My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Wounded Warriors in Action Foundation Inc, Apollo Beach, FL, USA
Incredible. This organization gave me an awesome opportunity to hunt in Alabama with fellow veterans, and we had a wonderful time in the woods. 9 deer and 100+ quail was a heck of a way to spend a weekend, but the relationships formed were the best part. When we left, I wished we could have had more time for the laughs and time in the field. The McMillan family and CW5 Joe Roland made it one heck of an experience. Thank you for hosting us, and I hope we can reconnect next year!
Review for Black Dagger Military Hunt Club Inc., Tampa, FL, USA
It is with great honor that I write this review. From the moment I pulled up at the shooting event at Black Dagger Military Hunt Club, I felt as though I had known the people for years. I was welcomed with open arms by each of the staff volunteers, many of whom dedicated an entire weekend day to assist with the start and finish of the event. I cannot underscore enough the safe range practices that I observed by each one of the volunteers at the event. Every bullet fired down range was done so in a responsible, efficient manner due to the staff's constant awareness of range safety procedures. It was like Christmas morning for me at the event. As a former infantryman, I felt as though every magazine handed to me was a gift. I must have fired close to 2,000 various rounds that day (from .223 to .50 BMG). The staff made sure your weapon always had a fresh magazine and that you had a smile on your face. I cannot thank the folks at Black Dagger Military Hunt Club enough for what you did for me that day. May God bless each one of you, and I hope this review serves as a window to the public into how you are changing lives. There is definitely something to say about "recoil therapy" as a good way to clear your mind, and you folks go far beyond that in what you do for veterans. In closing, I would like to thank Mission BBQ for the catered meal to the event; it was seriously the best BBQ I have ever eaten (and thank you Mr. Winters for the "to go" bag!). Thank you again!
Review for Wounded Warrior Project, Jacksonville, FL, USA
I served as an infantryman in Iraq from 2005 to 2006. In October of 2005, I was injured by shrapnel after a bullet impacted my rifle scope in front of my face. My company also suffered the losses of seven men, due to IED and sniper attacks. After returning home in July of 2006, I struggled with post traumatic stress, as well as survivor's guilt. I drank heavily for several years, went through a divorce, and could find very little hope for my future. I then met my current wife, and found out about the Wounded Warrior Project. I entered into the Wounded Warrior Project TRACK program, which revolutionized my life. TRACK is a year- long program that allows combat wounded veterans to be integrated into college. The veterans are given all of the tools necessary to be successful in a college atmosphere. The following is a list of some of the tools these veterans receive: Peak Performance training through Apex Performance (brain training exercises, biofeedback exercises, stress management skills), an elite physical health and wellness program that is tailored to achieve the individual veteran's goals, Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling through the Department of Veterans Affairs which pays for the tuition, books, and many other needs for the veteran to be successful in college, and finally, daily interaction with TRACK staff to establish and have accountability for personal, physical, and educational goals.The TRACK staff tailor the learning experience to the individual warrior, and they assist TRACK students beyond graduation. As a TRACK Cohort 9 graduate, I can most certainly attest to the fact that the Wounded Warrior Project is the spearhead in warriors' recoveries nationwide. TRACK is just one of twenty plus programs that the Wounded Warrior Project offers its' alumni. What started as a few people with a vision and hygiene items for wounded warriors has turned into the most premiere programming for our nation's combat wounded veterans. Because of the tools they have given me, I am three credits shy of an A.A. degree, and I am currently maintaining a 4.0 GPA. I am forever indebted to this organization for making me who I am today. I would personally like to recognize Chris Rick, Jeff Robertson, Lisa Grossman, Kelley Palmer, Bryan Wagner, Sonnie Goodale, and Andrew Coughlan for all of the hard work, assistance, and motivation they have provided for myself and countless other warriors. You folks are life-changers, and it is an honor to be an alumnus of such an incredible organization. God bless.
Alive Day: 27 Oct. 2005