Stronger Standing Together
Partnering with other Veteran Care Organizations just makes sense! Each entity bringing their resources to the table stretches the hard earned dollars that our donors and sponsors have given us, much further. When the other organization we are working with makes the statement that "it's all about the Veterans," we know we have a partner we can trust. Over the years there have been many, but there are a few that work with us on an ongoing basis.
Veterans Airlift Command
Sometimes we need help getting our members from far away places to an event. They have created a small army of private pilots across the nation who donate their time, fuel and planes to transport wounded veterans, who experience difficultly flying commercial, to various events. Mostly the service is used for medical care and therapeutic needs. We are grateful for their service and commitment to our wounded Veteran community.
Southern Heritage Air Foundation
AKA SHAF provides us a home base so to speak, located near Vicksburg, Mississippi where we were founded, this museum which keeps war birds flying and personal historic accounts of local WWII Veterans alive offers us storage and office space, provides amazing flights for our Purple Hearts in their T6 and P51, provides air transportation and raises funds for us every other year at their air show The Best Little Airshow in the World. They also help man many of our booths in the area as well as offer staff support at some of largest fundraisers with their awesome volunteers. Our unending thanks goes out to SHAF.
San Diego, California based organization that offers local veterans the opportunities to scuba dive, surf, fly, and build off road vehicles for competitive purposes also co-hosts an annual bonfire event on the beaches of Oceanside, California in September. This event offers us the opportunity to take individuals that rarely or never have been to California to camp on the beach, attend the airshow at Miramar and get lessons to surf the waves. In turn we have introduced WP to our network of organizational support and has grown to be an awesome partnership.
Whitetail Warrior Project, Inc.
This Alabama based group co-hosts us every year at Water Valley Lodge in Gilbertown, AL to put on a top notch deer hunt as one of our Bonfire events. During this venture they meet new members offering them the ability to build their network and reach while helping us to provide our service and offerings to our current member roles. Thankful for their support of service.
The Ranch Ministries
What a powerful organization this is as they serve military veterans in a variety of ways but always through the power of God. Each year The Ranch Ministries team hosts the WBP and our members that are confined to wheelchairs and they have worked to develop their property to break barriers that keep these Veterans from being truly in the hunt. Four years in a row we have been able offer a tremendous Pheasant Hunt and starting in 2019 we introduce Cajun Rodeo, which offers some fun in go carts, the shooting range, fishing and to experience a close up view of what Rodeo school looks like! The Cajun part now pulls in Wounded War Heroes of Louisiana who will provide the craw-fish!
10 Can Outdoors
Florida based organization that provides various programs for wounded veterans and first responders through retreats and classes that aim to empower these brave individuals and reintegrate them back into society with purpose. Their strong focus on post-traumatic growth, family unity and healing moral wounds through faith and family, makes them a perfect fit with our organization. In 2019 we will implement our first event with 10 Can Outdoors as they co-host and navigate our members in kayaks and canoes along the Suwanee River in north Florida.
REAch, Inc. Wounded Veterans Program
Resources Exchange Program has allowed us to introduce to our new and existing Purple Heart members with a toolbox full of new tools, shipped directly to their door, valued at $400 and zero expense to the veteran. Our collaboration centers around the mindset that we are both providing tools for the betterment of the veterans lives. Since 2018 over 100 toolboxes have been shipped to our members! For WBP this is a wonderful way that we can impact their lives immediately upon registering with us while they wait for a retreat event. For REAch, they are serving more which keeps their product only donors from Morgan Stanely and DeWalt engaged and encouraged to give back to those that served.
All of these organization supports our collective overall goals to effect change in the lives of our Purple Heart Veteran in three core areas...
-Live Life Free of Guilt
-Build Better Relationships
-Participate in Community
We are Stronger Standing Together!
To learn more or to donate visit us at warriorbonfireprogram.org
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