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Causes: Philanthropy

Mission: The mission of Hope For The Warriors® (www.hopeforthewarriors.org) is to enhance the quality of life for post-9/11 service members, their families, and families of the fallen who have sustained physical and psychological wounds in the line of duty. Hope For The Warriors® is dedicated to restoring a sense of self, restoring the family unit, and restoring hope for our service members and our military families.

Results: Founded in 2006, Hope For The Warriors is a national nonprofit dedicated to restoring a sense of self, family and hope for post 9/11 veterans, service members and military families. Since its inception, Hope For The Warriors has served more than 19,000 through a variety of support programs focused on transition services, clinical health and wellness, sports and recreation and community development and engagement. The nonprofit’s first program, A Warrior’s Wish, has granted more than 180 wishes to fulfill a desire for a better quality of life or support a quest for gratifying endeavors. In addition, Run For The Warriors has captured the hearts of more than 23,500 since 2010. For more information, visit www.hopeforthewarriors.org

Target demographics: Combat wounded service members and veterans, their families and families of the fallen.

Direct beneficiaries per year: The number of families has grown each year. In 2012, we will assist more than 4,500 military families through meaningful and significant programs.

Geographic areas served: Nationwide

Programs: Employment & Education, Clinical Support Services, Sports & Recreation, and Community & Military Relations.

Community Stories

106 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Amber24

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is one of the best organizations out there for U.S. service members who may be in need of some serious help. The people at Hope for the Warriors are unique, caring, knowledgeable and the work they do is incredibly valuable.

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Nene Sanchez

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a young Veteran who had hope to see my family again after all that I've been through in the Service. I was transitioning into the civilian life alone, and let me tell you it wasn't easy. There were times I wanted to give up and break down. It made me miss my family even more. My family is all I had to keep me strong, but being so far away from them didn't give me the strength to pull through. I couldn't afford a ticket to go home to see me family when I needed to.But recently I went home to American Samoa to reunite with my family and be a part of my brothers wedding which was a special and memorable event. Thanks to Jessica Hower and the rest of the "Hope for the Warriors" staff members for making it possible for me to see my family and be able to attend my brothers wedding. The trip was very much needed especially during a really rough time in my life when I needed my family the most. HFTW make a real difference in the lives of all service members and their families. Being with my family made me gain strength and gave me hope to get through life. It was part of a good healing process not only for me but also for my family. I can't thank them enough for their help. They also helped with my rent when I got back from my trip because of the days I took off work to go home. For the first time in a long time, I've never had to worry about anything but to just enjoy the company and comfort of my family. I feel really blessed with all the help that this organization has done for me. God Bless all the HFTW staff members and may they receive all the blessings that they truly deserve.

Doc K.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was recently honored to attend a Sailing Clinic sponsored by Hope for the Warriors. Ronnie, Don and Walt, along with a host of amazing volunteers, put together one of the most influential weeks of my life. Being introduced to the sailing community in grand style (sailing with 1-1 instruction, watching the America's Cup World Series Regatta from a racing yacht in the San Francisco Bay, accepting the hospitality of Team Oracle) was an experience not to be forgotten. More importantly, being introduced to a sport which seems to have been created to treat PTSD and even out the competitive playing field for almost any disability was inspirational. The clinic was well-organized, yet flexible to accommodate each individual's challenges. Outside activities, including visiting Redwoods, were enjoyed by all and nothing felt like mandatory fun. More important than every good thing I could say about the clinic and how much it benefitted me, the people involved were the absolute salt of the earth. Ronnie Simpson's passion for sailing is only rivaled by his desire to share it with disabled veterans. Don Gray, father to the group, shared his lessons learned as a Vietnam Veteran while keeping the clinic on schedule. Walt Kotecki is one of the most compassionate guys I've ever come across. All the volunteers at BAADS (Bay Area Association of Disabled Sailors) and the sailing instructors showed us nothing but love the entire Clinic. Amazing job by all. Finally, the most inspirational part of my week was spending time with the other participants. The camaraderie and brotherhood that we lose when we transition out of the military is found in the veteran community and organizations like Hope for the Warriors allow us to tap into that source of strength and support. I can't thank you all enough.

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turbomelimel

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hope for the Warriors has made a profound difference for my family. My Husband suffers from severe combat related PTSD. Living under the constant stress and uncertainty has left us extremely depleted. Hope for the Warriors is there for us. Recently, my Husband's Warrior Wish was granted. He will be getting a specialty trained service dog to help him with his disorder. There are no words to explain how much this will impact our daily lives and truly help my Husband. Furthermore, Hope for the Warriors offered us tremendous support while my Husband was hospitalized for his PTSD. I felt very cared for and understood. Hope for the Warriors gave us a gas card so that my Son and I could visit. This organization reached out and called me regularly to make sure we were ok. The greatest compliment I can give this wonderful organization is that they live up to their name. They have given my Warrior hope. There is no measurement big enough to express our gratitude.

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Len L.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hope for the Warriors has helped me in so many ways. I have had the privilege to be taken to multiple 5k races and a 10 mile run with this wonderful organization. I appreciate that they are very hands on and take the time to get to know you. I am very grateful for all of the help that they have given me and look forward to working with them in the future.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Hope for the warriors has been one of the BEST organizations hands down!!! We contacted them for help moving and i was blown away at how friendly our worker was, not only did she get things set up for us to get moved but she kept in contact and offered so much helpful info! Amber went ABOVE AND BEYOND TO make SURE WE GOT TAKEN CARE OF! I love that if I ever have a question or need info on anything TBI/PTSD related I know i can contact Hope for the Warriors and not have to try and do everything on my own anymore! I feel soo blessed by this organization!

Dennis F.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hope for Warriors gave my wife and I and all expensed paid trip to New York City for a weekend at a beautiful hotel and spa. Thank you so much for wonderful relaxing and rejuvenating time. Their staff consistently makes an effort to include us in upcoming events and are very gracious and accommodating. They truly understand that healing is a process for the whole family and not just the veterans.

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Alexander L.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This group has helped me far beyond I haved askedfor for, and even now continues to find ways to help me out. I am so impressed and so thankful for this group. I can't described in words what kind of support I got from this group and the hope that it had given me. They have above and beyond to help me. Thank you so much for everything.

Client Served

Rating: 4

I am a Combat Disabled OIF Marine, I am missing cartlig in my knee and I have PTSD with depressive disorder. When I first enlisted I was determined to make the Marine Corps my life, but after two combat deployments my dreams of wearing my uniform to a ripe old age were crushed and I had to leave the Corps and try my hand in the civilian world. After three years of toughing out my knee problems and being repromanded several time for my temper, my depression started messing with my sleep and my concentration and be a heavy equipment operator with a class A CDL it was becoming very dangerous for myself and others around me so my doctor made me quit my job and as I wait for the VA to approve my unemployability I have zero income coming in to support my family so the bills started to mount up, so for the sake of my family I swollowed my pride and started looking for help. Hope for the Warriors swooped in and saved the day they covered all my utilities and my rent, so that at least for now the stress has slacked off and I can worry about other things, I can't thank Hope for the Warriors enough for all the help that they've given me and my family.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband was severely wounded in Iraq in 2003. We were introduced to Hope for the Warriors in 2010 and they have provided us not only moral support but also have helped us with durable medical equipment that the VA has denied and have committed to help modify our master bath for wheelchair accessibility since the VA has also denied that. They are a God send since we could never afford these modifications on our own. The moral support that Anne and Amber have provided has been invaluable! I would recommend Hope for the Warriors to anyone - they truly care about our wounded and the families and help on so many levels.

Bob_3

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a combat wounded Marine, and I have had my life turned upside down. I had everything that I knew and planned for taken from me. The devastating effect that has on you morale is epic. H4W gave me a reprieve from the daily struggle that is living with a combat injury, and more than that they showed me how much people care about us. The country will forever be scarred by how the Vietnam Veterans were received, but it says something that we learned from that mistake. It also reinforces to us combat wounded that we are not forgotten. Which means more than most will ever understand. I contacted a few of the people that helped me over a year later and they still remembered me. That sort of personal connection is hardly even heard of in other "industries" and I feel it really says something about the level that H4W actually cares about the vets they serve.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband is a combat wounded veteran who was injured in 2006. We needed help relocating and finding employment for my husband and H4W changed our lives dramatically. They have gone over and above expectations and have assisted my husband and I in every way imagined from getting to interviews to renting a POD to move. They are angels to us. Also, they are an amazing support system and our second family. These folks celebrate warriors and their families by really living the mission-whether it be lending an ear or shoulder to cry on, or offering a makeover to a spouse or a week of fantastic patriotic fleet week morale boosting fun.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was lucky enough to be able to attend fleet week with the hope for the warriors foundation and was extremely pleased. This was my first trip that I had taken with any organization since my injury and I am glad that I was able to work with the hope for the warriors staff. Throughout the stay they far exceed my expectations and were very well organized. Every single aspect of this trip was thought out in extreme detail to ensure that every person was able to enjoy their time no matter what we were doing. I would highly recommend this organization to people that are wanting to donate as well as to people that have been injured and are wanting to go on a very fun trip. It helps all of us injured service members get reintegrated back into society after our long medical needs.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

they are the best and are their for all service members needs and really care for them we are not just another number unlike some.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I can't even focus on a starting point to express my grattitude to Hope For The Warriors. This organization has that sparkle and magic that instantly creates that family bond with servicemembers who often have an empty hole or void from within. They have not only taken care of me, my entire family has been pulled up under their wing of hope. Any event that I was priviledged enoough to be a part of HFTW far exceeded any expectations. They give you that special moment that the average family would not be able to afford or do the logistical leg work to make it happen. Everyone on their staff from highest to lowest, they are the ALL STAR team. It is hard to believe that HFTW actually cares and does the right things for people who are in need. It is organizations like HFTW that keeps this country in check with a lot of situations being out of hand in the bigger scheme of things across this nation. Please DONATE so wounded servicemembers can get the piece of mind that you enjoy everydHonored to be family with HFTW. CW4 John Lightsey, US ARMY

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Robert28

Client Served

Rating: 5

I must say that I have had the great opportunity to have been welcomed into the this great organization. There are many groups that say or claim that they are there to help us wounded warriors that have courageously served this great nation and I tell you what there is no organization that has done more for me and helped me get outside and enjoy not only the outdoors but life again. I have been on a couple of hunting trips through them as well as skeet shoot and have always been treated so well by the family that I have been able to make through the Hope for the Warriors foundation. Emma Riley, Nicole Papadopoulos, just to name a couple of people that have really made sure that I had a great time and I look forward to not only doing some more great hunts with them but also just to hang out and help give back to my fellow wounded service members.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Participating in the H4W program has been a great experience. The staff were excellent in every aspect of the trip. They ensured that I was comfortable and well taken care of. The details of the trip were well planned and they ensured that I knew in advance of the daily activities and what to expect. It was clear that they truly care about the wounded soldiers and have a real passion for what they do.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

H4Ws is an outstanding charity, as evident by the low administrative staff expenses, and the focus on combat wounded client served, I can attest to the amount of support to our combat wounded and families. They are literally a phone call away from anything from immediate needs to adaptive sports gear and wellness events. A simply outstanding organization!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I had the privilege of being invited to the 3rd Annual Wounded Angler Excursion which was sponsored by Hope For The Warriors in Tampa, FL. It was an entire weekend of good fun and truly amazing people. They organized dinner events with the local population, and 20 volunteer boat captains from the Tampa Yacht & Country Club for a memorable experience. These events give our nations heroes, both past and present, an opportunity to network and together we can help overcome the challenges placed in their way. Hope For The Warriors is a world class organization!

Client Served

Rating: 5

An excellent organization. At a time when I needed some help, H4W stepped in and got the job done. H4W provided a hand-cycle and because of that I have been able to maintain my physical health following a devastating injury that left me paralyzed. H4W provided a foundation that my family could build on and because H4W provided the necessary equipment we have been able to participate in many cycling events nationwide as well as ride together as a family on almost a daily basis. H4W got me out of the house and outside living again. They changed my life.