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The Warriors We Serve

Happy 73rd Birthday to the United States Air Force! The U.S. Air Force is the world’s preeminent force in air, space and cyberspace. From its humble beginnings as the Signal Corps in 1907, the U.S. Air Force has become the largest air power in the world. The official Air Force Birthday is recognized as September 18, 1947, the date of the passage of the National Security Act, which created the Department of the Air Force. For over a century now, the U.S. Air Force has defended this country in the air, space and cyberspace through the skill and the bravery of American Airmen.

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE FROM GREG MARTIN: REFLECTIONS ON THE 20th ANNIVERSARY OF 9/11 “Where were you when the world stopped turning that September day?” - Alan Jackson Lyrics On the morning of September 11, 2001, I was standing on an airfield with a Battalion of Marines getting ready to board a flight back to Camp Lejeune, North Carolina from a training exercise in the Mojave Desert of California. Our Battalion Commander called us together and told us what was happening. As one of the more senior leaders in the unit, I was able to go to the pilot’s “ready room” and watch the rest of the morning’s tragic events unfold. We had about 600 Marines in the Battalion and would be stranded for the next few days as air travel over the United States of America ceased. All of us spent the next few days making phone calls on the few available cell phones, checking on the welfare of family and friends, reassuring our families at home that everything would be okay, and wondering what our futures would hold. One of our collective emotions was, “Lets go get the SOBs who did this.” That day changed our lives and the course of our nation’s history more than any day in my life. The way our government operates and protects its citizens shifted, and we all felt a little less safe. But we were united, proud and resolute. As a career Marine, my life took on a whole new character as America would be at war for the next 20 years. Many Marines, Sailors, Soldiers, Airmen, first responders, and their families would give much in service to their country. We will forever honor and remember the precious lives lost 20 years ago on this day, and in the years that followed, as a result of 9/11. At Warrior Foundation Freedom Station, we see the high price paid by young Americans who answered the call to duty after 9/11 everyday. They are the ones who disbanded Al Qaeda, killed Osama Bin Laden, and prevented another attack on our own soil for two decades. They did whatever their country asked and, in many cases, continue to pay a high cost as they work through wounds (physical, mental, and spiritual), injuries, and illnesses to have the brightest possible futures. Our commitment to them is enduring for as long as necessary – even a lifetime. As you reflect on your own thoughts and feelings during these troubling times, remember our collective responsibility to serve those who have served us. I would say that gratitude is the best way you can do this. The expression “Be an American worth fighting for” comes to mind also. Be there for each other. On behalf of our Warrior Foundation Freedom Station family, God bless you and your families and thank you for all you have done to support your country and its warriors over these last two decades. Semper Fidelis, Greg Martin President, Warrior Foundation Freedom Station Colonel, U.S. Marine Corps (ret.) About the Photo: The special moment above was captured by our WFFS board member Dian Self when she took her granddaughter Kaydi to visit the 9/11 Memorial & Museum in New York. As Kaydi gazes upon one of the Memorial’s twin reflecting pools, it reminds us of the importance of teaching our children about important moments in our history. As these younger generations understand the sacrifices that were made by so many, they will also learn how to rise from tragedy with hope, strength and resilience.

Warrior Foundation Freedom Station has proudly earned Charity Navigator's coveted 4-star rating for the fourth year in a row! Only 21% of charities evaluated receive four consecutive 4-star evaluations, indicating that we outperform most other charities in America. We are honored to have earned the trust of our donors and supporters by demonstrating strong financial health and a commitment to accountability and transparency. Michael Thatcher, President and CEO of Charity Navigator, says, “This is our highest possible rating and indicates that your organization adheres to sector best practices and executes its mission in a financially efficient way. This exceptional designation from Charity Navigator sets Warrior Foundation Freedom Station apart from its peers and demonstrates to the public its trustworthiness.” I’d like to personally express my gratitude to each and every donor for your pride, passion and patriotism. With distinctions such as this four-star rating, you can have the utmost confidence in giving to our foundation. Thank you for not only trusting us to be good stewards of your dollars, but for entrusting us with the loving care of our nation’s finest – our men and women in uniform. With Gratitude, Sandy Lehmkuhler CEO and Founder Warrior Foundation Freedom Station

We are so proud of the San Diego Wolfpack, the military wheelchair basketball team supported by Warrior Foundation Freedom Station. Last month, the Wolfpack placed third in the 2021 National Wheelchair Basketball Association Division I Championships! These incredible athletes inspire us all. Please show your support for the team with the purchase of a Wolfpack t-shirt from our online store, and we’ll include this commemorative 8x10 team championship photo as your free gift! Limited quantities remain of these super comfy Wolfpack tees, available in both men’s and ladies’ styles. Shop now at https://www.ebay.com/str/warriorfoundationfreedomstation

Warrior Foundation Freedom Station is proud to be partnering with the "Over the Hill Gang". They are long time supporter of our military and true Patriots.

The Coronado Low Tide Ride & Stride is only a few weeks away on Sunday, September 12! This annual fundraiser hosted by Coronado Rotary will raise money for local nonprofits, including Warrior Foundation Freedom Station! Sign up for a run/walk or bike ride event and enjoy a beautiful setting in a family-friendly environment, all for a good cause! Sign up and learn more athttps://runsignup.com/Race/CA/Coronado/CoronadoLowTideStride

Our Warriors had an absolutely banner summer thanks to you - our supporters, our lifeline. It's been said that outdoor sports can be very effective in promoting recovery and mental, physical, and spiritual health of our Nation's finest. WE AGREE!

Please do whatever you can! We can do what the government can’t or won’t. We are America!

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Apr 20, 2020 - Apr 20, 2023

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