Wounded Warriors in Action Foundation

Testimonials

First off you guys went above and beyond for us. It has been a while since I’ve felt the camaraderie of my battle buddies. The Town of Ashtabula welcomed us with open arms and made this trip amazing. Walleye fishing one of the Great Lakes has always been a dream of mine and you guys made it happen. From the bottom of my heart, thank you so much for this opportunity. I can’t wait to be a part of another WWIA adventure!

-J. Lollis, US Army
Purple Heart Recipient


Thank you for the opportunity to come to this amazing event. Hands down the best event I have been on. The staff was excellent and took care of us very well. The support form Ashtabula was very nice and very appreciative of us being there. The fishing was off the chain exciting. Boat Captains were professional and got the job done quick. Your organization is top notch and I will refer fellow Purple Heart Recipients to take advantage of it.

-J. Smith, US Army
Purple Heart Recipient


As an Army Lieutenant Colonel and Six Sigma Black Belt, you view the world from a very analytical perspective. Yet realize war is an emotional event because we are human beings and death, tragedy, and violence have the ability to scar us in ways that are difficult to describe in words. The WWIA is a well-run and tight organization that helps Wounded Warriors in ways that I never thought possible. Some of their strengths include: Organization: The WWIA did an excellent job of initiating and maintaining contact with me from the beginning to the end of the event, this included a clear and functional OPORD. Care and Compassion: It is obvious that the staff and volunteers were doing their best to make me feel wanted and appreciated. Therapeutic Outdoor Events: WWIA clearly understands the value of executing their events for the recovery of Wounded Warriors. Numerous other “so called” Wounded Warrior organizations “talk” about the need for outdoor activities in the recovery process, WWIA DOES it, and did it superbly. I thank God they are a light for those of us who have experienced the darker side of humanity in the combat zone. With the help of the WWIA we are able to be the “better angels of our nature”, Abraham Lincoln.

-R. Martin, US Army
Purple Heart Recipient


This was an amazing event even before the Warriors put lines in the water. The support from the local Veteran Services, Hosts and Community was off the charts. The tour through Ashtabula with the Legion Riders, City/County/State Police escorts, residents waving American Flags, steakdDinner provided by the American Legion – All incredible and hard to comprehend. Even donations made by the Legion Riders, the American Legion Post 103 and personal funding efforts by “Jello John” were a humbling surprise. The fishing was outstanding with unbelievable guides, boats and equipment. So much preparation and organization by Hosts, the community of Ashtabula and Mark Broda, WWIA Guide resulted in this outstanding event. Warriors were experiencing multiple facets of enjoyment; tours, parades, motorcycle rides, phenomenal fishing, awesome food (Warrior Guzman show-casing his culinary talents) It was the event that just kept giving. Outstanding!

-J. French, US Army
Purple Heart Recipient


I just want to thank the WWIA for the excellent experience. Coming from Anchorage it was always on my list of things to do but never got around to it, it was always one thing or another after my injury and retirement. Thank you so much for getting me back on track to what it feels like to have the camaraderie back! Keep up the good work and if anything else comes up in the future please let me know.

-S. Blair, US Army
Purple Heart Recipient


Thank you for blessing me with this once in a lifetime opportunity to fish in the last frontier of Kodiak Alaska! From the moment Ms. Corrina contacted me and brought me into the fold, through the final goodbyes in Alaska, the entire experience has been professional, caring and phenomenal. Your organization has given me a gift that is truly priceless. I have wanted to visit Alaska my entire life, not only have you made that dream a reality, but you brought people into my life that are simply amazing. This journey has been a spiritual awakening for me, something I wasn’t even aware I needed. This trip has centered me. Kodiak, Alaska swallows you with its raw beauty and allows you to find peace no matter the chaos that is typically found in your heart, mind and soul. As for the people I have met on this trip, John is an outstanding representative of your organization. He immediately makes you feel comfortable and bends over backwards to ensure you are taken care of. Ranger Kiel is a phenomenal person who simply wants to give of himself no matter the cost. Ryan Sharratt is another phenomenal person with the biggest giving spirit I have encountered in a long time. Ashley and Branson Wallace are such great people who spent the entire day focused on ensuring we had a great day. I could honestly keep naming folks that gave of themselves and sought nothing in return, but I would literally fill up this entire book. In closing, keep up the awesome work you do on behalf of the wounded warriors. The impact you are making is immeasurable! I hope to continue this outstanding relationship and assist in your mission in any way that I can! You are doing God’s work. Thank you simply falls short on the amount of appreciation that I feel towards your organization and the individuals who entered my life during this adventure.

-J. Murphy, USMC
Purple Heart Recipient


This is one of those events where the fishing was unbelievable, but it was just the icing on the cake. The sit down, 3-course meals were a time to eat amazing dishes but also have fellowship and hear about the other’s day. Saltgrass is a high-class establishment and every one of the employees from fishing guides to the chef did everything to make sure we were taken care of every second. It was a weekend I will always remember and reflect on going forward. A lot of healing will come from my time at Saltgrass with WWIA.

-B. Lloyd, US Army
Purple Heart Recipient


This was my first experience with Wounded Warriors in Action and it was quite memorable. The fishing experience was amazing. I learned so much and had fun doing it. Most of all it was getting to spend time with wonderful hosts and participants. The food was the best that I have had in a very long time and I won’t soon forget it. I will remember this experience for the rest of my days.

-C. Gordon, US Army
Purple Heart Recipient


I have hunted with other organizations but this one is above all. From the initial phone call to the plane ride home. I was so impressed, I would like to help this organization out as much as I can. The team you have here, Nick, Dan and Vann are second to none. I cannot think of words strong enough to speak of their character. This will end up being one of my better memories. Thank you so much for doing what you do.

-D. Jeffers, US Army
Purple Heart Recipient


This hunt was a great opportunity for fellowship with other Purple Heart recipients. The Host, Dan was amazing and made sure all of our needs were met. The WWIA Staff was there every step of the way to make sure we had a great experience. Thank you for all of your efforts.

-J. Johnston, US Army
Purple Heart Recipient