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Review for Fallen Warriors Foundation, Lake Oswego, OR, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I have attended more than 10 of the annual Fallen Warrior Foundation's retreats held each November in Oregon. I have found these retreats to be enormously helpful in dealing with my own PTSD issues related to my service in Vietnam with the USMC. Approximately 12 years ago I served for about 2 years as a volunteer with the Foundation's board of directors and assisted in various outreach projects to vets in the Portland metro area. In my opinion, the Foundation provides a valuable service to vets and their loved ones and is definitely worthy of the support of any organization concerned with the well being of America's veterans and their families.

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

attending the November retreats at carefully chosen sites that allow 3 days of intense sharing and examination of life experiences related to war and the effects of combat on veterans and their families.

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

pursue grants only from sources that are openly sympathetic to veterans and their unique problems. However, such work is tedious, frustrating and demands careful preparation of grant applications. This is very difficult for a small organization.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the personal insight that I have gained about PTSD from meeting so many other veterans and their families. The annual retreats have also been very powerful experiences that I deeply value.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

supportive and unexpectedly transparent when sharing about their own experiences with the consequences of war (on spouses, children, employers, etc).

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

very probably find the additional staff and volunteers to use the money in a responsible manner to assist vets and their families.

Ways to make it better...

there had been more volunteers to help Colleen and Jack raise funds to keep the projects solvent and apply for grants. The constant pursuit of funding was very draining and caused early burn-out of many volunteers.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

acquiring funding and volunteers to share the exhausting work load.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Colleen and Jack have sacrificed so much to keep this organization viable that it is, at times, painful to watch them. I am amazed at their dedication since military veterans are largely overlooked and forgotten by our country.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

Role:  Former Volunteer & I helped plan and facilitate the foundation's first annual retreat for vets and family members as well as subsequent projects.