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“As a case manager, it can be heartbreaking to watch a young family with small children struggle. Words are inadequate to describe my gratitude for the assistance on behalf of this family.” -- SNM
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My doctor thinks that I have cluster headaches. Prednisone pills is the second medicine I'm on, and I take it about 4 times. This is still the only drug that helped me. They did not disappear completely, and after a few hours they return, but within a few hours I can work with a lesser headache.
Our Mission: Ease the burdens of financial distress for post-9/11 Florida disabled veterans and their families, helping them transition back home in a productive, meaningful way. Our Pledge to Our Veterans: We promise to be responsible, and to put you first. Your needs and your privacy are top-of-mind in all that we do. And we invite veterans to look at how we are spending funds. {Read more}

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Year to date Wounded Veterans Relief Fund has provided over $300,000.00 dollars in financial assistance to our disabled Post 9/11 Florida Veterans.
Every day our organization tries very hard to raise funds for our fellow Veterans that find themselves in a financial crisis situation.
From Veterans living without power, without water, without a roof, emergency car repairs, and unfortunately, Yes helping family members with their Veteran's suicide funeral costs.
Today we have helped with funeral costs, evictions, home repairs and we have secured a vehicle for one of our VOSF Veterans!!
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Our boots on the ground

Very often, the impact of our services is felt not only by the veterans we serve, but by the volunteers who make our work possible. Lisa Dean, our Tampa Region Volunteer Liaison,has directly experienced both of these roles, and she candidly shares her “boots on the ground” story with us. Often times we ask those who we served to step out into the community and tell their stories and how WVRF impacted their lives through your support, Follow this link to see and hear those stories. https://youtu.be/DIRa4wM6ptc {Read more}

$50,000 in Visa Cards...

We provide caseworkers at VA facilities $50 prepaid debit cards which are distributed at their discretion. Most locations receive a minimum of 20 cards every month. They are used for things like diapers, food, and transportation to bridge the financial gap.

Lights, water and more....

On average 25% of funds distributed monthly go toward utility related expenses. Electric, water, gas bills are paid directly to the vendor on behalf of the Veteran and family.

Over $75,000 quarterly

Over 50% monthly on assistance for housing related expenses. We pay for permanent and temporary housing, first/last and security deposits, insurance and mortgage payments as well as repairs when necessary.

200+ helped monthly

On average, a total of over 200 people including family are assisted monthly via referrals from the Veteran Administration network in Florida.

Over 20% on auto related expenses

Each month 20% goes toward auto related expenses; car payments and repairs, insurance and licenses.

Testimonials

My family and I had fallen on hard times to say the least. I had lost my job and we were in danger of loosing our home as well as having trouble keeping the children’s belly’s full. Wounded Warriors of South Florida came to the rescue to put it mildly. Mr. Howard, without blinking an eye, took care of the bills I had defaulted on and saved what could have been the last Christmas with “Santa” for my children. I cannot Thank You guys enough for without your generosity and kindness I know there would be thousands of Veterans like myself living on the street. The work that you do is more than just helping Veterans, it is work from the Soul that moves mountains for those of us that are in our most desperate hour. Thank You Wounded Warriors of South Florida for everything you have done for us.

Received Oct 27, 2015

My family and I want to thank you so much for everything you have done for us. Sometimes we think that we have everything planed or figured out, we don’t. I really don’t know where we would be right now. Thank you, I know that there are still good people that really care for our wounded soldiers.

Received Sep 20, 2015

My family and I want to thank you so much for all the help that we received. I retired just a month ago, I thought I had everything figured out but I was wrong. My wife, 4 daughters and I find ourselves homeless. We rented a house online but it end up being a scam, we got robbed for almost 1600.00 dollars. I went to the VA talked to my social worker about the situation and she contacted the Wounded Warriors of South Florida.

Mr. Howard called me right away and without knowing me or my family paid for 2 weeks for us to stay in a hotel until I received my first pay check from the VA. Thank you so much for what you do, Veterans like myself somethings think that we are alone, but we are not, we still have great people such as yourselves out there.

Received Jul 21, 2015

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