Wounded Warriors Family Support, Inc.

aka Wounded Warriors   |   Omaha, NE   |  wwfs.org

Mission

Our Mission: Supporting Military Families
Our mission is to provide support to families of those in the military who have been wounded, injured or killed during combat operations.  The families of our casualities suffer in many ways, some financially, some psychologically.

Ruling year info

2005

President

Kathryn McCauley

Main address

11218 John Galt Blvd., Ste. 103

Omaha, NE 68137 USA

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EIN

20-1407520

NTEE code info

Family Services (P40)

Military/Veterans' Organizations (W30)

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Our programs

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Mobility Is Freedom

The Mobility is Freedom program provides modified vehicles for combat wounded veterans. We aim to enhance the quality of life for wounded veterans by providing freedom and independence in their everyday lives. Our belief is that given a properly equipped vehicle for their individual needs they will have to freedom to live a productive and quality life with their family. These vehicles are typically specially adapted to suit veterans who are paralyzed or have lost legs or arms.

Population(s) Served
Military personnel
Veterans

Wounded Warriors Family Support’s largest program is the Caregiver Respite Program. This is the heart of our organization. Caring for a wounded veteran can be demanding physically, psychologically and financially. Oftentimes caregivers are spouses or family members who have many other responsibilities, such as work, managing bills and taking care of children. Caregivers of veterans often spend long hours caring for their loved one, feel high levels of stress and neglect their own personal health.

Wounded Warriors Family Support’s Caregiver Respite Program provides respite and supplemental services nationwide to the caregivers and families of wounded war veterans. Our program aims to ensure that family members who were thrust into the role of caregivers are provided with the support they need to keep their families intact while keeping themselves healthy.

Population(s) Served
Military personnel
Veterans

Veterans Welding Training
Veteran Welding Training Program WWFSUnited Automobile Workers – Ford (UAW-Ford) is dedicated to showing appreciation and support to our country’s military veterans and their families. Our nation’s military veterans have fulfilled great commitments in protecting our country’s freedom.

UAW-Ford and Wounded Warriors Family Support have partnered to provide a training program in welding for U.S. military veterans. UAW-Ford is offering a six-week Welding Training Program, where selected veterans will train and test for 6G through 4F welding certification. The program will prepare participants to pursue apprenticeships and entry-level positions in welding throughout our nation in industries such as automotive, ship building, construction and many others. The program will take place at UAW-Ford’s Technical Training Center in Lincoln Park, Mich., near Detroit. Please contact the us for additional information on the class schedule.

Population(s) Served
Military personnel
Veterans

Wounded Warriors Family Support provides vacation retreats to combat wounded veterans and their families free of charge. The family retreats are a chance for wounded veterans to heal and reconnect with their loved ones in a peaceful, non-stress environment.

Our family retreats give combat wounded veterans and their families a break from the pressures of everyday life to take time to become stronger as individuals and families. Wounded veterans are given the opportunity to decompress and share in positive experiences with their spouses and children, strengthening the bonds of their families and making lasting memories.

Currently we have retreats available at Bahama Bay Resort in Orlando, Florida and Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming.

Population(s) Served
Military personnel
Veterans

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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Our mission is to provide support to the families of those who have been wounded, injured or killed during combat operations. The families of our casualties suffer in many ways: some financially, some psychologically. Our programs and services share the common goal of re-building and strengthening family bonds that have been compromised by long-term separations and re-adjusting to new challenges when the wounded Soldier, Sailor, Airman or Maine return home.

In many instances, military families have been torn apart by divorce and we seek to help military families remain strong by providing them the means to focus on their relationship rather than the problems that can beset families.

This may include providing family retreats, respite for caregivers and direct financial aid.

Wounded Warriors Family Support provides a variety of resort or park locations where qualifying families can enjoy ADA-compliant facilities and vacations, including Orlando, FL; Galveston, TX, Yellowstone National Park, Shenandoah National Park, and the Grand Canyon. Fundraising efforts allow WWFS to provide these respites and related recreational activities free of charge to families we serve.

We work extensively with outside agencies, especially the Veterans Administration and Depart of Defense components to identify military families who would benefit from our programs.

We have a staff of trained professionals who know and understand the critical needs of military families who have been adversely affected. We have an outreach program in order to locate military families who need assistance as well as monitoring a 24 hour hotline for emergencies. We work with health care and assisted living personnel located all over the United States to provide critical support.

Our desire as an organization is not only to help provide a healing environment where families can interact free of the distractions of daily home life, and use that experience as a first step in continuing in a positive direction when they return. To provide this much-needed respite to more military families is constant, but our challenge is to reach every one of them as long as the need exists.

We know that there are military families who need assistance and are doing our best to find military families who have fallen from view and who have availed themselves to support offered by the VA or DoD activities.

We launched "Mobility is Freedom" in 2015 to provide modified Ford vehicles for combat wounded veterans.

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Wounded Warriors Family Support, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 4/6/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

John Sylvester


Board co-chair

Arnold Fields

Craig Pirtle

B. Riley FBR

Arnold Fields

no affiliation

John Sylvester

no affiliation

Ronald Rains

Interstate Treating Inc.

Carol Workman

Microsoft

David Webb

SiriusXM

Mark Grant

B. Riley FBR

Lee Terry

no affiliation

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

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Leadership

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White/Caucasian/European
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Female

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