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Review for Freedom Alliance, Dulles, VA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

Freedom Alliance is an organization that is honest, full of love, and genuinely committed to their cause.

They ultimately change the dark path that so many of our veterans fall course to after they leave the service. A path that in too many cases overcomes them and ends too soon. It destroys whole families and ruins the futures of too many children.

The more donations they receive from great people like yourself, the more veterans they may reach in the ultimate time of need. Please help them to do more.

I speak as a veteran who was blessed by this organization.

I witnessed so many volunteers work tirelessly to achieve the goals of this organization for me and my family. People don’t work that hard if they don’t believe in who they are working with.
When I met Freedom Alliance, they welcomed me as if I was one of their closest family members. I can not express enough how genuine everyone here is; they are truly good people.

Everyone I have met from this small organization has had incredible passion for what they are doing and the reasons why they are doing it.

I am just one of many disabled, dysfunctional, lost vets out there. I never wanted help. I served 22 of the best years of my life with some of the best this nation ever produced. I was ten foot tall and bullet proof, and proud as can be. I loved my job more than anything in this world, and, broken as I am now, I’d do it all over again without hesitation.

After I got out of the service, I became very lost. I fell into a darkness that I struggled endlessly to fix on my own. The VA, psychologists, and prescriptions didn’t help me, and I was too proud to ask for help outside of what the VA gave me. I went down this destructive path for several years until I was able to open my eyes and finally see how bad my family was suffering. It took seeing their distress for me to swallow my pride and ask for help.

Freedom Alliance helped me in many ways:

First, when I was in my darkest place. I went on some fishing trips with a few of my brothers who were also struggling, and that is by far some of the best medicine I could have received. The first time I went, I realized I wasn’t alone in my struggles. I discovered I didn’t have to stay off the grid and hide from everyone. I now had some close people I trusted, without judgement, I could reach out to and not feel so vulnerable with from exposing my weakness. A very few, select brothers I could finally relate to, and we could now “compare notes” together, and in turn, help each other through the rough times and make some sense of it all. Anyone who has had to struggle with something significant can understand the difference it makes if you’re not alone.

There are many organizations out there now that are helping veterans and have been a blessing. I’m vouching for this one, as first-hand knowledge, that they represent everything I would expect in a charity organization. They set the bar as an example for others to follow.

Second...

Freedom Alliance, partnered with US Bank, gave me a house to restart my family’s life. It’s the greatest and also the very hardest thing I’ve ever accepted from anyone. It was hard to accept because I’ve worked hard for everything I’ve ever gotten. I don’t, to this day, feel like anyone owes me a thing.

But after I got out of the service, I was no longer able to provide for my family like I had. I was failing at everything, no matter how hard I tried. This was an incredible gift that has given my family a place to call home again and restart everything in our life together. I didn’t know how much our lives revolve around a home until we lived without one for so many years. I was trying to run from my problems instead of facing them, so we lived in a van for 18 months. Because I ran, I dragged my family along with me, and we’ve been living in a travel trailer now for about four years. This dark journey killed us financially, spiritually, mentally, and the road we took just broke us.

I have been humbled by this journey. I have my struggles...but we all do, don’t we? Now that we have been blessed by Freedom Alliance and US Bank, I can focus on fixing my problems a lot easier now, and my family can relax and enjoy life much better now.

Thank you, Freedom Alliance, US Bank, all the volunteers, donors, and all those who gave financially to support this, for this generous, beautiful, healing gift.

Love and Respect,
Bryan Schrader
(SFC, USA retired ‘91-‘14)
B Co 1/75th Ranger Bn
75th Regimental Reconnaissance Detachment
Military FreeFall Instructor #558

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