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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Community Foundations, Philanthropy

Mission: THE FALLEN AND WOUNDED SOLDIERS FUND Mission Statement The mission of the Fallen and Wounded Soldiers Fund is to support Michigan service members who serve & protect our country. Additionally, we want to help others see the good our service men and women do through their accomplishments and the sacrifices they make on our behalf. We are a non-profit, non-partisan 501(c) (3) organization. Our members do not receive any financial compensation for their efforts. FWSF is all volunteer effort, with everyone working from the kindness of their hearts and dedicated to supporting our armed forces. We are honored to help families with their expenses to visit their injured loved ones in hospitals as well as supporting handicapped victims, and the spouses and children of those fallen soldiers.

Results: The FWSF has a give rate of 97%.

Target demographics: Post-911 Veterans

Direct beneficiaries per year: 360 vets with $707,000.00

Geographic areas served: Michigan

Programs: Financial Assistance, mental health referrals, employment resources

Community Stories

55 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Jordan36

Client Served

Rating: 5

I couldn't be more grateful for the fallen and wounded soldiers fund , the will never truly know how much they have helped my family and me . Thank you so much

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

UNBELIEVABLE Organization that is just as close to our Hearts as our other fellow veterans that fought beside us in Iraq...We are not alone as our fight continues as we return to American soil...I am a 100% disabled Veteran married for 11 yrs with 4 kids and I was so depressed from injuries and not being able to provide for my family during a time of need while the VA sorted out my claim...This organization Bless every last one of them involved they truly saved our lives and I'd say they took a bullet for us ..That's how much it truly meant to me..They helped us with bills and food as well as keeping our car from being repo on us...They work fast and 100% of all proceeds go directly to our veterans in need..I trust them above any other organization because I truly know we are not alone they are for us and all about us Veterans ...If you ever wanted to give back this place is the Real Deal I promise you that...They truly care and stepped up when no one else did and for that I thank all of You for being there for my family ..Means the world to us all .

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

They helped me with cash, then i contacted them asking them if they knew had another charity i could contact and they asked me what the problem was and they said dont worry we will take care of and all in less than 2 months the head lady is nice and understanding. THANK YOU AGAIN FOR EVERYTHING FWSF

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a US Marine veteran. Did one tour in Iraq. Diagnosed with Combat PTSD. I recently lost my job and was getting behind in all of my monthly bills. I have always been the type to do things myself and not ask for help. But when the shut off notices came and I haven't started my new job yet, I had no other choice.
A VA service worker referred me to this wonderful charitable organization and they were able to catch up on all of my behind bills, provide me with that security, and and also provided information for local food banks and other information for veterans.
God bless this organization!!!

Review from Guidestar

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization has been amazing to our family during our difficult times. My husband who is a OIF and OEF Veteran was diagnosed on Easter Sunday of 2015 with a rare stage 4 metastatic cancer. I cannot thank Lynn and all the others who have helped our family through this very difficult time. They have been such a blessing as we try to figure out finances, treatments and other resources we may need. It has been such a scary and emotional journey and The Fallen and Wounded Soldiers Fund has helped so much on easing our minds for certain things. We will be forever grateful!!!

The Webb Family

Review from Guidestar

Mike171

Client Served

Rating: 5

I received financial assistance while dealing with a hardship move. The staff was very helping and even offered assistance with opportunities in either college or training classes for a jobs.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

FWSF has helped My family of 5 with our house payment when I've fallen behind at work due to my disability. If it wasn't for there generosity we would be homeless again. This is a nightmare I face more then I have ever imagined. We thank God everyday for FWSF

Review from Guidestar

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Words can not begin to describe on any level what you guys have given back to not only myself but my kids! When my back was against the wall awaiting the government to get their ducks in a row and finally decide to get to my case at their pace I was looking at so many fears coming true that I never wanted my kids to ever see. Homeless broke and left out to dry an Angel came into my life her name is Lynn and not even 24 hours later a huge weight was lifted and worries were gone! I really cannot give enough thanks to her and the fallen and wounded soldier fund! Only if our government was run by the fallen and wounded soldier fund only then our military branches would ever see how our veterans would actually now how they are appreciated and I could almost guarantee that the most awful number know to veterans would not be 22! Because they would know that someone is always there for them for what ever issue they might be trying to get though! God bless Lynn and The Fallen and Wounded Soldier Fund

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

When a very bad situation came up, and no other organization could or would help us, this organization did. Quick, caring and ultimately when my disabled husband ended up hospitalized for a week it was that much easier on me and my children. We are a dual disabled veteran family, and I am also his caregiver. Thank you so much for being there for us in our time of neex.

Review from Guidestar

Kevin-Mia C.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I'm a disabled Army Veteran who served over 7 years active duty. I was deployed twice Irag 2007-2008, and Afghanistan 2010-2011. During those two combat deployments I got injured and hurt. Once I got out the Army in 2012. I filed my VA claim and it's now 2016. I haven't got anything yet from the VA. During my years being out of the Military. For the past couple of years this great organization, has been helping myself and my family out. If it wasn't for Lynn and her wonderful group. Myself and my family would be homeless. If you looking for a great organization to donate to this is the one. This is a wonderful organization who helps out a lot of wounded veterans. Before I asked Lynn for help, I asked the Wounded Warrior Project for help. Do you know what I got? Nothing they said they couldn't help me. So once again on behalf of my family and I. I would like to say again thank you!!!!!

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

We were helped with a refrigerator, groceries, and utilities. We were also gifted money this Christmas and were ever so thankful. This organization and it's volunteers are wonderful. Lynn Phillips is the most wonderful and kind hearted woman.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was down in the dumps... Going to school ... Working full time ... But still living paycheck to paycheck due to a lot of debt I accumulated while I was still a soldier ( some unfortunate events) ... Then my car broke down and it was way too expensive to repair and smarter to get a newer used vehicle ... But I needed a lot of help with the down payment... FWSF helped me right on the spot... Minimal questions asked. They WANTED to help. I didn't feel like I was a burden. They made me feel really comfortable asking for financial help! Today I'm driving that car that they so generously helped me pay for! Thank you So much FWSF! You helped me up when I was falling ... God Bless you all and all who donate!!!
-Adam W.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

This isthe most amazing organization. They have helped our family on several occasions. We have gotten financial help with rent, utilities, car and insurance, food, gas, and other miscellaneous expenses. Lynn has also shared resources such as other avenues for assistance and vet friendly vendors. We would not have made it til the VA approved my husband's claim or been able to establish our new home. They offer real immediate aid and we are forever grateful.

1 David239

Client Served

Rating: 5

Thanks to the Fallen and Wounded Soldiers Fund, my wife was able to spend 6 months with me at Fort Knox, Kentucky. I was medi-vaced from Afghanistan in 2012 where I ended up at Fort Knox. My family lived in Michigan. It was a 7 hour drive for my family to visit me. My wife was still working and her income was very important to our financial situation. Because I was from the National Guard, we were unable to get support from the Army to help my family move down to Fort Knox to help take care of me after surgery. The Fallen and Wounded Soldiers Fund stepped up and helped my family with the move. I had spent 21 months at Fort Knox. The 6 months with my family was the best thing that could happen. I was able to spend time with my daughter who was starting kindergarten. I missed nearly 3 years of my daughters life. The 6 months was a true blessing and only made possible by the Fallen and Wounded Soldiers Fund.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The primary purpose of the Fallen and Wounded Soldiers Fund (FWSF) is to help those veterans in Michigan who return from the Iraq and Afghanistan campaigns and find themselves in need of support and assistance. The FWSF is an all-volunteer organization, its members a diverse collection of concerned people from the business and private sectors. Since mid-2006 when the FWSF starting distributing funds to individual soldiers’ families, a lot has occurred. The country’s view of these wars has changed and the fervor over fighting terrorism has diminished. However, the needs of our soldiers have not dissipated, but have, in fact, increased. Over time we have seen the needs change from funds for travel of family members to the injured soldier, to addressing more basic needs of those who have been discharged, even down to the level of providing food for their families. When reviewing the individuals who have received grants from FWSF, it is telling that all are enlisted men who find themselves in tough financial straits. Often times, what they need is help on the rent and other essential expenses, such as medical supplies.