I spent 10 years in the Marine Corps and left as a SSgt in late 2012. I received my PH from a mortar blast in Iraq in 2006. Back in 2010 I came across www.wwiaf.org and it literally changed my life. I grew up hunting and fishing but hadn't done much of either for close to a decade while I served. The founder of WWIA himself (Mr. John McDaniel) called invited me on a musky fly fishing trip in the northwoods of Wisconsin in 2010. To be honest at first I thought it was a scam but I gave it a shot and had the trip of a lifetime! Fast forward a few years and now I'm blessed to be able to help share more of these events with my brothers. True healing occurs on these trips and finding an awesome organization like Wounded Warrior's in Action has been one of the biggest blessings in my life. I'd be willing to bet money that hundreds of PH veterans would agree with me 110%. I'm a better man today because of John McDaniel and the many WWIA Associates I've been able to sit around a camp fire in the woods with.
It remains a pleasure and honor to serve the Purple Heart community! We would like to thank all our wonderful volunteers and tremendous Wounded Warriors for the great sacrifices they've made to such a noble cause!
This is our third year volunteering with WWIAF, an organization that has consistent leadership and direction. There is no question that all efforts (time, financial, etc.) are directed to meeting the mission of helping to heal our Purple Heart Heroes by connecting through outdoor sporting events. Timing is everything for these heroes and for some the atmosphere WWIAF creates at these events is the only "safe" place to tell their story.
We have been humbled by the courage and perseverance of each soldier who live their lives in a world of constant medical appointments, surgeries, and physical therapy.
WWIAF provides an opportunity to not only put their medical and emotional issues aside for a time, but provides these heroes with an opportunity to connect with the only people who can truly understand their challenges- other Purple Heart recipients. A Navy Purple Heart shared with us that although he had been out of the service for several years, he had purposely removed himself from any military connections. He had not talked about his experiences that led to his injuries for years-that is until he decided to participate in a WWIAF deer hunting event.
I have worked with and directed a non-profit in the past, and have never worked with a more mission driven organization that realizes their goals and those who give can see the benefits and end results of their work.
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World class organization! I'm a Purple Heart veteran who went on a fishing trip with WWIA in 2010 and had a great time. I'm now separated from the Marines and have the time to volunteer to give back to more warriors who need a good time in the outdoors. There is real healing that occurs for the men and women warriors on these trips to the outdoors, and it's the only organization I can 110% vouch for. You want your money or time to do the most good for wounded vets, look no further than Wounded Warriors in Action Foundation!
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As a "client served" and a volunteer I get so much out of this organization that it is a part of my life. Not only do I absolutely enjoy volunteering for this organization, but it really is a part of my therapy as a wounded veteran. From the internal folks to the local communities we operate in, the people are amazing and they empower my patriotism!
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A 4 day all expense paid trip to a hunting camp 20 miles from Phillips, Wisconsin in late October. Camp Hackett provided 400+ private acres and a chance to harvest a trophy whitetail. This is what was made available to me through the WWIA. My buddy Robin and I arrived at camp mid morning on Thursday and were immediately greeted by John, Jake, and Matt. John said unload your kit, hit the qualification stand (have to qualify with your equipment prior to the hunt), and we'll get you out onto a stand. I couldn't believe it, they understood exactly why I had signed up for this event... to HUNT. About that time it began to snow/rain. Most guys I know would have headed for shelter. John and his crew were eager for me to get on the stand though. They assisted me through the preliminaries and an hour later I was on the stand, I told Robin, "This is my kind of people". After a day on the deer stand we came back to camp with hot chow and warm bunks waiting. No pressure here you went out to the stand when you wanted and returned when you wanted, "Just enjoy the woods", John said. No media in our faces or people with a lot of questions, just hunting and comraderie. Stories were told and new ones made. God has provided the setting, John and his staff have chosen to use it to help heal. I thank God for WWIA and WWIA for the opportunity it provided.
I had the pleasure to take 2 WWIA HEROES out on the water for an afternoon of Musky Fishing. The guys were great, we boated a giant 48.8" Musky with a 25+" girth. It was the most rewarding fish that has ever been caught in my boat!!! John runs a great operation at the camp up here in northern Wisconsin, he also has an awesome support team. I look forward to serving more of our HEROES in the future!!!
I have had the opportunity to participate (as a vollenteer) in two Upstate NY hunts. My Father was the lead in both. It was an Honor to have the opportunity to meet and thank these Heros! I (and my children) were Blessed in seeing the healing that these hunts provide- to the recipients and the givers. We also provide the opportunity for some community members to meet and Thank these fine men. I have made life long connections by being a part of this oginization and look forward to making more. It is so important to provide these opportunities to Purple Heart Recipiants. It is so wonderful to see them just be- everything is taken care of- all they do is relax, heal and enjoy! What a Gift this organization is- please give- time, money, anything you can... It is so important!
I recently attended the Gator Hunt in Palm Bay, FL and had a great time. WWIA took care of everything in advance and kept me informed about all of it. It was a simple process, thanks to them, to get to the hunt, check in, and get reimbursed for ALL my related expenses. I wound up catching an almost 10' gator and now have plenty of meat for my family & friends to enjoy. i was able to keep the hide and will make something from it & WWIA is taking care of the skull mount for FREE!!
My name is Kevin Johnson. I recently enjoyed an alligator hunt courtesy of the WWIA. Let me tell you, these guys pull out all of the stops. From making travel arrangements to throwing the best experience I have had as a hunter.
I left my hunt with a 9 foot gator, alot of meat and some awesome stories to tell my kids. Not to mention all of the new friends I made along the way.
I would especially like to thank Col. John McDaniel and Duanne Wallace for making my hunting experience so great. Thank you to the Brevard County Air Boat Association for the rides, and the guides who helped me to bag a huge gator.
I highly recommend WWIAF to donors and volunteers. As a wounded warrior myself I was able to take advantage of a trip that WWIAF invited me to in upstate NY to go go Pheasant hunting. I will tell you that this is a first class organization and that my experience was a memorable one. It provided me with a sense well being, comraderie, and promoted healing from all that were involved in the planning, organizing and participation of the trip. I highly recommend this organization and support them as a volunteer currently. You can make a huge difference in a Purple Heart recipients life by donating, volunteering, and supporting this outstanding organization. ---- Tony W.
My name is Stephanie Davis, I come from a very large military family. My brother was part of the 173rd airborne, a support unit during the Afghan war. His job was to set up the mash units and hospitals in and around Bahgram Airforce base and in Kandahar. He lost many soldiers during the war, they were also his close friends. Several men from his unit were subjected to a horrific ambush. He was affected greatly by the loss of his fellow soldiers. Those and many others that survived during this war are now purple heart recipients. In order for me to understand these tragedies and to remain supportive to him, I chose to volunteer for WWIA foundation. After explaining to my brother what this foundation was all about, he said that what I was doing meant slot to him as he knows these men and women will forever be changed by this war, both mentally and physically. John Mc Daniel, the founder of this great organization has the biggest heart and the kindest soul. He started this to help the healing process by committing himself to help so many people that he refers to as heroes. I am amazed at how many people's lives he has touched and continues to heal these warriors long after they are sent home. These brave people are loved by him. It is an honor to help this foundation in any way that we can.