Wounded Warriors in Action Foundation

Testimonials

I had a great hunt. Gabe did an amazing job. Fellowship and food were great. Thanks to Brad and Julie for having us.

-T. Galasso, USMC, Vietnam
Purple Heart Recipient


I would like to thank WWIAF for allowing me to come to Wisconsin and enjoy some world class outdoor hunting and fishing. I cannot thank you all enough. The memories will last a lifetime as well as the friendships. Jake is an excellent Host and always has something great to say, always has a smile on his face. John is such a great guy and he really makes me proud to be a veteran. People like the families and fisherman I’ve met while on this trip are what America is supposed to be about. These people are the reason guys like me serve this country. God Bless.

-J. Hoggard, US Army
Purple Heart Recipient


I have been extremely fortunate in my life. Fairly good healthy, a wonderful wife and family, friends to whom I could call on when things seem to go wrong. My luck still exists, the day after my 70th birthday I was notified by WWIA that I had been chosen to participate in a deer hunt in Arkansas. Although I have hunted most of my adult life those hunts have been limited to my home state of Vermont. I was elated to go! I was picked up at the airport by Derrick and immediately felt a connection. A connection that only those with shared experiences, good and not so good, could understand. Red Oak Plantation, Will French, his son Will, Lance and Peggy were courteous , ambitious and did their best to please. Derrick answered all of my questions, was courteous, polite and professional. I hope that those who read my comments understand that those who are the face of an organization are what solidifies the reputation of a company. Derrick and Red Oak Plantation are the face I would want if I owned a company.

-R. Dziadul, US ARMY Vietnam
Purple Heart Recipient


Thank you for taking time out of everyone’s days to come together to put on an amazing hunt. I know how hunting is and you don’t always have to bring something home to have an amazing time. Sitting I the cool crisp area always lets you know its that time of year for deer hunting. I haven’t had so much fun on a deer drive in my life. From watching a new hunter get his first deer to cracking jokes on each other all weekend. It doesn’t matter where you come from you can always have a good time at deer camp. Thank you so much for allowing me to come to such an amazing place. Hope to see you all again.

-S. Lawry, US Army
Purple Heart Recipient


Let me start off by saying how amazing Jay and Jim were. They are first class people and bent over backwards for us the entire trip. This was hands down the most personal and gratifying trip I have ever been on. Derrick was the friendliest and most professional Guide and mentor I have ever had interaction with. He was super professional and made me feel a part of WWIA immediately. Never in my life have I met such patriotic people more willing to do anything and everything to ensure we had such an awesome experience. I could have gone home empty handed and been more than happy. Luckily, we were all successful. Thank you so much for giving me the opportunity for being able to be part of such an amazing program. I am truly honored to have met and shared fellowship with such great American people. Thank you WWIA!

-B. Merriman, USAF
Purple Heart Recipient


What an amazing time! The Host and everyone were top notch! Couldn’t ask for a better time. As a Veteran Service officer for 10 years it is great to pass on the knowledge to my fellow veterans and be able to assist them in any way possible. I was able to harvest my biggest doe in 30 years of hunting, but also the most humbling to be with a great group of people and veterans. WWIA is by far the best organization for bringing the camaraderie of veterans and great people who show their appreciation for the sacrifices of us veterans. Thank you for all you do for us. If there is anything I can do to help and assist any veteran please contact me, it would be an honor to give back to this great organization.

-J. Lichty, USMC
Purple Heart Recipient


Writing about what happened and how it happened is hard. The experience I had was amazing, breathtaking and exciting. So many feelings to describe. The one thing I can say without a doubt is the Organization, Jay, Jim, Derrick and the rest of the crew went above anything that I have ever dreamed of. You see these things on T.V. and wish that you can be that person hunting and what not. This place and the people here made a dream come true and it was very heartwarming. They made me feel like another brother in the family. Family is the most important thing to me. My family now has grown. People like this show what Americans truly are. Outstanding citizens who take in their veterans no matter what color, race or background. I’m now privileged to be held with their caring arms. I’ve truly never felt this type of care and love until this week. I’ll never forget this moment and will tell all my family until I no longer exist. Then I will tell God. To everyone, you’ve blessed me in so many ways. Thank you. I can’t ever repay this, but I will cherish this forever. P.S. Thanks for the first buck of my life, people will be jealous!

-R. Bejarano, USMC
Purple Heart Recipient


I just wanted to say thank you first and foremost! I appreciate WWIAF and the Great Creek Hunt Club for a great event. The Hunters were very hospitable, and Jeremy and Andy were great Hosts, I would not change anything and would love to go again Thank y’all and Merry Christmas!!

-F. Peters, US Army
Purple Heart Recipient


I cannot thank WWIA enough for giving me this opportunity to be a part this trip. The bonds and friendships forged on this trip will not be forgotten. I was not given a hunting trip; I was given an unforgettable experience to reconnect with my fellow combat wounded warriors. I was given something I have been missing since I have been away from the service. I have built new friendships with a great group of hunters that opened their homes and hearts to us. Words alone cannot justify how amazing this trip was. I am forever grateful and truly needed this experience to see what great Americans are still out there and are grateful for our sacrifices. Truly an honor and I am deeply humbled for getting this opportunity,

-C. Grudzinski, US Army
Purple Heart Recipient


I want to start out by saying thank you to WWIA. This hunt was by far one of the best hunts I have ever been on. The cabin was amazing, the food was amazing, and the support was amazing. I met some great veterans while in New York I hope to have made a few lifelong friends because of this hunting trip. Thank you WWIA!

-N. Vinogradov, US Army
Purple Heart Recipient