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WARRIOR REUNION FOUNDATION

Reconnecting America's Warriors

Lutherville Timonium, MD

Mission

Warrior Reunion Foundation supports combat veterans in overcoming the challenges of post-military transition by reconnecting those who served together overseas. We challenge stigma through shared experience, rebuilding essential peer support networks that enable our veterans to live with meaning, purpose and positive impact in their communities.

Ruling Year

2017

CEO & Founder

James Ferguson

Executive Director

Drew St Cyr

Main Address

PO Box 5796

Lutherville Timonium, MD 21094 USA

Keywords

veterans, combat veterans, transition, reunion, wellness, service

EIN

81-5360521

 Number

4011115289

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Military/Veterans' Organizations (W30)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

We cannot send our warriors to battle together and expect them to recover alone. Warrior Reunion Foundation connects our nation's combat veterans with the one resource they need most - each other. We reconnect brothers and sisters in arms, combating stigma through shared experience and providing educational resources and actionable connections to other veteran support organizations to help connect our warriors with the support they need for success in life after service. Warrior Reunion Foundation addresses the isolation many combat veterans feel when separated from those with whom they served by giving them the opportunity to renew those bonds and refocus together for their next mission in life.

Our programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

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Unit Reunion Program

Where we work

Our Results

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Number of groups/individuals benefiting from tools/resources/education materials provided

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Military personnel,

Veterans

Related program

Unit Reunion Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

At the close of our 2019 reunion season we will have reunited over 650 combat veterans and Gold Star family members across 14 reunions, provided at no cost to each unit we’ve served.

Number of public events held to further mission

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Military personnel,

Veterans

Related program

Unit Reunion Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

We have held 14 reunions to reconnect combat veterans

Number of participants who would recommend program to others

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Military personnel,

Veterans

Related program

Unit Reunion Program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

100% of our post-reunion survey respondents would recommend attending a WRF reunion to other combat veterans.

Number of customers reporting satisfaction with program

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Military personnel,

Veterans

Related program

Unit Reunion Program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

100% of participants report satisfaction with their reunion experience.

Number of participants reporting change in behavior or cessation of activity

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Military personnel,

Veterans

Related program

Unit Reunion Program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

Before attending their reunion, only 30% of participants were "likely" to reach out to their veteran peers for support. After attending a WRF reunion, over 70% reported they were "highly likely."

Charting Impact

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

No two WRF reunions are alike. Our experienced team guides each unit through a detailed planning process that typically takes 3-6 months in order to plan and execute a successful reunion mission. Our sole purpose is to support each unit in realizing their reunion vision. While many organizations focus on hand-outs, we focus on mutual support and capacity development, with the goal of ensuring that each unit’s reunion is planned by their members, for their members. This increases ownership, engagement and commitment; leading to positive outcomes that endure long after the reunion mission is complete. Each reunion’s sequence of events is built around our pillars of Service, Wellness and Camaraderie. How Are We Different? Capacity Building: We don’t do “handouts.” Our reunions are a partnership between our team and the units we support. We build capacity within each unit, giving them the tools and experience they need to plan future gatherings to ensure their connection remains strong. This is accomplished through good old-fashioned sweat equity: each unit is required to establish a “unit planning committee” of 3-5 members that works alongside our team through a guided 6 month reunion planning process. The unit planning committee makes the decisions for their reunion, coordinates amongst all unit members, and is responsible for ensuring mission success. Proactive Connections to Actionable Resources: During our planning process we work with each unit to identify the areas of support that best address the prevailing issues facing their members. Based on that assessment of needs we invite representatives from partner organizations to brief at the reunion, putting best-in-breed Veteran Support Organizations (VSOs) directly in front of our reunion attendees. Surrounded by those with whom they served, our attendees are able to talk openly about their challenges. This stigma-free environment, coupled with personal connections to pre-screened resources that match their identified areas of need results in increased engagement with follow-on care. Enduring Peer Support: Our reunions serve to rekindle the special bond shared by those in attendance, resulting in an enduring connection between the members of the unit. Through private Facebook groups created during their reunion planning process, unit members have a forum to reach out for support when needed. Our program ensures that no veteran is without a connection to brothers and sisters in arms as they strive to pursue life’s next mission.

Our organization connects with local community organizations and national level partners to identify locations that meet the requirement for hosting a reunion. We have developed partnerships with a host of vendors who supply all the logistical requirements for each reunion.

Our organization is founded and operated by combat veterans. We know the population we serve and we know the need because we have personally benefited from attending our own unit reunion. Planning unit reunions is akin to planning a military field operation, only this time the mission is to reconnect America's warriors. We have executed 14 successful unit reunions and have all the planning expertise and vendor relationships necessary to deliver successful reunions in communities across the United States. We offer a guided planning process that comprises every step required to deliver a successful reunion event, and have a full time planning staff that works with each unit we support to ensure the reunion accomplishes their vision.

Our metrics are simple. We measure impact by the amount of combat veterans we are able to reconnect and the impact of attending our reunions on those combat veterans who participate. Our outcomes data demonstrates that our reunions are unparalleled in giving our combat veterans new life and hope for the future. We collect impact surveys after every reunion to measure the success of the reunion, here are some examples of feedback we've collected: “This weekend I attended a reunion for the Marine Infantry Company I served two tours in Iraq with. The weekend long event was geared towards remembering our fallen, dealing with the past, coping with the present, and finding ways to positively move forward. We held a Memorial, did a community service project together, and even found ourselves walking in step (old habits die hard). Spending time with the men you served with was an emotionally draining and spiritually uplifting event, but the single most influential thing we did over the weekend was have a presentation on Post Traumatic Winning. I’d highly encourage everyone to look into it, as it deals with all trauma, not just war related trauma. It gives you some tools and guidelines that I had been lacking/not paying attention to, and has given me a new outlook to move forward with. Spending time with the parents, brothers and sisters, and even sons and daughters of men I lost was a very healing experience, and has given me new ways to move forward and deal with the survivor’s guilt I experience from time to time.” “It was like we were right back in the same place 15 years ago. Sharing stories. Talking about our current situations. Time didn't interfere with our bond and we definitely needed this reunion to embrace one another again. Looking forward to future reunions and reconnecting with those that were unable to attend. It put life's purpose back into those who were lost and gave direction to those who struggle on a daily basis. Extremely honored to have participated in this event. WRF did an awesome job and I would not change anything.” “I reconnected with my first Section Leader in the unit. I hadn't spoken with him in almost 15 years. This man had a lot to do with the type of Marine/person I had become. Once reconnected, we discovered that we live within 30 minutes of each other. For 15 years, we hadn't spoken and probably passed each other on the highway a hundred times. In the early days of my transition, I could have used his leadership and guidance on how to navigate the civilian world but never bridged the effort to connect with Marines like him, thus creating a personal divide not even overcome by simple geography. Because of the work done by Warrior Reunion Foundation, I now have plans to reconnect on a monthly basis. My future will surely benefit from having my Marine Corps leadership in my life. I am eternally grateful.”

At the close of our third reunion season we will have reunited over 650 combat veterans and Gold Star family members across 14 reunions, provided at no cost to each unit we’ve served. Our 2020 reunion season will include 10 reunions serving up to 1000 combat veterans. Measurable Outcomes – According to our post-reunion surveys: • Before attending their reunion, only 30% of participants were "likely" to reach out to their veteran peers for support. After attending a WRF reunion, over 70% reported they were "highly likely" to reach out for support when needed. This confirms that attending a WRF reunion has more than doubled peer support engagement by our veteran attendees. • Over 70% of post-reunion survey respondents had not seen members of their unit in over 5 years. • Over 97% of post-reunion survey respondents said that attending their reunion “strengthened their social connections with their military family.” • 100% of survey respondents would recommend attending a reunion sponsored by Warrior Reunion Foundation to their veteran peers.

How We Listen

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

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the feedback loop
check_box We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
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How is the organization collecting feedback?
We regularly collect feedback through: electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), suggestion box/email.
How is the organization using feedback?
We use feedback to: to identify and remedy poor client service experiences, to identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, to inform the development of new programs/projects.
With whom is the organization sharing feedback?
We share feedback with: the people we serve, our staff, our board, our funders, our community partners.
What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?
It is difficult to: it is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, it is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection.

External Reviews

Accreditations

Newman's Own + Fisher House Foundation: Veteran Charity of the Year 2018

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Board Leadership Practices

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BOARD ORIENTATION & 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 & 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?

Not Applicable

Organizational Demographics

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & Ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender Identity
Male, Not Transgender (Cisgender)
Sexual Orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability Status
Decline to state

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

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