Our mission is to provide support to the families of those who have been wounded, injured or killed during combat operations. The families of our casualties suffer in many ways: some financially, some psychologically.

"When America Goes to War...
Our Families Go to War"


When America goes to war, our families go to war. Our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines face the kind of stress that most Americans will never know. That stress takes its toll on more than just the military members themselves, but also their families. The strain on the family is only increased when a family member is wounded or killed while serving.

Wounded Warriors Family Support is an independent nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide support to the families of those who have been wounded, injured or killed during combat operations. Rated a four-star nonprofit by Charity Navigator, Wounded Warriors Family Support aids veterans and their families in healing the wounds that medicine cannot.

The families of our casualties suffer in many ways — emotionally, psychologically and financially. Our organization supports wounded veterans and their families, even after physical needs are met, to help them heal, recover and reconnect. We work to provide services and resources to combat-wounded veterans and their families that supplement those provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs and other agencies. We also work with military and nonprofit partners to identify and fill gaps in services for wounded veterans and their families.

Our organization originated from a small-scale, pass-the-hat campaign initiated by Col. John Folsom in 2003 benefitting U.S. soldiers at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany — the first stop for wounded military personnel from Iraq and Afghanistan before returning home. From those humble beginnings, Wounded Warriors Family Support has grown into a national organization serving wounded veterans and their families across the country in a variety of ways:

  • Our Caregiver Respite Program provides support and assistance to caregivers of wounded veterans. Often, caregivers are spouses or family members who have many other responsibilities, such as work, managing bills and taking care of children. Our respite services provide aid and temporary relief to caregivers as well as assistance in enrolling in the Department of Veterans Affairs Caregiver Support Services and other agencies offering resources and support.
  • Our Family Retreats provide wounded warriors and their families a peaceful place to heal and reconnect with their loved ones. The retreats allow wounded veterans and their families an escape from the stress they face every day for an opportunity to become stronger as individuals and families.
  • We also work together with a number of charity partners to serve wounded veterans and their families, including Air Compassion for the Veterans, Armed Forces Foundation, Fisher House, the Gary Sinise Foundation, Hope for the Warriors, Operation Sanctuary, Quantum Leap Farms, Take Flight Farms, USAcares.org, and Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, among others.

Please Support the families of our Wounded Warriors by making a donation today!

You can learn about our mission, sign up for our newsletter, read archived newsletters and make secure tax-deductible donations.

Please take a few minutes to learn about Wounded Warriors Family Support and what we do to support the families of those who, as Abraham Lincoln said, "... gave the last full measure of devotion."

We cannot complete our mission without you.

Semper Fidelis!

John D. Folsom
Colonel, United States Marine Corps, Reserve (Ret.)
Founder, Wounded Warriors Family Support
John D. Folsom

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