According to an independent scientific survey conducted by a leading consortium of recreational programs for veterans, the WWIA ranked #1 out of 78 participating military charities in terms of overall program performance, staff/volunteer support, and client satisfaction.
The Wounded Warriors in Action Foundation Inc. (WWIA) serves our nation's combat-wounded Purple Heart recipients by providing world-class outdoor sporting activities as a means to recognize and honor their sacrifice, encourage independence and connections with communities, and promote healing and wellness through camaraderie and a shared passion for the outdoors.
What a trip!! 68 Bass were caught between us with even more that got away. I even caught the 3rd largest bass I have EVER caught before. What a trip!! It is people such as you who give us veterans a good name. Your dedication to the WWIA is amazing. To start something like this is not only remarkable, but inspiring as well. It shows what kind of Soldier you are, and what you are about. I have met many people who talk a good game about helping others but very few who actually follow through. Thank you for the great experience you have left for me to remember for a long time. But thank you again and even more for not only being here for us but caring enough to help at all. I have always been a great judge of character and I know that every soldier, in or ex that crosses your path will be the better for it!!
Keep up the great times
-G. Litzler, Purple Heart Recipient
On behalf of everyone involved with the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Charitable Service Trust, let me thank you for WWIA’s work with the combat wounded, Purple Heart Veterans. You have taken a great step in providing new and unique rehabilitation opportunities to veterans with a range of profound disabilities. You’re holding out the prospect of a new life for veterans. You’re sharing the excitement of new therapeutic approaches to veterans who have suffered amputations and other physical disabilities. And you’re making sure disabled veterans learn life can get better. Best wishes to all. Sincerely,
-S. Schalk, Grant Specialist, Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Charitable Service Trust
I would first like to thank Mr. John McDaniel and the WWIA for allowing me to be part of such a wonderful event, not to mention a "brotherhood." After 22 years serving this great country I have been honored to meet fellow Wounded Warriors & build not just new friendships, but an extended family that is built on honor, courage, and heroes!! The time spent in the stands with you, Don and Steve filming our hog hunt made it even more fun, not to mention allowing that one special hero bragging rights for the trip. Thank you, WWIA, for bringing me back to where I needed to be in my life; continuing to learn and grow as I heal. This has truly been an awesome healing experience!! Thank you. God Bless.
-S. A. Adams, Purple Heart Recipient
My sincere thanks to John McDaniel and the entire organization for a Class A hunt - the hospitality and kindness from all was an absolute honor. This was my first interaction with any Wounded Warrior experience - I was injured 15 years ago and am so appreciative of the opportunity to be able to hang out with and share stories and camaraderie with fellow patriots. I did get a nice hog on this, my very first hog hunt! Again thank you to WWIA for everything provided and the opportunity to meet the other Wounded Warriors.
-C. Doggett, Purple Heart Recipient
This was my first hunt that I was the lead associate. I feel that the hunt went very well. Every one of the guys had a great time. I had an unbelievable hunt!!! The experience and new friends I made on my trip will be long lasting. I am so happy that the hunt went as well as it did. It means so much to me to help other wounded Purple Heart awardees. Thank you, John, for having the confidence in me to be able to take the lead on this hunt. The hunt met the standard that every soldier enjoyed the hunt and would like to do it again Once again, John, thank you for giving me the lead on this hunt. I am looking forward to trying to get another soldier hunt together. Thanks again for another great hunt!!!
-E. Walsh, Purple Heart Recipient
This is my last evening here at camp Hackett. I arrived here on the 21st of October and have had an absolute blast this entire week. The beginning of the week was very productive with a consistent amount of deer to hunt. And now at the end of the week, things have slowed down, perhaps due to the return of the wolves which put a chill in me, this evening, with their howling. Earlier today we put some skirting on the bottom of the rig and have gotten done many little projects around the camp. I just want to thank Kellie and John for all this, I am much honored to be here and part of such an awesome cause. Keep up the good work. Your friend,
-J. Whipkey, Purple Heart Recipient
Had a great time up in the sticks with John and Tim, seen a ton of deer while I was here. I cannot even begin to tell anyone the calming affect of this visit. I was able to fish, hunt for birds, as well as deer. We all cooked together and as more people hunted, there were a variety of foods to eat. Whoever can come up here, will quickly realize how relaxing this experience can be.
-S. Bennett, Purple Heart Recipient
This evening I was hunting in Foggy Bottom, as I was sitting there I saw a rooster pheasant about 60 yards away from me drinking from a puddle of water. Shortly after that, I saw a large timber wolf, he was very dark and kept his nose low to the ground. He moved very fast and this was the first time I have ever seen this type of a dominant creature in the wild. This was one of the many wonderful experiences here at camp Hackett.
-T. Holmgren, Purple Heart Recipient
This is my final morning at Camp Hackett. The time I spent here learning to hunt and fish has been amazing. Jake has been like a good ol' buddy from way back, as if he served on my left or my right in combat. The whole experience has been a blessing to me; to be able to experience the north woods and take the most important things back "knowledge and friendship" even though I didn't harvest a deer of any sort. I have been truly honored to be part of this organization and I am forever grateful to it and the great Americans that make it possible. Thank you John, Jake, Steve, Zack and the whole Beadle family and the rest of this community of patriots.
-N. Helmuth, Purple Heart Recipient
Thank you for all that you do in the marvelous Wounded Warriors in Action program. You do so much for these wonderful men who protect us in the U.S.A. I needed to see this and be part of this as much as anyone. More needs to be done for our service men so they know we care. Tim and Wally were the best – God bless them. God bless you, John and those who work with you. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
-M. Reisdorf, Event Host
I must say that this experience will be etched within my life forever. The tremendous people that you meet while engaging this activity is the kind of people that you want to surround yourself around, because they are brothers in arms. I got excited about the gator trip the first time I heard about it. Hands down this is a world class act and I am sure that it took so much time to prepare that I will never be able to get the right words out that mean how I feel about the hard working people that do the stuff without receiving thanks so John and every other Warrior God Bless and Godspeed. Thanks,
-A. Hauser, Purple Heart Recipient
Looking forward to seeing you again and to be able to go hunting with you. Id like to be able to do more things like that more often. You and your organization have made an immensely positive impact on me as well as raise my moral and spirits. Hunting is something I've always wanted to do and fishing is something I've always wanted to do more often. It feels so much better to be able to do things as part of such a great cause. I definitely want to be a big part of your organization and help you spread your cause for other wounded warriors. Thank you for the opportunities you have provided for me as well as other service members. I'm thankful for the day Art introduced me to you. Take care.
WWIA provided real services to 275 Purple Heart recipients this past year. WWIA encourages American Heroes to get back in action; hunting and fishing provide excellent opportunities to assist our wounded veterans in recovering— mentally, physically, and spiritually—from their wartime experiences.
In 2016, WWIA held 53 events in 30 states and two foreign countries. Through opportunities like whitetail deer hunting in Tennessee, halibut fishing in Alaska, and gator hunting in Florida, these Heroes experience a wide variety of opportunities that fulfill lifelong dreams.
WWIA prides itself on fiscal responsibility, financial transparency and maintaining a very low overhead. Ninety percent (90%) of all donations directly support field activities. Independent Charities of America (ICA), a nonprofit association of America's best charities, has recognized WWIA as meeting the highest standards of public accountability and program effectiveness. We were also awarded a gold seal of financial transparency from Guide Star.
On this Thankful Thursday, we want to recognize and extend our appreciation to Currituck Outer Banks and their outstanding community of residents and businesses for their support of WWIA and our Purple Heart Heroes! Currituck County OBX has galvanized the support of their local community to help fully fund the 7th Annual NC OBX Waterfowl Hunt. Click on the link below to watch an amazing video they put together in honor of the event and the incredible patrons of Currituck County! Thank you to everyone who worked hard to make this event possible and for welcoming and honoring our Heroes! Additional thanks to Larry Beasley, Tim Brown, and Timothy Spence for hosting this event, and to WWIA Guide Nick Fox and WWIA Lead Associate Dan Berryman for their contributions throughout the 4-day event. ... See MoreSee Less
On this Warrior Wednesday we recognize and honor these Purple Heart Heroes from the 2017 4th Annual Western PA Archery Deer Hunt. Please like and share to help support WWIA and our Heroes! ... See MoreSee Less
There is no greater compliment than our Heroes feeling like they are part of our WWIA family. Our events maintain small groups to ensure closeness and camaraderie, to maximize impact & effectiveness, and to form bonds and change that lasts. #TestimonialTuesday ... See MoreSee Less
Here are some highlights from the 5th Annual WI Woodturning Event held this month. This is a unique event where our Heroes learn the skill and art of woodturning from seasoned craftsmen. They produced beautiful pieces such as deer and duck calls, inlaid plates, bowls, personalized WWIA items, and much more. The quality and variety were outstanding. Special thanks to Joe Varga, Jim Anderson, Tony Kopchinski, and Bob Stavran for instructing our Heroes throughout this event and teaching them an amazing skillset. ... See MoreSee Less
On this Thankful Thursday, we want to recognize and express our sincere appreciation to Henry and Wendy Sausville and to Mike and Debi Davenport from the WWIAF Southern Vermont Chapter. Henry and Wendy were our honored guests at our Inaugural Apollo Beach Fishing Excursion held February 2nd through 4th and were accompanied by VT Chapter President Mike Davenport and VT Chapter Treasurer Debi Davenport for a weekend full of sun and fun.
This exciting all-expense paid trip was offered as a raffle prize last year during the 5th Annual Southern Vermont Chapter Fundraising Dinner where their community raised an incredible total of $44,698.30! This weekend excursion included a meet and greet with the WWIA staff at our headquarters, lodging, a full day of fishing, and fresh southern and seafood dinners throughout their stay. The fishing was simply outstanding as Henry was able to capture the elusive grand slam, taking in 3 prized fish in one afternoon, consisting of a snook, a redfish, and a sea trout, courtesy Snooky Bear Charters.
While Henry and Mike fished with WWIA Founder John McDaniel, Wendy and Debi visited the Manatee Viewing Center in Apollo Beach with John's wife Lisa McDaniel and their two children. Here, they were able to watch and learn about these gentle creatures, as hundreds of manatees gather locally due to the warm waters. It was an amazing weekend spent with some wonderful and faithful WWIA supporters. We would also like to honor and give special thanks to the entire WWIAF Southern Vermont Chapter for their tremendous support and fundraising efforts throughout the years. The Southern Vermont Chapter recently achieved Silver Star Award status, for having raised in excess of $100,000.00 throughout their faithful years of support. We are humbled by your dedication and patriotism, and proud to serve our Purple Heart Heroes with you! ... See MoreSee Less
On this Warrior Wednesday we want to recognize and honor these amazing Purple Heart Heroes from the 2011 MO-KAN Ducks and Bucks Event. Please share with your family and friends to help us continue to reach Purple Heart recipients and to educate others about the mission of WWIA. ... See MoreSee Less
For our Purple Heart Heroes, there are many things that make a WWIA event special...the challenge of the hunt, the time spent in the great outdoors, the bonds formed with incredible people, and so much more. This Hero shares some thoughts about his experience after attending an event on this #TestimonialTuesday. ... See MoreSee Less