Mission: THE FALLEN AND WOUNDED SOLDIERS FUND
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
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.