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Bruno S.

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Review for Freedom Alliance, Dulles, VA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

WWe are just a small Warrior Transition Unit (WTU) lost as a small entity on a base where the priority is focused on basic training. The difference between a WTU and a Warrior Transition Battalion (WTB) in terms of support is astonishing.

This was the conversation that sparked a changed as a friend referred me to Freedom Alliance while we were attending Senior Leader Course in San Antonio, TX. He presented their organization as "providing free banquets". His was was involved with the Soldier Family Assistance Center (SFAC) at their duty station and had worked with Alicia Behm.

I am a Platoon Sergeant for the Warrior Transition Unit and just wanted to some support to make some great things happen for our Warriors. I am proud to have establish a strong relationship with Freedom Alliance through Alicia Behm because their support has made a world of difference to our unit in terms of boosting morale.

I called my friend Jason and thanked him for referring me to them! I told him "you know these folks are amazing, they do so much more than troop appreciation dinners".

I am very appreciative for all the donations. The troop appreciation dinner was a huge success and it was the first time we had ALL of our Soldiers, Staff, and medical personnel together in the unit's existence! I received positive feedback from almost everyone of how much it improved unit cohesion. The fact that we got to eat at Ruth's Chris Steak House made it that much better.

After explaining to Alicia of how isolated we were in contrast to bigger WTBs she offered to meet with myself and the Commander to discuss additional ways Freedom Alliance could support the unit.

Our unit is very involved with adaptive sports for our injured Soldiers. The two events we are most involved with are Ride 2 Recovery and Warrior Games (Soldier para Olympics). Freedom Alliance provided our cycling team of ten Soldiers with free cycling gear valued at $300 each. This gear is necessary for cycling and it helped us to persuade more Warriors to participate. It is not the fact that the gear is free, the fact is that it is an expensive sport to get into and having the gear available allowed us to get people on a bike by saying "you have to at least try it, let's go get your gear one and take a ride" and from there we now have teams set up to participate in the upcoming two ride 2 recovery challenges for the remainder of the calendar year. This is a major accomplishment for our unit because previously we were unsuccessful in the recruitment of our wounded Soldiers to participate in pretty much anything.

Next they helped us by sponsoring a $3,000 rifle that allowed one of our Soldiers to compete in the Warrior Games. The unit was not able to afford a weapon of such high quality to put it in the Soldiers words: "Before Freedom Alliance gave me this weapon I felt like I was bringing a knife into a gun fight, and if I medal in this competition it's going to be because of this new rifle". The Soldier placed in 4th place overall.

Alicia then called me asking if we had a Soldier deserving of a all paid for vacation. I told her I would query the Cadre and see if we had a good candidate. We selected an excellent Soldier who has been going through very tough times. Both he and his wife are experiencing severe medical illness which has placed a financial and emotional toll on their family life. Freedom Alliance is making it possible for the couple to go on an all paid for vacation to Florida with a $1,000 gift card to purchase on whatever they wish. I cannot even put into words how much this has meant to this Soldier and his family.

And we are eagerly awaiting another Freedom Alliance sponsored event, a organization day at the US National White Water Center, Charlotte, NC. We have a total of 44 Soldiers and family members participating in this event where we have free access to all park features, free lunch, free nanny services, and one free hotel night stay in Charlotte. The event is a team building focused event to help bond a unit that is going through a lot of change a stressful time.

I have worked directly with Alicia and feel extremely grateful for everything! Everything happens for a reason, and the support we have gained has been a Godsend.

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

I feel a great sense of pride and accomplishment for having discovered this organization for all the good they have done and all the positive changes they played a part in for my unit. I can honestly say that my experiences with this organization through Alicia has been a life changing experience for me.

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

It is hard to recommend any changes when everything has worked out so great. Alicia has been great and she has always taken care of everything in a timely manner.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

How did you find this group?

referred by a friend

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

Through working with Alicia I discovered what it means to be a true selfless person. Her volunteerism has sparked me spend a good majority of my time every in finding ways to help other people. I feel that our continued relationship has helped most of that come true and has given me a great sense of confidence in reaching out to other people as well.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

Role:  Client Served & helped boost Soldier morale.