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Warrior Foundation-Freedom Station has the utmost respect and appreciation for our donors. We will never sell, share or trade our donors’ names or personal information with any other entity. We will never send mailings to our donors on behalf of other organizations.

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Injured warriors suffering from post-traumatic stress, traumatic brain injuries, amputations, or other physical conditions can have difficulty coping, especially when transitioning from the military to civilian life. The WFFS Cycling Team is an adaptive sports program that provides a therapeutic outlet and the all-important camaraderie that warriors experience in the military. The WFFS Cycling Team currently has 17 members representing the Army, Navy and Marine Corps. The team competes in dozens of road races and triathlons nationwide each year.

“Most of the WFFS Cycling Team members suffer from post-traumatic stress, traumatic brain injuries and other physical issues. They also have had a hard time adjusting to civilian life once they leave the service and are always looking for that camaraderie they had in the military. Being part of the WFFS Cycling Team has given us back that sense of teamwork and togetherness and so much more. It’s been such a healthy outlet that does wonders for the mind, body and soul. When we get on our bikes, everything goes away - it’s just us, the bike, and the open road. Participating in a structured sport, and having the love and support of the Warrior Foundation Freedom Station family, has reduced our isolation, anxiety and depression, and given us back a sense of purpose and drive.”

Mark Mann, Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps (ret.)

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On May 29, 2020, Warrior Foundation Freedom Station proudly announced the opening of our second transitional housing residence for ill and injured service members. The nine-unit property has been named Freedom Station II, a nod to its sister property Freedom Station I, which opened in 2011 and has been highly successful in helping service members transition from military service to civilian life. The first group of warrior residents has moved into Freedom Station II and includes veterans from the U.S. Navy, Army and Marine Corps.

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When warriors leave active duty, the loss of that tight-knit family and sense of purpose is incredibly overwhelming. Freedom Station II provides a sense of psychological safety, camaraderie and community during a difficult time – a time when those are exactly the things they’re afraid of losing. By promoting their recovery, independence and passion for the future, our goal is to put injured warriors on the path to living purposeful and self-sufficient lives once they leave Freedom Station II.

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Located in the South Park neighborhood, Freedom Station II features eight one-bedroom, one-bathroom cottages that are approximately 475 square feet. Each unit is fully furnished and stocked with household necessities to help shift warriors from a barracks environment to independent living. The units surround a central courtyard and common areas including an outdoor kitchen, firepit and BBQ - an essential design feature that fosters the camaraderie that is so crucial during the transition period. An additional 1,000 square-foot, two-bedroom unit, known as the Doyle Foundation’s Legacy House, will serve as an extended stay residence for out-of-state warriors and their families, who are visiting the San Diego region to receive specialized medical treatment.

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Freedom Station II’s location was chosen to facilitate access to nearby Naval Medical Center San Diego, one of the nation’s largest military hospitals and leading centers for amputee care. While living at Freedom Station II, residents continue to attend their medical appointments while preparing for the next chapter in civilian life. This includes pursuing new careers and job opportunities, applying for college or vocational schools, financial planning and more. The foundation’s first property, Freedom Station I, features 12 units and is located just a few miles away in the Golden Hill neighborhood. Current residents represent the U.S. Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force.  

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What happens to America’s ill and injured warriors when they can no longer be in the fight?

After enduring the demands of war in battlefields around the world, any task should seem easy for the heroic men and women of the United States military. Yet the reality paints a different picture. The aftermath is an untold story of heartache and healing, as warriors leave one fight just to take on another – except they’re now ill or injured, have no training or preparation for what happens next, and for the first time, feel they’re fighting the battle alone. 

Ill and injured warriors quietly endure an enormous amount of fear, uncertainty and self-doubt when they’re told they can no longer be in the military. In many ways, the world no longer makes sense. They may struggle to cope with post-traumatic stress, traumatic brain injury, new prosthetic limbs, rehabilitation, a changing identity, and the seemingly enormous task of learning how to be a Mister or Miss instead of a corporal or sergeant.

The Missing Link: Freedom Station

fs1main350Warrior Foundation Freedom Station realized there was a missing link in one crucial place - the transition from military service to civilian life. During this period, warriors are at the highest risk of homelessness, joblessness, and physical and emotional distress. In 2011, we pioneered a new concept designed to address the needs of transitioning warriors. When Freedom Station opened its doors, it became the first transitional housing residence of its kind in the San Diego region - a place for healing, personal growth and preparation for the new opportunities that await in civilian life.

Each of the charming cottages and apartments is fully furnished, move-in ready and stocked with basic household necessities. The idea was to shift warriors from a “barracks mentality” to independent living. The central courtyard and interconnected spaces offered warriors the sense of camaraderie that is so crucial during the transition period. They recover among their peers, share war stories, and know they are supported by others experiencing the same transition.

During this critical time, warriors face many decisions that will affect the rest of their lives. They need help choosing a new career, enrolling in college or vocational schools, and learning how to manage personal finances – all while continuing to undergo medical treatment and rehabilitation. Warrior Foundation Freedom Station provides access to professionals and qualified volunteers who assist with issues relevant to transitioning to civilian life.

How does Freedom Station differ from other military housing and transitional facilities?

Freedom Station proudly provides a hand up, not a handout. Many military housing facilities do not charge their residents any rent – an unrealistic preparation for real-world living. Our residents pay reduced rent so they can learn how to save, budget and be financially responsible.

Most military housing facilities also work with service members after they have already been discharged from the military. Freedom Station moves warriors in before they leave the service, giving them the necessary time to acclimate. To not do so in the manner we have constructed at Freedom Station would be very hard and stressful on our service members

Journey to a New Life

Freedom Station measures the success of our program by our residents’ ability to demonstrate a successful transition from the military to civilian life, and engagement in society as self-sufficient, productive and contributing citizens.

fs1main350aSince 2011, dozens of injured warriors have lived at Freedom Station and validated the concept of a transitional environment for servicemen and women as they return to life outside the military. These “graduates” and success stories have gone on to enroll in college and vocational schools, establish fulfilling new careers, secure long-term independent housing, start families of their own, and manage continuing care for their injuries.

Freedom Station has proven that the existence of a supportive transitional environment truly makes the difference for ill and injured warriors as they begin a new journey outside the service.

 

 

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Vision

To be a foremost resource for stakeholders to gain awareness and contribute resources to support the critical, unmet needs of America's all-volunteer military service members, veterans and their families.


Founded in 2008, we are a volunteer community of accomplished people from all walks of life, supported by a professional and knowledgeable staff. Many of us have served in our nation's military, and we share a profound respect for those who wear our nation's uniform and a commitment to honor their duty and sacrifice. We are focused on leading the effort to deliver impactful resources to nonprofit service providers who support our nation's military and their families. Together, we strive to:

Together, we strive to:
Recognize the dedication and sacrifices made by our armed forces on behalf of their fellow Americans
Raise awareness, recognition and support for the growing needs of military families and veterans
Contribute funding, time, and other resources to nonprofit organizations that provide services to our military and veterans
Fill the gaps not covered by government programs in meeting the current and future needs of our military families and veterans

The Patriots Initiative (TPI), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, Answers The Call by focusing its efforts on evaluating and providing support to dozens of different military nonprofit organizations across the nation. These nonprofit agencies we have carefully evaluated and accredited provide significant, effective services and programs specifically tailored for active duty military families, wounded warriors, and veterans.

The TPI Board of Directors is comprised of proven professional and community leaders, many of whom have served in the military. The mission of TPI has been carried forward by a dedicated professional staff, which has raised charitable funds to support and honor marines, sailors, airmen, soldiers and their families.

TPI Partners have also answered the call by volunteering time and talents to many of the organizations that we fund, which is yet another way to thank those who put their lives on the line for our nation and freedom.


The Patriots Initiative is founded on the following core values:
Honor American Patriotism and Service to Country: We respect all Americans who wear our country's uniform and honor the sense of duty and sacrifice that our service members have accepted. We will support them in times of peace and peril alike with our charitable financial resources, talents and time.

Act Selflessly: No work done by The Patriots Initiative is for the personal benefit or financial gain of its volunteer leaders, staff or donors. All contributions of resources, talents and time are dedicated to the benefit of the nation's military service members, wounded warriors, veterans, and their families.

Respect Others/Collaborate:
 We celebrate our nation's diversity and vast resources. We believe that respect for colleagues, partners, donors and the nonprofit service providers is the primary driver of successful, positive relationships and outcomes.
Integrity and Excellence: We understand the importance of our mission and the trust that our partners place in The Patriots Initiative. We honor that trust by acting with transparency and integrity.

Act Nationally, Regionally and Locally: We believe that it is the focused commitment, not the geographic range of the work nor the size of the operations of our partners, which is the most important determinant of its value.

Do The Right Thing: The Patriots Initiative is committed to the highest standards of ethical conduct and transparency. The reputation of this initiative is the cornerstone of its ability to act and to serve its mission. We are capable, careful, responsible stewards of the resources provided by our donors.

laspatLas Patronas is a philanthropic organization with a long history of giving. Since its inception in 1946, Las Patronas has donated nearly $20 million to over a thousand charitable institutions in San Diego.  The funds distributed to these organizations are generated through year-long fundraising efforts and the annual presentation of the Jewel Ball, one of San Diego’s most enduring social, cultural, and philanthropic traditions. All funds raised by Las Patronas stay in San Diego County and are distributed to many small grass-root nonprofits as well as larger, more visible organizations. By giving to Las Patronas, a company or individual diversifies its philanthropic giving – reaching children and seniors, the homeless and the disabled, emergency response teams and the military as well as supporting scientific research, health services, the environment and cultural arts – in a broad geographical range throughout San Diego. 

Las Patronas is a philanthropic organization with a long history of giving. Since its inception in 1946, Las Patronas has donated nearly $20 million to over a thousand charitable institutions in San Diego.  The funds distributed to these organizations are generated through year-long fundraising efforts and the annual presentation of the Jewel Ball, one of San Diego’s most enduring social, cultural, and philanthropic traditions. All funds raised by Las Patronas stay in San Diego County and are distributed to many small grass-root nonprofits as well as larger, more visible organizations. By giving to Las Patronas, a company or individual diversifies its philanthropic giving – reaching children and seniors, the homeless and the disabled, emergency response teams and the military as well as supporting scientific research, health services, the environment and cultural arts – in a broad geographical range throughout San Diego.

Warrior Foundation-Freedom Station places a strong emphasis on recreational activities. We understand that warriors need to get out of the hospital and enjoy the camaraderie of being among fellow service members in a fun and therapeutic environment. Our annual bass fishing event at Diamond Lake is one of our most popular and highly anticipated events of the year. Veterans are paired with professional fisherman and compete for the biggest catch and largest combined catch. All fishing gear and licenses are provided by the Lake Elsinore Bass Club and volunteer boaters. It’s incredible what a day out on the lake, enjoying nature, can do for a warrior’s soul

2017 - 2018 Wolfpack Wheelchair Basketball Schedule

Oct 13-16 Matthew Sapolin New York

Oct 20-22 Jacksonville Ballers Jacksonville, Fl

Nov 10-12 Tucson, Az

Dec 1-4 Seattle, Wa

Dec 15-17 Sullivan Classic New Jersey

Jan 18-22 Canada

Jan 26-28 Sacramento

Feb 9-11 home

Feb 15-18 Dallas

Feb 23-25 Duke City Classic Albuquerque, New Mx

Mar 2-4 Carousel House Philadelphia, Pa

Mar 16-18 Las Vegas

April 12-15 Nationals: Louisville, KY

00fsFreedom Station will be the leader in providing temporary lodging facilities, as well as educational and career guidance to our Nation’s injured and disabled military heroes who are medically retired or discharged. We will aid them as they begin the transition from defenders of freedom to productive members of America’s civilian work force. Freedom Station will also enable personal interaction between our military Warriors and uniquely qualified volunteers and professionals who can assist them with many of the challenges they will face during the transition to civilian life. We vow to be the hand up and not a hand out. The Board of Directors of Freedom Station would like to thank you for your contributions toward making Freedom Station a reality. Your support allows us to help serve those who have so bravely and selflessly served and defended us.

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