Wounded Warriors Family Support, one of the top veterans charities according to CharityWatch, was founded in 2003 by retired U.S. Marine Corps Col. John Folsom.
What started as a small-scale, pass-the-hat campaign has now expanded to a nonprofit whose mission is to provide support to the families of those who have been wounded, injured or killed during combat operations.
Wounded Warrior Family Support also has a new goal: they hope to build a 24-bedroom facility for combat-wounded veterans who have no one in their lives capable of providing the day-to-day care that they need.
The facility will be called Dunham House, named after Corporal Jason Dunham who was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for actions while serving with the 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines during the Iraq War. He covered an enemy grenade to save his fellow Marines and was gravely injured as a result.
Although the organization has begun initial planning and preparation, they have yet to secure the funds to complete the project. Hal Daub, Wounded Warriors Family Support Board Member, believes they will be able to raise the $6 to $10 million they need to complete the project. The money will go not only toward completing the home, but it will also create an endowment and cover the cost for veterans who stay at Dunham House.
“This is an exciting, unique living accommodation for a very special group of men and women who have served and sacrificed for our country right in the middle of the United States,” Daub said.
Dunham House will provide wounded veterans with a family-style arrangement. The home will help men and women who need assistance with activities of daily living, such as cooking, bathing and dressing. The home will be built close to medical facilities so those staying at the residence will be able to receive the outpatient care that they need.
The mission of Dunham House will be to provide long-term care for combat wounded veterans with spinal cord and/or moderate to severe traumatic brain injuries in order for them to enjoy a high quality of life and quality care.
Folsom also believes they will be able to raise the funds to complete the project by Christmas Day 2019.
“It’s a mission that’s not being done,” Folsom said. “And I truly believe people looking to support our veterans, once they understand our vision, the generosity of the American people will come through and help us build it.”
To find out more information, you can visit their website.