The Wounded Warriors in Action Foundation (WWIA) is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that was started in 2007 to serve our military heroes that have returned home after being wounded in combat.
Much more than a handshake or ovation at a ball game; WWIA takes these Purple Heart recipients on weekend-long events in small group settings with a senior mentor in order to provide them with world-class hunting and fishing experiences with other Wounded Warriors. This allows them to experience the mental and physical healing powers of the great outdoors. Additionally, they can reengage in the camaraderie of shared soldier experiences in the military. Doing something new or fulfilling a lifetime goal such as bagging the big fish or getting a nine point buck provides a much-needed confidence boost.
The personal and professional lives of these Heroes have changed dramatically. WWIA strives to show these phenomenal Heroes that they can once again live meaningful lives and accomplish many milestones despite their current circumstances. Since most of our Heroes are struggling financially and would not be able to otherwise afford this once-in-a-lifetime healing opportunity, we have found that these opportunities can assist them on their healing journey.
WWIA has had the honor of serving many Wounded Warrior Heroes in 35 different states, Mexico and British Columbia. Because of the generosity of the American public, we have been able to provide and facilitate these events for over seven years. WWIA is also able to make sure the Heroes have the opportunity to interact with the community, demonstrating that their sacrifices are truly appreciated, and adding a positive dimension to their healing process.
One Hero mentions that the chance to be around other soldiers who shared some of the same experiences truly helped his road to recovery. When he added in the feeling of accomplishment at the end of the hunt and the fact that Americans had not forgotten his sacrifices, he says it was an “awesome life experience.” Another Hero commented that he came to this hunt “depressed about life” but came away “encouraged to live his dreams and strive to always do the right things.” Finally, a volunteer from a recent event said of the Heroes in attendance, “The healing process that took place during the event – you could just see the magic. It was unbelievable.”
In campaigns such as CFC, 88% of every dollar donated to WWIA goes directly to supporting the combat wounded Purple Heart recipients in the program. As members of “America’s Best Charities,” donors can be assured that their dollars are going to a deserving organization.
Your support will allow WWIA to continue to provide well-deserved events for Heroes that have made great sacrifices for our nation. Please visit us at wwiaf.org to find out more about our foundation.