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great volunteer organization that I am proud to be associated with and support. They help our wounded Heroes through outdoor recreational therapy.

Christian B.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Incredible ppl above reproach , genuine local help also , gifts giveaways an pro visits , they will make you feel loved that's for sure

Cory8

Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization is LIFE CHANGING and the people in charge are simply incredible. I was at a dark place in my life and was introduced to fishing and Reel American Heros Foundation and have never looked back. This program does magnificent work helping veterans back onto their feet and put them on the water. They don't just stop there, they provide the skills and equipment you will need to continue to fish. The old saying goes "Give a Man a Fish, and You Feed Him for a Day. Teach a Man To Fish, and You Feed Him for a Lifetime." RAHF not only fills your belly and teaches you skills necessary to fishing but on top of that fills your soul with a lifetime of friendships and support. You guys are truly amazing!!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great people- Great cause. Looking forward to this summer in Stafford Va.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

RAHF is a great organization and with great people involved. They are willing to go above and beyond to give back and help our veterans. The experiences that I have had and the friendships I have made through this organization are life changing and everlasting. These guys are truly changing lives. The dedication and support of this organization to our country's veterans is beyond incredible.

Garrett J.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The RAHF is a absolutely fantastic organization led by some of the kindest/selfless folks I have met. I have fished their major tournament 4 times, and consider it one of the best events held for wounded warriors. I have made great friends through this event that I regularly fish with and spend time with. As a wounded warrior I have had many opportunities to do different events and network with non-profits. RAHF is definitely one of the best!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Reel American Heroes Foundation is a fantastic organization that focuses on veterans getting the opportunity to recreational fish. I have attended 4 of their bass tournaments. They are second to none. The founder of RAHF is a patriot who has given his life to honoring veterans, he pores his heart into each and every event, while fighting cancer.

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1 BCJensen

Volunteer

Rating: 5

RAHF has far surpassed my expectations for helping and honoring our service members. I am a veteran myself. It makes me very proud to be associated to this foundation in a roll that provides recreational therapy to our men and woman that have served our great nation.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Reel American Heroes Foundation is the best organization that supports our troops and veterans. They provide an outlet for wounded soldiers to get back into the outdoors. My husband has been a volunteer with this organization for three years, and he will continue to support this organization. Honored to be a part of what they do.

Jason65

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

RAHF helped me to rediscover my love for the outdoors and to reconnect with everyday people. I am thankful everyday for the opportunities they have opened my life up to.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

When I first returned from my last deployment I had a very hard time reconnecting with people outside of my close family. I had always loved fishing and was invited to attend an event by Reel American Heroes Foundation. I found that not only was it a great reason to get out of the house, but also a way to relearn how to be normal again, if only for a short amount of time. I will always be thankful to the Reel American Heroes Foundation for allowing me the opportunity to get back some of what I had lost.

Client Served

Rating: 5

A great organization that truly sticks to their mission. So far I have been blessed to attend 2 events with plans to attend every year Im able. The volunteers make attending this event comfortable and enjoying which is very difficult for most all combat vets. The staff goes above and beyond to make an enjoyable day which doesn't happen to often for me personally. Experience has taught me most Vetrans organizations have other interest with the veterans being only a small part. Reel American Hero's has a solid reputation and proves the veterans recreation is first priority which makes this group first class. I'm already looking forward for this years event.

Michael U.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is the best non-profit organizations out there who supports our troops and veterans. I am honored to speak on their behalf and will continue to support this great organization.

Thomas82

Donor

Rating: 5

After my accident I wasn't sure I'd be on the water again but the guys at RAHF made it possible to enjoy one of my favorite pastimes with my boys again. Thank you to all the volunteers at RAHF for what you do and a shout out to Simon Curry for helping make this possible.

Nathan32

Client Served

Rating: 5

Yesterday I had the opportunity to go out fishing with one of the organizations guides. I had an amazing time and I hope all the veterans that are struggling to get out such as myself will take the opportunity to do this. The guide was very knowledgeable and went above and beyond to help me with what I didn't know. I would like to thank Allen Weatherford and all the people at RAHF that helped make this possible, may God Bless you all.

already7

Volunteer

Rating: 5

RAHF is a top notch organization that really goes the extra mile to get these veterans out in the outdoors and enjoying life!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a great organization that really puts forth the effort to try and make our veterans lives better! I can't think of a better way to show them the support that they deserve. I'm always amazed at all the things the RAHF does with the veterans and the events that they put on. Top notch all the way!

Marcie5

Client Served

Rating: 5

Not many girls out there on the water but I still felt right at home. The pro that donated his time was top notch and def did his research on how to be prepared for anxieties and other triggers. Every time I go out fishing or meet a fellow WW I tell them about this tournament.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Every year I'm free I will participate to give back to my fellow soldiers.

Dante Gray

Joe_99

Donor

Rating: 5

RAHF is one of the top notch veterans non profit around. They truly care about each and every veteran they serve and their families.
From one vet to another you are truly dedicated in what you are doing and what you stand for. Thank you.

Carla41

Donor

Rating: 5

I cannot tell you how awesome it is for such a foundation to be so involved in helping veterans. There are many businesses that say how much they help, but these guys are 100% involved every step of the way!! Being a veteran myself and married to a two branch vet, this brings so much pride into what helping vets is all about!!! A sincere thank you for all you do and those you help.

Ron_52

Volunteer

Rating: 5

RAHF is run for one reason and one reason only, to promote, support, and uplift our veterans and wounded heroes. The administration cares deeply about our service men and women and tirelessly works to provide support for Vets. The DeFreitas family, despite their own personal struggles, never slow down when it comes to giving back to our fighters. I highly recommend volunteering for RAHF, supporting them, or recommending a veteran to them for some well needed therapy and down time with some of the most generous professional anglers and volunteers in the country. I am proud to have been in their presence and been shoulder to shoulder with them as a volunteer.