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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Emergency Assistance, Family Services, Human Services, Military & Veterans Organizations, Veterans

Mission: Wounded Warriors Family Support provides support to families of those who have been wounded, injured, or killed during combat operations. The families of our casualties suffer in many ways, some financially, some psychologically.

Results: We were able to contribute all proceeds from our 2012 High Five Tour to a Smart Home for Operation Tyler Huffman. Currently we are developing a respite care program.

Target demographics: Qualified military families are those in which a parent, while serving in our armed forces, was injured, wounded, or killed during combat operations as defined by the DOD.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Over 200 families per year receive services.

Geographic areas served: Families from all fifty states are served.

Programs: Retreat Centers Partnerships with other organizations to help build Smart Homes Respite Care Emergency Funds

Community Stories

38 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

I don't know where to start but all I can say is I am grateful to Wounded Warrior Family Support for all the help they have provided my family. We are forever thankful to this wonderful organization. My daughter came two weeks earlier than expected. I got in touch with Wendy when my mother arrived from Kansas to help me for two weeks during post partum and adjusting to our new lives with baby number three. My mother was financially compensated and, if it were not for Wounded Warrior Family Support my mother would not have stayed and helped me for that long. Jason and I are forever thankful because not only did it give us time to go out on a date which we never do, we found time to just relax and, not have to worry about the children while we are out because Grandma was there. Thanks so much!!!

Jamey Lauren T.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Wounded Warrior has helped us more than any other organization. They have gone far beyond what we ever imagined. We contacted them scared and unsure of what was happening to my husband. No one, not even the VA, would tell us what his injury really was except for wounded warriors. They sent us to a retreat with other veterans going through the same thing, and gave us information and resources to get the help he needed. It didn't stop there. They never quit helping. They helped with finding and paying for a babysitter when we didn't have one for appointments. When our baby was diagnosed with leukemia the called regularly to check in to make sure we didn't need anything. They have even helped with school grants for the children. Because of Wounded Warriors Family Support, we have had a huge load removed time and time again so that we could focus on what is important.

2 Minie C.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Thanks to one of my husband's Army buddies we met an Amazing Veteran & humanbeing whose a part of an awesome non-profit that reached out to us to see how they could help. This non profit relays on donations from the public to help our military/veterans that need help the most. My husband requires 24/7 around the clock care, needs total assistance care, from brushing his teeth, showering, dressing him, getting his feedings through a peg-tube, getting him in & out of bed using a ceiling lift to transport him from his hospital bed to the shower chair to shower him then transport him back to his bed to get him dressed & on his wheelchair. Anson was left non-verbal after he sustained a severe TBI caused by a grenade blast that left him wheelchair bound, non-verbal & feeding through a peg-tube. Wounded Warriors Family Support is a non-profit that hearts are touched with the stories of injuries wounded warriors sustained while serving. They become a part of not only the wounded warrior's life but also check in on their families/caregivers, making sure we are getting selfcare for ourselves so we don't experience burnout. If we need a respite break we are able to, they work with others to help find proffesional caregivers to help, they also help in making sure the VA is doing what they are supposed to for the veteran this non-profit has caring people who help advocate or provide you with resources to contact depending on the veterans need or challenge. I ask you to touch your hearts & donate so veterans like my husband have a non-profit like this to help them in a time of need or going through a difficult time or feel like they have no voice or feel alone dealing with the VA system. Most of us as spouses of veterans don't know how to navigate through the VA system but thanks to a non-profit organization like this they do their best to help, either walking you through it or providing resources to educate yourself with knowledge to be able to fight & get the benefits, medication or medical equipment your veteran needs & rightfully earned by fighting & defending their country.

Jessica B.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

When we least expected it, the wounded warrior Faily support group was generous enough to send my family to a vacation in the middle of the year! This was such a neat experience that we were able to enjoy because we did not have the burden of having to worry about paying for tickets to all these neat places or even worry about a place to stay. The kids had so much fun and the best part was that I got to see my husband (wounded vet) smile at the kids happiness For the first time in a while. It made my heart happy. I am very grateful for the organization and I know that the donors money really does get used for the veterans and their family. I will always cherish the memories that were made that week and forever be grateful for their dedications the veterans. I also want to thank Stacia for randomly checking in on us to make sure we are ok and if we need help she is on the lookout for anyway she can help.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I can't say enough about WWFS, Wendy, and the entire WWFS organization. From their respite program, to financial assistance for urgent needs like dental care and childcare, they have helped countless families in the Wounded Warrior community. I have refered families to WWFS over the years who had all but given up hope and I continue to do so confident that WWFS will be there for every one of them. For my own family Wendy knew that it is extremely difficult for me to accept help and definitly difficult for me to ask for help but she and WWFS were there for my family and I through some very difficult times over the years. They treated us with dignity and kindness and made my husband feel like the hero that he is. I am forever thankful for Wendy and the entire team at WWFS.

Client Served

Rating: 5

WWFS has been a huge blessing to us the past few years! There assistance has meant that we have been and are able to continue to go to medical appointments without having to drag the kids to every appointment. This is really important because it allows me as my wounded warrior’s caregiver and advocate to give my undivided attention to the appointment and what’s going on with my warrior. Both of my children have special needs and the WWFS have worked tirelessly to find the perfect child care match for my kids and their needs while I take my husband to his appointments.
They also gave a wonderful opportunity a few years ago to take the entire family to Florida so our family could make memories together. They coordinatated the entire trip and to this day my children relish the memories of the first vacation that we as a family have gone on with my wounded warrior. Our lives are forever changed by his injuries and illnesses and to be able to give the kids a memory like the WWFS afforded us is indeed something we are really grateful of. Please support WWFS and know they are doing a lot in the areas other not for profits don’t think about. The day to day grind is less stressful because of the great work this group of people do.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Wounded warrior family support came into our lives and have been the biggest blessing since! Having a support system you can truly count on more than family. The team they have to help families is by far the most amazing. From needing someone to truly lean on and talk to to being there when your family nedds help with certain expenses. Dental bills back to school or christmas. Wounded warrior family support provides the up most support of any non profit out there. They ensure you can make it to Doctor appointments and you dont have to worry about taking kids with. Knowing all of your attention is on your wounded warrior, not having to worry about being distracted is a blessing in the least of words. We experienced the most amazing vacation of our lives from wounded warrior family support. Having time to bond as family. Something we wouldnt havent ever been able to give our children. Over the last few years since Wounded warrior family support has came into our lives they have been our back bone and a bigger support system than even our family. A thank you isnt even enough to say to them. As when ever life gets so incredibly tough, they are always there. They are the backbone for not only my family but many military families! They go above and beyond and are the type of non profit that stands behind there name, they are simply amazing. Thank you for all you do! For all of the military familys you bless and will continue to bless! Nina Coble

Jacqui S.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am blessed to have met Wendy at a CARE event in Las Vegas where she was promoting their resources. I was still a little iffy asking for help from others, but when I got the courage, she and her entire team were there to answer the call. They have helped our family with childcare services so we could attend medical appointments (that would have been canceled otherwise), a couples event, respite care, and on top of that they provided me with house cleaners after I obtained an injury. They are still at the other end of my call or email when I am in need. THE BEST ORGANIZATION TO INCLUDE THE WHOLE FAMILY!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This has been a God sent Organization my husband Lee Hernandez has a TBI and is completely blind, I was exhausted and then they send people to help with with out hesitating and has really help us out !!!

Kiley T.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I can not say enough good about Military Warrior Family Support. When our daughter was diagnoaes with Type 1 Diabetes they were the able to help us pay most of her medical expenses from the doctor and hospital. They were also willing and able to cover her medical supplies for 3 months. Thank you again for helping our family.

Client Served

Rating: 5

As the wife of a disabled Veteran that needed to travel for a month to medical treatments, I was completely scatterbrained. I learned that WWFS would help with respite care for our two young children, and was immediately at ease! They provided funding so that my folks could afford to take on our kiddos while we tackled a difficult month's schedule. When any Caregiver/Veteran faces a hardship needing respite, WWFS is the ONLY resource I recommend. They truly fill in the gaps that are woefully lacking by the VA system.

Tara McCalister P.

Client Served

Rating: 5

When I was facing surgery to remove my gallbladder, I didn't know how I was going to handle all of my caregiving responsibilities, let alone vacuuming the house for a few weeks while I recovered.
Wendy Tatrow and her team completed my intake quickly and had Merry Maids helping me out with the cleaning.

It was such a godsend.

A few months ago when I really needed to get away and have a bit of respite to recharge my batteries, Wendy arranged for me to stay at a condo in Galveston, which was amazing.

I am eternally thankful for what WWFS has done for my family and I.

Thank you to everyone that contributes to this amazing non-profit.

Colleen Kenny S.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Wounded Warriors Family Support is an incredible organization! Not only has my family been blessed by them when our fence fell down during a wind storm, and offered me, a caregiver, a safe place to take a well needed three day respite trip, but I volunteer working with wounded veteran families, and have been able to refer many others to their care. WWFS fills a unique niche in the support community of wounded veterans, by offering service and support for situations that can be overwhelming to a disabled vet family, like medical emergencies for family members, repairs on homes, and caregiver respite.

5 Jacob L.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My families experience with Wounded Warrior Family Support was amazing from the start. Their application process was very smooth and easy to fill out to make sure you get all the information in properly. Once accepted we were able to schedule our family vacation for Oct, 2015 at the Bahama Bay Resort in Orlando for a week. Also along with the week in Orlando the organization donated free theme park tickets to the local large theme parks and a couple of gift cards to help cover cost of vacations. My family and I enjoyed the time we were able to spend together and go to some of the parks we have never be before. It's great organization and people like this that make it a lot easier to deal with some of the thing I personally and my family go through on a daily basis.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We are a family of 8. My husband is a wounded veteran and I care for him and our 6 girls. WWFS has been an amazing blessing with the help and support we have received. Wendy has been very understanding and willing to work through our issues as a family.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Wounded Warrior Family Support helped save my husbands life.
My husband is a Combat Marine, who was suffering horribly with PTSD, Night Terrors, Flashbacks & TBI. Not to mention other Combat related physical medical issues. My husband refused to seek treatment as he was the Sole provider for our family of 6.
They were instrumental in providing the help we needed, So he could get the help He needed.
Wendy, the Respite Director has been a continual support for us emotionally, and spiritually. Where would I be, and our family with out their encouragement, and support.
My husband is on the road now to Recovery. Which means, that our family is too.
God Bless Wounded Warrior Family Support. May God continue to richly bless this Non Profit, and all whom serve the Wounded Veterans and their families.

4 Erin69

Client Served

Rating: 5

Wounded Warrior Family Support has been absolutely wonderful for our family!!! We went through so much during transition and they were there for us. We would never have been able to get through all that we faced without them!!! Even after initial contact and services they continued to contact us to check on our well being and continued to offer us services and resources! They have been truly amazing and I owe them more thanks for what they have done for my family than I could possibly give them!! Love them all so much! Thank you WWFS!! For truly caring and asking nothing in return!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I want to thank all at the Wounded Warrior Organization for the out standing trip to Bahama Bay Resort and tickets to three theme parks in Orlando, all expense paid made possible for my son's family and I. When he told me of it I was planning on driving from NC to meet them. When my son called to tell me that they were paying for my trip too as caretaker, I was blown away. Was a once in a lifetime gathering for all of us to be together and having fun.
It was a blast we had the best time didn't have to worry of nothing except to have fun and relax. It was like I was a kid again especially at Wet& Wild, I at 60 years old kept up with the young ones, not even sore the next day from all that stair climbing! Then Universal Studios got to have my photo taken with my favorite Transformer Bumble Bee, loved the ride too! Harry Potter ride was fun, but the dragon one was way too rough for me. I made a hit with my grandkids for they were wanting to ride with me! go figure grandma was the cool one! A week I will not forget! I do donate to WW and will continue to do hope everyone else does too! I pray for all service personal to stay safe.

5 hmanyoma

Client Served

Rating: 5

First and foremost I just want to say that I pray that the staff at Wounded Warrior Family Support and your loved ones are in the best of health, body, mind, spirit and heart.

My sincere Thank you is not enough for what you and WWFS has done for my family and myself. We had an amazing and fun loving time at Yellowstone. The experience was just so Heavenly, especially because it involved spending it with my family. My deepest Thank you again for blessing us with such an amazing gift. Thank you for the love and care that you have demonstrated to me for the service in gave this great nation. Its because of organizations and people like yourself that I went to serve to defend this nation. You all will forever be engraved in our hearts...nothing can ever take away what WWFS has done for us. May the Lord bring an abundance of Peace, Love, Happiness, and Joy to everyone that was able to make this blessing happen. Thank you again for sharing your hearts with us.

God bless you and America,
Harrison Manyoma
U.S. Army (SGT) retired
Purple Heart ( July 04 )

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Thanking everyone involve first of all, we were some grateful and blessed to be able to take a vacation that took us outside the home. I can not even begin to express our feelings. Just to see my family all so relax having fun and even the weather was perfect all because the WWFS. Thank you for moments and memory that will last forever in our family generation of story be told. GoD bless