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
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!!!
Review from Guidestar
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.
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.
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.