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Matt G.

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Review for Freedom Alliance, Dulles, VA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I am a Warrant Officer and have served in the Army for over twelve years, I am an OEF Veteran and am currently assigned to the Warrior Transition Battalion at Fort Bragg, NC while I go through a Medical Evaluation Board. When I was first shown the flier for the Freedom Alliance trip at Smith Mountain Lake, VA I saw that there was Striper fishing and was sold I immediately signed up. I am an Avid fisherman and a volunteer with Heroes on The Water, a program that helps Wounded Warriors, Veterans and their families relax, rehabilitate, and reintegrate through Kayak Fishing and the outdoors. I had no idea that i would experience as much as i did and that i would take away as many long lasting memories, and connections with others. I have tried to tell others about the trip and have found that it is almost to much to describe. I greatly enjoyed the Striper fishing and although i only caught one it was a nice 30 incher, I also have an open invitation from the Captain of the boat i was on to return and fish that immense and beautiful lake again. I was very surprised that nice Compact Bows were given to us from Bow Tech, I had a blast at the archery range and will continue to perfect my archery skills and plan to go bow hunting for the first time this fall. Kip West was awesome and his dedication to giving back to us anyway he can was noticed and greatly appreciated by all of us. I can go on and on about my personal experiences on this trip that was organized to thank and support us veterans. What I would really like to comment on and what will have a lasting impression on me is the genuine dedication of Pepper and his Freedom Alliance staff and volunteers to make it an amazing and memorable experience. They were great and did everything they could to cater to us and show there appreciation. They did an amazing job at planning all the events and bringing it all together. I personally know how much goes into organizing Kayak Fishing trips but could only imagine the preparation and leg work that went into a trip like that.The Smith Mountain Lake community also came out and their gratitude and the respect they showed for us was almost to much, they were great and i will definitely return there one day with my two daughters. After that amazing trip was over the dedicated Staff of Freedom Alliance continued to stay in touch and continue the friendship with all of us that participated. THANK YOU to Freedom Alliance for everything that you did and continue to do especially Pepper, Adam, Maria, and Erin.

Very Respectfully
WO1 Matthew J. Griffith

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The long lasting impression i have from Freedom Alliance. Is the good feeling of knowing how many people are dedicated to showing thier support and gratitude to the men and women who have served and sacraficed for thier country and to those who continue to serve.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would not cahnge anything i just hope that Americans with the means to do so continue to donate so that programs like Freedom Alliance, Wounded Warrior Project and the one I am a part of Heroes on The Water can continue to give back to those who have voluntarily given so much.

Role:  Client Served & I enjoyed Striper fishing, Archery, and Pistol Shooting, as well as live music and many other things.