When veterans return home, many are wounded both physically and psychologically. The financial burdens they face, waiting for disability payments with little to no income, are often insurmountable without help. Our organization, out of deep respect and first-hand understanding of those challenges, was founded on the commitment to helping veterans through immediate, focused assistance.
Wounded Veterans Relief Fund is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization providing immediate emergency financial assistance to eligible disabled veterans who have served in the wars and conflicts since 9/11. Founded in 2009, the organization supports eligible service members and their families while maintaining their privacy. In 2015, more than 85 percent of all donated funds went directly toward wounded warriors assistance. Our financial records are maintained by a CPA firm to observe, monitor, and audit financial accounts and for tax preparation and submission.
Headquartered in Lake Park, Florida, the organization works with Florida Veteran Administration facilities to quickly screen and refer veterans in order to offer immediate emergency relief. Most assistance requests can be processed within 24 -48 hours as completed records are filed and approved.
New name. Same mission: to ease the burdens of financial distress for post-9/11 disabled veterans and their families, helping them transition back home in a productive, meaningful way.
Founded as “Wounded Warriors of South Florida” in 2009, we have proudly built a history and a reputation for placing veterans first.
In 2013, we reorganized, and in 2014 elected our current Board President, and set into motion a path toward our current program structure and mission. Since then, the organization has slowly and thoughtfully expanded services to new regions, and in August 2016, the network grew to include ALL of Florida. That means our network of wounded veterans, which consisted of approximately 35,000 registered disabled veterans who were service-connected post 9/11, has increased by thousands more who may qualify for our assistance.
The 2016 name change to “Wounded Veterans Relief Fund” more accurately distinguishes our brand to reflect our mission, identity and growing network. It also further removed brand confusion with unaffiliated non-profits.
“This is a pivotal time in our organization’s history,” said Mike Durkee, executive director of Wounded Veterans Relief Fund. “We’ve experienced tremendous growth, yet struggled with name and organization confusion, having to clarify who we are, what we do and where we operate. Now, instead of starting conversations with ‘who we are not,’ we can start with the number of veterans and family members we help every day.”
Our name may have changed, but our pledge to our veterans to put them first and keep operating costs down remains. The more we do so, the more funds are available to help wounded veterans.