Report From the Ground
Warrior Reunion Foundation Blog
This year we will host at least 12 reunions and are expecting to serve up to 1,000 attendees. Each reunion is an opportunity to strike back against social isolation and to save lives. Thanks to you, we are ready for the fight.
Five years has taught us a great deal. We remain humbled by and grateful for the trust you have placed in us to execute this sacred mission - to ensure no warrior navigates the battlefield of transition alone.
All year, we’re celebrating our anniversary by sharing special moments and milestones of growth that we’ve reached since our inception.
We've come a long way in 5 years. From a small startup non-profit hosting three reunions in 2017 to a nationally recognized organization that has served over 1,500 combat veterans & Gold Star Families across 28 reunions. It has been an incredible journey and we're only getting started. Thank you from all of us at WRF for the last 5 years, and here's to 5 more!
During the holiday season we are reminded of the power of personal connection. Those of us who are blessed to enjoy the tradition of reconnecting with family and friends find our spirits renewed, even as we honor the memory of those who are not with us to join in the celebration.
For our nation's combat veterans the holidays can be a challenging time - thinking about the empty seats at the table - the parents, siblings, sons and daughters who have given their lives in service to our country. This is when we lean on one another, and this is when the impact of our mission is most pronounced.
The only word to describe the unbreakable bond created while serving in the military together as a unit is, family.
With Thanksgiving almost here, the Warrior Reunion Foundation would like to pause to reflect on what we hold close to our hearts. We are thankful that we were able to be in person with our reunion participants after a year of going virtual. And we are sincerely thankful to have such a special community of supporters like you.
The Warrior Reunion Foundation would like to acknowledge and extend our gratitude to the generations of individuals who answered the call of service. Without the sacrifices made by our veterans, our country would be a very different place.
Since last year, WRF said that we would bring back in-person reunions and with your incredible support the time has finally come! Over the last month, we have executed 4 reunions in 3 states, bringing together over 150combat veterans & Gold Star Family members. And we're just getting started.
Every 4th of July, we join together as a nation to celebrate our freedom. For 245 years, our country has faced many challenges and have only grown stronger.
As Memorial Day weekend approaches, let us take time to pause and remember that freedom comes at a cost. Since our founding, more than 1.3 million Americans have paid the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our nation.
Below you will find a brief overview of our growth in 2020 as well as some key events we have planned for 2021 including this February's Frozen Chosin Hump. Thank you for your continued belief in WRF. It is because of patriotic Americans like you that we are able to make a meaningful impact on the lives of our combat veterans and Gold Star Families.
Like everyone else, 2020 forced us to adapt and overcome. Thankfully it is not the first time our leadership team has faced such adversity. To many it may seem odd to be thankful for hardship – but combat veterans know better. We know that through the toughest conditions and in our darkest hours, our true character is revealed.
We could not be more proud of the community we have built through our reunions. Our organization is inspired by the strength of our combat veterans. Our team has watched in awe as unit members reconnect after years apart, lending hands of support and open arms for hugs to Gold Star families, while providing a venue for crucial conversations to enhance the mental, emotional and spiritual fitness of our attendees. This unique community has become the Warrior Reunion Foundation’s family.
Every day we strive to honor the service of those who have secured the freedoms we enjoy today. While we face seemingly unprecedented trials in this challenging time, our lives are immeasurably better living under the banner of freedom that our flag represents.
Nineteen years ago today on a crisp, sunny Tuesday morning our nation experienced what became the largest loss of life from a foreign attack on American soil. It was the catalyst for the longest war in our history. September 11, 2001 completely changed the trajectory of our lives.